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.
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.
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.
Bikes are available to rent.
Karel is by all accounts a really helpful host.
Who stays there
Lots of north Americans.
Rooms are cheaper November to March. Breakfast is included in the rates.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Round the clock use of a kitchen
- Big, attractive bedrooms
- Excellent value for money
- The kitchen is compact, and there are no other public areas
- The do-it-yourself nature of breakfasts