About This Listing
It's better in the center! Our two bedroom flat is on a quiet street in the middle of everything in the canal belt. Walk everywhere or it's steps to the trams or the bike rental place. We've got super-duper wifi that can handle all your devices!
The comfy leather couch from the front. Because let's be honest, fabric couches are nasty. Kitchen is in the background
Clean, affordable two bedroom apartment in arguably the best neighborhood in Amsterdam. The bedrooms are real bedrooms and not some curtained off space or attic room. It perfect for a couple and holds four people well. The fifth would sleep on a luxury air mattress (with a proper mattress top) in the living room.
Our place is steps from five tram lines. It's even close to three metro lines that you will never take. But you could!
No one would confuse our place for the Ritz, but it is nice. You get a real queen bed in the master bedroom (not two euro single beds pushed together) and a double bed in the tiny room.
We can provide a high-end, raised air mattress in the living room if persons three and four don't want to sleep together. (We also won't tell if they do). The tiny room is also great for kids who will be charmed by a room that's the size of a double bed.
We have great wifi which can handle many items like all your phones and tablets at the same time. Many Airbnb places (and many hotels) cannot say that. It is a secure network designed by a real IT person because this is 2015 and wifi is important. You never type in access codes and are never logged out (high-end hotels, I'm talking to you).
The kitchen has a gas range, oven, microwave, dishwasher, hot AND cold water with all the variations of warm in between.
Is your flight departing in the evening or are you arriving early? Leave your luggage in our garage until the place is ready or after you check out. Likewise if you are a family with children you can leave strollers and other items downstairs as well.
The apartment has a hair dryer.
Interaction with Guests
We live in a (totally separate) apartment upstairs in the building so you don't need to call India to talk to the help desk if something goes wrong. If there are any problems, we can solve them quickly.
We can give you great advice and recommendations, but otherwise there is not much interaction.
The apartment is in the center, in the middle of the canals, on a quiet side street, just off the wonderful Utrechtsestraat with its shopping, bars, cafes and restaurants.
You can walk to the Rembrandtplein, the Leidseplein, the Heineken Brewery (sorry, the Heineken Experience), the Pijp (PIPE), the red light district, all the museums. OK, this is Amsterdam. You can walk to everything from the center.
Around the corner is literally everything. There are the Seven Bridges, the classic Amsterdam photograph. You got the Koffie Salon, voted best coffee in the Netherlands and Barneys, one of the best 'coffee shops' in Amsterdam (wink, wink).
On our street is a mom and pop bike rental place that has incognito bikes without stickers that say Dumb Tourist Bike Rental. There's a newsstand, many cafes, a 200 year old bar, restaurants, a supermarket that's open until 10, a must-see cheese shop, a fruit specialist (expensive), a flower stand (cheap), and a mini mart for beer, wine and crap, We've got Two For Joy, a great breakfast place. I could go on... How many characters do I have left?
Two minutes farther is a great park for kids with a three story climbing net tower and a pancake restaurant (two separate things). As parents ourselves, we can help plan days for children of all ages. We have a baby crib and there are window locks which make the place toddler friendly.
We own Boom Chicago, the famous (English-language) Amsterdam comedy show which makes smart, multimedia sketch and improv comedy shows. We will upgrade you to the Comedy Central Couch if you rent with us.
We also make the best guide to the city with a wonderful map, the Boom Magazine, so we're pretty plugged in. Need to get into clubs? Restaurants? Torture parties like in the movie Hostel? We'll hook you up.
See our blog for more city tips. Search for Boom Chicago's Urban Amsterdam.
Best of all, we live on a street with 20 letters in its name including six vowels you can't pronounce. What could be more Dutch than that?
You can walk literally everywhere.
There are five tram lines nearby (4, 7, 10, 16, and 24). It's a ten minute direct tram from Centraal Station and 15 minutes direct to the RAI.
There is a good bike rental place on our street.
