We just returned home to Vancouver, BC having concluded a wonderful 4 weeks in Europe that included a 15 day Baltic cruise which ended in Amsterdam. Our last 5 days were spent at Bibies, our second stay with her. I have read with a sense of disappointment the review dated June 16/12 by guests we shared two nights with at Bibies. These good folks are guilty of not having done their homework.
If one expects a sit down breakfast served to you at a set time, your bed made up while you are out, and isolation from other travellers, this is not the B&B for you. It never was. Bibies is a relaxed, friendly, clean, quiet at night, and safe lodging for do-it-yourselfers, and which is run by a lady with a heart of gold. It remains good value for what it offers. And yes you share a bathroom, a shower, and a kitchenette. That is part of its charm.
There was no evidence of mice (which are ubiquitous in Amsterdam), my I-pad ran perfectly on the high speed wifi provided, and there were no offensive odors (unless I made them). Yes guests leave unused items in the fridge. I left a couple of beers. Better to "pay it forward" than to waste/discard such items.
Bibies offers a great location from which to explore central Amsterdam. It sits among dozens of restaurants and shops that beg to be enjoyed. You get a true feel for what it must be like to live there. It is a mis-service to report a "terrible experience" when that is wholly due to unmet expectations that were not created by the lodging. I would stay at Bibies again.
D and J Campbell (Vancouver - June 29/12)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bibies Bed & Breakfast is situated in the sparkling heart of De Pijp neighborhood, at Frans Halsstraat number 30-1, where you will find a restful accommodation. De Pijp is also called the Latin Quarter of the North. The neighborhood is known worldwide for its lively streets, shops, restaurants, cafes, terraces and authentic Amsterdam charm. All this makes this neighborhood a favourite spot for Amsterdammers and tourists alike. ... more less