My wife and I stayed here for two nights on our first ever trip to Amsterdam. And it was a mere 5 minute walk from the station! Lois greeted us when we walked in front of her home, and said though it was too early to enter our room, she was able to let us leave our bags and said we could come back at 1pm. She gave us a map of central Amsterdam and a couple umbrellas in case it rained (it had rained the night before we arrived). So from there we had lunch and walked all around and came back just after 1pm and she had carried our heavy luggage up to our room for us! The room was very large, with a very large bathroom full of marble. Bathtub AND shower. This used to be the owners suite, so you can imagine it is as good as they could make it for themselves. The bed is super comfortable, as good as any 5 star hotel out there. The shower has one of those huge shower heads directly above you, and it just rains down on you. Didn't try the tub. The view from the canal room is so great, you can see tour boats and other private boats going by. And I saw a swan gliding up the canal the morning we left. Breakfast is delicious, she served a selection of fresh fruit, freshly baked breads including amazing croissants, two different kinds of cheeses, and she offered to cook us eggs, which we accepted, and bacon (though the bacon was just microwave bacon, but still good). The only downside of our stay was the wifi internet reception was pretty much impossible to catch from our room. I had to carry my laptop down to the breakfast room very early on our first morning there so I could write an email to friends and send some photos. But that isn't a big deal as we didn't come there to use the internet! Also there are glass doors between the bathroom and bedroom, with no handles to pull them closed, and the wind blew them open, so we put a shoe there to keep them closed when someone was using the bathroom.
The room has a window that can be opened, which was very nice for fresh air and breezes, and to get the ambience of life on the canal - they advertise air conditioning, but I think they only have that available during the warmer months and not in September. Lois and her husband (he works and said the B&B was his wife's business) were both very friendly, but I wished we could have stayed with them longer so I could talk with them more. The house is huge, they have a two level apartment for rent as well, which we didn't stay in.
We would stay again in a heartbeat! And I highly recommend the canal room to everyone looking for that classic canal view from your room. We slept very well there, it was super quiet at night.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and TripOnline SA so you can book your B&B Herengracht 21 reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.