My wife and I just returned from a 15 day trip to Amsterdam, Paris and London. Our 5 day stay with Ken and Vlad was the best part of the trip by far. I have travelled extensively in the US, but this was my first trip to Europe, and the first time I've ever stayed in a B&B.
For starters, I found the experience of staying in a B&B to be much better than staying in a hotel. We got to know the other guests who were staying there right away, which would never have happened in a hotel and really enhanced our travel experience.
Although I can't compare our experience at Mae's with other B&B's, it was clear to me that Ken and Vlad are incredibly hard workers who attend to every detail and strive for perfection. For instance, there were 3 beautiful orchids in our room, and more beautiful flowers in the kitchen. The pictures, wall hangings and bathroom decorations were all simple yet very attractive and completely cozy. On top of that, Vlad is a wonderful host - very personable, engaging and funny and of course very helpful and full of good information. Vlad very quickly became a good buddy, and we shared a lot of fun stories and laughter with him.
We stayed in the annex, in a small room that was right off the communal kithchen. Greatest thing about the annex is the outdoor terrace, which is right outside the kitchen. The weather was really great while we were there, and we spent hours on that terrace, including about half of our breakfasts.
All the other glowing comments posted in Trip Advisor about this place are absolutely true - the breakfast is excellent, Ken and Vlad are very knowledgable conceirges, the food in the Thai restaurant is outstanding and their staff are wonderful. Cautionary comments are also accurate; stairs are very steep and narrow (our bags were wider than the steps so Vlad carried them up for us), people coming home from the bars whistling and singing at 2 am woke us up but they were so entertaining that we didn't mind, no lock on the individual rooms but the house is locked.
Bottom line for us is that we will back again - hopefully many times. Ken and Vlad, I know you read these reviews so I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful experience. Bonnie and I will be in touch very soon to discuss plans for our next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy home ambiance... In the center of Amsterdam, located only minutes away from the all major sights and nightlife spots and within walking distance from the museums, yet in a quiet residential area: Maes Bed and Breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maes Hotel Amsterdam
- Maes Bed And Breakfast