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“The Collector is THE only place to stay in Amsterdam”

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The Collector Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #22 of 335 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“The Collector is THE only place to stay in Amsterdam”
Reviewed 1 December 2005

If you're the type of person who wants to feel as if you're home, even when away from home, you stay at The Collector. My boyfriend and I just returned from Amsterdam two days ago, my intention was to book a couple of days at The Collector, then switch to another hotel closer to town...but the reviews were all so stellar, I decided to book our entire 6 night stay at Karel's place.

I can't say one negative thing about the Collector.

The location is perfect, although it is considered to be in the outer "Museum" area, it's so close to everything. The Tram stop is right out side his door, and tons of other tram stops are around every corner. It's just a ten minute walk to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, the famous Concertgebouw is even closer.. and restaurants...sheesh, there are too many! Karel will certainly give you lots of good recommendations.

Karel stocks the fridge with goodies for you to cook with every morning, and you're free to cook whenever you feel like it. We even used his kitchen for our own stuff we bought at the Albert H. market around the corner. The beds are very comfortable, fitted with fluffy white bedding, the rooms have an adjustable heater, balcony and immaculate bathrooms. You get your own key to the front door, so you can come and go as you please.

I'll join everyone else on this review list and say that, for sure, I'll be back to stay at the Collector.

Thank you Karel!
Carolyn

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed 27 November 2005

Hello,

sorry took so long to get this review up, we stayed at the Collector four nights. Could not have had a better place to stay. We had the first couple of nights of our self, but even once the nice couple from Barcelona arrived the place was quite and very comfortable. Amsterdam is so pretty and everything is so close, even though we were in a suburb, everything was with in walking distance. The rooms were LARGE clean and beautifully decorated. The host Karel is very friendly and helpful if you do not know where or what you want to do, or how to get somewhere. We are plannig on coming back in two years and can't wait. We plan on telling everyone we know who will be traving in the future where to stay.

One of the best treats was on our first day we staying in, because we were so tired and had to leave so early for our train in to Amsterdam. We sat out on the lovely balcony in the back, off our room and saw some green and red-faced wild parrots. It was like being at home in San Francisco, excepts the parrots are smaller with long tails. We had know idea there are wild parrots in Amsterdam.

We will come back everytime we go to Amsterdam.

Thank you,
Sophia & Derek

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed 18 November 2005

We strongly recomend this nice and friendly Bed and Breakfast. We had a very pleasent stay. Very comfortable and practical the kitchen facilities available for all guests. Furthermore Karel is a approachable kind and attentive for his guests' needs. We will return for sure soon. Giuseppe and Andrea Fashion House Barcelona.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 11 November 2005

The Collector is a truly lovely place to stay if you are considering a trip to Amsterdam. We stayed for four days, (the same time as the couple from Portugal!)
Karel is a marvellous host and provides wonderful accommodation, a full fridge, relaxed atmosphere and superb rooms.
All in all I would highly recommend this to anyone - indeed I haven't stopped recommending it since I got home!
Will definitely return!

  • Stayed November 2005, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 November 2005

The Collector B&B is designed and maintained with the guest in mind! It could not have been more convenient, is in a safe neighborhood and has easy access to restaurants and shopping. Karel, the host, enjoys taking care of his guests and enjoys meeting them. He made our stay even more delightful than we expected. Read the reviews from Newport, OR - we breakfasted with these guests and others, extemporaneously, during our stay. The place just invites gemuetlichkeit. Karel keeps a computer at the guests' disposal and our own kitchen, stocked with breakfast goodies, but also available for storing and making anything you need during the rest of the day. We highly recommend this lovely B&B.

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Reviewed 9 November 2005

We spend 4 days at the collector and it was great.
the location is very good, very close to everything.
Karel was an excellent host and the bedroom great. excellent decoration and a really nice bed!
we loved the familiar ambiance of the house and the excellent breakfast that Karel always had for us.
We recommend a vistit to this pleasant house.
We hope we can return fast.

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Reviewed 30 October 2005

I would recommend this B&B to anyone. We were in town for a couple of days and found Karel to be a most accommadating host. He asked us what we liked for breakfast and provided everything. The beds were excellant as well. The use of the computer was fantastic. Thanks again!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Property: The Collector Bed & Breakfast
Address: De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071 PB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier) , Museumplein
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 335 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Collector Bed and Breakfast offers bright, stylish and spacious rooms, each with its distinct own character: one decorated with Amsterdam School (Deco) furniture, the other one with Gispen Dutch Design classics. Both rooms have an ensuite bathroom. There's a guest kitchen for your breakfast around the clock. You will find a well stocked fridge, fresh fruits, a Nespresso coffee machine and lots more. Amenities include bath robes, a hair dryer, toiletries, a safety box, a guest computer to use for internet and email and there's even a bagage storage in case of early arrival or late departure. Here you will be able to freshen up, too. The house dates back to 1914 and is located just behind the Museum square with the Concert Hall (Concertgebouw), the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk Museum. The 17th century canal area is just a 10 minute walk from the B&B. There is direct bus line nearby for transfers from and to the airport. Your host Karel Poels is an active collector, who can tell about his different collections with lots of enthusiasm. You will find those collections in the guest rooms and the rest of the house: unique Dutch wooden skates, branded pins, chinaware, you name it! ... more   less 
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