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Old Harbour Apartments
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Reviewed 23 May 2005

I just returned from a week's stay in one of the two Old Harbour apartments (I stayed in the Patio Apartment; the other is the Terrace Apartment) in the center of Amsterdam.

The apartments have been created from the restoration and rehabilitation of a 17th century house located very near the Central Station (5 minute walk) in Amsterdam by two talented and very hospitable architects who also live and work in the building.

The Patio Apartment is set toward the rear of the building, well away from any street noise. The living room is comfortably furnished and has a wall of windows along its south side overlooking a small patio. There is a widescreen tv (satellite with BBC, CNN, etc.) and DVD system. The small WC is also on this level.

The kitchen has a small dining table, dishwasher, cooktop, microwave, refrigerator, electric kettle, toaster, dishes, cookware, etc.

One floor below, down a short but rather steep set of stairs (fairly common in Holland but something to get used to for US visitors) is the shower and double sink vanity along with a large bedroom. The bedroom has two very comfortable twin beds pushed together (could be separated), a huge walk-in closet, and open shelves for clothes storage. There is also a washer/dryer unit cleverly concealed in the wall. US visitors should be prepared for what seem to us marathon washing and drying processes, which can take 2 hours or more from dirty clothes to clean, dry ones. This is not untypical of European units like this. There is also a drying rack and iron/board. The bedroom is VERY quiet.

What is particularly impressive here is the care with which Arend and Marcus have lovingly restored, furnished, and decorated these units. they have preserved and featured historical elements (original tiles, an old soapstone sink in the kitchen, exposed beams, etc). But they have also added modern touches in the best of taste. You can tell that a great deal of thought and imagination went into this project.

The layout of the unit takes a bit of getting used to, particularly with the toilet on one level and the bedroom and shower one floor below. Getting up to pee in the middle of the night can be something of an adventure (hint: don't wear socks!), but the rehabilitation of the building was constrained by historic preservation codes.

The Patio Apartment would most comfortably accommodate a couple. There are two single futons in the living room as well. Arend showed me the Terrace Apartment as well, which is on a higher floor and has both a large master bedroom and a double-bedded loft above. It also features the kind of combination of historic preservation and modern taste and sensibility that set these apartments apart.

Arend and Marcus are very hospitable hosts and know the neighborhood very well. The location is excellent.

I've stayed in several rented apartments in Amsterdam over the years, and I would recommend this one very highly.

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Reviewed 4 May 2005

Amsterdam is a fantastic city but I was having a problem to find somewhere to stay but by pure chance I ended up to lodge in a unique place that I am delighted to share my excellent experience with other travellers. The place is located near the centre of all the major attractions and walking distances! The flats and room are in a typical Dutch house and very quiet, well furnished and with all the facilities you need plus that extra touch of luxury. The two host/owners welcome you with a warm and friendly smile and if they can be of any assistance, they are happy to help but they are never in your way. I really felt to be home away from home!

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Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 November 2016
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016
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