Artistic Apartment The Jordan Lily in the Unique Center of Amsterdam
A warm welcome from Hanneke and Arjen!
This apartment in Amsterdam's Jordan is a perfect place for couples who are looking for a getaway as well as for people who are here for business and are looking for a quiet place where they can focus on their work.
No traditional hotel can beat the feeling of having your own apartment in the city center of Amsterdam, with in your street and just around the corner lots of little local cafes, terraces, trendy restaurants, inspiring boutiques, surprising shops, and several special open air markets. To us our Jordan quarter feels like a little village in the middle of Amsterdam Metropolis. We love living here every day!
You walk a couple of meters down the street and you arrive at one of the beautiful canals of Amsterdam, the Prinsengracht. Across the water of the Prinsengracht you see the Anne Frank house before you. The Tulip Museum and Cheese Museum are just around the corner, as well as the entrance of your canal boat tour.
A 10 minutes walk brings you at Dam square with the Royal Palace and the big shopping streets Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk, or to the Nine Streets, the cosy and picturesque shopping streets of the Amsterdam Canal Belt listed in the Unesco Heretage.
You will be surrounded by a large choice of cinema’s, theaters, galeries, opera and museums as well as restaurants, cafes and clubs.
The apartment is on the top floor of a monumental, typical Amsterdam house from the 17th century with a view on the well-known Wester Tower. You have complete privacy in your light and spacious apartment of 74 m2. It has a kitchen, dining table, couch and a cosy open fireplace. Next to the fireplace the apt has central heating. From the entrance of the house two stairs lead to your apt.
The apt has a little terrace of 5 m2 with a table and two chairs. It is on the courtyard side where the sun is your friend in the summer months from about 10.00 in the morning till late in the afternoon. So here you are: enjoying a nice cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the sun warmth of your own terrace.The quiet back gardens of the Prinsengracht houses surround you, and by sunrise and sunset our favourite blackbird sings for you, high up in the birch tree next to the terrace.
Bed- & bathroom
In the apt itself there is a small second floor (vide) of 15 m2 where you will find the cosy and romantic bedroom under the age-old roof bars. Next to the sleeping room there is a small cute bathroom with shower, toilet and washstand.
Just taste the warm-creative atmosphere of the house and you will feel at home. Almost every part of the house is designed and handmade by an artist-architect that gives you that special feeling. All the paintings in the apartment and the house are of the hand of our daughter and artist Barbara van den Berg. All her work and illustrations you can find on her site: (website hidden)
We live and work on lower floors of the house. We partly share the beautiful common stairway of the house, though nobody will ever enter the stairs leading to the entrance of your apt. You have complete privacy in the middle of this crowded city. Once inside the apt it ’s remarkably quiet.
* We expect our guests to respect our property.
* No more than two guests.
* No pets.
* No other guests beside those who checked-in to the apt.
* Linen, toilet paper, soap, towels and a hairdryer are included. If you need fresh towels, ask us and we replace them for free.
* Laundry service is available (flyer in the apt)
* Check in from 4:00 pm on the day of arrival. Let us know in advance what is the best time for you. We make an appointment on a fixed time. Check out at 11 am on the day of departure.
* No smoking inside. Smoking on the terrace only allowed with door and windows closed. No hard drugs allowed in the apt, neither on the terrace.
* Should the apt suffer any loss or damage as a result of an act or omission by a guest, he or she will remain liable and will be billed accordingly.
* We do not accept any liability for loss of or damage to any valuables or property belonging to guests.
Beautiful apartment with everything needed for a wonderful trip to Amsterdam! This is a very artsy place and is located within a few minute walk of the city center. We only wish we could have stayed longer. The hosts have thought of everything to make it a convenient and home-like atmosphere. Excellent experience!
As others have said over and over in the previous reviews, this is a very special place owned by very lovely people. They take their job as hosts seriously and made us feel welcome immediately. When we arrived Arjen meticulously reviewed with us every detail of this original but very well-equipped flat. They have filled the space with wonderful thoughtful touches (like candles and paper flowers) which, combined with the light from the large windows, and the fantastic fireplace, create an ambiance of beauty and happiness, and which made our mid-winter 6-day stay exceptionally pleasant. For example, for those fresh-air-lovers who would like to take in some afternoon sun on the delightful small terrace, there are a couple of folding semi-lounge chairs - with blankets! It is a fine thing to come back from intense museum-going and the miles of walking that one tends to do in Amsterdam, to a beautiful quiet space with a warm fire, a glass of wine, books and - that blackbird! This hardy bird sang away in the cold morning and evening like he thought it was springtime. The sounds of the apt.: the slight hiss of the fire, the birdsong, the carillons of the nearby Westerkirk, and the wind in the trees and occasional rain on the roof (we had some normal Dutch weather), make it hard to believe one is in the middle of a city. We were sad to leave. I hope we can come back. Thanks to Hanneke & Arjen.
