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joan fabricant

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, portuguese, dutch

Beautiful, Sunny, Spacious Apt in City Centre (with Lift)

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 14 nights


Grachtengordel Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

This spacious apt is 80m2(850 sq ft) and is on the fourth floor (WITH LIFT) of a well kept building with wonderful views. The view in the living room is of the Wester Church, and the Keizersgracht Canal, and the bedroom looks out at trees and gardens. The large living room has two couches, and is very comfortable, and bright. There is also a new wood burning fireplace. The bedroom has a queen size bed, desk, flat screen TV, DVD player, desktop computer, printer/copier, large closet, and sofa that is comfortable enough to sleep on for a third person or a child. There is a large corridor that separates the two rooms. Both bedroom, and living room have doors so there is lots of privacy. There is a bathroom with bath/shower, and a separate toilet. We have a washing machine, and dryer. New wooden floors throughout the apt. The apt was totally renovated in 2006.

The neighborhood is wonderfully convenient. We are in the City Center (Jordaan) with three tram lines and three buses on the street. There are cafes and restaurants on the street, as well as a supermarket right next door. It is an easy trip to Central Station. The neighborhood (The Jordaan) has many unique, boutique type shops as well as neighborhood stores. It is a very convenient area in the heart of the historic district. There is a bicycle rental shop right on the block. We are two blocks from the Anne Frank House, the Dam, and it is a 15 minute walk to the Museum area, and Vondel Park. The wonderful Noordemarket(organic foods on Sat., and antiques on Monday) is five blocks away.

Keywords: Nice Building with 2 Apartments on Each Floor. Apartment is on 4th Floor

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
joan fabricant (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, portuguese, dutch

About joan fabricant

My husband and I bought the apt in 2006 after going to Amsterdam for 10 or 12 years. We used to exchange apts (we live in NYC) with a good friend who lives in Amsterdam. After five or six years of loving the city we decided to buy something. We go to Amsterdam two or three times a year for about two months each visit, and rent it when we are not there. We have some very good friends who take care of the apt. They are wonderfully helpful to any renter, and lovely people. They will meet you with the keys, and explain anything you need to know about the apt or the city. They live a few blocks away should there be any problems. They renovated the apartment when we bought it, and so they know it well.

joan fabricant purchased this apartment in 2006

Why joan fabricant chose Amsterdam

I love the central location, and the convenience of being right in the middle, yet being in the historic district. My husband thought he might like a quieter street, but has come to love the convenient location where we can step out, get on a tram or bus,and go just about anywhere.

What makes this apartment unique

The apt is really very comfortable with many amenities. We even have a Nespresso Coffee Machine. Most of the dishes, linens, pots and pans are new,(they're replaced often) as well as most of the furniture. There is a nice selection of books, CDs, and DVDs.The apt. has Wi-Fi, and a new laptop computer and printer. The views are wonderful, and the apt is really nice. Please e-mail if you would like more pictures.

Just to say we bought, and completely renovated another apt. early in 2013. If this apt is rented, and you would like to look at pictures of our second apt, it is VRBO #465010. Thank you.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Beautiful, Sunny, Spacious Apt in City Centre (with Lift)
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 18 reviews

Absolutely Incredible

  • 5 of 5

Could not have asked for a more stylish and convenient apartment to spend our Christmas and New Years at in Amsterdam. The property was perfect – it had absolutely everything we needed and was the perfect size for myself and my partner to spend two weeks at relaxing.

I fell in love with the location – right across the street from Anne Frank’s house and just over a 5 minute walk to Dam Square, not to mention well within walking distance to other attractions such as the Foam Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. There is a supermarket next door which is extremely convenient.

The building has a lift which was fantastic as the apartment is located on the 4th floor. We felt extremely safe as the building has a great security system in place. The apartment can be set at your preferred temperature which was fantastic for anyone who is travelling in the cooler months. The views from the lounge room were magnificent – from one side you look down onto Westermarkt where you can see the Westerkerk (church), the canals and surrounding houses which made it so beautiful to sit down in the evenings and spend time in the room.

