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The Flying Pancake B&B Amsterdam
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We stayed three nights in the Captain's room over a weekend. We got the train to Central Station from Schipol airport and then took the number 9 tram, getting off at Plantage Kerklaan stop, just a short walk (2minutes) away from The Flying Pancake.

The rooms are admittedly up some steep stairs, but the owner, Claudia, was very keen to offer her assistance with our luggage. The room was so lovely and comfortable. There was a bedroom and living area with a sofa and table, a lovely fireplace and it was beautifully decorated. The bathroom was clean, modern and had a wonderful steam room.

The fridge is stocked with reasonably priced soft drinks and wine and beer. 75cl bottles of wine ranged from €6.50 to €12.00.

On arrival, Claudia took time to go through all the elements of the room, including how to work all appliances (the quality teas and the coffee maker and frothy milk maker was a bonus!). Despite being late (we arrived at about 21.30), Claudia advised us on where we could eat in the area.

Having a separate entrance to the room, it means you feel you can come and go as you please without bothering the family. The delivery of breakfast in a basket outside your door at 08.30 each morning also gives you the freedom to get up when you like. You can change your options every day (bread, croissants, muffins, eggs, cheese, ham, fruit, yoghurt, cereal) or stick to the same.

The Flying Pancake is a short 7 minute walk from Utrechserstraat, which is a lovely street of independent shops, cafés and restaurants (particularly Indonesian). There is a great pizza restaurant about a minute walk away from the The Flying Pancake (De Pizza Bakker) where it's motto is 'Prosecco and Pizza' - great! Nicer food than a pizza express and with friendlier service. Pizzas cost up to €13.

We got around Amsterdam on the trams using a 72 hour pass, bought at the tram office opposite the main entrance to Central Station - they costed about €16 each. A bargain.

We had a fantastic stay in Amsterdam and at The Flying Pancake. Why stay in an expensive, impersonal hotel, further out of the centre, and without any breakfast included, when you can stay in this charming B&B?!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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FlyingPancake, Owner at The Flying Pancake B&B Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review!
I am sure your tips about how to get around and addresses in our neighborhood are very helpful to new potential guests.
It was a pleasure to have you here, and hope to see you again in Amsterdam!

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Me and my husband stayed in the captain suite last weekend and at the end we didn’t want to leave. Everything was better than we expected. We even had a steambath in the room! Breakfast (freshly made orange juice, cake and other yummy stuff )was left outside our room every morning in a wicker basket, so we always had our privacy. Claudia, the owner, was very helpful in answering all our questions about what to see and how to move in Amsterdam.
The Flying pancake is located in a quiet neighborhood very near the zoo and the Hermitage museum. From there you can reach almost every place of interest on foot. The house is a typical Amsterdam house, so be aware of the steep stairs if you are planning to stay there. If you are searching for a peaceful, lovely place with great service and location this is the place for you. I truly recommend it

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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FlyingPancake, Owner at The Flying Pancake B&B Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

Thank you very much. It was e pleasure to have you as our guests!

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Captain's and Cook's quarters are spacious with some good amenities,but with inadequate (squeaky) bedding. We arrived with a week's luggage to face three flights of narrow, steep steps, impossible to negotiate with our suitcases. Also the owner was not on property, and the (young, beautiful, athletic) caretaker was not attuned to our luggage problem, nor was she able to familiarize us with attractions/restaurants in the area. Though we had reserved with a credit card, checkout requirements were cash only, leaving us scrambling to ATMs. None of this was covered on the website. Ironically, we saw amongst our struggles in the stairwell TripAdvisor awards for the past three years. We could only assume that young people with little luggage made those reviews.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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FlyingPancake, Owner at The Flying Pancake B&B Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

I am very sorry to read that your experience at our B&B did not meet your expectations.
I always offer our guests to help them with their luggage. Reading your review points out to me that in the few weeks per year that I am not there myself, I will specifically instruct my staff to do so as well.

With regard to the payment requirements, these are written in the reservation details that I have e-mailed you in September, weeks before your arrival. A written reminder is printed and kept in the suite, together with other useful information. Besides this, there are 3 different ATM's within 50 meters of our house.

The good reviews you mention above, were not only written by young guests, but also by senior guests, who really enjoyed their stay. Over the years we have hosted many happy senior guests.
Thank you for taking the time to write your review.

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stayed in the Cooks Room for 3 days in Oct, there was a lot of stairs but it's worth it when you get to the top. It rained most of the time and our suite was a fabulous sanctuary, we especially loved the steam room! It was a real treat getting breakfast delivered in a wicker basket every day and Claudia could not have been more helpful, she even posted back some fondue forks we could not take back on our hand luggage, thoroughly recommend!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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FlyingPancake, Owner at The Flying Pancake B&B Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

Thank you for your kind review. It is very nice to read that our steam room is so much appreciated, as well as the breakfast basket. I am happy that I could be of help with regard to the forks that you bought!

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

There is no need to add any photos of the room as the pictures on the official website are completely accurate.
this B&B is just simply amazing.it is close to tram and metro and in the beautiful Plantage area where the wonderful Artis Zoo is located.
the room itself is very high-end with two TV sets,a CD and DVD player with movies, a small kitchen equipped with espresso machine and in my opinion the best is the working fireplace and the big steam shower.staying in during our trip was tempting indeed.
the owner Claudia is extremely nice and helpful and delivers a wonderful breakfast each morning-no pancakes though:)

Go and try for yourself

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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FlyingPancake, Owner at The Flying Pancake B&B Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

Thank you for your kind review. The fireplace is quite often used by our guests, especially in fall and winter. I am happy to read that you enjoyed it as well.
In The Netherlands we have pancakes at dinner time...but reading your review I will look into it, if I can serve them for breakfast as well.
Hope to see you and your friends again at The Flying Pancake!

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