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“The Cloud”
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Le Quartier Sonang
Ranked #1 of 336 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Buckinghamshire
1 review
“The Cloud”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Just got back from our first trip to Amsterdam, this place has to be the best bed and breakfasts I have ever stayed !!!!. Oki and Frank should give themselves a slap on the back because they are the definitely the hostess with mostess!!! They make you feel very welcome with the utmost sincerity in all that they do. After a good day out it was nice to come back to that felt like home and safe, the area was lovely and quiet In a leafy street that would remind you of little Venice in London.the bed was amazing and I kid you not that it's the best bed I have ever slept in- we have ordered one from coco mat and having it shipped to London!!!!!!! It's that good. Thanks for everything and we will see you both again soon. Mark and Sam

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 7 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I spent 3 nights at Le Quartier Sonang and left being completely satisfied with our experience.
I won't add to the numerous compliments on the bed. It is part of the total package that didn't disappoint either of us.
The location is ideal - just outside the center of action by a few minutes walk. The museums are a close walk and the central train station is just a short tram ride.
Frank & Oki are great hosts with many practical suggestions for getting the most out a few days in a wonderful city.
We will stay there on our next trip.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

I don't want to reiterate all the positive points mentioned by other reviewers. This is truly a great b&b. Here is what my husband wrote in their guestbook:

" Dear Frank and Oki
The two of you are the greatest hosts we've ever had the pleasure to meet. Everything you did for us was not only enjoyable but also wonderful -- the accommodations were perfect, the breakfast divine, and thanks for taking care of the restaurant and taxi reservations for us. We'll certainly recommend you to our friends.
Both of you are special and personable ! Kudos for everything - especially for being who you are !
Many Thanks "
E. and R.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Frisco, Texas
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

My husband and I stayed at Le Quartier Sonang for four nights and enjoyed every bit of our stay. We stayed in the Kamar Bidadari room, which included a spacious bedroom, lovely balcony looking out to the inner courtyard and a modern bathroom with floor heating. As soon as we arrived, Frank gave us the run down of Amsterdam and gave us recommendations for must sees and must eats. We felt instantly welcomed. Each night, they left chocolates on our bed which was thoughtful and asked us how our day was. Really enjoyed the interaction with Frank and Oki.

The location was very convenient, especially since we enjoyed jogging in Vondelpark. There are two supermarkets within minutes of the B&B and it is also around a 10 minute walk from the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Also a nice wine shop with reasonably priced wines.

We really loved everything about Le Quartier Sonang but above all, we appreciated Frank's and Oki's hospitality!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mobile, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

After we missed our flight connection to Amsterdam and arrived 7 hours later, Oki was a lifesaver! He printed our revised tour tickets and arranged to be home to receive our delayed luggage, all with a smile. Oh yes, the room is modern (and very clean!), the breakfast delicious, and the proximity to the sights in the old city saved us a ton in taxi costs and the hassle of public transportation!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed at Le Quartier Sonang for 5 amazing nights. All the Trip Advisor reviews that I had read prior to our stay are absolutely true. The B&B is simply beautiful, but what truly brings it to another level of excellence were our hosts, Oki and Frank. I knew as soon as we stepped into their home we had made the right decision. We felt immediately at ease when Oki greeted us at the door with his warm smile. I just hope my review does justice to their superb B&B.

Our Hosts: Oki and Frank are the most wonderful couple we have had the pleasure to meet. They are so welcoming, funny, engaging, kind and very helpful. They both went above and beyond to give us suggestions on what to see and do, restaurants, and shopping which made our time in Amsterdam so amazing. Although I loved Amsterdam itself, I do think a big part of why we enjoyed it so much was because of our stay with Oki and Frank. Their personal touches were evident throughout our stay.....chocolates with a note wishing us sweet dreams, wine glasses and plate/napkins to enjoy the wine and cheese we bought to enjoy in our room.

Location: Absolutely perfect! The B&B is easy to reach from the train station (the directions we were given were spot on) so not at all difficult even with baggage. The B&B itself is located in such a picturesque neighborhood, you feel like you are in a little village. It was great to be in such a quiet location yet close to everything with an easy 10-15 minute walk to city center, museums. etc.

Our Room: There are two rooms and we stayed in Chambre de Ville. We have stayed at many B&B's across Europe and this room by far was a favorite. Where do I begin? It had every possible creature comfort that you could ask for. There was not one detail large or small that was overlooked, we wanted for nothing. The room itself was beautifully decorated in a neutral palette and had a small balcony filled with flowers. We had two comfy chairs, a small refrigerator, Nespresso coffee machine (which I loved), dining table with chairs where we ate our breakfast or used our computer. We were even provided slippers, another nice touch. We always looked forward to coming "home" after a long day of seeing the sights.

Bathroom: The bathroom could have come straight out of a magazine. Stunning use of slate, tile and glass. We loved the rainwater shower. Again, everything you could want. Nice fluffy towels and quality toiletries.....loved the Coco-Mat bath products, they smell fabulous.

The Bed: Okay, I had to give the bed its own category. I have never slept on any bed, not even my own that was so comfortable.....quality bed linens and pillows too. So many people have commented how wonderful this bed is and I now can say the same. It's like sleeping on a big soft cloud. It was hard to drag my body out of it every morning.

Breakfast: What a start to our day to hear the soft knock on our door and there was Oki with his beautiful smile wishing us a good morning with our breakfast tray. Our breakfast included croissants, breads and pastries along with jams, honey & assorted spreads, fresh fruit, yogurt and always a vase of fresh flowers. We made use of the Nespresso machine (have one at home) to complete our breakfast. Everything was fresh, delicious and presented so nicely. Needless to say we ate everything put in front of us!

Restaurants: We loved how there were restaurants right in the neighborhood where we stayed. It was so nice to walk less than 5 minutes (usually 2 minutes) to great places to eat. Take Oki & Franks recommendations on where to eat, they are spot on. The only night we "traveled" further was to eat at the Indonesian restaurant Temp doeloe....fantastic food and highly recommended. Oh and if you love gelato like I do make sure to go to Diciotto, fantastic.

Our stay here was truly exceptional and total perfection to us. We loved everything about Le Quartier Sonang and were genuinely sad to have to leave Frank & Oki. Hopefully we will be back to stay with them again soon.

Jodi & JIm
NYC

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Le Quartier Sonang
Address: Derde Helmersstraat 47A-Hs, 1054 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 336 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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