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“Lovely B&B”
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B&B 1657
Ranked #138 of 336 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Lovely B&B”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Sal and Els have the formula just right. Good communication and directions prior to arrival. Friendly welcome. Nicely done room and bathroom with ever-changing scene from the window. Great cafe (Toon) also owned by them for breakfast - have what you like. Free minibar, nuts, sweets, coffee-table books. Very good location for access throughout Amsterdam. Would definitely come here again.

Room Tip: No. 2 has a bath and a shower. Also not so many steep stairs.
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Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

We arrived on Sunday 30 March at 3.30pm and the room was not ready we were invited to have coffee at the cafe around the corner"we think this is owned by the same people who own the B&B" and we ended up paying for the coffee this is also were you get breakfast.On Monday morning "we had the same problem as ANCHI M" the builders started running up and down the stairs at 7.00am this is not pleasant when you have to use a bathroom that is across the narrow stair landing,if we had known there were builders in we would not have stayed here.On the third night we came back to the B&B and the room and bathroom had not been cleaned and the towels not changed,we went around to the Cafe and the young lady was very apologetic and asked us to come down for a drink "we had been caught by this before and decided to decline"The rooms are not cleaned consistently well and we ended up washing glasses out every night,We were prepared for the City noises you experience,we knew about the seperate bathroom and we also new the stairs were steep and narrow but this is even more difficult when there is wood stacked on one side and plasterboard on the other.The location is fantastic and the rooms are OK but the owners who we never met need to put a bit of effort in, the young lady at the cafe seemed unsuccessfully to try and cover both the B&B and cafe.

Room Tip: It might be quieter at the top!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

When my husband and I first arrived to the B&B, we were in love with its decor - a bit rustic yet modern and cozy. The breakfast was good in the mornings and was prepared for us no matter what time we would come to eat.
From other reviews, we were prepared that our bathroom would be on the other side of the corridor, but since our room was the only one on the first floor, we did not mind .
We stayed for a total of 5 nights, and the first two were great as it was the weekend, but the last three mornings were awful as the hotel owners were renovating the upper floors without informing us, so we had workmen running up and down the narrow stairs from 7 in the morning, dragging stuff around.. Considering how narrow and tiny the staircase is, you can imagine the noise. And ofcourse, crossing over to the bathroom was unpleasant with all that fuss. It was really a disappointment. On the last night we even booked another hotel, but changed our minds as we were to tired to pack our luggage and drag it there in the rain.
The most annoying was that the owners acted as if nothing was wrong and charged us the full price on our stay.
Other than that, the location is really good and I'm sure it would have been a good stay if there were no works, or if we were at least prepared or informed of the renovation so as to choose if we want to put up with that or not... This was a hard review to do as the place is pretty and convenient, but our stay was disappointing. Hopefully we were an isolated case.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Besides a little confusion upon arrival, as it is not clearly marked as a B&B, it was a wonderful stay. The team here really had a nice presentation and made everything comfortable during my two nights in Amsterdam! Great morning breakfast, tasteful and modern bathroom and bedroom furnishing, with views of Herengracht canal. Starbucks is around the corner, and easy access to the tram and the rest of Amsterdam for tourism or work.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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North Yorkshire
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114 reviews
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

Really enjoyed our stay at BB1657. Customer service was excellent, we were contacted via email just after booking to explain check in, on arrival in Amsterdam we contacted the owner with our arrival time and was met at the house. Its not obvious that the house is a B&B but as we were met there it wasn't a problem. The room was ready for us as we arrived so we were able to freshen up and drop off our bags before going out to explore. The owners sister gave us some handy tips and a nice little map too. The room was spacious and very comfortable, with large comfortable bed, free mini bar, free wifi and TV with English channels. The bathroom is across the hall but this wasn't really a problem as it was still private and was very well decorated with luxurious double bath and power shower. Breakfast was served in the breakfast room downstairs and was a full range of continental dishes plus eggs cooked to order. It was all very fresh and very well presented.
Location wise the BB was close enough to main areas to be convenient but far enough to be quiet. Would definitely stay here again if we returned to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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berkeley, CA
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

This B&B is a traditional canal house, made into a charming B&B. I was taken with the effort made in modernizing the bathrooms and the simplicity yet comfort of the room furnishings. The breakfast was excellent; fresh orange juice, pastries, eggs, and yoghurt. The stairs are very steep, but Else helped us get our more than ordinary amount of luggage up to the first floor bedroom (which is on the third landing).

I particularly enjoyed the view from our room. You can sit quietly with the complimentary drinks supplied in the small refrigerator and watch a fascinating tableaux of life in Amsterdam. Museums are nearby as are some very good restaurants. Sal, the owner, was lovely. I am an older traveler, so the stairs were a bit of a challenge, but I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this B&B! One suggestion: do not take a vehicle into Amsterdam. Take a taxi to the B&B from the airport (50 euros) and then use local transport, walking, or taxis to move around the city! Lenore (Berkeley, CA)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Turin, Italy
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2013

absolutely a great B&B to stay!!
very nice, very clean and modern rooms, view on the canal and great breakfast with fresh orange juice.
With the courtesy of the staff we felt home!
Again, this is a GREAT B/B to stay!
we will come back here for sure!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: B&B 1657
Address: Herengracht 585, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) , Rembrandtplein
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Ranked #138 of 336 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — B&B 1657 3*
Number of rooms: 2
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