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Old Harbour Apartments
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Old Harbour Apartments
Ranked #227 of 337 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Reviewed 23 October 2006

My husband and I have recently returned from a 2 night stay at the Old Harbour Apartments in Amsterdam. The apartments are 5 mins walk from Central Station and within easy walking distance of all attractions. We stayed in the Patio Apartment which has been beautifully renovated. The owners are really friendly and we can certainly recommend the Old Harbour Apartments. It was like a home from home and we will certainly be returning.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2006

I could not rate the Old Harbour Patio Apartment high enough. This was our first trip to Amsterdam and we had such a good time which was made even better by the wonderful accommodation. The Patio apartment was gorgeous, very trendy, modern and spacious.

Myself and 3 friends stayed here for a week in August. The apartment was huge and covered 2 floors (ground floor and a lower level). There was a double (futon) bed in the living room and the other beds downstairs in the basement.

The kitchen had everything we needed to be comfortable (all plates, glasses, bowls). There was a dishwasher, filter coffee maker and full stove. The bathroom was uber-clean and very trendy, everything was so well designed and fitted, it was a pleasure being there.

The location was excellent, a mere 5 minute walk to the Central Station and about 5 min walk to the NewMarket area (and red-light area) which had a supermarket as well as cafes, restaurants and bars. The apartment was excellent value for money and we will definately return on our next trip to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Brad H
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Reviewed 30 May 2006

We stayed at the Patio Apartment in the Old Harbour Apartments in May 2006 and it was fantastic. The first thing that you notice when you arrive are the period details including original flooring from the construction of the property in the 16th and 17th centuries countered with the modern appliances and facilities installed during the renovation.

The location is excellent with all of the main attractions in easy walking distance or tram from Centraal Station.

The owners of the apartments are excellent and, as with a previous reviewer, were able to tell us (first time Amsterdammers) how to reach all the main attractions.

If this apartment is only at number 9 on the list (at the time of review) the others would have to be spectacular to beat it!! If we are in Amsterdam again we will back for the roof terrace this time to complete the set.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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4  Thank Paul037
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 2 April 2006

We had a great time, as always, on our 8th trip to or through Amsterdam but the Roof Top apartment of the Old Harbor fitted into our trip so well that it could be only described as perfect.

With two active couples the private 3 level layout worked perfectly. Steep stairs will only be a drawback to visitors with mobility issues. As professional travelers with extensive back grounds in the highest end of the hospitality industry my fellow travelers can not recommend it highly enough.

As a property developer, builder, and furniture designer I appreciated all the details of the restoration and furnishing of the apartment by the Architect owner who lives on site but was discretely unobtrusive. From the fresh flowers in our spacious living room to every appliance and plate and dish the attention to detail and design scores 10 out of 10.

The rooms were especially light and airy for Amsterdam and huge by European standards with so much storage that all of our baggage was stored out of sight so as not to ruin the design effect.

Even if you are not a design oriented individual the over all effect will not be lost on you. The queen beds firm and smooth, a great selection of pillows, a powerful shower, DVD, CD player with the cable TV made all of us feel right at home.

The maritime location right on the harbor, 2 blocks to metro, 3 to central station, halfway to the Maritime Museum, across two bridges to the red light district made it very convenient and out of the tourist overflow. We even found parking right on the street in front every time we needed it.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Leicester, Uk
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Reviewed 20 February 2006

We have just returned from Amsterdam and our home away from home in Old Harbour.

We stayed at the incredibly cute patio apartment and loved every second. The place has been renovated with an incredible attention to detail that you don't fully appreciate until you have stayed a few hours. It is incredibly homely compared to some of the other faceless hotels, guesthouses and apartments we have stayed in.

The area is outside all the hustle and bustle of the main tourist drag but only a 5 minute walk from Niewmarkt (spelt incorrectly I imagine!).

I have been to Amsterdam around 6 or 7 times and I have stayed in a different place every time. Not any more!

100% in every respect.

James

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Reviewed 15 November 2005

The hosts are remarkable and their attention to detail in restoring the house is outstanding. Our apartment (roof top terrace) was extremely comfortable, very well equipped with everything you would expect in your own home, and exceptionally clean. Both the kitchen and bathroom are very modern and yet the character of the apartment is still that of 350 years.
We found the location was perfect, to be so close to everything, yet only a short distance away from home. Later at night we felt very safe in the neighborhood and it was very quiet, when the weather was nice the terrace was really beautiful.
However the best of all was the bed, like sleeping in a cloud. The bedrooms, being in the "back" house, are extremely quiet during the night and we were never awakened by traffic or any sounds.
This is an exceptional property of the highest quality and we were very pleased with our choice instead of a hotel. This was our second visit to Amsterdam and there is no question that this provides a far superior alternative to any luxury hotel. Anyone who enjoys the "loft" living concept will fall in love with this place instantly.
We highly recommend the Old Harbour Apartments to anyone.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Oberlin, Los Angeles, Boston & Dublin
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Reviewed 29 October 2005

I agree with all of the positive things other reviewers have written - beautiful rooftop terrace apartment, warm and inviting and comfortable, genuinely nice hosts and ideally located. We could, and did, walk to all the major sites from the apartment. We also luckily had great weather during our visit, otherwise we could have easily taken a tram from nearby Central Station. We walked to the Anne Frank house, Van Gogh museum, Rembrandt House, etc. It was wonderful getting lost through all the curving streets and canals. What made the Old Harbour apartment extra special for us is that our friend from Ireland and our friend from Boston rented the guest room, which is right across the hall from the rooftop terrace apartment. It made for a wonderful reunion with old friends just as if we had been at home. Also wonderful was the Cafe Pollux (it is a quiet bar not a restaurant) just a half a block away from the apartments. Tanja (the bartender/hostess) was absolutely delightful, the beer was great and when the six of us were finally done talking and laughing and drinking at 3am, we could quietly return to our apartment a few doors away.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Address: Prins Hendrikkade 125-1, 1011 AN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Binnenstad
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Ranked #227 of 337 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range: £136 - £360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Harbour Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Harbour Apartments offers you a choice of a guestroom and two apartments: the Patio Apartment and the Roof Terrace Apartment. The apartments, in fact the whole house is beautifully restored and decorated by one of Amsterdam's architects. Still you can see the traditionally front and rear house which are so typical for houses in the 17th century. ... more   less 
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