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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Keizershof Hotel Amsterdam