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“Charming and Beautiful Apartment in a Fantastic Location”
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Anno 1685
Ranked #269 of 338 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 19, 2009

My husband and I visited Amsterdam for the first time in early October 2009. We enjoy having a kitchen and an outdoor space when we travel, and Anno 1685 offered both. We were so happy with our choice for these reasons:

(1) The location is fantastic. Amsterdam is a small city and very walkable. It was close to the Leidseplein with its many shops and tram stops, the Flower Market (so many tulip bulbs!), the Amercian Hotel and its famously beautiful art deco cafe, and the Anne Frank house. The "Dam" square, Red Light District, and Museumplein were a little further but still walkable ... or just take the tram! We found a ton of great restaurants nearby. Tomaz was our favorite!

(2) It's beautiful ... open the front door and you are looking at a beautiful canal and canal houses. Open the french doors out the back and you have your own small terrace with wonderful greenery. The kitchen is decorated beautifully and has the most amazing wood floors. The bedroom and bath are more standard, but very nice.

(3) It's quiet ... both during the day and evening. The only sounds you hear are the occasional car or bicycle passing in the front. It's a quiet, residential street. At bedtime, I actually put the radio on low to have a bit of background noise!! How often can you say that about a place?

(3) It's functional ... the kitchen has a good sized table for looking at all the brochures and maps that the homeowner keeps in the apartment -- good for planning your outings. It would also be a nice place to sit if you keep a travel journal. The chairs are comfortable. The kitchen can also be "separated" from the bedroom area by pulling a curtain that the homeowner hung between the rooms. The bed is very comfortable and plenty big for two. There are 2 individual comforters that were sooo warm and cozy. Even though my husband and I snuggle up, it would be fine for 2 friends or relatives travelling together. The bathroom facilities are fine and there is some really interesting tiles on the wall and in the shower. The shower is on the small side, but adequate. The lighting is also very good ... halogen ceiling lighting in the kitchen in bedroom were on dimmers. There are reading lights at either side of the bed, and in addition to the main light in the bathroom, there are lights behind the 2 mirrors in the bathroom that could be used as nightlights. There's also a high-speed internet connection! A laptop is provided, but we plugged the connection into our Apple and it worked great. (We watched part of the Giants game over the Internet!)

Finally, there is Anke, the homeowner. She is very kind and very helpful. She answered all of my questions prior to the trip, and was available for any questions during our stay without being in the least bit intrusive. This is important to my husband and I since we tend to be independent travelers and enjoy our privacy.

Our experience at Anno 1685 was wonderful, and we highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2009

My wife and I, along with our 7-month-old son were looking for a place to stay for an extended weekend, visit an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, explore Amsterdam by foot, and drive out to Keukenhof gardens. We are experienced European travelers having lived in Germany for 4+ years, and prefer to stay at B&B/vacation apartments/Ferienwohnung rather than hotels, as we've had more authentic experiences in our travels this way. After an extended apartment search (we were even looking at staying in the outlying cities and taking a train in to save some EUR and avoid a hotel) we discovered Anno 1685 as an better alternative. This place is a gem, not just for its centralized yet neighborhood location, but also due to the owner, Anke. The apartment is clean and well kept with modern bathroom/kitchen furnishings. The Leidsegracht is far enough off the train station/red light district city center to be safe and quiet (and less tourist themed), but close enough to allow walking access to all major sites - 10 min. walk to each the museum park, Anne Frank Huis, and flower market. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby, as well as a small grocer ~300 meters away. Room with kitchenette and small patio is in the basement of a canal house - remodeled with comfortably-appointed furnishings but still historically charming. Anke catered to our every need, including finding us a crib/pack-and-play to borrow for our baby and by taking us on a private canal trip in her boat. The apartment has convenient Internet access (laptop included!), has maps and plenty of tourist guides to borrow, and even has umbrellas and other kitchen items to make your stay easier. Bottom line: this is not a backpacker-rate accomodation, but you won't be in a backpacker-rate location, and if you want to feel like you LIVED in an Amsterdam canal neighborhood during your stay with excellent support by a multilingual local hostess, this is the place to do it.

Planning Notes: if driving, do not attempt to park your car in Amsterdam city center - it is expensive to feed the meter and if you don't have a resident sticker for the non-metered areas, you will be towed. Anke knows the owner of a garage around the corner - not 24/7 access to your car, but great rates (15 EUR/day), convenient, and secure.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 17, 2012
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2012
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 23, 2011
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2011
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Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Anno 1685

Address: Leidsegracht 56, 1016 CN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Ranked #269 of 338 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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