Street parking is easy, but expensive. There is a garage a ten minute walk away. Park and ride is only one euro a day (for up to 4 days) and you take the tram in. I will send you more detailed transit and parking instructions when you book.
Other Things to Note
We also have an additional 1BR apartment downstairs that holds another four people. The two places can be booked together if you have a larger group. It's here: www.airbnb.com/rooms/2820243
We live in a residential neighborhood and take pride in good relations with our neighbors. The back windows open onto a courtyard and we want guests that are considerate with their noise. This is not a party apartment.
Only registered guests are allowed in the place.
Sorry no pets and no smoking inside. Enjoy the passing parade as you smoke on the street.
Better shot of kitchen and dining table. From down low, you can't see the scratches on the table that give it character. Yes, we're going with 'character.'
The listing description was very accurate, the place looked just like the pictures. We had great communication before the trip with Andrew, he made sure everything was set. He even had the room ready before the 3PM check in time since we got there early. When we arrived, everything was set, including great instructions and a map of the nearby area. The locations was fantastic, an easy walk to basically everything. Overall, we had a great time and were very happy with the place.
We had a great experience at both Andrew's flats (there were 10 of us so we booked them as a group). Although we never met Andrew in person, he arranged for someone to be there to let us into the flats. Everything worked perfectly, and we loved the location.
The apartment is perfectly located. It's one block away from the tram station. The rijks museum is three blocks away. If you love walking, you won't need to use public transportation. The neighborhood is very nice and Andrew gives us a neighborhood map drawn by him where you can see the bakeries and supermarkets nearby. The apartment is as the photos show.
The neighborhood was perfect! Very nice and in a great location! The apartment was very nice and great for four people. The host had excellent recommendations for things to do and places to eat around Amsterdam. Would recommend to all!
Andrews place was Great!. It was spacious and easily accommodated our family of 5. He and his wife are great hosts. Even though we didn't talk much face to face, they provided every thing we needed. When we came in they had a local map of the neighborhood that was very helpful with recommendations.
We took them up on their offer to attend the Boom Chicago comedy show and had a wonderful evening. i would say if you stay with them, it is a must see. Even if you choose to stay elsewhere the show was great.
Nous sommes 5 amis à être parti pour un long weekend à Amsterdam. L'appartement était tel qu'il est décrit. Très lumineux et surtout parfaitement bien situer pour visiter la ville. Andrew a répondu à toutes nos questions du début à la fin de notre rencontre. Il a été très souple au niveau de l'horaire d'arrivée, car nous sommes arrivé plus tard que prévu. Son fils nous a accueilli à notre arrivée, et nous a donné plans et explications.
Ce qui peut surprendre, c'est que les fenêtres du salon et de la grande chambre ne peuvent pas être ouvertes entièrement. Elles sont scellées, système mit en place pour des raisons de sécurité j'imagine, ce qui se comprends, surtout si on voyage avec des enfants.
Globalement, je recommande vivement cet appartement, très spacieux, lumineux, propre et PARFAITEMENT bien placé dans Amsterdam, avec accès facile depuis les parking relais. Et Andrew est un hôte très disponible et très aidant.
Merci pour ce weekend, nous avons hâte de pouvoir y retourner!!!
What a great apt. Location perfect. On a side street. Very quiet at night. Short walk to just about any place you want to go. Museums, restaurants, shopping, etc. To make this short and sweet, I agree with all positive things said in prior reviews. Our host went out of his way to make our stay memorable. If you are thinking about Amsterdam (and you should) look no further. This is where you want to stay.
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About the Host, Andrew
I was born in Chicago and 20 years ago I was a tourist in Amsterdam and fell in love with the city. We moved here to start Boom Chicago with my best friend and my future wife (two separate people). Now it's an Amsterdam comedy institution.
I write the Boom Chicago Urban Amsterdam magazine and blog about Amsterdam and still like to go out to bars, restaurants and clubs. I love to bike and am an expert in public transportation (and a train nerd). I can get you to any place in the country without a car. In case you were wondering, being a successful adult and not having a car makes you a weirdo in the Netherlands as well.
