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“Nice location - but beware construction” 3 of 5 stars
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Old Harbour Apartments
Ranked #268 of 331 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nice location - but beware construction”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

Family had the Roof Patio apartment. It is the top 3 floors (4th- 6th) of the building: Kitchen / living room area (also served as another bedroom for us) first, then up an amazingly narrow winding staircase to the first bedroom, bathroom, and roof patio. Up another narrow stairway to the A-frame second bedroom. Our first time in Amsterdam, so we weren't prepared for the apparently typical Dutch staircases. They are - no exaggeration - treacherous!
The good: Location. It is a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station and the Red Light district, but it was still far enough away that it was quiet at night. We walked everywhere from there.
The owner: He seemed truly apologetic for the construction noise (see below) and gave us a very small refund because of it, and he helped with the luggage up those stairs.
The bad:
there is SERIOUS construction going on in the basement of the house. The first jet-lagged morning, we were greeted with what sounded like jackhammers in the basement at 10 AM. After I complained, the owner got them to hold-off with the power tools until 11 AM, which we appreciated, but it tainted the rest of our stay.
The heat: they were inthe middle of a heat wave, with temps in the humid 90's, and there was no air-conditioning, just one lonely table fan. I understand that the temps were very unusual, but for what we were paying (200 E per night), there should be a couple more fans available, at least.
Those stairs: I'm serious, we were half-crawling up them.
Based on the previous glowing reviews, maybe our timing was off. I understand that Amsterdam hotel rooms are tiny and expensive in general, and we had plenty of room, a kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, and a patio. The place is quaint, roomy for a family, has a good location. and is probably fine in normal weather, which is why I give it a tentative recommendation. All I can say is, make sure of the status of the contruction project before you book.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

My husband, brother in law, and I stayed in the Roof Top Terrace Apartment July 3 - 10. The apartment is very spacious, clean, quiet and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The location is superb. Close walking distance to Central Station and many other hot spots. The host was very gracious with helping us carry up our luggage up the steep staricases and making sure we had everything we needed. We will definately be returning to this gem of a location!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank AndyandMichelleNC
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Perth, Australia
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99 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2007

What more is there to say? The other reviewers have sold the virtues of these apartments and we totally agree. We stayed in the Guest room for 2 nights and the Patio Apartment for 3 nights and it was perfect for our working visit. The short walk from Central Station is very convenient and the facilities were fantastic. A short walk to cafes, restaurants and a supermarket; and a great place to base yourself when visiting the city sights.

I wouldn't recommend the Patio Apartment for the elderly or anyone with a physical disability - the stairs to the basement are steep and curved. The guestroom on the top floor is spacious, and has its own entrance. The toilet is located inside the owners apartment (but discretely set apart from their living area) - some people might find this a bit inconvenient. The owners were very obliging and carried our suitcases up and down the stairs. We'll definately be staying here again!

  • Liked — Location, value for money
  • Disliked — Stairs
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Malingshu
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New England
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2007

We spent the final six nights of our honeymoon tour at the top floor(s) of Olde Harbour, and found everything to be exactly to our liking. While the property is literally within minutes of Centraal RR Station, the apartments are quiet, spacious, and very tastefully appointed. We had three floors to roam around, witha rooftop patio, as well. It's wonderful to have a complete living suite, a modern kitchen, a nice sound system, and comfortable seating areas when you return from exploring the varied sights of the city. If you're reasonably active, and okay with lot's of locks (canal and bike), be sure to rent one of those big Dutch bikes to get around. Amsterdam is very accomodating to bikes, and you can be out of the city within minutes, with the surrounding areas are well worth exploring.

  • Liked — Unique and authentic Old Dutch interior
  • Disliked — Hauling luggage up the stairs
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank daysailorj
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Warwick
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2007

These apartments are absolutely fantastic and were just what we wanted as a family of four staying in Amsterdam for only a few days. Also very convenient as they are only a few minutes walk from central station and the centre of Amsterdam. The owners are genuinely nice and were very happy to answer all of our questions even though we arrived fairly late in the evening. We would happily go back and highly recommend staying here!!

  • Liked — The character
  • Disliked — Steep stairs to bedroom
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank hmw09
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london
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2006

This is an unexpected gem, almost within the Red Light district, but just far enough to avoid it but enjoy the benefits of being in such a central location.

We stayed in the Terrace Apartment and accompanying guest room which were furnished in modern style with good use of space. Shower rooms were well equipped with new, modern basins and showers and all rooms were extremely comfortable. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and up to date.

What was surprising was that, although on a busy central Amsterdam street, our rooms faced inwards and were incredibly quiet - you heard simply no noise at all and I have never stayed in such a peaceful spot at the heart of the City.

Our host, Marcus, was very helpful about finding restaurants locally, and all formalities were dealt with politely and clearly.

Highly recommended.

  • Liked — Spacious, central location, architecture
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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6 Thank judyrobertson
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Stockport, England
Level Contributor
13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2006

My husband and I have recently returned from a 2 night stay at the Old Harbour Apartments in Amsterdam. The apartments are 5 mins walk from Central Station and within easy walking distance of all attractions. We stayed in the Patio Apartment which has been beautifully renovated. The owners are really friendly and we can certainly recommend the Old Harbour Apartments. It was like a home from home and we will certainly be returning.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
3 Thank KCJB
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Property: Old Harbour Apartments
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 1251, 1011 AN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Binnenstad
Hotel Style:
Ranked #268 of 331 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Harbour Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Harbour Apartments offers you a choice of a guestroom and two apartments: the Patio Apartment and the Roof Terrace Apartment. The apartments, in fact the whole house is beautifully restored and decorated by one of Amsterdam's architects. Still you can see the traditionally front and rear house which are so typical for houses in the 17th century. ... more   less 
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