Joan and Sylvia are such beautiful people – from the minute I enquired about the apartment Joan has always been so kind and professional and Sylvia who met us on our arrival was fantastic.

I could never stay anywhere else after experiencing Joan’s apartment. Certainly one of the best holidays that we have ever had and I look forward to staying there again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Only Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Had to write as I was just shocked to read the review from one negative person. My husband and I have stayed in this lovely apartment twice and one other time in Joan and Neil's other apartment. When we come to Holland we will not stay anywhere else but in either of their apartments. Always clean, well stocked and just plain comfortable. Have never been disappointed in this apartment.

Joan is always their for you with any questions you might have and always with a fast reply.

Sylvia and Veto also are the best. Sylvia goes out of her way to help with anything that might come up.

Don't let the one negative review keep you away from this apartment or the other one. Like I said we will not come to Amsterdam unless we can stay in this apartment or the other one. But we really prefer this one since it has the fireplace and we always come in the winter.

You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Something special

  • 5 of 5

When my husband and I were planning our recent trip to Amsterdam, we chose to stay in an apartment and what an apartment this was. Its location to sites, trams & buses as well as to the Hop on Hop off canal boats was perfect. Our 2 week stay was made even more enjoyable by the size of the apartment and amenities provided especially the computer & printer and the Nespresso coffee machine. Loved the elevator! The area of the Jordan was full of small restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and grocery stores. We had a fabulous Indian restaurant just a few doors down and an Albert Heijn even closer. One of the best places we found on our wanderings was Winkels, a small cafe, whose name to fame is their unbelievably delicious Dutch Apple Pie. As the apartment was located between two prominent canals, navigating around the city was quite easy. We were able to walk everywhere and we did. Thank you Joan for answering all of my e-mails quickly and Sylvia for your cheerful greeting when my phone wouldn't work upon arrival. You both made our stay in Amsterdam so memorable.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Book this fantastic apartment and enjoy an amazing stay in the beautiful city of Amsterdam!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I took our first trip to Amsterdam and it was fantastic, made even better because we stayed here! My wife typically handles our vacation travel arrangements, but I decided to handle everything and live a local by booking an apartment instead of a hotel. My wife did insist that we rent from an owner and from someone who spoke English to minimize any miscommunications. I researched a few properties but chose this one due to the owner’s responsiveness. Joan was great; we had tons of questions, and she answered every email promptly. She was warm, professional and her answers were always thoughtful.

Upon arriving, Sylvia and Vito welcomed us, oriented us to the apartment and graciously shared insights on the neighborhood, transportation, and the sights. They were patient and generous with their time. Before leaving, they insisted that we should not hesitate to contact them if we had any questions or needed any further assistance.

The apartment exceeded our expectations. It was spotless, spacious and filled with many little touches that made it feel like home. The kitchen was well-designed and functional. After traveling over 11 hours, we were delighted to open the fridge and find a chilled bottle of wine. My wife was impressed. Usually, she drops her bag and heads to the bar to unwind. Instead, we kicked off our shoes and enjoyed a glass of wine while we relaxed on the couch. We took Sylvia and Vito’s suggestion and ordered take out from the Indian restaurant. It was just the first of many enjoyable evenings. The bedroom was great and comes outfitted with a television, computer, printer & Wi-Fi access. The bed was very comfortable and roomy. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you for the instructions on how to use the Nespresso coffee machine and the coffee. Sipping coffee and watching the city come to life through large light filled windows was marvelous.

A stellar location and a lively neighborhood make this apartment a perfect choice. We walked out of the front door and were just steps away from the tram, grocery store, cafes, numerous restaurants and the Anne Frank house. We didn't miss a hotel concierge because there’s a tourism/travel office and bike rental shop right downstairs. We walked all over the city, hoping on the tram, bike or canal boat, to explore the neighborhoods and to enjoy the people, cuisine, museums; and a few "coffee" shops.

