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Utrechtsedwarsstraat 150, 1017WK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Stadsdeel Zuid)   |  
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Ranked #37 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“THE place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Aemstelhuys is clean, charming, and just as pictured on the web site. Comfortable beds and large rooms. Each room has its own thermostat, nice towels and bed linens. Its an easy walk to the trolley and many restruants. Lesley is a joy, and so is her cat Puddy. You have to try the homemade ginger jam, lemon curd and breads- Yummy! The BnB is in a safe, and beautiful neighborhood. Lesley does everything to make sure you are happy--You will not be dissapointed.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Last week we (2 adults and 2 teenage-daughters) spent 4 nights at Lesley's B&B in the center region of Amsterdam. The house is a lovely old Amsterdam structure and tastefully decorated with everything thought of. Great breakfast with Dutch cheese, freshly baked croissants and all the trimmings. Lesley is the perfect host, helping where she can.
As the house is an old structure, staircases are steep and narrow. Also it can happen, that the neighbour's cigarette smoke seeps through the walls (1st floor room)
We will be back when travelling to Amsterdam again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Staying in Lesley's B&B was a real pleasure. The building was so pretty on the best spot in Amsterdam as its very close to the coolest restaurants and the main sights to see, but the street is very quite so we had good sleep too. Lesley's breakfast was fantastic with fresh bakery and home made goodies. We are highly recommend to stay at her place in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed April 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

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!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Very cosy place, very helpful, nice and interesting host, fantastic location - short walk to the very centre, tidy and pleasant rooms, free wifi, tasty breakfast with bread straight from the oven. We were really happy with the place - two adults and a seven year old girl. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We spent two nights at Lesley's beautiful house. The location is excellent. There is the best view of the Canal and walking distance to most of the points of interest. The breakfast is fabulous, nice presentation and yummy taste. Lesley is very friendly and knowledgeable, her recommendation of walking routes are so well that you don't have to get on any form of transportation and can see the central Amsterdam in a day or two (that's the only time we got). The climbing of the staircases may be a challenge to some people, but the top floor room is very comfortable and nice. The room in the basement is only a few steps away from ground. My friends found it a bit cool and not enough light, they recommend that if the basement room would be printed in more white, it would be much brighter. Overall, we have a lovely time in Lesley's place, we highly recommend this B & B.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Last week we visited Amsterdam for the weekend, we wre a party of six friends, all of us over sixty, the plan was to see some beautiful pictures and to enjoy a friendly city of Amsterdam. I got the tip for B and B from tripadvisor and I think, everything was perfect. The Aemstelhuys BandB is located in a walking distance to the Hermitage, just cross the river, there are several trams in next streets, the location is in a center, but it is very quiet, the owner is very friendly and helpful, making excellent breakfast( musli, yougurt, jams,ham,cheese, tomatoes, and fresh home made croissants, brioche and much more). The house is very tastefully furnished, the rooms are spacious and very clean, recently repainted. I can recommend this accommodation to anyone for a short stay, who is able to climb the old Amsterdam house staircase. Otherwise ask for a room in the basement, which is also very pretty and comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
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Address: Utrechtsedwarsstraat 150, 1017WK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Stadsdeel Zuid
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Ranked #37 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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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 

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