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Le Quartier Sonang
Ranked #1 of 329 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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93 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Believe the hype!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

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!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Le Quartier Sonang proved to be the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam. It was convenient, quiet and classy. We received the warmest of hospitality from the moment we arrived - nothing was too much trouble for our generous hosts. We appreciated being provided with a lovely breakfast in the privacy of our room, being given helpful advice on places to visit and being able to return to the comfort of a beautiful and spacious room.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

For our first trip to Amsterdam, we could not have picked a more perfect place to stay. We arrived by train from Paris and because of Frank's perfect directions, we found it in no time via the tram from the Central Station. Frank welcomed us both with a glass of wine while Oki, unbeknownst to us, carried our bags up the stairs to our room. He supplied us with a map, circled the places we had requested to see and gave us suggestions for restaurants, which turned out to be perfect. Do ask them for recommendations--you won't be disappointed!

We stayed in the Kamar Bidadari room--immaculate, perfectly furnished with a very functional and beautifully designed bathroom. As other reviewers have stated, the bed was divine--I couldn't wait to get into it at night and had a hard time getting out of it in the morning. Not only was it comfortable, the bed linens were of the highest quality. Breakfast was served in our room each morning and was fresh, delicious and healthy. We chose to eat on the balcony as the weather in the morning was beautiful. Amsterdam is not a large city and there is no need for transportation--everything can be walked to. Le Quartier Sonang was a perfect location because it is located on a very quiet street away from all the noise and touristy spots in the center of town, yet close enough to walk there within 20 minutes. The Museum area where the Rijksmuseum and Van Gough Museums are located are less than a 10-minute walk away and Anne Frank's house about 15 minutes away.

But the very best feature of Le Quartier Sonang is the hospitality of Frank and Oki. They are the most friendly, helpful and authentic hosts you could ever wish for. They sincerely want you to enjoy every faucet of your stay in Amsterdam and strive hard to make sure you do, from their friendly welcome, great suggestions for restaurants, helpful advice on how to get around town and back to the airport, right down to the chocolates on your pillow every night! On the morning of our very early departure, Oki & Frank were both up to greet us with a quick breakfast of yogurt and fruit and help us get our luggage downstairs for our departure.

Thank you both for such a memorable stay in Amsterdam--we can't wait to come back again!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Kamar Bidadari room. Perfect balcony to breakfast on in the morning and very quiet...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

We couldn't have found a more convenient and comfortable place from which to explore Amsterdam. Our generous hosts made it so easy, and it was a wonderful change to feel 'at home' after the busy-ness of guided tours elsewhere. Thank you, Oki and Frank, for all your hospitality.

  • Stayed August 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Even before we arrived, we felt looked after, with friendly informative emails giving us advice and suggestions for things we might like to do that could be pre-booked.
When we arrived, we were given an invaluable map and lots of suggestions for things to do, places to eat etc.
We stayed in the Chambre de Ville which is a beautiful, light room with huge windows, an amazing bed and a lovely bathroom with a great shower.
Throughout our stay, Frank and Oki were on hand to help with reservations, provide advice and also wine!!
We loved Amsterdam and will definitely return, but will book early as once you stay here, you won't want to stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Our recent visit to Amsterdam led us to staying in Le Quartier Sonang for the first time. What a wonderful choice it turned out to be.
Frank and Oki, the owners, could not have given us a warmer welcome and the room we stayed in which overlooked a quiet road, was stunning. It effortlessly combined everything that you could possibly need with great taste and style.
We have visited Amsterdam many times and this was by far the best experience we have had. As well as enjoying the comfort of the spotless room, Frank and Oki provided the perfect blend of friendliness and professionalism. Nothing was too much trouble for them and their attention to detail was outstanding.
The positives are too many to mention but if you like the idea of the best bed you can imagine sleeping in, excellent fresh breakfasts and freshly cut flowers every day you need look no further.
The neighbourhood is leafy and quiet, yet very close to the galleries and museums and the wonderful Vondelpark. It also has some very good bars and restaurants minutes away.
We will be returning in the near future thanks to Frank and Oki.

Room Tip: Both rooms looked great but we were very happy with our choice of the room overlooking the quiet roa...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

For our 1 year anniversary my wife and I visited Amsterdam. We decided to book "Le Quartier Sonang" based on its amazing reviews, and it did not disappoint.
On our arrival we sat down with Frank and Oki and went through all the points of interest and restaurants on a map over a lovely glass of wine. This half an hour of planning made our lives so much less stressful and gave us an idea of where we would like to go and what we would like to do.

The location was perfect, within walking distance of everywhere, but in a quiet residential area, so after a busy day in Amsterdam, it was lovely to come back to the room, relax with the windows open, without a sound to be heard.

The room was spacious, clean and well decorated. Beautiful bathroom and the bed is as good as everybody says.

We were asked what time we would like breakfast, as it is made fresh and bought up to your room - it was delicious.

Anything asked of Frank or Oki was never too much. They made our restaurant reservations and told us the ideal times to visit the museums. They also suprised us on our anniversary with a bottle of champagne.

We can't thank them enough for our stay, without a doubt the best hosts we have ever had and somewhere we will return to in the not to distant future.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Quartier Sonang
Address: Derde Helmersstraat 47A-Hs, 1054 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 329 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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