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“Great home-from-home in beautiful, quiet part of the city” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Keizershof
Ranked #149 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
81 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great home-from-home in beautiful, quiet part of the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2011

We stayed for a long weekend in March 2011. We were met by the owner who welcomed us to her home. So this is not the usual faceless international hotel but rooms in a 17th century canalhouse. You have a front-door key; you join other guests at the long table for breakfast. There is a good range of the usual meats, fresh fruit, cereals etc and you will be asked if you want an omelette or pancakes. We had a first floor room at the back of the house and ours was the only room on that staircase. The room, which had an old fireplace with Delft tiles, was homely rather than slick. We liked this and would stay again. The room had a shower cabinet and the lavatory, which only we used, was just outside the door. Yes, the spiral staircase is steep and narrow but remember this is a conserved 400-year-old house that, because of the tax laws, was built to be narrow-fronted.
The museum plain is just a few blocks behind the hotel and we liked being away from the noise of Dam Square. There is a great restaurant at the end of the street. It has no name, no menu and only does steak or salad. It may look forbiddingly expensive but a whole lobster, great chips (fries) and well-dressed salad at about 21 euros was good value.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Flaneur47
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Philadelphia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2011

Unbeatable location, impeccable cleanliness and a copious, healthy breakfast (omelets plus eat all else you want) included in the fare distinguish this family run hotel from any other in Amsterdam. Owner Mary is here the grand, no-nonsense Matriarch, who is ever present, ever helpful.

Location and breakfast lend this hotel (starting, realistically speaking, at about a hundred Euros for a couple, to be paid in cash) its exceptional value: Most attractions are literally within less than fifteen minutes walk, and the breakfast will save you big bucks on eating out.

Though the house itself is one of the grand mansions that line the Keizersgracht, the hotel rooms, which occupy only the third and fourth floors, are nondescript simple, have no telephones, yet are exceptionally light and clean.

But don't come with the intention to party here, and, if your luggage is heavy or cumbersome, make sure you have enough muscle to lug it up some steep stairs.

One small suggestion for the owners: invest in heavier carpets, essential in this old house where noise travels easily from room to room. Our upstairs neighbor was heavy footed and an early riser, which meant we really couldn't sleep beyond 7:00.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EGN7
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2011

We arrived at 12:30PM and were greeted by the owners with a warm smile. We were informed we should take our luggage up to our room and come down whenever we were ready to register. Our room (Charlie Chaplin) was very clean, large and cheerfully decorated. We had a shower/sink in our room (with blow dryer) and shared a toilet in the hall. Our internet signal was weak according to our laptops but we had no problems using the Wi-Fi in our room...fabulous! But, in case the signal is not good, there is a wonderful living room with comfortable couch and chairs and you should have no problems. Our host and her daughter and helper continued to be gracious and start us off each morning with a full breakfast (realize this value). You might be greeted by the host two cats. There was enough good food to last us all day. Outside of carrying up our luggage to the 3rd floor (spiral stairways) it was a wonderful place to stay. The location is very good too!! We could hear some noise from the street below but not much-nothing worth keeping you away.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mroterdam
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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2011

The owners of Hotel Keizershof, the De Vries familiy, are absolutely wonderful. At their hotel, you aren't just a guest, you feel as if you are staying with old friends. I have never stayed at a bed and breakfast, but that is how I would categorize this hotel. Upon arrival they gave me some tips about the area, made me feel right at home, yet I came and went as I pleased.

My room was on the 1st floor with it's own staircase, so I didn't have to carry my suitcase too far. It overlooked the garden and although my stay was during the winter, I can only imagine how much more charming it will look in spring and summer. The room even had a beautiful antique fireplace with old delft tiles and it felt quite roomy. Although the amenities were basic, there was a tea pot in the room, the room/bathroom were clean, the bed was super comfortable, and they even had free wireless. Perhaps my favorite part was the amazing breakfast they served, I had a hard time believing it was all for the guests. If only the food in America was this good!

