I am a wholly deaf solo traveller. During June 2011, I rented a large studio apartment on the ground floor at Anno 1685, Amsterdam for 5 nights. I met the friendly Anno 1685 owner Anke outside Anno 1685 at 16:00 hours as arranged. She showed me around it – she treated me with respect. She told me if I would need any assistance, I could go up and see her – she lives above Anno 1685! After she left me, I found Anno 1685 a very charming traditional old Amsterdam building!
I loved the pretty small paradise garden with 100% privacy where you can enjoy your breakfast, or having some drinks to relax! The bed was very comfortable next to the huge bathroom with shower! The kitchen was great – you can cook with the electric cooker (4 hobs and oven), toaster, microwave, kettle, etc. Saucepans, frying pans, plates, cutlery, etc. also provided. Oh yes, there’s a fridge with a small freezer inside it! There’s Internet access at Anno 1685 with a cable – you can plug it into your own laptop, or Anno 1685’s laptop provided free of charge! There’s a Plasma TV set, too! I felt it was like another home to me – no busy-bees hotel breakfast atmosphere!!
Anno 1685 is in a good location – you would enjoy sightseeing Amsterdam on foot – you may not need to get any trams, or buses, unless you are in a hurry, or unable to walk much further, or carrying the heavy bags. Just to inform you if you would arrive in Centraal Station from Schipol Airport by train – you would get either tram numbers 1, 2, or 5 to get off at Prinsengracht for Anno 1685 (about 5 mins’ walk).
There are plenty of restaurants everywhere in Amsterdam, especially Leidseplein (about 5 mins’ walk from Anno 1685) and Rembrandtplein (about 12 mins’ walk). The nearest big supermarket is called ‘Albert Heim’ on Elandsgracht via Prinsengracht – about 8 mins’ walk from Anno 1685. There are also various shops nearby.
It was worth staying there to enjoy the real old Amsterdam style experience! I feel sure you will love it! See some pics!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This completely self-contained elegant and fully equipped light apartment with your front door opening to a beautiful central canal is one whole floor (with your own garden at the back of your bedroom) of a historical house built in 1685. Everything is just around the corner - Anne Franck house or cafes, musea or the tram to the station - from a more central and beautiful point in town you cannot discover Amsterdam. Tea and cafe free, use of laptop, maps, large flat screen TV, bikes in front of door, boat in the summer, you are welcome - with your children, or for your work, very suitable also for seniors - there is no stairs to schlepp your suitcase up! (and we can organize safe parking around the corner). ... more less