Amsterdam centre cute calm space

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Fokke Simonszstraat, Amsterdam, North Holland 1017, Netherlands
Your host, Vera
51 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

Dear Airbnb guests,

My apartment is a real home, custom made by me and shared with you, not a chain-hotel or dime-a-dozen hostel. As you can see I provide a lot of info for you about the apartment and about myself and I have quite a few references, so you can feel comfortable and secure renting my place; you know what you will get!

I would like to ask the same from you; please fill out your profile with some background information about yourself and provide me with some information as to why you would like to rent my apartment when you enter a booking request, especially if you don't have any reviews or references yet. So I can feel equally secure in renting out my lovely apartment to you.

Thank you, and I hope to welcome you to Amsterdam and my apartment soon!
A basic but lovely and comfortable little apartment with original details and a lot of character, on a residential side street in central Amsterdam.

The apartment has recently been renovated: keeping the original charm and in a great location, spruced up with fresh paint, a comfortably laid out space and more (newer and better) amenities such as the indoor ladder to the loft bedroom, a new bed with new lighting fixtures, a larger bathroom with toilet, sink and bath tub and a new kitchen with all new appliances.

I usually live here when I'm not traveling so it's a charming personable space, with a beautiful oak floor, Portuguese tiling in the bathroom, artwork on the wall and well stocked bookshelves and kitchen cabinets so you can feel at home away from home. It'(email hidden) but it feels spacious because I keep it uncluttered, it has a nice Zen feel to it. More information about the apartment and the neighbourhood is provided upon arrival, I have a selection of guidebooks and leaflets with tourist information about the major attractions of Amsterdam. Please also check the guidebook I created on Airbnb as it provides a lot of info about facilities in the neighbourhood like supermarkets, nice cafes, galleries etc. As an architectural history student and culture lover I can tell you more about the historical and cultural side of Amsterdam if you're interested.

Practical info about the apartment
Detailed info about how the heating and internet etc. work is provided in the airbnb house manual you'll receive with your reservation confirmation.

The apartment is on the third floor, to be reached with stairs that are quite narrow and steep, compared to modern apartment buildings. This is common in Amsterdam since the city is very densely populated and the historical houses in the city centre are built on very narrow plots of land.
The bedroom with double bed is one floor up in the attic, a lovely quiet space where you will sleep under the wooden roofbeams. It has a bay window with traditional Amsterdam hoist beam overlooking the city. There are two small sofa's that can be folded down flat and turned into a single bed in the living room. Bed linen and towels are provided. Please note that since the bedroom is in the attic you will have to climb a little steep staircase (a ladder really :) from the living room to the bedroom, so this is not for the elderly! There is also a proper staircase from the hallway to the attic which is handy to take up luggage but that is technically outside the apartment and cold in wintertime.

Basic food stuff is provided: fresh fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, rice, pasta, oil, usually some organic vegetables as well.

Checking in and out
I'm very flexible with check-in and check-out times and if you would like a late check-out it is possible to check out in the afternoon and leave your luggage to pick up later at your convenience. This way you can make the most of your stay at my apartment. If I cannot meet you for check-in or check-out (because of work or travel) a friend of mine will be there to meet you for check-in or you can pick up the (email hidden) around the corner and let yourself in.

Practical info about the neighbourhood
Please see the Airbnb guidebook I made for facilities in the neighbourhood. There are tramstops going in many directions right outside the apartment. There are many shops, restaurants, supermarkets and bakeries close by, as well as many tourist attractions such as museums, boat tours, bike rental etc. The neighbourhood is relaxed and safe, I've lived here for 10 years now and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.


Here's the skinny, answering most questions at a glance:

- Bed linnen and towels provided
- Breakfast provided: cereal, fruit, milk and juice
- Basic food stuff provided plus all cooking utensils
- Amsterdam city council tourist tax of 5,5% included in the price
- 3rd/4th floor, no elevator
- Wifi internet, no radio or tv
- Strictly no smoking and no shoes inside the apartment please
- Walking distance from shops, public transport, restaurants, tourist attractions and museums: information available upon arrival
- Inside information about what's happening in Amsterdam from a local who loves the city :-)

Guest Access

The apartment is all yours! It has wifi internet, a livingroom with a beautiful solid oak floor, a kitchen with everything you need for cooking (except for a microwave) and a washing machine, a bathroom with a bath tub, a shower which has good hot water, a little cold water sink and a toilet. The apartment is comfortably heated with a gas heater. The attic room has a small electric heater and electrical blanket for a toasty bed on cold nights. There is no radio or tv but Amsterdam has plenty of entertainment to offer!

