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Frederic Rent a Bike
Ranked #53 of 336 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Great stay in Frederic's Mondriaan room”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Me and my girlfriend were staying for 3 nights in Mondriaan room, and had a great time. The hosts were super-nice and helpful, the facilities are fantastic. The room is very clean and the water bed is comfortable. The Jacuzzi bath is perfect and large enough for two. There wasn't any shortage of hot water and the hosts provide you with plenty of special bath salts and foam liquids which turn the bath taking to a very relaxing and soothing process :)

Hosts hospitality and all the small complimentary things turn your stay into an unique and very pleasant home-like experience.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Colorado Springs, CO
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

We rented a lovely apartment (Marja) through Frederic Rent A Bike. It's listed as staying "With Our Friends" on the website, and that's very much what it was. The apartment was beautiful, and larger than the photos on the website made it look. I loved being able to go to the grocery store, cook in the wonderful kitchen, and sit in my own little living room. I felt I was a temporary Amsterdam resident. The location (across the canal from Frederic's office) was very pretty and very convenient.

The bedroom (at the back of the apartment) was amazingly quiet. The living room, where our daughter slept, was less quiet, but it didn't bother her. We had use of the washer and drier, part of the reason that we chose the apartment.

Frederic's son took our reservation, checked us in, and gave us an orientation to the city. He couldn't have been kinder or more helpful.

The down side was pretty much exclusively in my expectations. We'd stayed at the home of friends who were out of town earlier in our trip, and somehow I expected a combination of that and a hotel. Instead, we found that the apartment wasn't quite as clean nor as easy to navigate as our friends' home. The bathroom and bedroom were very clean, but the armoire was half-full of shoes and such, and the closet doors were tied shut with a ribbon. There was no drawer space available at all. The kitchen was very clean, but the dining room table had dried food stuck to it, and some of the dishes on the rack were quite dusty. We didn't need to take out the trash, but if we had, we wouldn't have known what to do with it. If we hadn't stayed with our friends and didn't know any Dutch, it would have been very difficult to work the washer and drier or the dishwasher. We could certainly have gone back to the office about either of those, or to get more toilet paper instead of buying it at the grocery store, but it wasn't worth it.

Our first night, I was disappointed in my choice, and I thought something that felt a little more welcoming would have been better. By the end of our 5 nights, I was very pleased with my choice, although I still would have liked a little drawer space (and still found the ribbons on the closet doors off-putting). If I return to Amsterdam, I'd certainly go back to Frederic and his family, and I might well rent this apartment again. I'd just do it knowing that it's not an antiseptic, sterile hotel room; it's an apartment that someone lives in and rents out when she has the opportunity.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Czestochowa, Poland
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Due to my business, I often pass through Amsterdam. Until, someone introduced me to Frederic's rooms, I had to put up with hotels. Now, I stay at Frederic... a home away from home. It's a walk away from Central Station and near everything needed to make your stay a nice experience...

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

I rent Houseboat #9 for 3 nights(530€).Location us ideal(in front of Anne Frank s house).it was clean, well equipped and so nice to stay on a houseboat in Amsterdam.Frederic & his son are very kind and recommanded very nice restaurants. But if you want to sleep deeply that s not the place to stay : church bells chimmed every 30 minutes even during night !

  • Stayed April 2012
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

We booked a house boat in November 2011. "WOW" would be an understatement the boat was spotless and equipped with everything you would want for a relaxed stay. The location was fantastic near to the centre but not noisy, we woke to a craft and produced market on the other side of the canal and sightseeing boat going by (keep curtains closed until you are dressed then sit back and relax watching Amsterdam go by). The guys at Frederic could not have done more for us, it was a pleasure going in to have a laugh and giggle let alone the local information and tips they gave us. We only stayed for a weekend but with the help of Frederic staff and the great location we got to see and do so much. We will be back, why stay in Amsterdam in a hotel when to can live the Amsterdam dream on the water.

Room Tip: We stayed on Houseboat 3 it only sleeps 3 but the location was Amsterdam
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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67 reviews
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

We rented two apartments in the same house on Herenmarkt - Vila Flora and Carlo. Our family visited Amsterdam during a time when a major conference was in town and most hotels jack up their rates and/or require long stays. These were the only reasonably priced accommodations we found that alllowed us to stay just 3 nights during that time. Our expectations were low but we were wowed by the value we received. The apartments were spotlessly clean, spacious and comfortable. Both had a washer/dryer, very small dishwasher and mini-fridge The owner provided plenty of supplies. She lives in the building next door and checked in with us to make sure everything was OK. Our bedroom was at the back of the apartment and faced a small courtyard between two buildings. We were pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was, even though there is a busy restaurant close by. The location is excellent. It's within walking distance of the train station and close to many restaurants, shops and a great Saturday market. The folks at Frederic Rent a Bike were awesome.

Some things to be aware of that may be of concern to some though they were not a problem for us:
1) The stairs up to the apartments were narrow and super steep, almost ladder-like. I think this is typical for Amsterdam, but it may be an issue if you have mobility challenges or lots of heavy luggage. The apartments we stayed in were on the second and third floor.

2) The toilet was in a small room just outside the apartment. There was only one apartment on each floor so it wasn't shared with anyone else but you do need to leave the privacy of your apartment to go to the loo. The shower was inside the apartment. Also, in our apartment, if you turned on the light in the toilet room, it also came on in the shower room, right next to the bed. A 3am trip to the toilet will probably be noticed by your sleeping partner.

3) You must pay the rental charge in full, in cash, upon arrival. We had no problems with this, but did need to bank funds via several ATM trips prior to our arrival. We provided a credit card # as a guarantee when making the reservation but nothing was charged.

Overall, these apartments were a great value and we would definitely return. Our bike rental experience with Frederic was also perfect.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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New York
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

I stayed on one of Frederic's houseboats with my husband and our friend for four evenings. Everything was exactly as advertised on their website (except that Frederic accidentally forgot to add the cost of one of the evenings when he confirmed our reservation, but no big deal). The young guy who helped us (Marte?) at the check-in office was just fantastic. He sat down with us upon arrival for a good half hour and told us about all his favourite things to do in Amsterdam, marking down these spots on a map for us to take away. When we arrived at the houseboat, we found the accommodations to be very clean and well-kept, and all appliances were in working order. Staying on a houseboat in Amsterdam was a truly unique experience, and one I recommend to all visitors to this great city. Reserve with Frederic and you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Frederic Rent a Bike
Address: Binnen Wieringerstraat 23, 1013 EA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 336 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the Binnen Wieringerstraat 23, you will find Frederic Rent a Bike, a small, artistic, cozy bike rental that focuses on delivering an excellent local experience to its clients. Founded in the 1980’s as an art gallery by charming owners Frederic and Marjolein Sieger, Frederic Rent a Bike has since expanded its operation to focus on renting out bicycles. Ideally located just five minutes walk from Central Station, Dam Square, Frederic provides gorgeous accommodation options throughout the historic Jordaan district and main canal ring. Amsterdam’s Canal Ring has grown to be one of the world’s most unique urban landscapes and in 2010 the Amsterdam Canal Ring was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. For more than 20 years Frederic Rent a Bike have been ensuring that their guests have an incredible stay in Amsterdam – by providing an array of unique and thoughtful culinary and cultural recommendations to help you fall in love with this city. We look forward to seeing you soon. We hope to meet you one day in Amsterdam. Frederic, Marjolijn, Marne, Arthur and Jasmijn. ... more   less 
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