We stayed at The Collector for 8 nights in April arriving after a 24 hour flight. After asking Karel if it would be ok to make a cup of tea his reply was "Of course, this is your home" If I was running a B & B I would model it on Karel's attitude. Nothing was too much trouble. He booked museum tickets online and advised us on what to see and what not to see. Our room was at the back, large with a very comfortable mattress (new). The kitchen was well stocked and food was replaced before it went stale. Being able to make our own breakfast when we felt like it was very convenient. I really enjoyed his pancakes and wonderful fruit bread and would look forward to breakfast to see what else was on offer. You could also leave a note if you required something that wasn't there. Also, we took advantage of the nearby supermarket to make simple dinners. It was so easy after a long day sightseeing to return home and relax with a wine and cook up something simple. Running into other guests in the breakfast room was always a bonus. The location was convenient with the museums within walking distance. We wanted to see the tulips in the fields and the bus stop was just near the front door. We also used the tram to go into the city and back to save our legs. However, much of Amserdam can to covered on foot. If all this wasn't enough Karel even did our washing for us without any charge! (twice) We really enjoyed Amsterdam and staying at this B & B made it feel like a holiday. Thank you Karel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Collector Bed and Breakfast offers bright, stylish and spacious rooms, each with its distinct own character: one decorated with Amsterdam School (Deco) furniture, the other one with Gispen Dutch Design classics. Both rooms have an ensuite bathroom. There's a guest kitchen for your breakfast around the clock. You will find a well stocked fridge, fresh fruits, a Nespresso coffee machine and lots more. Amenities include bath robes, a hair dryer, toiletries, a safety box, a guest computer to use for internet and email and there's even a bagage storage in case of early arrival or late departure. Here you will be able to freshen up, too. The house dates back to 1914 and is located just behind the Museum square with the Concert Hall (Concertgebouw), the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk Museum. The 17th century canal area is just a 10 minute walk from the B&B. There is direct bus line nearby for transfers from and to the airport. Your host Karel Poels is an active collector, who can tell about his different collections with lots of enthusiasm. You will find those collections in the guest rooms and the rest of the house: unique Dutch wooden skates, branded pins, chinaware, you name it! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Collector Hotel Amsterdam
- The Collector Bed And Breakfast