My boyfriend and I stayed in Amsterdam from Monday 25th August and left in the morning on Saturday 30th August. It was our first holiday away together and we couldn't have asked for a nicer time.
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with fantastic shops, restaurants and bars and lots of different places of interest to visit but what made it extra special for us was staying in Nessie's home at Gradenview Bed and Breakfast. Our room was really beautiful with a four poster bed and lots of cushions and everything was immaculately clean but it felt at the same time incredibly homely and comfortable. We felt very welcomed there.
When we first arrived at Gardenview Nessie gave us a map of the city and showed us where we were and the nearest tram stop that took us to nearly everywhere in Amsterdam, she also recommended places to eat and to visit. We had driven from France so Nessie advised us to leave our car at the Olympisch Stadion which was €6 a day in a 24hour security underground garage. It is also only two tram stops away.
On the first night we went to the Zuid train station to buy a 5 day tram pass as it works out cheaper to get tickets from there, rather than on the trams themselves. We also tried one of the restaurants that Nessie had recommended, an Argentinean restaurant called Chicino's which is near the Leidsplein tram stop and the food was out of this world! We then decided that we would go to the other restaurants that Nessie had suggested for the rest of the holiday and we most certainly were not disappointed!
Gardenview is in an upper part of Amsterdam in a quiet and tranquil environment, quite a contrast to the hectic city centre. We enjoyed this as after spending the day being busy, walking around and sight seeing that it was nice and relaxing to go back to the bed and breakfast for a rest!
Nessie brought us breakfast to our room every morning which consisted of coffee, fruit juice, yoghurt, croissants, butter, jam, freshly baked warm bread with various types of cheeses and meat, one day she cooked us pancakes, we truly were spoilt!
At Gardenview the toilet and bathroom is shared with the other guests which I was slightly concerned with but it didn't bother us in the slightest as we didn't see or hear the other couple until the day we left.
I have recommended Gardenview and Amsterdam to my family and friends and my parents are considering taking a holiday there next year to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, we are also hoping to go back in April 2009 if all goes well. Nessie is a very friendly and helpful lady and made our holiday as special as it was.
I would recommend that you take a pair of sensible walking shoes and are aware that all the stairs and steps in Amsterdam are very small and steep. Hope you enjoy your time there as much as we did!
- Also Known As:
- Garden View Hotel Amsterdam
- Garden View b&b
- Garden View Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Garden View bed and breakfast is a private residence accommodation in the British tradition. A peaceful haven in a busy city. Cozy, clean, quiet and conveniently located. Ideal for business or pleasure. Breakfast is served in the guest rooms. Smoking only allowed on guest room balcony. ... more less
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