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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Maes B & B

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Maes B & B
Ranked #28 of 329 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2006

We spent four nights in October at the two B&B's operated by Ken and Vlad. Our first night was a double at Maes. The next three nights, we stayed at the second B&B a few doors down. Unexpectedly, we were given a ground floor apartment at no extra charge, which included a full kitchen, living room, bedroom and small interior courtyard.

Both accomodations were great, although I would highly recommend the apartment if you can book it.

Probably the best part of the stay were Ken's restaurant recommendations, especially the brown cafe De Reiger (sp?) which offered great local food.

We didn't realize how great this location was until we were walking back from the bike rental shop next to the train station on a Sunday afternoon and got to see the crowds and madness in the main tourist ghetto. The Jordaan, with its cozy restaurants, great shops, and convenience to the places we wanted to go, was just great.

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  • Tips/Secrets — Ask Ken for restaurant recommendations.
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Aeolus
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Atlanta
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2006

We just stayed at Maes Bed & Breakfast in October based on this site's recommendations and it was fabulous. We booked well in advance and got the room overlooking the garden with the garden jacuzzi tub and oversized shower which we highly recommend. You have to go up a short flight of steep stairs to get to tub/ shower, but it is worth it! I am over 50 with a bad ankle and I had no problems going up & down. Both the shower & bath are wonderful and make a perfect end to a long day of wandering through Amsterdam.
Ken & Vlad run an excellent B & B. They really know what hospitality is and will do whatever you need to make sure your stay is enjoyable. We met a lot of great folks at he wonderful breakfasts we had each morning. The location is excellent as well. Maes is a short walk from the Train Station, but it is even easier if you take the tram down 1 stop from the station. It's only about 5-6 blocks from the Tram Stop. There are some excellent restaurants in all price ranges in the neighborhood. I was very satisfied with my stay at Maes!

  • Liked — Bath/ Shower
  • Disliked — Stairs
  • Tips/Secrets — Arrive promptly for breakfast to get best seats.
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank thestanman
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London
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2006

We used TripAdvisor for the first time and decided to book a room at the Maes B&B in Amsterdam. We returned last night and just had to add our own review of the Maes B&B to confirm that the reams of wonderful reviews you'll read about Vlad, Ken & their team at Maes are true!

We spent 4 nights staying in one of the double en-suite rooms in the annex house on Herenstraat. The room was gorgeously presented with ginger flower were arranged by the bedside. The bathroom was spotlessly clean with a beautiful landscape mirror and huge shower.

From the moment we enquired about rooms the service we received was fantastic and, most importantly, it's quite clear that Ken, Vlad and the team that work with them take great pride in their work far more than many large impersonal hotels. This shines through in the attention to detail they demonstrate at Maes. Thinks like having a computer available just for guests (and at no extra cost) meant that we didn't have to trail round Amsterdam looking for an internet cafe.

The breakfasts also were fabulous - we had a great debate about whether to stay in a b&b or whether to find a self-catering apartment but I'm so glad went to Maes. Every morning we were presented with a fresh selection of breads, dutch cheese, ham, croissants, pain au chocolat/raisin, yoghurt, fruit, pancakes and jams. The team at Maes made sure we were always topped up with juice and coffee and were just so attentive and friendly. It was also a good opportunity to chat to other guests and get great advice from Vlad on everything from the best vegetarian restaurants to taking a trip on the canals or visiting a market. Breakfast is never normally high on our list of priorities but it really set us up for the day and we're missing it now we're home!!!!

The location is great too - especially as we soon discovered that all of the cosiest pubs and cafes were in the little streets of the Jordaan, within a short stroll. Also having our own key meant that we could happily pop back with supplies and sit in the guest kitchen or balcony for our lunch and have an afternoon nap or read a book before heading off for a night out.

We had wanted a holiday that would be relaxing, without the usual hectic lifestyle that we have in London, and Maes really did help to make this possible.

  • Liked — Fantastic breakfasts
  • Disliked — Quite steep stairs...but good for working off one too many croissants
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank LAR82
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York, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2006

We stayed at Maes for two nights in October with our two children (14 & 8), we arrived in the morning after setting off from home at 5am. We were greeted by Ken who promptly provided us with not only coffee but breakfast including pancakes for our 8 year old son (Pancakes were top of his priority list whilst in Holland!!). You wouldn't get that in one of your major hotels (well not for free anyway).
We were staying in the Attic room. Obviously this is at the top of the house and required climbing some very steep stairs to get to. Getting down was interesting as you had to go down backwards (The kids loved it).
The room was great, complete with it's own kitchen (Fridge (with bottle of wine), Microwave & sink) not that we used this as guests have full use of the communal kitchen at any time of the day or night.
Breakfast are interesting as you meet people from all parts of the world (Oliver was fascinated with Uncle Rik from Texas).
Ken & Vlad were great hosts and when we return to Amsterdam we will be booking Maes again.

Ian,Sandra, Nik & Ollie

  • Liked — Location, Cleanliness, Hosts
  • Disliked — Shower
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't bother getting the tram from Central station you can walk in 10 mins
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
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4 Thank The4wardz
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2006

Our 3rd visit to Amsterdam & by far the best place we have stayed. Vlad gave us the best welcome we have ever had across Europe! Our room was spacious & very clean. The stairs were very steep - but this is a real dutch house, not a sterile box offered by the hotel chains. It is in a beautiful backwater but close to the town centre. Breakfast was great. Highly recommended!

  • Liked — The room, the welcome & the breakfast!
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Rob&Louise
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BC,Canada
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2006

Our at Mae’s B&B in June 06 was wonderful . It was the perfect spot, walking distance to most things we wanted to see and we couldn’t have been more well taken care of. Vlad was so helpful and so much fun to chat with. The greatest host. He always had a list of things to do and see.
The breakfasts were wonderful fruit breads, croissants with fresh fruit and cheese and much more. Great coffee. If you are going to Amsterdam for the first time you must experience this unique and very Amsterdam B & B
D & B Kotylak
BC, Canada

  • Liked — The building and the breakfast
  • Disliked — Nothing we loved it.
  • Tips/Secrets — Travel light there are lots of stairs in Amsterdam homes
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Whiterocklady
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Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
113 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2006

We chose Mae's on the basis of Trip Advisor reviews and the Fodor's travel forum and weren't disappointed. Liked the location, the rooms were fine for the price, and Ken and Vlad were just as friendly and charming as everyone said. We were happy that they stored luggage for us while we went to Belgium for a week. Vlad even went so far as to get a loaf of the bread I liked at breakfast and have it for us when we returned for our final night before flying home. I wasn't so sure I would like the "family atmosphere", that maybe I'd prefer a more impersonal hotel, but I really enjoyed our stay at Mae's.

  • Liked — friendliness of hosts and staff
  • Disliked — stairs
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank tripsforwalters
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Additional Information about Maes B & B

Property: Maes B & B
Address: Herenstraat 26, 1015 CB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 329 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
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 and Apartments. ... more   less 
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Maes Bed And Breakfast
Maes Hotel Amsterdam

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