The hotel is centrally located on a beautiful quiet canal. The tram stops right off of the street, so it's easy to get to from Central Station. Whether you want to walk to Dam square, go to the Van Gogh museum, or the Anne Frank House, they are easily accessible from the hotel.

If I get to come back to Amsterdam, I will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ziggidyz
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Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2010

Enjoyed our stay here. Our room was up on the 3rd floor with a gorgeous view of the canal. The spiral staircase to get there was tight and difficult to climb with luggage, but worth it! The room was comfortable and cozy with a very clean bathroom. Breakfast was fantastic and included and the host was most generous. She gave us museum passes to use that other guests had left after their stay - saved us at least 40euros each! The location is also perfect - within walking distance of all sights and close to the tram that gets you to central station.
Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Portland_and_beyond
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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2010

Hotel Keizershof was convenient to the trams and within easy walking distance to Leidseplein.

The breakfast room was elegant. The breakfast was good and fun, visiting with the owner, Mary, and her kids, Ernest and Hanneke, who were friendly, helpful and accommodating.

We loved our room, Mae West, which had a canal view, was very clean, warm and cozy, with the toilet & shower in the hall. Climbing the steep spiral staircase, passing through business offices to get to our room on the 3rd floor, was wonderfully characteristic.

Our only negative is that we had to depart very early our last morning and did not get to enjoy the breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CarolJim
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2010

My adult son and I stayed at Hotel Keizershof for three nights in late October. This was our first visit to Amsterdam and we booked our stay after reading some reviews and pricing some other options. We don't regret it and enjoyed our visit. The family own hotel, more like a bed and breakfast, was perfect for our needs. it is centrally located and very reasonably priced. Our room was on the third floor and if you did not pack light, you will certainly regret it once you reach the top! We chose a bedroom with a private sink and shared toilet and shower. We never saw any other guests but I know some of the other rooms were occupied. Although the room was not particularly up-to-date, it was tidy and clean. Keep in mind, we get up early and come back late. We wanted a room for sleeping and had little need for a big television and the other typically related amenities found in an a chain American hotel. We wanted some local flavor and this hotel provided it. Keep in mind it is old and there are some limitations. It is centrally located and most museums and other attractions are within easy walking distance (we like to walk . . . a lot!). Due to excellent directions provided by the owener, we easily found the hotel from Central Station using a streetcar. The owner and hostess, Mary, was delightful. She greeted us upon our arrival. The only surprises were pleasant ones. Mary and her daughter provided us excellent ideas for visiting museums and advised us concerning directions, schedules, etc. They were extremely helpful. We felt like we were staying in the home of one of our friends . .. . as it turned out we were! Now, concerning the breakfast. . . my son can eat! I usually have trouble waking him and getting him going, but after the first morning, he was up early and downstairs at the table! Mary prepared great omelettes and or waffles that accompanied a fine assortment of pastries, fruit, yogurt, cheese, sliced meats, cereals, fresh juice, coffee, tea, etc. My only problem was prying my son away from the table. All of this said, if you are expecting the big American chain with all the "amenities," this hotel is probably not for you. If you want to make some new friends, enjoy a quiet neighborhood and enjoy a true taste of Amsterdam, I recommend it. I feel like most of the previous favorable reviews are accurate. I can't speak about the negative comments because that was not our experience.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lwhcchh
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Property: Hotel Keizershof
Address: Keizersgracht 618 | Tram 16 & 24, 4th Stop, 1017 ER Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) , Rembrandtplein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#33 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#39 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#67 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Keizershof 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our seventeenth century canal-house is located on the picturesque Keizersgracht in the historic heart of Amsterdam. The house was built in 1672.And is a registered monument with original features as the spiral staircase, exposed beams, monumental outside steps and original fireplaces Between 1906 and 1920 the house was frequently visited by members of the Dutch Royal family, among which our Queen,Juliana who used to play here when she was a little girl. Our hotel has free WIFI in all rooms Behind the hotel you will find our peaceful backyard with an abundance of flowers where, weather permitting, we serve you an excellent Dutch breakfast. ... more   less 
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