In November my husband and I decided that we wanted to go to Amsterdam at the last minute to celebrate my birthday and New Year's eve. I started combing through trip advisor and stumbled across Inn Old Amsterdam and decided to send Daniel an email about his availability. Lucky for us he did have one of his rooms available even though it was not listed on his site yet.
I admit I was a little bit worried since I had to wire a money transfer for the first half of the cost which meant I did not have the security of credit card insurance. But, I should not have been. From the moment we got there Daniel & Nikki were gracious, inviting and made us feel completely at ease and welcome.
The Inn actually consists of the rooms above the Cotton Club located in Nieumarkt right across from the beautiful 15th-century Waag. We absolutely fell in love with this area the first night. The next canal over is the red light district, and just beyond that is Dam square where you can shop to your heart's content. It is just down the street from Rembrandt house and everything you could possibly want is within walking distance. There is an outdoor market every day, a grocery store, a fromagerie, bakery all located directly across the square.
We walked everywhere but it would have been easy to rent some bikes and just peddle around the city. The canals are beautiful, especially in the evening around christmas since everything is so wonderfully lit.
Now if you are planning to go for New Year's eve you need to be aware that Amsterdam is going to be one huge, loud party. My husband and I LOVED it but it may not be for everyone. There are re going to be fireworks, and lots of them. You usually get a couple here and there the nights leading up to New Year's Eve and then the big blowout happens on the night itself. Nieumarkt becomes one of the central launching spots in Amsterdam. Also, anyone can buy and set fireworks off, so they are being set off everywhere. All up and down the streets and into the canals. It was beautiful and exhilarating.
Overall we had a fantastic time in Amsterdam mostly because we had such a great home base at the Inn. With our little kitchen that had a microwave and fridge, we were able to get groceries or bring home left overs which saved us some money on food. It was nice and relaxing to start our days with the amazing breakfast provided by Daniel at our little table planning out our route for the day. We loved it so much that we can't wait to experience the city in the warmer months as well. We will definitely be staying here when we return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn Old Amsterdam is located in an historical monument full of character (1645) on the Nieuwmarkt, a vibrant residential quarter with bars, restaurants and outdoor cafes. Our house looks out onto the most important gate of the city of Amsterdam (1488), the Sint Anthonispoort, now known as De Waag.For our guests we have fitted up a comfortable room with a kitchenette on the first floor, and a large studio with private bathroom, toilet and kitchen on the second floor.Just as in the past, the city gate is a good base from which to visit the historic centre, the many attractions, festivals, festivities and shows in Amsterdam. Nearly all at walking distance. ... more less