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I studied art in Amsterdam, and lived in this apartment during the week for four years. I have enjoyed the place very much.
Вилли была очень гостеприимна! Она встретила нас на квартире вместе со своим сыном. Рассказала как чем пользоваться дома, показала на карте интересные места, дала отличные советы, что можно посетить и посмотреть в городе. Мы были очень довольны таким приемом. Поскольку прилетели поздно вечером, сильно обрадовались вину и сладостям приготовленным специально для нас) Кухня оборудована всем необходимым. На Новый год легко приготовили и накрыли праздничный стол))) Местоположение квартиры - 5 баллов! Дорога из аэропорта не заняла много времени, а на путь от вокзала до квартиры мы потратили минут 15. В городе мы не пользовались общественным транспортом, до всего можно без труда дойти пешком. Сам район нам очень понравился, есть на что посмотреть, магазинчики с мелочами, супермаркеты, блошиный рынок - все рядом)
Вид из окна - отдельная тема, потому что он действительно отличный! На Новый год мы смотрели большой и красивый салют прямо из окна))) Если снова соберемся в Амстердам, то уже знаем, где можем остановиться)
thanks a lot Lyubov, it was my pleasure!
Willy's place is great, it's view is better than in the picture, that naval museum lights up beautifully during the night (but not so much that you can't sleep). We were greeted by Willy's daughter and her boyfriend who were both quite nice and pleasant (like most Dutch people) and helpful.
The shower is pretty cool, unconventional but no less effective than a real shower. It added to our experience.
The kitchen is great, equipped with everything !
What I liked the most about her place is the quaintness of it, pretty charming in itself and most of all : you are five minutes away from EVERYTHING.
Even more brain rattling is that the area is completely quiet. No commotions whatsoever emanate from the outside to the apartment, there are just none in the area. The value of this apartment is that it is so damn close to the center (some would argue it is in the center) but in a quiet, affluent area.
The place was also warm without us turning on the heater. Being on the fourth floor has it's advantages : all the heating comes up to our floor. The whole climbing up the stairs thing is underrated, it's part of the dutch experience : their stairs are mindboggling to climb up. Anyways, we didn't find it a problem at all.
Definitely worth our money, we were very glad we stayed here.
We have a very poor experience staying at Willy's studio. It would generally be OK, though by no means a good value, but there were special circumstances (see below)
Its a small studio in ~ 60s building - everything is old, but with no character whatsoever. The four long flights of supernaturally steep and narrow stairs crowded with staff. Not sure if it is accessible with luggage at all. The shower is a hole in the floor next to the toilet (but there is a shower curtain!) + a small sink with only cold water. The wifi is "from the neighbors" - so it is on and off. One super loud party with DJs directly downstairs stopped after a huge fight with neighbors (?) and police (?) around 1 am on Friday. 25 min walk from the Central (we did not figure out the bus). Good for backpackers (but not at this rate).
The 5-star reviews are likely from people who feel so duped they stay positive :) There is also a bottle of wine! And Willy seems so nice.
...When we arrived, the entire building was covered in scaffolding - so the "great view" was ruined, and Willy warned us to secure the windows (you can literally walk up the stairs in the apartment - right from the street, in this "up and coming" area), said she was not aware of this...and that it will be just a day or two...
Next day we woke up REALLY early (~ 7 am) from a horrible noises: men working with metal on the scaffolding.... They are staying right in our window (~ 20 m room with beds within inches of the window)...impossible to be in: unbearable noise and total luck of privacy and security! And that's how it was till the end of our 10-day stay. What's made it especially unpleasant is the tone of gentle mocking and general arrogance that Willy displayed - she did not believe this is any problem at all :) doubted i need privacy etc...More shockingly she later admitted the construction has been going on for weeks prior to our arrival and booking. Naturally, any responsible owner would immediately amend the listing with this info (I have a few very impressive pictures of how it actually looks- i wish i could see something like that prior to booking this place), and offer price adjustment. Anyway, we had most stressful stay and i was very offended by the tone Willy choose to take.
What a nightmare to have Anna as a guest
I had a wonderful stay, Willie was lovely and keeps a very clean and warm apartment. The small touches of wine, and biscuits made the stay more pleasant. I recommend Willies apartment to those of you who are looking to explore Amsterdam.
Willy nous a très bien accueilli, dans le logement. Elle a laissé à notre disposition un petit guide, et une carte et nous a conseillé pour aller diner à proximité de l'appartement. L'appartement est vraiment très bien. Très confortable et très bien équipé. Nous y étions comme à la maison.
