My husband and I have just returned from our stay with Oki and Frank at Le Quartier Sonang. There are so many positives about it that is hard to express them all.
We arrived in Amsterdam a day before our reservations at Le Quartier Sonang, and decided to go "find" it that same day, (after a 10 hour overnight flight from the US). The directions provided were perfect, but being rather sleep deprived, kept missing the house numbers! As we were standing in front of the house, discussing the address, someone asked if they could help. And, it was Oki coming to the rescue. Although our reservations were not until the next day, he invited us in for coffee and visited with us like we were old friends. What a treat! He gave us some suggestions for lunch when we left, and made us feel like we belonged there.
The B&B is in a wonderful neighborhood--beautiful tree lined streets, just a block off a canal, and as soon as you enter off the main street--it is like entering a safe haven where you can let stress drop away. Like coming home! Location was great, just a couple of blocks to bus/tram connections, good restaurants and shops, and anything you might need on holiday.
Our room, Kamar Bidadari, was beautiful, with a flower filled balcony overlooking the courtyard. Very modern and elegant bath, with heated marble floors, glass enclosed shower (with a rainhead shower), plenty of towels and perfectly clean and sparkling. The room was wonderful, had everything we needed after being out and about all day. A fridge for cold beverages and snacks, a terrific Nespresso machine, chairs to relax in and an excellent bed. Chocolates at night. What more can one ask?
Frank provided a very good "information session" when we checked in, complete with brochures, maps, restaurant recommendation, and travel guide to Amsterdam. So much that we could do, but just not enough time to do it all. We only were staying 5 nights with them. Every day they made sure that we had information about anything we needed, and commiserated when we had blisters on our feet. Both seemed so pleased to share our experiences and were eager to hear what we did.
Oki brought our breakfast each morning with a smile on his face and a pleasant good morning. A breakfast tray of fresh juice, pastries and breads, jams, fresh fruit and yogurt to go with the coffee in the room was great.
This was our 25th anniversary trip and wanted to stay at a very special place--we found it! Frank and Oki made our stay so special, they even provided us with champagne to celebrate. We arrived as tourists and left feeling that we had been visiting with friends.
Would we go back?--- You can count on it!
Frank and Oki are the best hosts that anyone could ask for. They deserve the success that they have achieved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ‘Le Quartier Sonang’ is a peaceful, quiet townhouse in the most popular district of Amsterdam. The two luxury mini suites at the first floor in this 19th century original townhouse are located in the middle of the museum, fashion and theatre district and only five minutes’ walk from the Canal Ring. The Canal Ring was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010 and to this day, the city’s biggest celebrations such as King’s Day and Gay Pride take place on the canals. ‘Le Quartier Sonang’ is a true lifestyle B&B where hospitality does not spring from duty but only from kindness… We look forward to meeting you in the near future... ... more less