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“A good B&B establishment at an excellent location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Collector Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #23 of 330 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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93 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A good B&B establishment at an excellent location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

This B&B establishment is located a short walking distance from th Museums square, it is just opposite a tram stop and close to a stop of the airport bus. The owner Karel is very nice and helpful (my wife left her bag with her purse and smart phone on the train and he spent more than an hour with us calling the Amsterdam Centraal andthe German train company (BD), and then called again a couple of days later, unfortunately to no avail). There is a kitchen witha stocked up refrigerator so that not only that you can prepare your breakfast but also eat later on in the day. The only drawback is that the rooms are up a narrow staircase and you have to carry your luggage up by yourself. The rooms are covered with coellections of items Karel, the avid collector has collected and put on display, some of them quite charming.

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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Durban
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

Wonderful place to stay in Amsterdam. Stayed for 4 nights in July 2014 in a large spacious en suite room with quick access to trams and buses to go to the Central station and very close to the museum square. Excellent in so far as the little kitchenette is well stocked and you are invited to help yourself to whatever you want for breakfast. This makes catering easy and you can buy food for lunch or dinner and keep it in the fridge. Karel, the owner is most helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Spotlessly clean and always most welcoming staff. HIghly recommended.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights in May 2014. The location is perfect: a couple of blocks from the major museums of Amsterdam, a reasonably short walk from downtown but in a quiet neighborhood, right on the tram and bus lines to the airport and the train station. Our room was beautiful, with a shared balcony overlooking the back yard. Karel keeps the kitchen stocked with delicious food, and you can use the kitchen any time, which is much better than having to be there for breakfast at a certain hour. You can rent a bicycle or get your laundry done. Karel is very helpful. This place has a very warm, peaceful feel to it; highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

We stayed at The Collector for 6 nights (28th April - 4th May) for our firt visit to Amsterdam. Sadly we didn't meet Karel as he was on vacation. However Fauzan was there to greet us on our arrival with a big smile. We didn't see much of him for the whole stay, as we had no reason to, but he was always available.

The room was the "Clock Room" at the front. Although overlooking the main road it wasn't noisy, and we used to sit on the balcony watching the world go by. An excellent asset to the room. The room itself was very large with en-suite bathroom which was a comfortable size, not small like other B&B's. I cannot remember the last time I have slept so well or for as long. The bed was so comfortable.

The location is excellent as others have said. A few minutes stroll and you are on the Museumplein, with the Concertbeouw and all the major museums. Outside The Collector is the tram stop, and just along the street is the bus stop for the Schiphol Airport Bus 197.

I think everything that can be said about The Collector has already been written, but feel free to contact me if you want any more info. I know people always say they will return to places, but with Amsterdam being such a fantastic city we definitely will be, and after this stay there is only one place we would stay. The Collector.

Room Tip: Karel works on a first come, first served basis, so enquire when you book. The front "Clock Roo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

we stayed here for 3 nights in april of 2014. We had a large room w/ 2 beds as requested, private bathroom and wonderful breakfast treats. Lots of sunlight in our room and we had fresh flowers and fresh towels everyday. The room is quiet and we slept well. The tram and bus stops are right outside our door and we are within walking distance to everything.
Fauzin was very nice and helpful. I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Mexico
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94 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

...nearby to Museum Plein. Karol does a really good job of making sure the things you want for breakfast are supplied. Our room was large and quiet and we slept well. Karol was helped us find the attractions and eateries for which we searched. I love good art and nowhere I have been was better than Holland....especially the Ryksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum, but also including the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem and the museum in Den Hague that contains Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring." We stayed here for 2 weeks in 2009, and tried to again last month. But alas, Karol runs such a comfortable "ship" that he was booked.

But nonetheless, we enjoyed Amsterdam very much again. The people of Amsterdam are very gracious to foreigners and especially to old guys. Wish is were not so far away.

Room Tip: Be sure to book in advance. The Collector is often full. PS the When did you travel slot did not le...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

Stayed here last year for 5 days in 2013. Lovely place with interesting "collections". Well- lit rooms, there were fresh tulips in my room every day! Fridge is well- stocked for breakfast. Breakfast is self- serve. Karel and Fauzan were extremely friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay there again if I visit Amsterdam. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I thought it was a little pricey... even for Amsterdam.

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Property: The Collector Bed & Breakfast
Address: De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071 PB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier) , Museumplein
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 330 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
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 
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