We arrived to the Aemstelhuys Bed and Breakfast after traveling all night from Canada. We stayed for 3 nights during a very busy time in Amsterdam as it was the last Queens Day and the Coronation. We booked about 6 weeks in advance and Lesley was easy to get in contact with via email and even once by phone. On arrival, Lesley allowed us to drop our bags off prior to check in which was great as the backpacks get heavy. It is located on a very quiet street but it is still in the heart of Amsterdam. There is a Tram stop at the end of the road which makes catching the tram very convenient. However, we mostly walked to many of Amsterdam's token tourist sights. There are no hills in Amsterdam so everything seems easy to walk too!
The room we stayed in was a bright, warm room on the top floor. It is up a narrow, charming staircase but I am glad we were on the top floor as it made for a very quiet nights sleep as we went to bed early the first night to sleep off some jet-lag. There was no street noise at all, even though there was partying going on all night prior to Queen's Day at the end of the road - we did not hear any of it. There is a private bathroom and small shower connected to the room. There is a quaint little seating area and tea and coffee making services in the room. The bed was comfortable and was two singles pushed together but there was plenty of room for my husband and I. There is a hair dryer in the room, but remember to bring your own shampoo and conditioner, I forgot but Lesley let me use some of her shampoo.
Breakfast was very tasty, and Lesley even accommodated some of my diet restrictions. She even picked me up some extra rice crackers to take to Paris! It was greatly appreciated. There was a selection of different cheeses, meats, yogurt, cereal, fresh fruit, homemade lemon curd (so good) and homemade bread. On the last day, there was even fresh baked croissants which were very, very tasty! I think she bakes these daily for guests however my diet restrictions limit the amount of certain grain products. But they were worth it!
Only minor issue was on Queen's Day when we got back from being out all day there was the smell of cigarette smoke in the house. It was noticeable upstairs as well but not too bad. We are both non-smokers so we are very aware of cigarette smoke. This was the only time it happened and I would assume it is not regular occurrence.
Lesley is a lovely hostess and was fascinating to talk to. She is very good at entertaining guests and truly strives to maintain a clean, well run B&B. She is helpful and knowledgeable about Amsterdam but also other regions of Europe as she is well travelled. She can help arrange transportation to sights if needed and prior to arrival she sends a helpful information sheet. She speaks English fluently as well as a few other languages!
I would recommend staying here and if I get the opportunity to return I would stay again. The price was reasonable, especially considering how busy Amsterdam was. Thank you again Lesley for helping make our first time in Amsterdam a great one!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aemstelhuys is an 18th Century townhouse (Grade 11 listed) in the center of Amsterdam. Our very quiet street joins the Amstel River to the Utrechtsestraat which has more than 18 cafes, restaurants and bars. The house retains its features and character but has all modern amenities required for the comfortable stay of our guests. ... more less