We have two Steve Ritchie pinball machines (including the fantastic new Star Trek) in our club and Wizard of Oz is on the way. If that means anything to you (it does not to my wife), we should talk.
Neighborhood vegetarian with chill vibeUtrechtsestraat Amsterdam North Holland
Cold beer and (inexpensive) wine. There is no cold white wine at the Albert Heijn supermarket so go here. Open until 10.Utrechtsestraat Amsterdam NH 1017
Best coffee in the neighborhoodUtrechtsestraat Amsterdam 1017 VT
200 year old bar and liquor store. Doesnt every neighborhood have one?Utrechtsestraat Amsterdam 1017 VT
Strangely named Italian restaurant with good food and wineUtrechtsestraat Amsterdam NH
When you want fancy (and pricey) ItalianUtrechtsestraat Amsterdam NH 1017 VS
The nearby supermarket is open everyday until until 10pm. Bagging your own groceries and paying 50 cents for the bag is all part of the fun!Frederiksplein Amsterdam 1017 XK
Cheese from the supermarket? Egads! Spreads and bread available here too. They will vacuum pack cheese to take home too.Utrechtsestraat Amsterdam NH 1017 VS
Seven bridges cross the Reguliersgracht that you can see at one time if you are at either end. Best seen from a boat.Reguliersgracht Amsterdam NH 1017 LL
Mom and pop bike rental place that rents bikes that dont look like rental bikesUtrechtsedwarsstraat Amsterdam 1017 WD
Breakfast!Frederiksplein Amsterdam North Holland 1017 XL
Our favorite neighborhood coffee shop sells bags and pre rolled joints. I dont brew my own beer either.Reguliersgracht Amsterdam 1017 LK
The organic supermarket is 5 minutes away. Yes its spelled with a q.Utrechtsestraat Amsterdam NH 1017 DA
Casual but not crappy Italian food. Kids will be happy and (more importantly) so will the adults. Warm bread comes from the ovenVijzelgracht Amsterdam 1017 HM
Sometimes you want Starbucks. Ours is a concept store, unique in the world. That means a new interior and a second counter with fancier coffeesUtrechtsestraat Amsterdam NH 1017 VH
Bars, cafes, and restaurantsAmsterdam NH 1017
Garage parking (EUR 25/day) is EUR 15/day less than easy street parking. (which is EUR 40/day -- yikes!) Cheapest of all is P+R which is EUR 1/day but you need to take the tram in.1e van der Helststraat Amsterdam 1072 NV
Brewery Attraction/tour/advertisement is ten minutes away by foot.Stadhouderskade Amsterdam NH
Best Thai in Amsterdam. Real chicken and cashews (i.e. not with overly liquid sauce and inauthentic vegetables thrown in). They open at 4pm which is earlier than many!Reguliersdwarsstraat Amsterdam 1017 BL
Small, speakeasy cocktail bar with wonderful drinks. Let me make you a table reservation (no minimum)Reguliersdwarsstraat Amsterdam 1017 BN
Steak, lobster or both is the only choice. Served in a sultry environment that doesnt break the bank.Keizersgracht Amsterdam NH 1017 EN
Museumplein/Museum Square which is home to the Rijks, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk (STAY-de-lik) and the Concertgebouw is also a short walk awayJan Luijkenstraat Amsterdam 1071 CJ
Nightlife district Leidseplein has clubs, bars and restaurantsLeidseplein Amsterdam 1017 PS
Under-the-radar museum of the Amsterdam canals. Housed in an impressive canal house where people who loaned money to young country America lived in the 1700s. 45 minutes and youre out.Herengracht Amsterdam NH 1016 CJ
Our hysterical comedy show is an Amsterdam institution. Our guests get free upgrades to the Comedy Central CouchRozengracht Amsterdam 1016 LV
Powerful stuff. Its on the bucket listAmsterdam 1000 AS