Based on the exquisite reviews Prince Henry had as well as winning the Travellers' Choice B&B Award, we booked a night in the Executive Garden Suite. Located at the back of the house, a quiet patio is part of it. The room itself is big and the new-looking bathroom even bigger! It boasts an atmosphere of a warm, Mediterranean (Spanish) surrounding, primarily sandy stones combined with colourful mosaics. It has a big bath, a small but powerful rain shower with extra handheld shower, a toilet, a washbasin and - surprisingly situated in a bathroom - an open wardrobe for clothes. Unfortunately there is no floor heating: the tiles feel a bit cold on your feet.
The room itself has quite a sober, slightly out-dated interior and, unlike the bathroom, in our opinion existed of not exactly matching styles. Here and there some silk flowers have been put in a vase, which looks a bit old fashioned. The owners took good care of several paintings on the wall, all of various styles and moods. The small antique table with two chairs however is lovely and is perfect for enjoying your sumptuous breakfast! The box spring bed had a good quality, but was a bit too short for us: it measured 1.60x2.00m. To our small disappointment the iPod docking station did not work, so we had to arrange our own music. Upon arrival the large garden doors were covered with richly lined coral curtains.
Like we already mentioned: breakfast was extensive and very, very well taken care of. We were presented with freshly baked croissants and small breads, boiled eggs, homemade jams, fresh orange juice, cheese, yoghurt and fresh fruits. A lovely warm way to leave our temporary home!
Next to the suite a small kitchen is adjacent in which you are welcome to get some free soft drinks or beers. Despite the tranquillity of the garden and the stillness of the location, during the night we heard some disturbing noises coming from the kitchen, which was probably either the refrigerator or dishwasher.
Summarising: being experienced travellers we would rate the breakfast, the high level of quality of the bathroom and the intimate atmosphere of such a small B&B like Prince Henry as very good. The interior design of the room however, brings down the average quality and feeling of luxury. A redesign of the suite would be in place. Perhaps the owners already did this with their two-bedroom suite, which looks absolutely lovely and of a much higher standard in the brochure.
Overall, we experienced our stay in the Executive Garden Suite as charming and therefore we would like to value it with 3.5 points.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Individually designed spacious (30m2-40m2) non-smoking Suites with designer bathrooms in the luxury residential Vondelpark (Amsterdam-Zuid) area. Strategically located between the PC Hooftstraat fashion shops (Prada, Dior, Vuiton Chanel...0, the main museums, but still only a 15 minutes walk from the 'Leidseplein' where the old city begins. Excellent hide out for lovers, especially if they love art and culture; walk to your favorite museum and the Concertgebouw. We have two suites with an extra sofa bed. (Excutive and Apartment suite). The area has plenty of excellent restaurants, brasseries, bars and so on. We provide you with information about these. We make a delicious breakfast for you. In the morning we will prepare this with fresh orange juice, freshly made fruit salad, ham and cheese and homemade confiture (jams) from our property in France. (Petra is a chef and a caterer). We have a special little oven for our rolls and croissants. At the desired hour (from 8 o'clock onwards), she will put it on a tray outside your door. For the early morning hours she will prepare you something the night before, which you can also take along with you to the airport. We don't knock on doors (except for housekeeping between 12.00 and 15.00 hours) so you are not going to be disturbed. Our home is your castle. ... more less
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