So where shall we begin? Let’s start with the most important asset of the West Violet, Frank our host. Frank is a charming, genial man who makes you feel very welcome. We had the pleasure of chatting over a coffee in the well stocked and very clean kitchen during our break at this lovely B&B. Frank was very helpful and we enjoyed the hints and tips he shared regarding our trip. He recommended some lovely places and you won’t have to go far to find them. Jordaan is a lovely part of Amsterdam and the Violet is situated in a nice quiet area within this Bohemian, leftfield and arty corner. We spent quite a lot of our time in this area as the bars, cafes and funky shops are frequented mainly by Dutch people and we love sampling the culture and immersing ourselves in a little bit of ‘authenticity’. Back to the Violet so let’s look at some of the other plus points. We stayed in the ground floor room which is very nice. It has a giant and very comfortable bed (which was a major plus after all the walking we did!). The furniture is very tasteful and there is no noise. Our room as with the whole of the house was as warm as toast. This helped us to dry off when we returned after a morning of sight -seeing in the rain. The room and house are very secure. We had access to the kitchen whenever we wanted which was nice as we had a few drinks and snacks during our stay. There are a wide variety of breads, beverages, cereals which you can help yourself to. There is another guest room which is on the same floor as the kitchen. We were glad we stayed on the ground floor as it seemed more private. Frank lives in the two rooms above. There are a few things which would add to the pleasure of the stay. There is no sink in the bathroom which is a bit strange. This said, Frank informed us that this was being addressed at some point in the future. The back yard would benefit from some love and care and a face lift particularly if the weather was nice and you wanted to sit in the fresh air. Other than these two things we found the whole experience very satisfying. We felt like we had our own posh apartment in a very pretty area which is free from the tourist trap but not too far from the major attractions. One thing to bear in mind and this is not a criticism. If you have mobility problems you probably won’t be able to get up and down the steep stairs which connect to the kitchen and other guest room. This is a fixture found in all traditional Dutch homes and in our opinion adds to the charm and character of this fab place. Thanks Frank. One final tip- it is possible to book directly by e-mailing the West Violet. This way you don’t have to pay additional fees which are added on by operators meaning you get to save money which is always a plus!
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- Also Known As:
- Westviolet Hotel Amsterdam
- Westviolet Bed And Breakfast