We began recommending this property before our trip was even over! Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite apartment in Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, along with our three-year old daughter, have stayed in this apartment three times. We absolutely love the apartment and it is the first place we try to book when we know we will be returning to Amsterdam. Over the years, we have rented many apartments in Amsterdam and this place is our favorite.

The apartment is perfect for a stay in Amsterdam. It is bright, airy, open, and well appointed. It has everything you need: a full kitchen stocked with everything, a full sized refrigerator, a full bar (also stocked!) comfortable couches and chairs, cool artwork on the walls, a great view of the Westerkerk. Everything is spotless upon arrival. The floors are shiny, the kitchen, wc, bathroom, and bedroom are all meticulously clean. The refrigerator is not only spotless but there is often little things left to help make the first day easy (like coffee!).

The bedroom has plenty of closet space, the bed itself is comfortable, the room is light and bright during the day and the curtains make it dark and quiet at night. There is a computer in the bedroom and wifi is available throughout the apartment. For us, it really is our home away from home.

The location is perfect. It is directly across the street from the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House. It is a five minute walk to Dam Square and not much longer to the Nine Streets area. Right in front of the apartment is three tram stops. From there you can get to anywhere in the city including Central Station. Just down the street from the apartment is an Albert Heijn market which makes it incredibly convenient to buy groceries. There are numerous shops, cafes, restaurants (including a terrific Indian restaurant) and a bike rental shop next door to the apartment. You couldn’t ask for a better location in Amsterdam. As a tourist, the location of the apartment is exactly where you want to be.

Upon arrival, the manager Sylvia gives a full tour of the apartment, shows how to work the various appliances like the washing machine and dryer, and will answer any question about the apartment or Amsterdam. The last time we stayed here she even gave us her tram card after we mentioned we hadn’t picked one up yet. She also worked her schedule around our very early arrival time from our international flight so we could get into the apartment right away.

In short, we cannot recommend this apartment more highly. It is the best place we’ve ever rented in Amsterdam and we have every intention of staying here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Randy and Robyn

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Amsterdam 10 times over the last 10 years staying at Joan's apartments on 6 occasions most recently April 24-May 9 2015. We now only stay in either of her lovely apartments when visiting. Sylvia and Vito, the caretakers of the apartments, easily are the kindest people we have met in our travels throughout Europe and could not possibly be more helpful. Each vacation has been more memorable than the previous. Our recent trip allowed us to share Amsterdam with our son Alex over his birthday dining at De Kas. The Westermarkt apartment is truly a gem. Only the corner table at Latour D'Argent in Paris overlooking Notre Dame rivals the view of the Westerkerk cathedral from the front windows of our Amsterdam penthouse. Note, I refer to it as our apartment. I hope Joan will excuse this. The location is perfect for exploring all of Amsterdam and the apartment will truly meet everyone's needs. The elevator to the penthouse level is quite remarkable for Amsterdam. I would be remiss to not speak to the recent unconscionable review. I must admit that I was angry when I first read this negative rant, but sometimes one must take the higher ground and ignorant, unkind, unfounded comments should simply be dismissed. My wife Robyn and I cannot wait to visit our favorite city again and remain eternally grateful to Joan and Neil for sharing their beautiful apartments with us.

With Kindest Regards,

Randall R. MD

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Grachtengordel Apartment Rental Rates

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14 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

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cleaning fee $45

There is a E500 security deposit which will be returned by the manager the day you leave,

If possible we ask for a 25% deposit when you reserve the apartment, and the balance about a month before you arrive,

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Grachtengordel Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • There is a nice bathtub which includes a shower, sink, towel dryer, andgood size medicine cabinet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), 2 sofas in living room, and one wide sofa in bedroom in addition to the bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking

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