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“Brilliant Experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Xaviera Hollander's Happy House

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Xaviera Hollander's Happy House
Ranked #125 of 329 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Brilliant Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

Booked the master bedroom - it was a last minute booking and had no time to review what other's had written.
Spent 2 nights, the room we stayed in was Xaviera & her partner's room - spacious with a balcony. The only drawback was that the wardrobes were full up with her clothes :-)
The house is like a museum, really liked it + all the pictures !

The care taker (sorry forgot his name) was very friendly & helpful. Xaviera/partner were away, would have loved to meet them, may be next time! Amsterdam centre is a good 20 mins+ walk.

Highly recommend this place, there is parking as well....for an extra charge.

Room Tip: Master bedroom if it's available !
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hegde_n
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

We booked this bed and breakfast with a little speculation. However when we got to Amsterdam we were pleasantly surprised at the apartment that we were given for our short stay. It belonged to a local artist and we had his place all to ourselves. It was a great way to be able to get up at our leisure and make our own breakfast with a fully stocked refrigerator. It was close to the main city centre and in a nice neighborhood. Its a 30 minute walk to the main attractions and we like to walk! The owner of the apartment was very nice and we recommend to anyone when booking here to request The Artist as the room to reserve. It was well worth the money and the experience!!

Room Tip: Choose The Artist room. This way you will have the whole place to yourself and you can make your own...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Lorraine M
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

I spent three nights at the B&B with my boyfriend and two friends. We all enjoyed iving there, and found the location good, the people friendly and carring. However, this place is very special so I would prob not recommend it to families. But friends and couples who want to experience the core of Amsterdam - this is the place, and I would go there again. Note that they have animals, so if you are allergic or don't like cats and dogs running around, this place is not for you.

The breakfast was okay
It is always clean
the location is not far from the center of Amsterdam

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Thea2209
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

If you are looking for an amazing B&B with superb hosts you should definitely try the Happy House. Xaviera (world famous) and her husband Philip (should be world famous as well because of his better than best cooking skills) are great, full of interesting stories, and warmly welcoming you in their own house. If you want to escape from boring (all the same) hotel chains, and experience being part of the day-to-day life of the bestseller author, don’t hesitate to book a room. We had a normal size room in the house with shared bathroom. There is also a chalet in the garden with own bathroom. The location is very convenient, close to RAI and one minute walk from public transport connections. The breakfast was delicious and last but not least there is a garden that you can use as well.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Julia T
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

This is a lovely little property, in a nice quiet part of town within 20 minutes or so walk from the city centre. I was a bit perturbed at being asked to pay the full amount up front but Xaviera an Phillip are good hosts, and their young man (Albert I think?) prepared a great breakfast too. I loved the cats as well!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gareth J
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Chernivtsi, Chernivets'ka Oblast', Ukraine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

Hello

A year ago, our family has vacationed at your hotel. But we still

can not forget our vacation. And every time we rest in other hotels, we remember you.

We want to tell you our gratitude. Our vacation was memorable.

The staff was very considerate and friendly to our children and

us. The rooms and bathroom were are always clean and very nice. . All our

requests were carried out immediately. And the atmosphere is very

artistic



. Our youngest son did not want to leave, and now all the time

asking, or we have once again come to you. He seemed to have fallen in love with your

sweet dog Dida … is she still alive???

I did not know that the world still has such kind, sympathetic and good people who love their work.

You have conquered our hearts and souls.

Now we recommend your hotel to all our friends. I can confidently

say that this was the best holiday we ever had and even the weather was great . I wish prosperity to your B&B and grateful guests.

The only thing that darkened our trip, is that our luggage was

lost in airport, and with it all of our purchases and gifts.

We would be grateful if you could send us some gifts for me and

my children with the symbol of your hotel, like the lovely key hanger you gave us with the laser light on it

We will be most appreciative and definitely will plan another trip to Amsterdam again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Irina Z
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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

Dear Kellen,

Understand, Xaviera's bed and breakfast is not the Las Vegas Hilton. It is her beautiful home. If you plan the trip well in advance and secure a small deposit for the use, she is more than willing to let parts of her house be your house. A very lucky and privileged few get to stay here and I was lucky to have saved up for a Thanksgiving trip in 2007. Her house is down the road to a Tram stop as well as less than half a block away from small drugstores and newspaper shops. (You pay 6.50e to buy a 15 unit Strippenkart, three strippenkart units will take you into the hub of Dam Square and another three back again.)

Room Tip: If you stay here, remember to pack what you need and no more. Books for Xaviera are a good offering...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RandolphVance
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Additional Information about Xaviera Hollander's Happy House

Property: Xaviera Hollander's Happy House
Address: 17 Stadionweg, 1077 RV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #125 of 329 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Xaviera Hollander's Happy House 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious Bohemian villa with beautiful sunny garden full of flowers and greens, of legendary author Xaviera Hollander, in the heart of Amsterdam, with airport pickup provided as well as personal chef on request, ideal for culture seekers, couples, honeymooners, animal friendly, and meet the author herself if she is in town! Private parking for an extra fee is available. ... more   less 
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