Perhaps this is the cynicism of regular travellers but we must confess before we went to Amsterdam and we kept on seeing one 5* review after another of Le Quartier Sonang we thought it must be too good to be true! Then we arrived and found out everything was absolutely spot on! Having never stayed in a B&B before, often opting for larger hotels where you are more anonymous we were worried about staying somewhere so small and personal. We needn’t have worried!
Before our flight Frank and Oki checked in with us for our flight details to make sure they were home for our arrival. The B&B is really easy to find, just down a quiet tree lined street off Nassaukade. You’ll know when you have arrived as they have their TripAdvisor Winner’s plaque proudly displayed in the porch! Frank opened the door to us and welcomed us in. Over a drink he talked us through a map of the city, the best places to visit, the best times to go to the museums, the different neighbourhoods good for cafes, bars and shops. It was great to hear about the city first hand from a local, and we loved getting unique tips that took us away from the usual tourist hotspots. We got lots of leaflets, books and vouchers for great places to go and see. Frank and Oki have an absolutely beautiful house, and we love what they have done with the place. We were taken to our room (as in another review Oki had taken up our cases whilst we were checking in!) and couldn’t believe we were going to be staying in such a beautiful place for our stay. Frank showed us all of the room’s amenities and how everything worked and then left us to it. They really have thought of everything – umbrellas to borrow in case it rains, international adaptors, tea and coffee making facilities, chocolates on your pillow every night before you go to sleep, even slippers to wear if your feet get cold!
The room was absolutely spotlessly clean; it was so perfect you almost didn’t want to touch anything! But you felt so at home that you couldn’t help but relax. The bed was huge and really comfortable, the bathroom was large and spacious and the shower was really spacious and powerful. We joked that it was nicer than our flat back home – but it’s probably true! The quality of the furnishings and appliances was second to none. The room was tastefully decorated and had all the mod-cons you would find in a 5* hotel, but with additional touches to make it more unique and special. We stayed in the Kamar Bidadari room which had a lovely terrace you could open the French doors onto and get the fresh morning air. The courtyard our room overlooked was lovely and peaceful as well, and coupled with the wonderful "cloud" bed made for a fantastic night's sleep. After a great night's sleep you were then served breakfast in your room at a time that suited you. Each morning it was lovely to sit in the peace and quiet of your room and have a leisurely breakfast of fresh bread, croissants, fruit and yoghurt before beginning your day!
The B&B itself is in a lovely neighbourhood. You feel safe walking back there late at night and there are local restaurants and bars nearby if you don’t always want to venture into the centre. It was about a 10/15 minute walk to the Leidseplein and Museum District and you could get right up to the Red Light District and Dam Square within half an hour. Amsterdam is a small city and the best thing you can do is get out and walk everywhere, it’s a great way to see all of the different neighbourhoods and canals, and chance upon some of the more residential areas with their lovely pavement cafes.
Although we were only there for two nights we absolutely loved our stay at Le Quartier Sonang. After we checked out we came back for our cases half an hour earlier at Frank’s request to sign the guest book and have a glass of wine with him. Such kindness and friendliness was what makes this little spot such a great find. It was lovely to hear about the history of the neighbourhood and the B&B itself, a chance you probably wouldn’t get in a large hotel. The main reason this B&B works is that the owners love what they do and they really do put their guests first. They want people to come to Amsterdam and enjoy their stay and enjoy the city, and will help as much as possible in making that happen.
Before we came we were worried that it might feel too small and claustrophobic, but Frank and Oki are friendly without being overbearing and you can come and go as you please making it feel like a home away from home. We would have no hesitation recommending this wonderful place to our friends, family and anyone who will listen! We will certainly look no further when we decide to visit Amsterdam again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ‘Le Quartier Sonang’ is a peaceful, quiet townhouse in the most popular district of Amsterdam. The two luxury mini suites at the first floor in this 19th century original townhouse are located in the middle of the museum, fashion and theatre district and only five minutes’ walk from the Canal Ring. The Canal Ring was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010 and to this day, the city’s biggest celebrations such as King’s Day and Gay Pride take place on the canals. ‘Le Quartier Sonang’ is a true lifestyle B&B where hospitality does not spring from duty but only from kindness… We look forward to meeting you in the near future... ... more less