Firstly, thanks to Camilla & Guido (not to forget Terry too!!!) who are two of the most interesting, warm & personable people I have ever met.
Having stayed at many of the 5 star establishments in Amsterdam over the last 20 years, including the Okura, the Grand & Pulitzer this beautifully appointed suite beat them all; hands down....why you may ask? Because this little gem has the character & charm of a real home from home. The suite is a cornucopia of treasures, lovingly brought together by the hosts over the last 20 years. In addition it had access to the garden straight out of our room, which as a smoker was a real treat in these draconian times!!
Location was perfect overlooking Ousterpark and away from the maddening crowds of stag & hen weekends, window lickers & dope fiends that can be found nearer the centre.
Now onto the BREAKFAST....WOW, I have never been so spoilt! the range & variety provided. Every 5 minutes Guido would pop back to the table with a little delicacy to try, I would recommend the mini pancakes, these are to die for!! Nothing was too much trouble, you want matjes? no problem, home made Dutch apple cake? of course! All was excellently prepared by Guido & ably assisted by Camilla who kept refilling my Prosecco (which was a veritable delight; drinking at 10am in the morning should of made me feel guilty but not one guilty thought crossed my mind, as we were being decadent!).
So to summarise, if you want the modern clean lines of a Novotel, this is not for you. If you are after the snobby sophistication of a 5 star hotel where the staff can be a little aloof, again this is not for you. If you are looking for a home away from home in a historic & beautifully appointed house, with a suite that allows you the peace & tranquillity you require & you want to be treated not only like a foreign dignitary but as a member of the family this IS the place for you!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Breitner House is set in a characteristic Amsterdam townhouse overlooking the Oosterpark. It offers 2 large, classically decorated suites with modern features such as a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station. Both rooms have the atmosphere of the 1800s with authentic ornaments, big Italian chandeliers and antique furnishings. They have luxurious bathrooms with a bath tub and free toiletries. Every morning Breitner House serves an extensive breakfast including champagne, in the classic dining room with views of the park. In the direct area several restaurants are available for lunch and dinner. Amsterdam's famous Museum Quarter including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum is 15 minutes away by public transport. The Artis Zoo is 500 m away. Amsterdam-East is a great choice for travellers interested in cycling tours, city walks, museums shopping and nightlive. ... more less
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