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Suite 259
Ranked #93 of 329 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“It's all just like the other reviews say.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2013

Stayed in the Safari Suite, which is a beautful room, with everything you could need (fridge, coffee machine, spa bath, fresh flowers, wine, chocolates). Peter and Aziz are great, friendly hosts and the breakfasts are fantastic. Great location - 15mins on a tram into town, head to the park just a couple of minutes away, and great restaurants nearby.

The only thing I'd say, is that Safari Suite is at the front of the building and whilst it does have great double glazing, there's still some noise from the street. It didn't bother us, but if you were looking for silence to get to sleep then you might want to head to the back of the house (Grand Safari).

Peter/Aziz - thanks for a fantastic holiday and if/when we come again we will bring the kids.

Room Tip: Safari Suite - front of the house, a bit of street noise (but double glazed, so really, not a lot...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Thank Craig H
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English first
Market Harborough, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

This is our second stay at Suite 259; we stayed here in 2004. Today, Suite259 is still just as lovely, friendly, warm, welcoming and homely as I remember from back then.

Peter and Aziz are fantastically hospitable and friendly hosts. If you have any questions about attractions or locations that you plan to visit, they are very happy to give you tips on what's worth seeing and the best ways/times to see it. They are friendly without it seeming false or sycophantic - it's not over-the-top and you get the impression that they are genuinely interested to making your stay fun and enjoyable.
Peter even gave us a little framed photo he'd taken of us enjoying the amazing breakfast one morning (see later in the review), as a memento to take home with us - a nice little touch.

The accommodation is on the first/second floor of a large traditional town-house style building, which apparently used to be a bakery.

Suite 259 is located on Overtoom, which is a main road (used to be a canal, in fact) running from the south-west end of the city centre, adjacent to Vondel Park. It is a quiet residential type area - there are shops and restaurants along the road but you won't find any rowdy groups of tourists like you can sometimes get in the city centre or red light district.
If you are visiting for the museums or large diamond houses, then this is the perfect location: a short walk through the lovely Vondelpark (complete with semi-wild green parakeets!) will take you straight to the main museum area of town.
It's relatively easy to walk into the centre of town from Suite259, but you can catch the number 1 tram if you'd like to save your legs for exploring the streets and canals of the centre. The tram stop is about 100yds further down Overtoom, so it's very close.

This visit was our (belated) honeymoon, so we decided to book the smaller 'Safari' suite - recommended as best for honeymoon couples on the suite259 web site and we thought we'd save a little cost vs the large 'Grana Sahara' suite where we had stayed previously.
Upon arrival, Peter met us at the door, helped with our bags and offered us a free upgrade to the larger suite which we eagerly accepted - fantastic! :)

The Grand Sahara suite is large, airy, bright and has a nice homely feel to it. It is immaculately clean and it's obvious that a lot of attention to detail has been put in to making your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

There is a large double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower on the mezzanine floor (up a spiral staircase from the main living area). The main area consists of a sofa (which converts to a second double bed for another couple or children of a family perhaps), small kitchen area with microwave, fridge, nice coffee machine and we had a nice bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived.
There is also a desk with computer in case you need it, but we just used the suite259 WiFi with our own phones/tablet.
Peter and Aziz have a huge collection of movies on DVD, with a list provided in the room. If you'd like to spend an evening in, you can ask to borrow any DVDs that you fancy. There are two very large flat screen TVs (one in the living area and one on the mezzanine/bedroom).

The breakfasts are simply amazing - Peter and Aziz will note your preferences and aim to please. For us, breakfast consisted of a lovely fresh fruit salad, mini pancakes with syrup, speciality breads of various types and my personal favourite: a 'wildcard' dish of delicious spices and flavours created by Aziz from his expertise with Malaysian/Singaporean cuisine. Needless to say, after these breakfasts we only needed a very light lunch!

This is my favourite accommodation I've ever stayed in - not just in Amsterdam but anywhere else too. The problem with Suite259 is that it sets an impossibly high bar for others to meet. Whenever I stay elsewhere, I can't help thinking how much better the breakfast would be if I was at Suite259.
It is not the cheapest place to stay, but it's definitely the best value - especially if you consider the fantastic service, helpful advice and of course the incredible breakfasts (which in our case meant we could mostly skip lunch!).

I'm aware that this is a gushing review, but I tried to think of some negative points in the name of balance, and couldn't think of anything. Perhaps the energy saving light in the main bathroom (with double whirlpool bath by the way) takes a long time to warm up, so it can seem a bit dim in there? That's literally the only niggle I can think of.

Luckily, we didn't have time to see everything on our 'to do' list while in Amsterdam, so I have a perfect excuse to book a return visit for next year! :)

Room Tip: The larger Grand Sahara suite offers more space and a lovely balcony, as well as being quieter due t...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Matt H
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Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

My wife and I spend two days at this marvellous find and it was the best two days of our trip. We took the Safari Room and it was huge! It’s the opposite of the tiny hotel room that we stayed in Paris. The room was very well-equip with small kitchenette complete with a microwave, small fridge and coffee machine.

