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The Blue Sheep Bed & Breakfast Amsterdam
Ranked #87 of 335 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
2 reviews
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful, incredible, amazing! We couldn't have anticipated such a stay. This is such a hard review to write because nothing I say can justify how we felt during our stay. The breakfast each morning was so yummy - Novella takes such pride in what she does and you can see it in every part of "The Blue Sheep" . The apartment we stayed in was so picturesque - It is so refreshing to come across somewhere like this. Make it your business to stay here if you are visiting Amsterdam :)

  • Stayed March 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We enjoyed a 5 day stay with Novella and her family recently, and from our arrival we were greeted warmly and made to feel very at home. Novella, Jan and Eddie took care of us very well offering great local advice on places to visit, the best restaurants in the area, markets being held etc.

We have detailed our experience below for fellow travellers wanting a more in depth review.

The location was fantastic. Less than 5 min walk from Amsterdam Centraal (the main train station) it is a perfect base from which to enjoy the canals of Amsterdam. From The Blue Sheep it is an easy, enchanting wander to the nine streets retail district, the Noordermarkt flea markets (Sat & Mon), the Jordaan and Dam square (very touristy area). Trams can easily be caught to other areas of Amsterdam from Centraal.

The BnB accommodation is in a beautifully restored 1600s typical canal house. While not directly overlooking the canals it is in a cute little foot-traffic only street between two canals which makes it very peaceful and quiet. Novella and Jan have restored and furnished the house beautifully and it reflects their lovely sense of style. We appreciated the love and care that has been put into the interior design.

We stayed in both the Orange room and the spacious Blue room. Both had comfy beds and gave us a restful sleep. The Orange room on the ground floor has no outside window, but this meant a fantastic sleep in! It also has its own spacious, modern bathroom. The large, airy and bright Blue room is one flight of stairs up, and guests of this room share a bathroom on the ground floor with the guests in the Green room. This bathroom is also modern and beautifully renovated with a spacious shower - a rarity for European accommodation.

Breakfast at 9am was fresh, lovely and offered a great variety. As an extra to cereal, yoghurt, eggs, bread, cheese and salami, each day there was something a little different offered... waffles, croissants, pancakes, home made apple cakes. Novella and Eddie made sure we were happy and satisfied!

If you are after 7am breakfast, 24 hour service and a characterless room this is not the accommodation you are looking for.

We appreciated how hospitable Novella and her family were in welcoming us into their home, and were always quick to smile end engage us conversation. Privacy and space is given to guests and the same is requested for the hosts.

We would dearly love to stay at The Blue Sheep again when next in Amsterdam. Thank you!

Room Tip: The Orange room has an ensuite, no outside window (which makes it perfect for a sleep-in), and is lo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We arrived to a very warm reception from a lovely family and our stay continued in the same way. Eddie and Novella could not help enough, providing great advice on where to go and making the most amazing breakfast each morning! We stayed in the green room on the top floor which was lovely, extremely comfortable and just what we wanted. Definitely intend to stay here on future visits to Amsterdam, could not have been better. Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

A very enjoyable stay, and something a bit different from the mundane.

We originally booked to stay in the green room but were upgraded to the blue room upon arrival, they seemed similar on the website but the blue room is closer to the downstairs shower.

The rooms were very peaceful, with tea and a nice wood floor, the bed was very comfortable. The furnishing was rustic and had character. Some people may have found it a tad chilly (as it was below freezing outside!) but it was absolutely perfect for us.

The bathroom was very clean and the showerhead emulated a rain shower and was sufficiently powerful and hot.

The biggest positives were undoubtedly the hosts, Jan and Novella were professional and friendly which can be a difficult balance to strike, giving the perfect balance of privacy and conversation. Eddie took exceptional care of us on the first and second mornings of our trip and cooked us a nice breakfast while making us laugh with his stories. Novella took care of us on our last day and gave us some home made cake!

They have two lovely dogs which as a dog loving couple was an unexpected bonus

The only downside to the stay was the Wifi signal not being all that great in our room, but this was no problem for us as we didn't need it. It may be a little bit too personal if you are a couple who would prefer an anonymous hotel but again, this was an added bonus for us as it was nice to have conversation.

Thanks for a relaxing stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 11, 2013

We booked this smoothly. Arrived and were shown the self-contained flatlet which was as expected - clean and cosy. Very central location. First night interrupted by revelling visitors staying above us, not so bad as they left the next day and the rest of the week was peaceful.

Disappointments were: wifi connection pretty poor - you have to stand in a corner to get the signal from the main B&B property down the street. Better to not have advertised it with wifi as it just disappointed. Also the mice issue - we bought some bread, sealed in a plastic bag, and by morn it had been nibbled through (had we been informed of the mouse problem we'd have put it in the fridge). WHen I updated the owners the reaction was hysterical more than apologetic which irritated. Each night after we were woken by the pitter-patter of tiny rodent feet (though we left no snacks out after the first night). No real apology or reduction offered for the mouse problem. So the place has great potential but we didn't sleep well for reasons mentioned.

I would probably recommend the B&B itself (which looked good) but not this accommodation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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9lla, Owner at The Blue Sheep Bed & Breakfast Amsterdam, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Guest your booking was at the beginning of January.
Since then we have strengthened the wi fi and we never again' had problems with mice
I'm sorry for my reaction Hysterical, since in any case the problem was not due to carelessness or dirt, but a real problem that all apartments and restaurants and hotels have in Amsterdam.
We have a special contract with Rentokil that specializes in these problems it has solved the problems.
We had no more problems with mice. I Hope that is clear for my future Guest !!!
sincerely

`Novella
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Great job Eddie and Novella. You made us so welcome and helped us enjoy our time in Amsterdam. We had the top floor apartment in the building across the street from the main B&B. It was such an Amsterdam experience we were delighted. As skiers we rated the staircase to the third storey apartment double black diamond so we were thankful that Eddie took care of getting our luggage up and down those stairs. The room was fine with a bathroom and small kitchen and eating area. I will say that the beds could have been more comfortable. We saw another Tripadvisor review that mentioned a mouse and we also had such a visitor one night. If that's gonna upset you beware, we didn't care much at all. We were comfortable, warm (it was January) and the location is excellent for exploring the canal area of Amsterdam and is handy for the Centraal Station. And the building is iconic Amsterdam. All together a great experience.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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9lla, Owner at The Blue Sheep Bed & Breakfast Amsterdam, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dera Guest first of all thanks for your nice review ,

we are very satisfied with your comment
I just want to point out two things:
the beds are new just changed, we renovated our apartments.
of course we can't change the structure and stair of the house since is from 700. century
Another thing I want to say , all our apartments (not in the B & B will' have the cat) are treated with a special method for mice, and since two years that we have this treatment we never had any problems with mice, we never had any complaints, although Amsterdam and 'very famous for these little visitors, but we are committed to carefully not have these problems anymore.
thanks so much for your stay and see you another time
sincerely
Novella
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Stayed here last weekend in one of the appartments. Felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. The couple that own it are really friendly and welcoming. Great central location, within walking distance of all the sites. Flat was in a lovely old traditional dutch building, nicely decorated and clean. Couldn't ask for more. :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Blue Sheep Bed & Breakfast Amsterdam
Address: Korsjespoortsteeg 3, 1015 AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #87 of 335 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Blue Sheep Bed & Breakfast Amsterdam 3*
Number of rooms: 2
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