Herengracht 21 is a lovely, delightfully-located bed and breakfast that wins the holidaymaker over with charm and personalized attention. What's more, it provides distinctive accommodation at a very reasonable price - no small feat in this very expensive city.
One of Herengracht 21's most appealing assets is its location - an easy ten minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station. While the accommodation's neighborhood gets its fair share of foot and boat traffic, it nevertheless feels tranquil and there's no problem obtaining a good night's rest in one of the two rooms on offer.
Perhaps the accommodation's marquee room is the one overlooking the canal; we, however, had the non-view room, but this didn't feel like much of a compromise. It came with an absolutely lovely and spacious living area, complete with couch, cable TV, sink, and much natural light. Spending time in this room proved most relaxing and it came to characterize our stay at Herengracht 21. Accompanying our room was a loft that has been converted into a bathroom and bedroom. On the plus side, the loft was sunnier than expected, aided by a skylight that also helps with airflow. On the downside, however, the toilet and shower facilities were a bit cramped, though the shower did offer plentiful hot water. In addition, during our first night we encountered a bit of a dilemma as the evening was quite warm. While opening the loft's many windows provides much relief, the neighborhood mosquitoes can wreak havoc. Closing the windows, however, forced us to either turn on the loft's noisy air conditioner or the fan. We chose the latter which did provide much needed relief.
Breakfast at Herengracht 21 is another enjoyable part of one's stay, though it may not be to the liking of those who want to break breakfast croissants with strangers. But never mind as the food on offer is nicely presented and remarkably fresh. We enjoyed delicious breads, gouda and goat cheese, a selection of eggs, strawberries, tomatoes, and jams as fresh as Mother Nature can produce. The coffee, too, will be sure to satisfy.
The warm and helpful owners of Herengracht 21 seem to take great pride and delivering quality in everything they do. The accommodation is tidy, creatively decorated, and comes with numerous nice touches. One concerned the fact that we had already checked out, but needed to leave our luggage in a safe place before leaving on a cruise later that afternoon. The owners graciously invited us to leave our luggage at the B & B and retain the key until our departure time. The trust afforded us was greatly appreciated.
Lastly, given the relative high cost of quality lodging in Amsterdam, a few words are in order as it regards Herengracht 21. Our stay for two nights was priced at 250 euros. To our way of thinking, this represents very good value for money- just another reason to consider Herengracht 21 during your next visit to the dynamic and culturally rich city that is Amsterdam.
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