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Amsterdam Center Top Floor Canal Apartment A.D. 1700

Bedrooms 1
Space 581 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Historical Canal House Top Floor; Close To Transport, Culture, Fun!

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 LCD-projector for your convenience (Note: no landline phone and regular TV-set available here - you can watch internet-TV channels if you like, or just go out and speak to others:). Note for travelers form US, UK, Swiss: you might need a mains adapter for your electronic equipment.

For evenings and nights, rest assured the neighborhood is safe to go out - the public and locals are nice, and aggression of criminality is seldom seen in this area. 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, just had its 5-year anniversary.

Bars and nightclubs are abundant, and the famous Red Light District is just a few blocks away, although the area can be easily avoided if you or your family are not interested; all main historical and cultural hot spots in town can be reached without having to cross the red light area.

The new cosmopolitan creative, dance and music hotspot ADAM tower just 10 min by free public ferry across The IJ-river.

Of course, we would very much enjoy advising you to pick a choice of everything Amsterdam day- and 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 160*200 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 adults; however the small loft upstairs (a vide overlooking the livingroom, accessible by a steep stairs, size of a small bed) and the sofa in the livingroom sleeps an additional 2 children, making the apartment typically suitable for a family. Therefore, equipment and furniture is sized for 4 persons. Note that we prefer couples / families as renters (with children is o.k. of course). We do not or seldom host groups of 3 or 4 adults (friends or 2 couples), as the space is not really suitable for that.

Please note that the apartment is strictly a non-smoking venue, and no pets allowed! Also, the common stairs to this top floor apartment (3th floor) are very steep and narrow with just 100 cm width (with 1 handrail); so unfortunately this place is not suitable for disabled people and do take your time getting your heavy suitcases up (we will assist you upon check-in) or consider to bring 2 lighter suitcases in stead of 1 heavy over-sized massive bulk. On the other hand - all original restored canal warehouses feature this type of stairway and it is part of the 17th century experience in itself.

Here is small suggestion for your convenience: you may want to arrange a PIN code on your creditcards, as most restaurants, ATM's and shops require a PIN with each creditcard payment. Visa and Mastercard is widely accepted; American Express and Diners Club are not. For US/CND phones: consider to buy a SIM-only prepaid card at Schiphol airport or at Central Station.

So if you are looking for an unprecedented place to stay in the very center, with optimal comfort an luxury - please check the reviews and consider if this is your choice.

Note: as off January 2015 the Amsterdam Municipality recently introduced an obligatory tourist tax of 6% on the negotiated rate per person per night staying via services like HomeAway. You will see this as a separate line in our quote. HomeAway owners that do not calculate for this tax risk closure of their premises and substantial fines. Amsterdam uses this money to invest in facilities and services like the handy IAMsterdam website and your cheap public transport passes.

Additional credit-note: photo's nrs 2, 5, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23 by Tim Bieber, 2015 (MrBig film, USA).

More Details

Property Manager
Marc Hinfelaar
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Marc Hinfelaar

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 freelance manager Care of a chain of homes for elderly; Marc was executive director at Edelman PR agency Amsterdam, where he led its Healthcare unit; now he is freelance PR consultant in healthcare communications. 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 they recently set up a small scale holiday resort at Crete (called Galini Breeze - check our other property here at HomeAway).

Marc Hinfelaar purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Marc Hinfelaar chose Grachtengordel

This Amsterdam apartment is our second home - we lived in Baarn with our family, a nice and quite village 30km to the east of Amsterdam in the woods, and partly at Crete in summer for running our business over there. 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.

What makes this apartment unique

There are very few authentic yet comfortable spots like this - just look at the pictures, read the reviews and see for yourselves...


Grachtengordel Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 581 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Early check-in on request
  • The person booking must be the same as the (main) renter at check-in
  • No parties allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Spacious shower with thermostatic tap. Sink and toilet. Centrally heated. Mechanic ventilation.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Vide - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Open vide, only if needed (e.g. children or occasional guest
  • Bedroom in the back of the building; full size 2 persons bed; cupboard and clothes rack. Window can be opened fully.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We are happy to advise you on every touristic and not-so-touristic pleasures Amsterdam offers - we pay attention to your personal questions and demands, and like to take some time before your stay and during check-in to make you feel at home in our beautiful and interesting city! During your stay you can contact us via mobile phone for any other questions or concerns. Note for travelers from the US, UK and Swiss: you might need a mains adapter for your electronic equipment.


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Amsterdam Center Top Floor Canal Apartment A.D. 1700
average rating of 4.8644066 based on 59 reviews

Location, location, location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! The place is so central that we could walk through the city and return home whenever we wanted. We joked that we could walk anywhere in 20 minutes. It is really a lovely place that is comfortable and accessible. The stairs are a challenge but added to the adventure for us. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Canada

Great Location (with a free daily workout)

  • 4 of 5

A very handy flat in a superb location. A Hop, skip and a jump from the train station that leaves you only a minutes from some of the key attractions. A grocery store is a 5 minute walk away (avoid the two shops next door - tourist prices!!!!)

