We stayed at Maes 9/11 through 9/13 of 2006 and loved it. We arrived at about 7AM at Centraal Station and took the #2 tram to its first stop - don't turn right onto Herengraacht, continue going west and you will see Herenstraat. We were greeted with breakfast and were able to leave our bags with them until checkin time (11AM). In the mean time we went to the the Ann Frank House 2 minutes walk away. When we returned, Vlad gave us the tour and recommended a restaurant or two for our short stay. The room was nice, and the kitchen and terrace were lovely. The stairs getting there are a bit tricky, so I would not recommend them for the elderly. Vlad and an employee took our bags up them, so that was no problem.
They provide hair dryers at the bed and breakfast that are European compatible, but our next hotel on the coast of Holland didn't, so I asked Vlad where I could buy one. He said he had just replaced some and had an extra, so he GAVE ME A HAIRDRYER. Where else would that happen?
Breakfast was absolutely delicious - pastries, hot Dutch pancakes, juice, coffee, tea, ham, cheese, on and on (see the picture). You can't see it in the pictures, but there is also a dressor and a chair or two in the bedroom. It's not huge, but it was fine for the two of us and our huge amount of luggage.
The location is also excellent - it's in a quiet residential neighborhood with many good places to eat nearby, and far from the insanity of tourist areas. There is a computer available on one of the floors with internet available, for free. Each person gets a key to the building which stays locked, but you can only lock the rooms from the inside. There were only two other couples staying in our building, and we saw them every day at breakfast, so we were fine with this. Our items were much safer in the room than in our backpacks where they could be pickpocketed.
I would certainly stay here again should we visit Amsterdam again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy home ambiance... In the center of Amsterdam, located only minutes away from the all major sights and nightlife spots and within walking distance from the museums, yet in a quiet residential area: Maes Bed and Breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maes Hotel Amsterdam
- Maes Bed And Breakfast