I am tempted *not* to leave a review for the most selfish of reasons - I want to keep this cosy gem my little secret so I can escape back to it at any time. I've already told Hanneke & Arjen that as soon as I can work out the logistics, I'll be moving in. I haven't told them yet that I am also hoping for adoption, but first things first ;)
Hopefully this gives you an idea of how wonderful the hosts & the space are. Bright & airy. Floorboards to die for. Smack in the middle of where you want to be in Amsterdam. You can see the top of the Westerkerk from the garden windows & hear it throughout the day. And can we talk about the fireplace? Yeah, the fireplace. We visited in January, so we spent some serious quality time with the fireplace.
All in all: perfect.
A note to those who might be less steady on their feet: The stairs (made from a tree & gobsmackingly gorgeous) are a bit steep. But they are solidly railed & we never felt wobbly or unsafe.
An absolutely lovely and charming apartment and even more lovely and charming hosts. Hanneke and Arjen are such kind and gracious people and we felt welcomed and comfortable for every moment of our stay. The apartment is clean, gorgeous, inspiring and in the most perfect neighborhood in all of the city. Obviously we cannot say enough great things about our experience, so needless to say, we recommend this listing very, very highly. You will want to return again and again.
Our hosts were extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay. They managed to also help us carry our heavy luggage way up to the apartment! The apartment is beautiful and charming and was located in an excellent area close to everything basically. Loved that it wasn't in the middle of the touristy scene which is exhausting, but very close to it (5 minute walk). Great cafes/bars/restaurants/museums close to the apartment, so you won't be lost. Finally, I have to say, one of the best apartments I've ever stayed in! =)
Genuinely the best holiday apartment I have ever stayed in. Perfect hosts, perfect location! .....if the weather had been better would of been the perfect but you can't win them all.
A warm welcome from Hanneke & Arjen on arrival combined with being looked after so well during our stay made it that bit more special.
Can't wait to return!
Hanneke and Arjen are the most wonderful people as well as hosts! Our stay with them exceeded all our expectations from start to finish.
Their apartment is stunning and we were very overwhelmed with how special it was from the moment we arrived. As a private flat in their home you have the wonderful balance of your own space, yet at the same time feel in the safe hands of two people that will do anything to make your stay even more perfect.
When we arrived we were given a detailed tour and thoughtful description of the history of the house itself by Arjen, and all the information we needed to know about the apartment. And what an apartment! Words nor pictures can do it justice - it is simply the most exquisite place we have ever stayed. Every detail has been thought out and the interior is so sensitive to the building and works perfectly. The ambiance can be felt immediately and it strikes a wonderful balance between being a cosy snug that you simply want to curl up in under firelight and during the day it is transformed - the light flooding into the warehouse-style space in the eaves makes for such an unusual living space - it is so, so special!
The living area is fantastic and we enjoyed relaxing in the evening and using the fully equipped kitchen to make supper. The bedroom mezzanine with adjacent bathroom is adorable - it makes for a wonderful nights sleep!
The location could not be better - in the heart of the Jordaan district - it was the most perfect base to explore the magic that is Amsterdam.
Beyond the aesthetics, Hanneke and Arjen are the most wonderful people and we feel truly blessed to have met them both. Their wonderful energy radiates throughout their home and it was with sadness that we said goodbye - but we are already planning our return visit.
We are Hanneke Baars and Arjen van den Berg. Hanneke is working as a writer and a life coach and Arjen is a divorce lawyer and coach, both in our own practice. We are a couple since 1976 and we have two grown-up daughters, both artists. We are very interested in people’s lives, their history and their passions, but don't worry, we fully respect your privacy! Arjen also is a singer-songwriter, plays the piano and guitar and Hanneke loves to sing. We sometimes have house concerts. You are very welcome in our artistic house and wish you will feel at home!
Hanneke and Arjen