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Marcel's Creative Exchange
Ranked #147 of 337 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 September 2010

I spent 4 nights at Marcel's home. It is the perfect location. The Style room is in the back and was quiet & comfy. Marcel recommended the "Kantjil & De Jaren restaurants, both of which were wonderful. After spending 4 days with Marcel and reading the reviews, my take is that if you are a respectful, mature adult then staying with Marcel is a perfect fit. However if you want to go party, bring home party friends or just be wild & crazy, (which is perfectly fine) then Marcel's place is not for you.
Thank you Marcel for a wonderful stay, I look forward to visiting again & hearing from you when you come to California!
Cheers from Kellie & Joe

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Marcel's Creative Exchange is the most interesting and unique place I have ever stayed for several reasons. It is located off a main thoroughfare close to all the main sights which means that for the very reasonable price of 50 Euros per person per night, you could not hope to find somewhere better value for money. More importantly, Marcel is a most welcoming and generous host with many stories about his life and the building where he lives. He is 75 years old, but has the energy of a man half his age. He will happily give you his wisdom of having lived in Amsterdam for over 45 years and will recommend the best cafes (De Jaaren is a must), restaurants and bars/clubs that only a true local would know. His house is like a living design museum. He is a well recognised artist (1984 Los Angeles Olympics), has his own art works on the walls, but also has furnished each of the rooms with beautiful designer pieces - beds, chairs, lights, side tables etc. He lives above 'De Uitkijk’, the oldest cinema in the Netherlands (1912) which still has regular shows (he may even offer you a back stage tour if he likes you). Marcel is extremely proud of being able to offer quite spectacular rooms to tourists cheaper than any hotel of similar standard and location, but understandably gets irritated when people do not appreciate this or ask him for a discount. He often gets booked up months in advance due to his popularity. I would recommend Marcel's to anyone who is bored of drab and unimaginative hotels, but only to those who realise that to stay here is something quite special indeed.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Yaseen_UK
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Reviewed 6 August 2010

I should have posted this review months ago to share our experience at
Marcel's creative exchange.

My Fiancé and I arrived on the last day of travel before the worldwide halt caused by the
Icelandic volcano eruption in April. As his other guests were unable to get to Amsterdam, Marcel immediately upgraded our room.

We'd read mixed reviews about Marcel's on trip advisor prior to booking. It
seems Marcel polarises people. We decided to chance it. Either way we'd have
a memorable stay, and it was, in a very positive and delightful way.

Unable to travel to our next destination due to the volcanic ash, Marcel offered to let us stay on at a reduced rate. He generously offered the discount without us asking.

The rooms are very light and spacious for Amsterdam. They are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are stylish to a degree that you'll find nowhere else in that price range or above. I am and Architect and furniture maker, and to my eye every detail was a considered event.

Yes, Marcel does like to interact with his guests. But listening to stories
of an interesting life well lived is part of the stay that remains very memorable, in a
good way.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank laneevo
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Reviewed 9 January 2010

Staying in Marcel’s B&B was very good. Marcel is a great host! For the moment we arrived we felt more staying at a friend’s house than paying guest. Marcel was always around when needed and available to provide us with any sort of information about the city but never invasive. I truly enjoy his company. Marcel, had the opportunity to watch the NYE fireworks from your roof garden, was a fantastic experience. Thanks a lot
Mario

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Empire12
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Reviewed 10 October 2009

Marcel's is a very special place at the heart of one of Amsterdam's hustle & bustle neighbourhoods, great for the independant on a short escapade.
Both the building and Marcel are full of history and artistry. It's original and beautifully decorated with attention to detail and featuring some of the finest pieces of XX century design.
The room I stayed in had a very confortable bed, lots of light, a built-in shower, TV, and some great design pieces. The toilet being right outside, did not bother me at all. As didn't the lack of breakfast which I could enjoy in a neighboring terrace watching people go by. Marcel was a lovely host with a wealth of knowledge and great tips and he made my stay a memorable one. Thank you Marcel, I'll be back!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

I traveled to Amsterdam to do a graphic design internship for my college here in Arizona. I stayed with Marcel in his home for 3 weeks and lived like a local the whole time. The location was amazing and when I told my Dutch co-workers where I was staying they were all impressed with the location. Marcel himself if a very inspirational person and is very well known throughout the world for many of the pieces that he has done for Dutch TV and the 1984 LA Olympics. His hospitality was amazing, and he even offered to cook for me a few times. The experience was just absolutely inspirational, the house is very modern and very quickly became my home away from home. Marcel will help you with any questions that you have about things in area that are popular with the locals. If you want the REAL Amsterdam experience you should stay here with Marcel. I know that for a fact that when I return to Amsterdam will never stay anywhere else other than at Marcel's. My 3 weeks flew by like nothing and for the nights where I wanted to relax the room was comfortable as can be. I will never forget my experience here, and I will never forget Marcel. Thank You Marcel!

Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

I liked Marcel's Creative Exchange from the the minute my fiancé and I walked in the door. He met us at the door-walking us up the stairs to show us our room and then taking us on a tour of his beautifully and artfully decorated apartment. The tour ended on the roof garden, with Marcel pointing out different areas of the city and inviting us to join him at a techno show that very evening. My fiancé and I had already been traveling Europe for a week and were exhausted from our "museum/sightseeing" filled days. The techno show combined with an incredibly comfortable room fitted with Internet and TV was just what we needed to recuperate and really enjoy our stay in Amsterdam.

Marcel gave us a map, and pointed us in the right direction of the cheapest transportation fares, areas to visit, museums, and restaurants. We felt right at home from the first evening and I had a sense of what it would be like to actually live in Amsterdam. On our last evening with him, we all (including Marcel) attended an art gallery opening-an activity that made me feel like I had already discovered a routine in a quickly familiar city.

As an artist, it was wonderful having conversations with Marcel about his art and the Creative Exchange. He is a talented artist who is very supportive of all artists that come into his home. He has great advice and many connections to artists all over the world. His apartment itself created a strong desire within me to make my own artwork while staying with him. Culturally, it was the perfect place for my fiancé and I on our trip-it was educational, artistically decorated, creatively inspiring, and comfortable! We could not have asked for more :)

This is a place for people to go if they enjoy art and culture and want a place to stay that will enhance that experience. It is not like a hotel or a hostel and should be respected as a home. Because of this, you will be welcomed into his home, not like a tourist, but like a close friend.

Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 87 Leidsestraat, 1017 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
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Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #147 of 337 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range: £142 - £190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marcel's Creative Exchange is a unique place in the very center of Amsterdam. We provide you a personal second home where you can feel safe and relax. From base there are a lot of different ways to discover Amsterdam. Take the blue trams, hop-on hop-off canal boats or just walk, or bike. Everything is close by.The experience you are about to take is unlike any stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast. When you stay in one of Marcels quarters, you get something more personal, profound, beautifully furnished and decorated with art. The pleasant atmosphere will make you feel comfortable.Marcels Creative Exchange is the longest existing private accommodation in Amsterdam (since 1970) and is directly connected to the oldest Dutch cinema "De Uitkijk" (free admission for guests). Throughout these many years Marcel was honored to host all kinds of individuals: artists to surgeons and lawyers to teachers. Senior management teams from Cirque du Soleil (Canada) and Eyon movie software (Los Angeles) visit annually. ... more   less 
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