|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
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 A'DAM tower (opens mid'16) 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 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 5,5% 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).
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!
Marc Hinfelaar purchased this apartment in 2009
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...
We had a wonderful week in Marcus's apartment. It is in a great location for the old city but it is also a great location to access a wide range of transport - Central Station trains, trams, buses and hire cars. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs near by. We would highly recommend this property. Marcus was very helpful and his communication was excellent.
Combine a very comfortable, well-furnished apartment located walking distance from the central station with a wonderful, informative, helpful host (Marcus) and that makes for a very good first-time visit to Amsterdam. We are very appreciative of all the help Marcus gave in greeting us at late arrival and helping us get oriented to our visit. The apartment is very close to shopping, cafes, and airport train, transportation to every part of the city, and easy walking to virtually any place you want to go. A bonus is the Michelin rated restaurant directly below the apartment. The listing was very accurate. Plenty of amenities including espresso and an open bar, which you respectfully replenish if you partake. The apartment was very clean. Would recommend it to couples only. It is a three-flight walk-up, but for us seniors it was no problem.
Our 6 days at Marcus' canal suite was the perfect ending to a European vacation. We were flying back to Canada from Amsterdam and decided to explore the city for the first time. Staying in the canal suite made this a very special introduction to this beautiful city. Marcus met us and immediately made us feel at home and gave us an excellent orientation to the suite and tips on the local area and places we might like to go.
From a practical perspective -- the beds were comfortable, the shower fantastic (truly oversize for most of Europe!), and the neighbourhood excellent. The suite IS as lovely as the pictures! You are in walking distance to groceries, pubs, restaurants, etc. etc. The suite itself has everything I could imagine needing should you wish to cook a full meal or just have snacks and pour a glass of wine as you watch the cyclists and boats just outside your window. Having wine available when we arrived with the request to just replace it before we left was perfect.
We enjoyed what a previous visitor described as the "comically steep" stairs. We considered them part of our fitness plan. My husband and I could not be more enthusiastic about this lovely place. Should we return to Amsterdam we would hope to stay here again.
Staying in a Canal Apartment is a terrific way to feel the culture of Amsterdam. It is located a short 5 minute walk from Central Station and all of the trams. It is quiet and clean and as attractive as the photos. The 3 flights of stairs are typical of old houses, and an exercise you become accustomed to.
This turned out to be a very good if not perfect location. The apartment is a 10 minute walk from the Central train station. Close to a supermarket, and plenty of restaurants and bars. The apartment was very clean and lacks nothing. Very quiet at night for sleeping. The stairs are steep, but that's part of the Amsterdam experience.
Marcus was quick to respond to emails. He was away when we arrived but had a friend waiting to greet us at street level and helped with the luggage.
A lovely little apartment with great view of the canal, and walking distance to "everything"! Marcus is a great host, very quick to answer Mail and texts. Recommended! :-)
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.
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 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.