We stayed in the Tulip Room for three nights in early August 2012. It was one of the best B&B experiences I have ever had right from my initial enquiry to our check-out.
Sunhead of 1617 is located on the Herengracht canal a short distance from the train station. This was important to us as we were coming in by train to Amsterdam Central. Upon confirmation of our reservation, Carlos sent me a detailed description of the walking route from the station (about 20 mins). It was spot on.
The B&B is a true canal home located in a quiet neighbourhood. The house is narrow with a pleasant main floor breakfast room. A tight winding staircase leads to the rooms. We had the Tulip Room which is on the top floor with a wonderful canal view. The tradeoff is that you need to carry your luggage up the stairs. This can be quite a chore but well worth it. For those with heavy luggage I would suggest a room on a lower level.
Sunhead is a short walk to the main streets or Anne Frank Huis. This allows visitors to quickly access one of the trams. We had a great time just strolling the canal-side streets and eating in small cafes.
Morning breakfasts were great. Carlos and Roelf-Jan always greeted visitors with a smile and had a nice table set up for guests. The breads and coffee were fresh. We had three different hot, homemade breakfasts (omelets, lox, fresh herbs) over the course of our visit. All were very tasty and made with the flair of a great cook. Very enjoyable.
If you are looking for a comfortable, real Dutch canal experience then Sunhead of 1617 is the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunhead of 1617 is located in the heart of the wonderful 17th century canal district. Built in 1617, it is one of the oldest heritage monument buildings of the Herengracht. The Herengracht is the most beautiful and prestigious canal of lovely Amsterdam. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sunhead Of 1617 Hotel Amsterdam