The location of the Captain’s House is absolutely brilliant, only about seven minutes walk to Centraal Station which is also the hub for an excellent tram service. Chinatown and the Red Light District are quite close but the street itself is very quiet at night. Families with children have no need to worry.
The stairs at the apartment are steep - as they are everywhere in Amsterdam. Fortunately our host, Arjen, was there to help us with our luggage. He also gave us a tour of the local area and showed us some good places to eat. Captein & Co (only a stone’s throw away) became our regular haunt at the end of a busy day’s sightseeing.
Everyone in our party commented on the comfort of the beds and the quality of our sleep. There is plenty of storage space, the smaller of the bedrooms has a very spacious wardrobe and the double-room has storage built-in.
The kitchen area, while small, had all that we needed - hob, toaster, microwave, dishwasher. Coffee, tea, herbs, spices and cooking oil were all provided. There isn’t an oven… not a problem for us but if you’re wanting to save money by eating back at the apartment you might find this a constraint.
The fridge was nicely stocked on our arrival with cold drinks of all sorts. We were also welcomed with a bottle of wine, stroopwafel and freshly cut tulips.
The sitting-room area was really lovely. Two nicely proportioned sofas meant that we could really spread ourselves out - great for planning our next day’s activities. And of course I must mention “The Egg”. It’s about 15 inches tall and gradually changes colour… very relaxing.
We can’t thank you enough Arjen, for providing us with such a lovely apartment. We would love to come again.
Three of us stayed here for a week and couldn't have asked for better. The location is close to Central Station and also some good eating places and supermarkets. The apartment is lovely (built in1652) and it has been modernised to great effect whilst keeping some old-world charm about it. The bedrooms were large and comfortable and one of them led out to a small terrace - lovely for evening drinks. The bathroom and an additional toilet have been modernised and the shower is great (no bath). The stairs are narrow and quite steep so might not be suitable for people with walking difficulties but they certainly kept us fit (2 flights to get up to the bedrooms and bathrooms and another flight to reach the lounge and kitchen). The kitchen is modern and has everything required - even a dishwasher. There is also a washer/dryer in one of the bedrooms. The TV in the lounge has cable and BBC1 and BBC2 is available as well as the normal Dutch channels. There was a myriad of box sets, music and board games for rainy days but we did not have to use them.
Anjer and his wife are great hosts and we were welcomed with some wine, beer and soft drinks as well as plenty of tea and coffee. Anjer met our daughter at the station and carried her case early in the evening and although he offered to do the same for us we felt we felt that our arrival at close to midnight was too late to take up the offer. He gave us 2 separate tours of the surrounding area and advice on where to eat and buy provisions. He also offered to accompany our daughter back to the station for her separate return journey but she felt 05:30 was just a tad too early to accept.
Spent 5 nights at the apartment. It is in a very good location about a 10 minute walk from central station. The owner was very nice and friendly. He walked me around the neighborhood and showed me good restaurants and the market. When we left he walked us to the train station and helped my parents with their luggage.
I stayed in 2 separate locations in Amsterdam and this was by far the best.
Pros: excellent host--Arjen was super prompt with communication and very kind, giving us a guided tour of the neighborhood upon arrival. He even lent my son 2 soccer balls and showed us the best places in the neighborhood to play soccer.
--beautiful house located in a safe and picturesque neighborhood very close to the central station
--super comfortable beds
--modern bathrooms, rest of apartment has an old world feel
--easy access to groceries and restaurants
Very well equipped 2 floor apartment, has everything you need for a fab long weekend in Amsterdam. Arjen is a great host and goes the extra mile with complimentary items, thank you!! I reiterate all previous reviews and highly recommend, it's in a perfect location with easy access to all of Amsterdam. Please take up his recommendations where to eat, he did us all proud .
The only moan I had is the serious building works that start bang on 7am Mon-Fri, but sleep in the back bedroom is not affected. Obviously this is not a problem if you're early risers, but I would not have booked had I'd known, as I do like a lie in on my holidays. I will be definitely returning though with my family, it is very comfortable and relaxing .
We had a wonderful time in Capain's House, the location is amazing it's minutes walk away from central station and near by many shops and restaurants where you can feel the taste of Amsterdam. The flat was nice and clean and it had all what we needed and could easily accommodate our family of four. There were wifi and cable TV and complimentary coffee, tea and drinks. But most important of all was Arjen's hospitality where he took us on a tour to show us around and sincerely he offered his help, I would definitely recommend the Captain's House and would return back.
Great location and easy to find; only about 5 mins walk from central station and close to many lovely bars, cafes, restaurants, coffee shops & other attractions and landmarks.
Arjen was a brilliant host and couldn't have been more helpful & accommodating. The apartment was beautiful and had everything we needed and more. It was ideal for the 4 of us and there was plenty of space to store our things.
The living area was great to hang out in later in the evening and although we didn't make use of them, there were lots of DVD boxsets, movies, cd's and books if you happened to spend more time in the apartment.
This is without a doubt the nicest places I have stayed whilst in Amsterdam and I wouldn't hesitate to book again on my next trip.
Thanks for everything Arjen!