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The AirBnB experience with Jack has been our very best since using AirBnB. Everything that we could have possibly needed was perfect and he really went out of his way to make us happy.
The place is just as advertised. It is quite a big, comfortable apartment and we didn't lack for anything. He has a huge collection of books and games that he welcomes you to use, which made us wish we'd booked it longer just to stay in and play! he also left a welcome package for us and was extremely kind, always trying to help us out, even when we bought the wrong tickets to Amsterdam and he explained how to get to Almere.
Internet was extremely fast and reliable. Hot water was available anytime and it was super cold weather but we barely felt it because the heating worked perfectly. The bed is cosy and there are drawers to put your stuff and everything. He arranged for us to get the keys without any problems even though we got there at 4 am.
Almere was nice and quiet and people were completely helpful. We got lost around the area late at night and a couple that was walking by helped us and even used Google Maps to find the address. Plus right by the station there is a great place with sandwiches and coffee for breakfast.
A couple of tips regarding the location. As Jack kindly emphasized before booking the place, Almere is not in Amsterdam. We decided to stay there because we found prices in Amsterdam to be way too expensive. (We also really ended up appreciating the peace and quiet). Regarding travel, our return tickets from Almere to Amsterdam every day cost us 16 euro per person. Generally we didn't use public transport in Amsterdam per se as it is quite small, but you might want to consider that on the budget.
Another huge thing that came up for us is that we made the mistake of not checking train times. The first day we arrived at the station (Schipol) around 3 AM on a Sunday and still got a train to Almere with no problems, so we wrongfully assumed that was the every day schedule. On Monday we went to the station in Amsterdam at 1:30 AM and the last train had already left for the night until 5 or 6 AM. It was raining and super cold, so we had to take a taxi back to Almere Centraal, which cost us 86 euro. This obviously has nothing to do with Jack, we were just stupid not to check train times previously, but we just wanted to add our two cents for future travelers. Check train times!
Lastly I wanted to add something that no doubt Jack will be glad to hear. We actually got engaged in the apartment after dating for 8 years! :D Thanks for being such a great host! We will no doubt be revisiting your apartment for the memories!
A really wonderful place away from the noise of the city. Jack made a perfect arrangement for the keys to the apartment. We really enjoyed the convenience and warmth that Jack's place offered to us as first time visitors to Amsterdam. We highly recommend this apartment to anyone wishing planning a visit to Amsterdam.
Thank you Jack for the warmth extended to us.
Jack was a great host! Good communication, clean apartment, and stroopwafeltjes as a welcome gift :-) Recommended!
We enjoyed the stay very much. Everything was to our satisfaction (the communication with Jack, his help with parking arrangements, the equipment in the apartment, the cleanness, and so on).
It is the second time that we stay at Jack's apartment.
We thank Jack and intend to come again when we visit Almere in the future.
Leider muss ich sagen das ich mit der Wohnung nicht wirklich zufrieden war.
Okay die Lage in Almere ist echt super zentral und die Kommunikation mit Jack war auch angenehm(auch wenn wir uns nicht getroffen haben) aber die Umgebung und die Wohnung selbst waren nicht so toll. Die Wohnung war nicht so schön und sauber wie ich es erwartet und gehofft hätte.
Es war nicht gut geputzt, der Boden voller Krümmel.
Im Bad war besonders die Dusche hervor zu heben da diese wirklich dreckig, kaputt und undicht war.
Das Bett ist leider auch komplett durch gelegen.
Ich weiß das die Wohnung kein 5 Sterne Hotel ist aber ein bisschen mehr Sauberkeit und Funktionalität hätte ich schon erwartet.
Couldn't ask for more! lovely place, and very simple handover! Can't recommend this place any more!
O apartamento estava exatamente como esperado, igual às fotos, limpo e com tudo o que era necessário.
Não conheci o anfitrião pessoalmente, mas em todos os contatos ele foi extremamente simpático e atencioso. Respondeu a todas as mensagens rapidamente.
O bairro era muito calmo, perto da estação de comboios, do centro, de tudo. A melhor localização possível.
Staying at Jack's place was a great experience. It was a 5 minute walk to the main train station, and only a 20 minute train to the center of Amsterdam. Jack's house was tidy and comfortable. It was nice that there was a tv and some video games, even though we didn't use them. Plenty of books to peruse. Jack left a nice note for us and provided us with towels and a clean bed. Definitely recommend staying at Jack's! It was a very cheap and convenient alternative to staying in an expensive hostel in the city.
I loved my trip to Amsterdam, and one of the best parts was havng a nice quiet place to go "home" to at the end of the day. Amsterdam is busy with loads of people, there is nowhere to get some peace and quiet (if your into that of course). So my train trip in and out from Almere everyday was time to plan my day, and reflect. The apartment felt like home and had everything I needed.
(And you have some interesting books Sebastian......) ;-)
So for those looking to experience both sides of what Amsterdam is about.. this is the place. Explore Almere a bit it's a lovely place.
Directions and key arrangements were spot on... All went well and with no hitches.
Thank you Sebastian.
We really enjoyed our stay in Jack's apartment! Although we never met Jack we had great communication and the check in process was easy. The was bed was super comfortable and the space as a whole was really clean and easy to live in.
It was close to the train station and shops etc which made it really easy to get in to Amsterdam Centraal. I would most definitely return and stay here on future visits! Thanks!
Great guests, we're more than happy that they chose to stay with us.
Jack and Marloes stayed in my apartment for four days. They were easy to reach and make arrangements with. They were discreet and respectful, leaving my flat in great condition, well organized and clean. I would recommend them to any airbnb host without a second doubt!
Jack is my brother and a great host. His house is perfecly located in the center of Almere, only 20 minutes from Amsterdam but without all the mass tourism. His apartment is clean, cozy and you'll feel right at home. Within 5 mins walking distance you'll find a great shopping area and also the entertainment district of Almere with lots of restaurants and bars. Also there are some parks in the neighbourhood for jogging and cycling. Almere also offers a beach, where you can relax in the summer times. Jack's apartment is ideal for people who want to visit Amsterdam, but don't want these touristic vibes and also want to explore more that just our capital. I'm sure you'll have a great time!