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Amsterdam hotels/B & B recommendations

My husband and I will be flying into Amsterdam prior to going on a RS tour that starts in Berlin. I've been looking in Rick's book and checked out a few but would love some input. Boorgaard's B & B, which looked promising, is moving and now charging a non-refundable deposit and increased prices. We are looking for a quiet place, if possible, but would like to be near to the main attractions. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Barb

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Not in Rick's book, but I enjoyed The Times Hotel on the Herengracht canal just on the border of the Jordaan area. About a 10 minute walk from Centraal, 5 minutes to Anne Frank House, many tram lines just 1-2 blocks away to take you all over. Neighborhood peaceful with many good restaurants, brown cafes, and the "9 Streets" area very close by with lots of cute little boutiques for shopping. Also within walking distance are several laundromats with both self-service and drop-off service and grocery stores if you need to stock up on bottled water, snacks or picnic supplies. Hotel has rooms that overlook the canal and ones that do not if you have a preference. The Times does offer breakfast, but it is an additional fee. It looked ok, but I opted out as there are many places to grab something quickly or have a sit down breakfast nearby. Hotel has an elevator. Note that there is a "coffee shop" next door (Amnesia), but you would hardly know that it is there as the patrons are quiet, older, and look to be mostly locals, not like the frat party atmosphere of other coffee shops elsewhere in the city.

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Interesting to learn about the changes at Boogaard's...we stayed there a couple of years ago and loved it, but there was no availability for our time slot this past spring. After reviewing tripadvisor.com we selected Prinx Studio Apartments and were very pleased. They have, I think, two locations...as we were planning many daytrips by train we chose the location on Haarlemerdijk near Centraal Station. Spacious, well furnished small kitchen, immaculate and comfortable. Ton, the owner, could not have been more accommodating when working out details of arrival, payment, etc. we were very happy with our stay. Friends who stayed at the canal side apartment months later also were very pleased...they are, I believe, near the Rijksmuseum area. All our arrangements were done via email. I always thought Boogaard's would be our "go to " lodging in Amsterdam, but given the changes you mention and our past experience we shall now be open to either. Good luck.

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Hi Barb,

Last November we stayed at the Eelhouse B&B in the Jordaan neighborhood. Vera and Jasper were wonderful, and the rooms were great. We had a little kitchenette, and the small frig in the room was restocked daily with water, juice, beer and wine (all compliementary!) Vera brings a huge breakfast up to your room each morning at the time you designate. The Eelhouse dates from the 1600's, so there's no elevator and the stairs are very steep and narrow, if that's a concern. We walked here from the train station (about 15-20 minutes) and also walked to Dam Square and the Anne Frank house, so you're very close to the main attractions, but the B&B itself is in a very quiet and quaint neighborhood. They get great reviews on TripAdvisor too.

Enjoy Amsterdam!

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My husband and I spent a couple of days in Amsterdam in 2012. I was looking at staying at Boorgaards B&B but they were booked up and recommended a place on the corner from their place.

Susan Marshall
+31.6.1657.2466
www.bnbgallery.com
Bed and Breakfast Gallery
Roomolenstraat 8
1015 AN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
We were very pleased and the location was great. We walked a short distance from the train station to get there and it is not directly on the main streets. Susan is from the US. She is extremely informative when you arrive and makes your time in Amsterdam a little easier to plan and navigate. She gave us a map and marked all the points of interest and the best restaurants.

I am certain that there are many places that are great to stay. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating.

Good Luck!