Charming, clean Amsterdam house, in the ideal location.
We are two experienced world travelers with high standards for cleanliness, charm, neighborhood appeal, integrity, comfort and safety, wherever we stay, whether it's a hotel or a home. Poppenhuis was fantastic, both for in-home comfort, cleanliness, amenities, etc. and for its ideal location on a quiet street in the charming and fun Jordaan district, with excellent walking and easy transit connections all around. Our experience with the owner, Tony, and the property manager, Rick, was excellent throughout--they are friendly, responsive, honest, and very helpful. We ended up staying for several days longer than planned, canceling a reservation at a five-star hotel in Amsterdam, because the house and neighborhood were so much more fun and a better value.
Both Tony and Rick gave us lots of good "insider" ideas for restaurants, side-trips, neighborhood haunts, etc., which added a lot to our experience. And we never needed a car at all, only using a cab when we needed to transport our heavy luggage to and from the Centraal Station--the location is that good. This includes daylong trips into the countryside and to other cities via train and transit.
Note that this is an authentic Amsterdam canal-style house, tall and narrow, so you need to be able to manage narrow stairs and traditional room layouts, smaller than your average American suburban home--but neither of us are spring chickens and we had no trouble, even with a recently healed broken ankle. Also, this is an urban neighborhood, with stores, restaurants, canals and the gorgeous Westerkirk church nearby, so if you need complete solitude and silence, you might want to look elsewhere. However, in spite of being light sleepers, we had no problems with noise, particularly since the bedrooms are at the top of the house. And because the house is between two canals on a quiet street, the main noise came from church bells and the kids playing in the street--charming, not annoying.
We researched our housing options thoroughly, considering several canal houses with waterfront locations, but this was a better value. And when we arrived, we were glad that we had chosen the quieter street between the canals over the more heavily-trafficked canal streets. Far fewer cars, trucks and motorcycles go by the Poppenhuis, yet it's right in the middle of the city.
Poppenhuis gets our highest recommendation! Thanks so much for an amazing experience, Tony and Rick.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 4/4
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