Nestled in a cozy little nook off of the busy Oude Hoogstraat, within walking distance of both Dam Square and Central Station, in the epicenter of Red Light, Amsterdam Cribs B&B is truly one of the hidden gems of Amsterdam. This affordable B&B served as the perfect launching pad for my Amsterdam adventure!
I arrived in Amsterdam on the 7:00 am train from Schiphol and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to check in till later; as is the case for most places. However, my on site host Barbara; was not only graciously hospitable (a truly knowledgeable host, who often led me in the right direction for whatever it was that I was interested in pursuing), but accessible as well. I was cheerfully greeted at the front door, given a clean, private room (equipped with Wi-Fi) with a bird’s eye view to the bustling action of the Red Light District and sent on my way. As I explored the city, it was comforting to know that my home base was minutes away from every major attraction the city had to offer.
If you're looking for cafe's, there are about a dozen within a 5 minute walk; one (Pick Up the Pieces) is right next door. There's a super market in plain sight and most pubs and restaurants are close by. If you're looking for anything specific or have any questions about how to get anywhere, just ask Barbara; that's what I did. All of the museums and cultural attractions are very close as well. The B&B has complimentary maps of the city. You can catch the tram to the station if you need to, but I walked; about 10 minutes on foot. Take a roadie with you and you'll actually be upset that you got there so soon.
Every night when I made my way back home, it was comforting to know that safety was not a concern. Amsterdam Cribs has only one point of entry, only accessible with a key, and each room has its own lock and key as well. Amsterdam shuts down around 1:00 am, for the most part, but I actually enjoyed coming back to my nest every night. After a long day, in the privacy of my own spot, I could post my pics, get in touch with friends and family (Wi-Fi) and open the window to let in the cool summer breeze while I lit up a night cap and recalled the adventures of the day.
I will definitely visit Amsterdam again and I will most definitely be staying at Amsterdam Cribs B&B!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amsterdam Cribs B&B is a smoker's friendly place, geared towards people looking to explore the city at a laid back pace. It's a great alternative to a typical budget hotel or a crowded hostel dorm. All our rooms are private and equipped with cable TV/DVD and a shower/toilet. We are located in the heart of Amsterdam, just five minutes walk from the Dam Square, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. Note: The Cribs has a narrow and winding stairway, which may not be suitable for the elderly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Cribs Hotel Amsterdam