We had a lovely time at Willy's apartment! Everything worked well, from the booking onwards, and we were welcomed by Willy and her daughter who showed us how things worked. They were kind enough to leave useful food items such as tea, coffee and oil so we didn't have to buy these, and they also left a welcome basket of goodies and a bottle of wine, which was a lovely thing to do, and very welcome after a long journey!
The apartment is just as described, and perfect for two of us on a short trip. The stairs are steeper than you usually get in England but not a problem. The kitchen area has all the essentials, and plenty of cooking equipment. We didn't use the microwave/oven so can't comment on that. The bathroom is very small, as expected, and has a lovely hot shower (the shower curtain says 'start off the day with a nice cold shower' - I was glad not to have to!) The beds are very comfortable, and there's enough space in the cupboard for clothes, etc. The television works fine and we enjoyed watching Dutch and Belgian television - it's one of the things we like about being away from home and surprising how much fun TV is when you don't really know what is happening!
The area around the apartment is not noisy, there is a large road but the windows cut out the noise. It felt safe walking around after dark. There are several good restaurants nearby but we were a bit lazy and just cooked simple stuff from our favourite Dutch supermarket, Albert Heijn! We did a lot of walking round the city, there's a bus stop just outside the apartment to Centraal Station and beyond but we only used it once. We went to the market on Albertcuypstraat in de Pijp, the Rijksmuseum (you need a day to see it all!) De Dageraad and Het Schip and Westergasfabriek and the Western Islands too. And visited lots of lovely cafes - De Laatse Kruimel, Singel 404 and Bagels and Beans were all hits.
We are already talking about returning next year!
Willy war schon per mail sehr freundlich und nahm unsere besonderen Wünsche (ganz besonders gründliche Sauberkeit und keine Tierhaare wegen Asthma/Allergie), sowie den Wunsch nach getrennten Betten ernst. Außerdem hatte sie schon einige Ideen und Anregungen für uns was die aktuellen kulturellen Ereignisse anging. Super.
Die Wohnung war so wie in den Fotos. Klein und einfach, vier Stockwerke hoch, toller Blick. In der Woche die wir dort verbrachten, war das Gebäude eingerüstet und in der Wohnung über uns wurde an 2 Tagen heftig gearbeitet, aber darauf hatte Willy uns schon vorbereitet.
Uns gefiel die Art der praktischen und einfachen Einrichtung der Wohnung. Es war alles da was wir brauchten. Föhn, Wasserkocher, Kaffee, Handtücher, ein echt holländisches Mini-Bad auf kleinstem Raum.
An zwei Nächten gab es in der Nähe eine laute Fête bis spät in die Nacht. Der Verkehr war zu hören, aber störte nicht.
Die Lage der Wohnung fanden wir sehr gut! Alles war gut von da aus zu erreichen.
The reception provided to me was really nice, despite my late arrival time I was greeted as agreeded. In addition, several tips about Amsterdam were passed. The apartment was clean and is well located.
Willy a repondu a toutes nos questions avant le sejour et son appartement est tres bien placé. Je recommande.
We had a wonderful stay in Amsterdam. Willy was very welcoming, the kitchen was very well equipped and the place was really clean. The location is great, close to Waterlooplein and perfect to start exploring the city. My friend and I can definitely recommend this place!
Het was erg gezellig om Willy en Caroline op De Valkenhoeve te ontvangen. Ik hoop dat ze veel inspiratie zowel bij de Van Gogh workshop als op onze groene locatie hebben opgedaan, voor veel mooi werk.
Succes dames en tot ziens!
Willy and her daughter Janneke were great! What a pleasure to receive super smily people with fine tastes in subject of culture! On top of an easy communication they took great care of the apartment. You both are mostly welcome anytime again!
Thanks again Ingrid, we enjoyed your hospitality very much and when we come back to Paris I wil surely get in touch with you to see if we can stay in your apt again!
Willy and her son were absolutely fantastic. Everything went really well, they treated the place like home, and left it in impeccable condition. Great communication beforehand, when we coordinated their arrival. Once here, they took advantage of what London had to offer and hit some of the off the beaten path spots. Great persons to have around the house, they really made the experience worthwhile. Any host would have a really positive experience hosting them, they are truly fantastic guests. I highly recommend them!
Willy, her family and her friends are very nice and polite guests who love travelling and visiting new places.
I am honored they chose our place for their vacation in Rome.
I'm very happy to recommend Willy to all airbnb hosts!
Thanks for visiting us!