We enjoyed our stay at SIR Nico, in part because of the thoughtful, concerned and caring host.
There are only two rooms at present -- we stayed in a very comfortable room with private bath and every amenity you could think of -- including an excellent coffee maker, free snacks and drinks, toothbrushes and mouthwash, robes and slippers. The TV even had more English channels than most places offer. Good size by European standards, it overlooks a narrow street, with just a peek through to the canal. It was very quiet for a city place, and we felt very secure, situated above street level with front door, inner door and own-door locks.
The other room is actually a studio apartment that fronts on the Prinsengracht canal, which is also available for those wishing a bigger space and/or a kitchen. As it was unoccupied the days we were in Amsterdam, Nico served us breakfast there so we could enjoy the view. The booking website clearly states that breakfast is optional, at an extra 10 euro per person per day, but what Nico describes as a "continental" breakfast is actually a hot breakfast, with egg and toast and meat (bacon one day and wonderful corned beef the other), fresh fruit cup, yogurt, cheese and salami, rolls, donuts or muffins, plenty of coffee or tea and a big glass of orange juice. We chatted with him as we ate, and he told us about himself and his far-flung family, showing us pictures of a bed and breakfast he plans to open soon in his native Philippines -- he's rightly proud of it.
The neighborhood is interesting and historic, about halfway between Dam Square and the museum quarter, full of characterful canal houses, little shops, bakeries and restaurants. Nico told us about the 197 airport bus which stops a few minutes away in Leidseplein -- it makes getting to his B&B even easier than taking the train and tram. He also offered to make reservations for us anywhere we liked if needed.
Bottom line, SIR Nico's isn't cheap, but it is good value. It's a great choice if you're looking for the personal touch, a friendly host who is eager to please, a place with local character and a pleasant, convenient neighborhood.
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