This property has a very interesting history: the canal 'Geldersekade' was the first expansion off the original 17th Century Amsterdam lay out city-walls - Relics can be found such as The Schreierstoren and The Waag on Nieuwmarkt, that mark the opposite ends of this canal. From 1664 to 1725 a series of small warehouses were built to serve the expanding population with supplies like wheat and salt from abroad. You will be staying in one of those rare, well preserved lots - officially a Dutch State Monument in this Unesco protected area!
Feel that historical vibe if you gaze over the lively canal and adjacent bicycle path from the top floor open balcony, and see it in the bricks of the 300 years old bedroom walls... but also enjoy the modern interior!
This is an excellent location, just 5 min walk from Amsterdam Central Station (15 min by direct train from Schiphol International Airport) and Oosterdok Parking (cheap public parking garage 10 min from circular highway A-10). Subway station is only 3 min walk, bike rentals on 5 min. Amsterdam Passenger Cruise Terminal is on 5 - 10 minutes - so this location is perfect for a few additional days in the city after your River / NorthSea Cruise too!
For daytime, take a canal tour, visit a museum like Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum that are within 20 min by foot, tram, subway or taxi. Relax some moments during late afternoon on one of the many NewMarket bar-terrasses (Nieuwmarkt) in our very street, or have a drink at home enjoying free WiFi, laptop and beamer for your convenience (no regular TV-set available - you can watch internet-TV channels if you like).
For evenings and nights, you find lots of international and local restaurants nearby, and moreover the famous, innovative 1 Michelin * Star restaurant Lastage on the ground floor of this very building.
Bars and nightclubs are abundant, and the famous Red Light District is just a few blocks away... New global dance and music hotspot A'DAM (opens end '15) just 10 min by public ferry across The IJ-river.
Of course, we would very much enjoy advising you to pick a choice of everything Amsterdam nightlife offers, by an updated A'dam-Highlights document you will find in the apartment and actual comprehensive documentation an suggested internet-links to that.
The A.D. 1700, 55m2 apartment offers modern comfort: a fully equipped kitchen, living room with canal view, a separate bedroom with full size 2 pers bed in the quiet back of the building, a neat bathroom with over sized shower. This place is very convenient for 2; however the upstairs vide sleeps an additional 2. Therefore, equipment and furniture is sized for 4 persons.
Sorry, the apartment is strictly a non-smoking venue, and no pets allowed! Note that the common stairs to this top floor apartment (3th floor) are quite steep and just 100 cm width (with 1 handrail); so unfortunately this place is not suitable for disabled people.
So if you are looking for an unprecedented place to stay in the very center, with optimal comfort an luxury - this is your choice.
Marc and Monique Hinfelaar are both born in The Netherlands, 1962, University level educated. Married in 1990, one daughter Sophie (1993) and one son Rick (1996). Monique is manager Care of a chain of homes for elderly; Marc is executive director at Edelman PR agency Amsterdam, and leads its Healthcare unit. Both are enjoying sports (running, tennis) and like good evenings and weekends after hard work, with good food, drinks, music and dance with friends. Marc is playing keyboards in several bands and at live jazz jamsessions, and Monique is actively learning Greek, as that has been and will be our favorite summer holiday destination for years!
This Amsterdam apartment is our second home - we mainly live in Baarn with our family, a nice and quite village 30km to the east of Amsterdam in the woods. As we are very fond of the city life too, we invested in this apartment as a great weekend pied-a-terre. Every single day and night we stay there, we enjoy this so much - now it is good to open up that experience for international enthusiastic travelers as well.
There are very few authentic yet comfortable spots like this - just look at the pictures, read the reviews and see for yourselves...