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“Oasis in the Middle of Everything” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Marcel's Creative Exchange
Ranked #113 of 328 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Sacramento, CA
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Oasis in the Middle of Everything”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

My husband, two 19 year old boys and I spent three nights at Marcel's recently and had the most wonderful time. Marcel is a lovely host and had excellent recommendations for restaurants (De Jaren, in particular) activities, and his home was delightful: beautifully presented with lots of natural light. We had the two room suite on the top floor with a balcony on the front room overlooking the Leidsestraat. Be aware that being in the Middle of Everything means noisy nights, though I had no problem sleeping. As is typical of canal houses the stairs are very, very steep, so if you have mobility issues this may not be the place for you.
We have invited Marcel to visit us in California and will return to his guest house when we return to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Aarhus, Denmark
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

If you want a personal and charming experiece in every way, Marcels Creative Exchange is a good choice.
We had a suite of lovely rooms with a kitchen and a balcony on the top floor. Everything was spotlessly clean, decorated in a tasteful, personal style, and the madressees were great quality.
Meeting and chatting with Marcel throughout our stay, hearing many interesting stories of his life, became an integral part of our visit and good memories.
The only thing that prevents a rating of 5 stars is the fact that the toilet and shower, though adequate, did not live up to the otherwise high standards.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Riismller
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Ah, to go back to Holland, a country that changed my life in 1969. And, to spend three glorious evenings at your B and B, it was wonderful.

Marcel is a very kind host and the rooms are more than comfortable.

For those who never knew Holland, beware of the very steep stairs leading to the series of rooms. I assure you, though, you will become used to it. I did as an American teenager whilst living there in the 1969.

Room Tip: We had the double with the small garden. It was delightful.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Madeleine H
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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Marcel was very helpful when I sprung another night on him - he even allowed us to stay in the Style Room for one night which isn't really something he allows usually as it gets in the way with the layout of the house. The Patio Room which we finally got was amazing - all laid out with cool furniture.

Marcel does get a bit full on - he will take you through places to eat - things to do - he will draw a little map of it all. All very nice - but he does get a bit full on - its his eccentricity. We decided to use the kitchen for one night - but be warned you can't use the gas stove - he came down hard on use for that - microwave is fine though.

Slight problems - its close to the tram line so you will hear trams till late but you will get used to them and as per usual Amsterdam houses - it has a steep stair cases - so be warned of that. But these are slight things compared to as the other commenters have mentioned - the centrality of the accommodation to lots of places - the uniqueness - and the beauty of the decor - and the price.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Llewster
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Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Marcel is a brilliant character. The location is superb. And the accommodation is smart, clean, handsome. Only slight issue is the steep staircase for older people. Other than that: wonderful. Why does anyone bother staying in a hotel when there are places like this in the world?

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Trevor W
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Dear Marcel! Thanks a lot! We had stunning vacations with you! We have found our home in Amsterdam! First, appartments location is superb - Landsplein, one of the main and beautiful streets of Amsterdam. The street is full of top-quality shops, cafe and other nice counters. Next to Marcel's house you can take a canal bike to swim over the wonderful canals. You can have unforgettable experience visiting oldest cinema in Europe just around the corner, which is also part of the house. In just 5-10 minutes walking you can reach the famous museums - Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum.
Marcel's apartments are very roomy and comfortable. The Marcel's personality is so magnetic and special! Marcel hospitality is amazing, he is very friendly and very helpful. We highly appreciate Marcel's contribution to our trip!

Room Tip: In case you want to be just next to the kitchen, just ask Marcel for that room :)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alex D
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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

When spring arrived we decided to welcome the young herrings (the maatjes) and other delicacies in Amsterdam.
We are staying at Marcel's Creative Exchange, a wonderful place right in the middle of the city. Our flat has a view on Prinsengracht. The tram below goes right to the station or the Rijksmuseum. Staying at Marcel's is like living in a museum of modern art. He has carefully chosen every piece. The light plays just like on the old dutch maters' paintings. Definitely, Amsterdam has a very special light. Marcel took me to the very top of his house to see the perched garden roof and we went through the attic to the cinema he cares for. He renovated De Uitkijk where you can enjoy an exclusive selection of Art&Essai films. Classics of French cinema for instance as a special wink to both of us. A perfect saty.
J.G., french cineast, June 2013.

Room Tip: All rooms are different with perfect taste and personnality. 3rd floor appartment has the sun on bo...
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Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank zebree-18-avril
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Property: Marcel's Creative Exchange
Address: 87 Leidsestraat, 1017 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #113 of 328 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marcel's Creative Exchange is a unique place in the very center of Amsterdam. We provide you a personal second home where you can feel safe and relax. From base there are a lot of different ways to discover Amsterdam. Take the blue trams, hop-on hop-off canal boats or just walk, or bike. Everything is close by.The experience you are about to take is unlike any stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast. When you stay in one of Marcels quarters, you get something more personal, profound, beautifully furnished and decorated with art. The pleasant atmosphere will make you feel comfortable.Marcels Creative Exchange is the longest existing private accommodation in Amsterdam (since 1970) and is directly connected to the oldest Dutch cinema "De Uitkijk" (free admission for guests). Throughout these many years Marcel was honored to host all kinds of individuals: artists to surgeons and lawyers to teachers. Senior management teams from Cirque du Soleil (Canada) and Eyon movie software (Los Angeles) visit annually. ... more   less 

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