The flat was ready on arrival (thank you Ron) and we were immediately thrust into checking things out locally. The handy binder on the counter with some local advice was a nice touch.

One word of caution though, and you weren't kidding that there were some narrow stairs, this flat isn't for the out of shape or weak of heart as the walk up the stairs will challenge you each and every time. But hey, it doesn't hurt to work off the local cuisine.

All in all I recommend this location to if you are visiting Amsterdam.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Great stay

  • 4 of 5

Marc, the owner is great to deal with. fast and friendly communications. The apartment itself is well located being close to the train station/markets/restaurants/bars. It is well appointed, clean and very comfortable. It worked for us but the bathroom is small and compact (it is a 500 year old building). Beautiful view of the canal/street below. Not an issue for us but the stairs will pose a problem for older folk. Keep in mind, with its good access to entertainment/restaurants, there is regular noise from late night revellers (on the edge of the red light district). This is not an issue for sleeping as the bedroom is at the back of the unit. We would recommend this apartment for a getaway for couples.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington state

Worth the Stairs!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and nicely appointed apartment. Comfortable sleeping, we used both beds.

The living area was spacious, and good for relaxing. Nice to have a washer/dryer for usage too. The best feature was the view from the front windows, and bonus to have a view from the side window as well! Perfect location to Central Station and easy walking to many of Amsterdam's highlights.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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charming apartment in central location

  • 5 of 5

loved this place. Super responsive owner. Super friendly people to let us in and see us out. Very clean and comfortable. Walked from central train station with our luggage. Bike rental next door and lots of restaurants and cafe's all around. Will stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very convenient and surprisingly quiet at night

  • 4 of 5

We spent two weeks in this very nice apartment. There were drawbacks, but none that weren't covered in the description, i.e., there were 41 narrow steps to navigate and the space, particularly in the bathroom, was compact. The location, right on a canal and very close to the train station and center, was very convenient; we found it extremely easy to walk to places in the city and board trains for other Dutch towns. The neighborhood was lively at night, but it was always quiet and comfortable in the bedroom. We ate at Lastage, the Michelin-starred restaurant on the first floor, on our last night and were extremely impressed by the quality of the food and service. We never had the opportunity to meet the apartment owners, but Ron, their helper, proved responsive and helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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EYE Film Institute Netherlands
Check my ratings on various restaurant at TripAdvisor
Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nieuwmarkt: cafe Stevens and many more to explore
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Amsterdam Passenger Terminal APT
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
The International Golf; Kennemer; Hilversumsche
Nearest Train
250 Metres
Amsterdam Central Station (train, bus, metro)
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A-10 circular Amsterdam Highway (by S-100 road)
Nearest Restaurant
Restaurant Lastage (1* Michelin);many more nearby
Nearest Ski
55 Kilometres
Indoor SnowWorld Zoetermeer
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Zandvoort aan Zee (North Sea)
Car: not necessary

Rijksmuseum, bike rents, boat rental, canal tour, guided historical and culture tours, red light district, coffee shop visit, grow shops, live music and jamsessions, theater, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Van Gogh and Rembrandt Museum, State casino, dance nightclubs, adult clubs, theme parties - you name it... Amsterdam offers it all.




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Our place is suitable for 1 couple, not for 4 adults. So, just 2 adults are allowed in this place - with up to 2 accompanying children.
Renter (minimum age 25) must be the same person as showing up at check-in.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult 25+; no teenager-groups or bachelor parties allowed.
No pets and no strictly smoking please. This street is a drugs-free zone.
As the apartment is part of a common building, we mutually respect silence between 10pm and 7am.
We are happy to get many inquiries; some people ask just additional information and we never hear anything again; some are very specific for a quote and want to book immediately. For us it is difficult to distinct the one from the other. So a very important note here: bookings are on first-come/first served base: until you book it, anyone can without notice. So an inquiry is not seen an (optional, tentative) reservation until and unless you payed the first EUR250,-- down payment, and we specifically agree so in writing, and we're sorry it is not possible to give notice if another inquiry is received for the same dates, if not booked. Only if it still shows 'available' in the calendar, it's available. Confirmation of booking is mutually given solely by the first payment according to the payment schedule as quoted. Thanks for your understanding.
In 2014 we had to add 5% local city tax to the rates (and therefore, we lowered our rates then). All premises in Amsterdam are obliged to do that. This is a new local city tax. We have to provide the local tax authorities with official occupation reports (anonymous) and pay the taxes accordingly by every quarter.
This city tax is not related to the fees HomeAway may be charging on every booking due to the new policy the company introduced early 2016.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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