We are so pleased that we selected this B&B at the last minute rather than a hotel. It was beautifully appointed, exceptionally spacious especially for central Amsterdam, bright and sunny, with views of two canals, well located one block from Rembrandt Square and above all, owned and run by a charming, friendly and helpful host. We will most certainly be back, and would highly recommend this boutique B&B to anybody fit enough to climb the steps. (But it’s the same anywhere in these tall canal houses.)
A little more detail. The house is located on the corner of Herengracht and Reguliersgracht, so the only B&B with a view of two canals. But don’t worry about any noise, it really is very quiet and peaceful. You arrive into a lovely entrance hall with the kitchen and breakfast room off to the left. The stairs are steep to the second floor suite we had booked, and one more level to the next room.
Our suite occupied the whole floor with a bedroom, stunning lounge area with views onto both canals, comfy leather chairs, a desk, books, magazines, fruit, flowers wide choice of teas and an espresso machine. This area was such a bonus because it wasn’t just a room, it was a home where you could relax, or work. The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable, one of the best. The other 2 rooms off the landing, closed off from the stairs by a curtain, was the toilet and a huge modern separate bathroom with roll top bath and rain shower. I wish we had more time to try the bath.
A full tasty delicious breakfast was served at a time of our choice up to 11am I think it was. Really nice, with chatter from Cynthia, who was most helpful and friendly. She gave us all sorts of tips from Nels, a local café with authentic Dutch meals overlooking a shaded square, to a number of Indonesian and other restaurants, lent us a map and stored our cases after arriving early.
It helped that we saw the house at its best with sun streaming through the windows, but know that it will be good at all times. We so enjoyed our stay, thank you Cynthia, and we’re so sorry that you didn’t have availability for our second night, or that we were not staying longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vanguard is hidden in the vibrant heart of the city which is part of the Unesco World Heritage. All rooms in this hous view on two canals, unique in Amsterdam.The whole interior is recently restyled by Robert Broekema with a fresh take on the design of the traditional canal house. The city's cultural highlights and hotspots are all in walking distance. ... more less
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