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WestViolet Bed & Breakfast
Violettenstraat 4, 1015 NP Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #30 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Collingwood, Canada
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“Fabulous B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stay at WestViolet at least once/year and have recommended it to friends as well. Great rooms with a well stocked kitchen and great location. Super, friendly service from owner Frank including an unexpected drive to Centraal to catch our train on our last visit. I recommend WestViolet to anyone looking for a fabulous stay in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Knysna, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Stayed for one night at West Violet. Arrived extremely tired and frazzled after a fiasco with new train Fyra from Brussels. Came in late having missed a day of appointments! And then, soothing and caring Frank was there. All of a sudden, there was the intimate kitchen, the kettle, the tea, fresh bread, great cheese and ham, a big cozy room, great linen. I slept like a log and the next day Frank helped me to re-schedule appointments, organize local transport, get me maps and directions while making me divine coffee - he is charming, knowlegeable, worldly, cultured, funny and has an adorable pooch called Lara Luna! His little house is in a lovely area, shops and restaurants nearby. But the big attraction is...Frank!

Room Tip: My room next to kitchen was a bit noisy when other guests came in to have a drink. May just have bee...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were more than happy with our stay at WestViolet and will recommend this place to everyone visiting Amsterdam. A perfect place to stay over a long weekend. The room - or more like a studio apartment with small garden - was nicely decorated, spacious and very clean. Frank, the host is such a nice and helpful man, he made us feel very welcomed. Nice breakfast with lovely fresh croissants. The location is perfect: I really recommend Jordaan if you want to see local way of living and avoid the more touristic city center. Cool and beautiful neighborhood with lots of restaurants, small shops, bars, cafés, farmers markets... You can walk easily to everywhere from here.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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liverpool
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

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!

Room Tip: the ground floor room is the better choice
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This B&B is so comfortable and the breakfast arrangements allow you to get up and eat when you like. Very chilled out- like being at home! Great care to detail, friendly, helpful hosts and a great location in the Jordaan with lots of lovely bars and restaurants. I may have stayed here a few times!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This was an excellent choice of accommodation for our three night stay. We were made to feel really welcome. Our room was very spacious, spotlessly clean and with a comfortable king size bed. We particularly liked the informal and relaxed atmosphere and having the use of the kitchen whenever we wanted was a great idea. Frank was so friendly and helpful and made us feel very much at home.
The location was excellent, only being a short walk from the station and near to lots of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. In spite of this, it was very quiet with no noise at all at night.
We would highly recommend WestViolet.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Wight
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We normally stay in hotels for city breaks, but wanted a different experience for our second time in Amsterdam. We did not regret our decision in choosing WestViolet.

The location was perfect for our chill out break. It's walkable from the station and in the area of Jordaan, which is laid back and obviously within the canals.
The room was large, taking up the whole floor downstairs, front to back. At the back was a tiny outside area accessed by your room, that you can have a cigarette. The best bit for me was the huge and very comfortable bed.
Frank does a fantastic job of making sure your every need is catered for and the whole stay was stiff competition for any hotel. The only thing that would stop me saying it was better than any hotel was the bathroom. It is ensuite, but it is kind of a lean too and it was very cold. It is total practicality over anything else, with a shower that worked well, and a toilet. The sink is at your kitchenette area in the main room. So, nothing wrong with the function, but I like my bathroom experience to be comfortable and warm.

The kitchen was well stocked and we never went hungry or got bored of seeing what different things we could try for breakfast. There is everything you need and more. Look out for the wifi code on the kitchen wall.

We enjoyed our stay very much and were left feeling that many hotels could take a leaf out of Franks book. He has a very good concept of running a B&B. I just wish the bathroom was a bit more and we would never stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: There are only two rooms, one up and one down, The stairs are as steep as you would imagine them to...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Violettenstraat 4, 1015 NP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
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Ranked #30 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 3
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