We started in the smaller of Pieter's apartment because the larger one was booked. It was nice, but we really loved having the larger space, so we were happy to move there when it was available. Great apartment. Very spacious, nicely decorated, and in a convenient location. We loved having the view of the river out of the large windows in the living room. No complaints at all.
Unfortunately I didn't get around to reviewing this wonderful place when we stayed there, but walking by on a recent trip reminded me to do so. This little apartment has been meticulously updated to preserve its historical value. The host is wonderful, and he shared the very interesting building history with us (it survived the great Haarlem fire by being only metres away!). The view of the river is amazing, we spent a great deal of time just drinking coffee and watching boats go by. I hope I get the chance to go back some day!
We had the best week ever. The sun shone, the boats drifted past on the beautiful Spaarne river right outside the window of our beautiful apartment. The restaurants were wonderful and plentiful - and most of all - the Dutch people are so friendly, helpful and engaging.
We got to know our landlord Pieter who did so much for us including meeting us at Schipol just minutes before the Netherlands were due to play in the semi final of the world cup! His son also drove us into Amsterdam.
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