The quirkily-named Eel House** B&B in the Jordaan are of Amsterdam ticks all of the boxes for a great little B & B.
Friendly host (extremely), location (great), breakfast ( very,very generous and well presented, and delivered to your room, room space (plenty), together with a host of extras such as a small bar fridge, coffee maker, flat screen TV, and free daily provisions such as wine, beer and juice.
The newly refurbished bathroom was small but sparkling clean. Beds were comfortable and the linen of good quality.
We arrived on a rainy, dark winter's morning around 0730 to be met at the door by the warm smile of our gorgeous young host Vera (and her two cats). Husband Jasper was already off renovating another property (possibly to become Ell House II)
Sure, the EEl House doesn't have the glitz of a 5 star hotel (and the walk up the historic winding staircase is an interesting experience) but it more than makes up for it with its charm, friendliness, location and the genuine warmth and style of the owners.
Nearby are lots of bars, restaurants, a supermarket and lots of ordinary residents going about their business. Opposite is a small park where local children happily play. On Saturdays and Mondays a fantastic and comprehensive street market is set up in a street 100m away (Lindengracht).
It's an easy walk from the Eel House to most central atttractions such as the landmark Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House.
We stayed for four nights in December 2011 after booking the Eel House on the internet. Vera is so trusting (I'm not sure that I would be) that she didn't even require a deposit, just confirmation a couple of weeks ahead. Tariff for a major European city was very reasonable at E110 pn.
Book it, you'll love it!!! It's got our strong recommendation to add to the others you will see on Tripadvisor.
**The Eel House apparently got its name from an old Amsterdam sport/competition which involved trying to grab eels strung across a canal while passing below the rope in a boat
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming and small guesthouse in the heart of Amsterdam. A lovely historic neighborhood, across the street from a square. Modern rooms, each with bath and a french balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eelhouse Hotel Amsterdam
- Eelhouse Bed And Breakfast