The host, Aziz & Peter were wonderful and will make you feel at home. As were been travelling for more than a week and missed Asian food, Aziz was kind enough to cook for us a delicious Asian Breakfast with his trademarked pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice. Both were knowledgeable and offer good advice on things to do in Amsterdam. We were there in spring but Amsterdam feels like winter this season so we spend much time in the room as it was too cold to go out in the evening. It was fortunate that the room came with a 60 inch TV complete with lots of English channels and if you prefer to watch a movie, Peter have an extensive collection of more than 1000 DVDs for you choose.

Travelling to the entertainment and shopping district is also convenient with the tram stop just 2 minutes walk and two stops away from the entertainment district. This establishment really change our perception of B & B lodging. It is not surprising that Suite 259 is among the best B&B in Amsterdam. We would give this place a six star rating.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Thank AshBas
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

Our family stayed in Suite 259, the Grand Sahara in July 2012. Peter and Aziz were not only welcoming and helpful; they were also charming and funny. As well as the legendary baby pancakes we loved the different breakfast experiences, modern facilities and the homely touches provided every day. The Macdonalds, Aberdeen, Scotland

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 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 SandraMacD
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Suite 259 in January and it was undoubtedly the best B&B of our overseas trip. My family had stayed at Suite 259 a few months ago and highly recommended it. We were just as impressed and were so glad we'd chosen to stay here. Peter and Aziz were waiting to welcome us when we arrived, having checked our flight arrival time on the Internet, then carried our suitcases up to the Safari Suite, for which we were very grateful. Peter gave us a map of Amsterdam and helped with useful information about transport, sightseeing, shopping etc.
We loved the spacious apartment and all the little extras and personal touches that make the difference between average and a top class B&B, like fresh flowers and fruit. The fridge was well stocked with complimentary drinks and a bottle of wine. The breakfasts were scrumptious and plentiful - fresh fruit, fantastic poffertjes each morning as well as a delicious hot dish, all prepared by Aziz. We especially loved the scrambled eggs - the best we have ever eaten! A framed photo of us enjoying this yummy breakfast was a lovely surprise we received when we arrived home after our last day of sigtseeing around Amsterdam.
It was great to have not just Wifi included but also access to a computer in the room if needed.
On a long overseas trip, keeping up with the laundry is always a challenge so we appreciated it very much when Aziz offered to do a load of washing for us. Another plus was the spa bath - great after a long day's walking around the city.
The location is convenient to the city centre and with the tram running past the door, we could be there in under 15 minutes.
The day we left, we had an early flight to catch so Aziz brought us a take-away breakfast the evening before. Peter arranged a taxi for us and got up at 6am to carry our bags down, for which we were very grateful.
If there was anything to suggest to give the place an extra edge, it would be to provide a bench for a second suitcase. There was a convenient space for one case but we didn't want to put the second suitcase on furniture, so we left it on the floor. This is something we find in almost all accommodation everywhere - not only at Suite 259. Most hotels and B&Bs usually provide space for only one large suitcase. Given that most people travel with at least one other person, it would be very good for each person to have a place for their suitcase.

Suite 259 is a brilliant B&B and we would certainly stay again as well as recommending it to others. Thank you Peter and Aziz for your wonderful hospitality.

Room Tip: For 2 people, the Safari Suite is perfect. The room is at the front with a view of the street, but t...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank junosbird_25
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

Great location, warm service, wonderfully prepared meals.. what more can one ask for! The rooms have also been tastefully designed, giving a Balinese feel yet in touch with some European sentiment. The Grand Sahara split over two floors connected by a spiral stairs within the suite is quite a spot for families, too, I would say. I was quite impressed with the attention to detail - even a baby cot is at hand! The cosy roof terrace is quite a spot for a great morning breakfast, if and when the Dutch weather cooperates. All in all, I could not ask for more. An amazing, amazing B&B! This is first class.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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 AtiqahFSalleh
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

Peter and Azis are consummate hosts which made our stay at suite 259 so much more enjoyable. The attention to detail was fabulous , from having my favourite flowers in the room to providing small toys for our children to play with. The suite was extremely comfortable, clean and well appointed. We particularly loved the fresh fruit, and well stocked refrigerator. Azis even did a load of laundry for us ! We stayed in the Grand Sahara suite with a beautiful outdoor area which we wished we had more time to use. The breakfast was absolutely delicious and plentiful. The location is great , a lovely walk to the historic sights of Amsterdam or a quick tram ride. Our only regret was that we were not here long enough. A great find we'll be telling everyone about!

Room Tip: Grand Sahara suite was very comfortable for a family of four
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 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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1 Thank Mumfusspot
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Property: Suite 259
Address: Overtoom 259, 1054 HW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #93 of 329 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2

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