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!!
- 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