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“A great home away from home in Amsterdam”
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Hotel Keizershof
Ranked #148 of 367 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Hyattsville, MD
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
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“A great home away from home in Amsterdam”
Reviewed 19 October 2006

This was a great place to stay. Our first Europe trip and we just got off the plane and found the Keizershof. We had reserved the room after reading about it in the Rick Steves guide. It was convenient to, I believe, the #24 and 25 streetcars, and there was also an ABM Amro bank on the corner, which was nice when we needed to withdraw money.

The room was spacious and comfortable, with nice extra touches like a hot pot to boil water and an assortment of cocoa and teas to drink. In the rainy and chilly Amsterdam weather, and coming back to the room after a long day, these touches were most welcome. Mary was quite friendly and welcoming, and the rooms were kept very clean. We had a room with a shower, which was fine. I really got that room because I wanted the view overlooking the canal! The view was there and quite nice. The only drawbacks I can think of were the shared bathroom, which I occasionally had to wait for and which sometimes got a little smelly (of urine) at night, but I guess that's to be expected with a shared bathroom; and, if you aren't in decent shape, the stairs could be a little tough to contend with. We are not athletes though, and did fine with them.

One other thing which must be mentioned is the wonderful breakfasts, included in the price of the room. The omelets were amazing, and there was also an assortment of breads, jams, etc. as well as juice and coffee. Mary also has a nice garden in the back.

When you go to Amsterdam, don't forget to visit Haarlem, a short train ride away. A nice quiet nearby town, with lots of shops and restaurants to enjoy. And when I go back to Amsterdam, I will certainly stay at the Keizershof.

  • Stayed September 2005, travelled as a couple
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 June 2006

We stayed here as a family of 5 - mom, dad, 2 teenage age girls and a 12 year old girl. In short, we loved it. It was very much a B&B experience, with Mary alsways there to answer questions or make suggestions.

The climb up the twisting staircase to our rooms in the 16th century canal building was so much more memorbale than a high speed elevator ride would have been. We had a view of their charming courtyard from our room. And it was a pleasure to sit in that courtyard and talk with the owners - Mary and her daughter Annika (sp?).

The rooms were spacious and clean. Breaksfast was lovely. and the location on a quiet canal was perfect.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone seeking a unique experience. We are going back this summer and we're psyched!

  • Stayed June 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2006

I recently returned from my second stay this year at the Hotel Keizershof. This stay was for 3 nights with my family in one of the rooms on the top floor, overlooking the gardens in the rear (very quiet). The Keizershof is a fantastic dutch B&B experience, with a wonderful family as your hosts. Location is fantastic, with great access to some of the best local dining and other attractions in Amsterdam. The tram stop is also very close to the hotel, 2 minutes walking distance. Stairs are very steep as expected in a canal house, so pack lightly.

  • Stayed June 2006
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grenille
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Reviewed 27 March 2006

Let me start by saying that the Hotel Keizershof has large, lovely, clean rooms with great views, is in a prime location, and serves a wonderful breakfast. Would I stay here again? Yes. Was it without problems? No.

You need to know right off the bat that this is not a hotel, no matter what they call it. This is a B&B. Don't expect a front desk with services; you're staying in someone's home with no phones and family members milling around. That's fine, but they do represent themselves as a hotel, and it's just not true. Yes, they do have a lounge with a t.v., but we were never invited to use it; usually the owner's daughter was playing in front of it and watching cartoons while we ate breakfast 5 feet away.

Also, forget the "4 rooms" and "65 euro" that you will see advertised elsewhere. They now have, as far as I can tell, between 8-10 rooms, and no room goes for less than 90 euros, even in the off season. Also, be aware that the fact that you are in an old house means thin walls and very creaky floors. Ask for a room on the very top floor to avoid the noise.

On the up side, the breakfast was wonderful, the rooms are quite clean and definitely huge, the views are great, the family is eccentric but friendly. If you like the European B&B experience, definitely stay here. If you need hotel amenities, try somewhere else.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed 30 September 2005

This small hotel is very quaint and perfectly located. There is just something about sleeping in a canal house that was built in the 1640's! Mary and her daughter are excellent hosts. Our "Rita Hayworth" room was very clean and the breakfast each morning was great. The hotel has a definite B&B feel- it was fun eating at the breakfast table with the other guests talking about our Amsterdam experiences. Mary was particularly helpful, waiting up for us when we got lost while driving from Paris to Amsterdam and even arranging a taxi pick up for us. Amsterdam is a wonderful city- be adventurous! People in the service industry (hotels, etc.) will advise you not to rent bikes and will try to convince you that you will be run over, however, it is the ONLY way to see the city!

  • Stayed September 2005
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 16 September 2005

A great little B&B at a convenient location on one of the main grachts in central Amsterdam. Easily accessible to Rembrandtsplein & Leidseplein w/ the Spui Centre and the Reijksmuseum a short walk too. There's a train stop right near the Hotel as well. Street parking in front was readily available, but expensive. Proprietors are very knowledgeable of the area and quick to offer suggestions on sights & restaurants.

In typical European style, rooms tend towards the smaller side, but not uncomfortably small. Prepare yourself for bringing luggage up a tight, steep corkscrew staircase. Rooms facing the rear have a view of a peaceful garden courtyard (read: very quiet at night). Last: the breakfasts are great -- don't miss the omelettes.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2005

Hosts were pleasant, and gave excellent touring advice concerning both Amsterdam and the Hague. Breakfast was quite good, and they even gave us a small bottle of wine for the evening. The stairs were quite steep, but that is simply the nature of canal houses. We had the Marlene Dietrich room -- The room was very comfortable and well-maintained.

Stayed February 2005
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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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