When Jan and Paula started their B&B, they decided to specialize in two things: the bed ... and the breakfast. And they have gotten it just right.
After a refreshing sleep in the heavenly king-sized beds, with mattresses that are sumptuously soft and yet supportive, you come down to a hearty home-cooked spread. Each day you are treated to a different hot course such as homemade banana pancakes or scrambled eggs with mushrooms or salmon. There is a plate of fresh berries & other fruit, muesli and other cold cereal, sliced Dutch cheeses & Brie, cold meats, yogurt, wonderful fresh bread and rolls from a nearby shop, and a selection of juices, teas, and coffee. One morning Paula apologized that the orange juice would be slightly delayed -- Jan was bicycling over to the nearby store to pick up more oranges!
Our room was a dream, spacious and immaculately clean with a huge bathroom and overlooking picturesque Leidsegracht canal. The style was contemporary with a homey feel - I loved the zebra-striped rubber ducky and toy sailboat perched on the rim of the large tub! The separate shower came equipped with a luxurious rain-showerhead and there was a large double-size sink and a stack of thick, soft towels. (The towel-warmer rack was a welcome touch!)
We arrived to a mini fridge stocked with bottles of water and ice-cold beer, and there were even 3 small bottles of wine (free of charge) as well as a coffee/tea maker that produced a tasty cup of cappuccino. It was tempting to linger on the tiny balcony and watch the passing canal boats, whose passengers waved to us and seemed to take us for locals.
In this bustling city we found Tulipa to be a haven of peace and quiet and yet situated close to theaters, cafes, and a full range of transportation options. It was about a 10-minute walk to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum and about 5 minutes to the lively Leidseplein area with its wide variety of eateries as well as shops. The tram was just around the corner and canal boat tours were offered less than 5 min. away.
We did a great deal of walking all around the area and always felt safe. We borrowed several of the helpful guidebooks from the breakfast room and used them to plan our visit. There was also a computer for checking email & internet downstairs, and it could be used for printing out boarding passes, theater ticket reservations, etc.
Jan and Paula are wonderful hosts, friendly, kind and hospitable. They’re a wealth of information on Amsterdam and go out of their way to make your visit enjoyable. We arrived after-hours due to an evening flight, but Jan was there to greet us and tote our bags up the stairs to our room, offering us a cup of coffee or tea along with a map of the city. When Paula learned of our early-morning departure, she made a special trip over the evening before to bring us a tray of food for the morning. And we were very grateful for her intervention the previous day when we’d discovered that KLM had cancelled our homeward reservations due to a mistake in their system. She leapt into action, made phone calls, even got ahold of Alaska Airlines for us, and eventually helped us get everything straightened out. The morning of our departure, Jan bicycled over early just to carry our bags back downstairs for us, a nice sendoff.
Because of our wonderful experience at Tulipa, our time in Amsterdam was a joy and we’re hoping to return again someday!
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