The Collector

De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071 PB , Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1071 PB

Price from: £81

The Collector

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

I write for The Daily Telegraph, The .... Read more
#24 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Location:
3.7
3.7
Bedrooms:
4.2
4.2
Eating/drinking:
3.5
3.5
Public areas:
3.3
3.3
Leisure facilities:
2.6
2.6
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Art

Expert review of The Collector

Great value b & b, in a quirkily decorated private apartment.

This is one of the most appealing b & bs I know of in Amsterdam - and because it's not on a canal its prices are very reasonable. The owner, Karel Poels, is - as you might guess - a collector. Displays of Delftware, clocks, clogs, honey pots, perfume bottles, old ice skates and suitcases adorn the stairs and landing of his apartment, and the three double bedrooms within it that he rents out.

Location: 

It's up on the first floor of a 1914 townhouse, on a busyish street. The Concertgebouw - Amsterdam's main venue for classic concerts - is just down the street, and the Van Gogh Museum is under five minutes' walk away.

Bedrooms: 

These are spacious, well proportioned, attractively furnished, and have their own smart, mosaic-tiled bathrooms. The two at the rear are preferable, as they share a balcony you can sit out on, and the street to the front is quite noisy, with trams trundling by.

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Public areas: 

Guests have round-the-clock access to a cheerful, fully equipped, eat-in kitchen. There's a computer to use (for free) in the hall.

Eating and drinking: 

Everything you might need for a DIY breakfast is supplied, including eggs from Karel's resident chickens, as well as milk, juice, bread, jam, yoghurts and so forth. You can help yourself to tea and coffee any time, and if you buy the food - there's a supermarket a couple of minutes' walk away - you could rustle up supper too.

Leisure facilities: 

Bikes are available to rent.

Service: 

Karel is by all accounts a really helpful host.

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Who stays there: 

Lots of north Americans.

Price advice: 

Rooms are cheaper November to March. Breakfast is included in the rates. 

Pros: 
Excellent value for money
Big, attractive bedrooms
Round the clock use of a kitchen
Cons: 
The do-it-yourself nature of breakfasts
The kitchen is compact, and there are no other public areas

More information on The Collector:

Price from:
£81
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071 PB , Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1071 PB
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet

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