Interaction with Guests

I'm not always around to meet you for check-in but I have a perfect arrangement for you to pick up the key in a nearby cafe. You can always call, email or text me should issues arise.
I've made a guide of the neighbourhood with my personal recommendations for cafes and restaurants. I'm very happy to provide info on what to do and where to go based on your preferences, by email or if I'm there to meet you for check-in I can advise you in person.

Getting around

This little pad in the city centre of Amsterdam is close to everywhere you want to go. 5 minutes walking from Flower Market, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh museum, Leidseplein, Heineken Brewery and Albert Cuyp market. It's on a quiet and friendly residential side street with lots of shops and facilities nearby, and a tram stop that takes you straight to Amsterdam Central Station is just outside the apartment. Another tram stop towards the Jordaan and West area is right around the corner.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $42 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $841 /week
Monthly Price: $2102 /month
Security Deposit: $140
Cleaning Fee: $21
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Flat was great- plenty of space with for two people with one of us taking the bedroom and the other the sofa bed in the living room. The location was perfect- easy walking distance to the Museumplein and Leidseplein, and everything was very easy and relaxed with Vera's friend meeting us at the apartment when we arrived and letting us use the place until we left Sunday evening.

    July 2014
  • Recommended! The apartment was indeed very cute and perfect for our long weekend in Amsterdam. Location is also very nice and you can easily walk to your desired attraction. I can definitely recommend this apartment.

    June 2014
  • We had a perfect stay at Vera's! She was nice and easygoing, the house was clean and in a central neighbourhood. I do recommend it!

    June 2014
  • We very much enjoyed staying in Vera's lovely apartment and directly felt at home there. Vera was incredibly welcoming and I especially appreciated that she always responded promptly - mostly within less than an hour. The flat combines typical Amsterdam architectural features with modern facilities and is beautifully renovated. The neighbourhood is conveniently located since it is in walking distance from the city centre as well as from the museum areal. We had such a great time in Amsterdam that we are already thinking of planning a next trip to this wonderful city. Hopefully, we will be able to stay in Vera's apartment again then.

    June 2014
  • Vera's apartment is a delight - light, bright and airy and in an excellent location, perfectly placed between the museum area and the inner centre, with a beautiful canal at one end of the street. It is easy to access transport, if needed, from the adjoining busy main street of Vijzelgracht, but everywhere is walkable via the quieter canal routes and side streets, and there are some great cafes and pubs nearby (try the great Café de Wetering, complete with cat and open fire!). The bathroom and kitchen in the apartment are excellent and Vera is more than generous in her provision of condiments, herbs, muesli, fruit, juice, milk, and even wine, so that there is no immediate urgency to go shopping! Her household manual and guidebook are well thought out and very comprehensive and she is extremely kind and helpful in making all the arrangements with her guests. We had a wonderful few days and highly recommend this home from home (and the great books too!). Thank you Vera!

    May 2014
  • It was perfect!!

    May 2014
  • Just great!

    May 2014
  • Vera (email hidden), she was extremely helpful and accommodating and explained and assisted well beyond that is expected. She helped us with our travel plans during when we encountered disruptions and even found my ipod!

    The flat on the other hand is in an excellent location, right in the middle of all you want to see in Amsterdam and in walking distance to public transport. It is comfortable and has everything that we need during our stay here. Definitely highly recommended!

    Thank you so much Vera!

    April 2014
  • Great apartment, perfect location.

    We had a very nice weekend at Vera's place, and would recommend it anytime.

    April 2014
  • Great experience in Amsterdam and Vera´s apartment.
    Since the moment I first contacted Vera, she was really responsive and willing to answer all my doubts and questions (this was my first experience with AirBnB).

    The apartment: more you cannot ask for! The location is great, near to literally everything, the center, the museums, the shops, everything. The apartment really clean and tidy, Vera left us food in the fridge and a really good wine that we enjoyed with my girlfriend in a homemade dinner. Also Vera left us a booklet with really good information and places to go in Amsterdam (it was really handy to plan everything we wanted to do).

    In conclusion, I would totally recommend Vera and her apartment for some holidays in Amsterdam!!

    April 2014
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I'm a well traveled open-minded global citizen who has settled in Amsterdam. I've lived in Ireland, the UK, Australia and Thailand but somehow ended up back in my home country. I love life in Amsterdam: all the good things of big city life but on a human scale and easy going pace. I like my work for an art foundation and I also study art (email hidden) of Amsterdam (funded by airbnb :) I'm very health minded: I keep in shape by racing my lovely vintage racing bike, I try to do yoga twice a week and enjoy cooking with fresh organic veg. I still love to travel and like sharing my lovely little apartment with visitors to Amsterdam when I'm away for a weekend or longer.
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