An Antipodean and a Dutchie who live in Amsterdam. We love to travel, and have used Airbnb several times in Paris, London, NYC and the Netherlands.
First let me say that Karen and Arie are wonderful lovely people! Very friendly and very helpful! The house is cosy and charming! It is tastefully decorated and the kitchen is fabulous!! Oh and the bathroom is lovely :-D
There is no door in the bedroom, just stairs and then open bedroom---a lot of places are like that and that's not a major deal, but it's something that is not mentioned in the description and I wanted to let people know that. Also, the neighborhood is not what I thought it would be...not the worst, but not what I was expecting. Last time I was in Amsterdam I stayed in Oud West, but in the part that is close to Leidseplein and was expecting the same type of charm. Definitely not discouraging anyone from staying here though! It is quiet and not full of tourist, so that is a plus! The tram is super easy to get to as well!
You are definitely in good hands with Karen and Arie and I would recommend a stay in their lovely home !! :-D
We had a great time at the flat. It was well located, with easy access to public transport. In fact, we walked everywhere during our time in Amsterdam, but that might not be for everyone!.
Karen and Arie had suggested bars and restaurants, which was helpful. Our favourite cafe was the Coffee Plaza, very near-by. We also went to the Rijksmuseum - make sure you get there before 9am with an online ticket, if you want to cut waiting times.
The flat is highly recommended and we would stay there again.
I had a great stay at Karen and Arie's apartment for nearly two months during October and November 2013.
It was a really interesting neighbourhood, with lots of great bars, shops and restaurants, and very close to Vondelpark (great for strolls on nice warm days, or running/cycling all of the year). I was working at the University (UvA) during this time and the commute from the apartment to the university, or indeed just to the centre, was really easy - whether by bike, foot or public transport.
The apartment itself was really lovely, well-equipped, with a nice terrace and it felt like a cosy home-from-home whilst I was away. Lots of space for one or two people compared to many Amsterdam apartments.
Karen and Arie were also great hosts, very social and welcoming, and particularly attentive to make sure your stay is great (dealing with any issues in the apartment promptly).
I'd highly recommend this as a place to stay whilst in Amsterdam. I'm already missing my time there.
We had such a wonderful time in this apartment. The only negative thing was having to leave! It was so cosy that we spent a lot of our time indoors! The roof terrace was the most amazing place to just chill out and relax day and night. The transport links were perfect for taking a short tram ride into the centre. Karen & Arie were so helpful meeting us when we arrived at the apartment and providing us with all the info we needed about Amsterdam. They very flexible and accommodating. Would most certainly stay there again if we went back to Amsterdam!
We had a fab break in this apartment. Cool, quirky building and lovely to have a bit of outside space. Great location with several trams nearby that we could take to city centre. Also huge number and variety of places to eat out from breakfast to dinner!
Karen and Arie were great hosts - very accessible by text / email to help out with my queries.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Karen and Arie`s apartment for 5,5 months as I was having an internship in Amsterdam. We could not wish better hosts nor better apartment. The flat is located in a very nice neighbourhood which is close to the centre but still not in the touristy area. Two big parks Rembrandt park and Vondelpark are 5 minute walk away from the apartment, and all necessary grocery stores are just around the corner. You can feel like a local but enjoy the benefits of being a tourist in the city at the same time.
The flat itself looks even better than in the pictures - it is comfortable, cosy and bright. There are all the necessary amenities and even more. The roof terrace was great - when it was sunny and warm we could enjoy the nice weather.
Karen and Arie will help you with anything. They were the best hosts ever - super friendly, welcoming, understanding and helpful! I highly recommend everyone to choose their place when going to visit Amsterdam!
We had such a great time in Karen & Arie their house! They have such a lovely home and was so cozy and warm especially in this cold winter! We bet it's also a great place to stay when it's sunny outside ^^.
Karen & Arie were great hosts and helped us generously with everything!
A must we say!
~ Juan & Gaula
Amazing apartment! So lovely and clean. It is in a quiet location with some nice restaurants close by. The tram is a few minutes walk from the apartment and it is only a quick ride to the centre and tourist attractions. Karen welcomed us to her apartment and made sure we were well equipped during our stay. We loved how the place had lots of sunlight and the rooftop terrace was great.
Thank you Karen and Arie for being such lovely hosts - we would definitely stay here again
We stayed at Karen's apartment for 2 nights, and it was great, just what we needed. The apartment is spacious, clean, well equiped and tastefully decorated. Karen was a great host, answering our queries quickly and giving us helpful tips. Her guidebook was a great help, as were the other things she provided, such as a map, phrase book, lonely planet guide and umbrella's! We got to use the rooftop terrace which was lovely and Karen's complimentaries were a nice little extra. Really felt like home from home. I would not hesitate to recommend this to a friend.
This place is just awesome. Beyond simply being another great property on Airbnb, Karen is an amazing hostess. She made us feel right at home and her guide book became our bible for where to eat and drink and what to see and do.
The property is very comfortable, beautifully furnished and located in a wonderful, flavourful part of Amsterdam, especially if you like to avoid tourist traps and see how the locals live. Conveniently located close to a tram line, we were easily able to access all parts of the city in a few minutes. However, the leafy outlook from both balconies and the roof top terrace made it difficult to leave!
You will not be disappointed.
Kare and her group of friends were fantastic! hope to have them back soon in Madrid!!
I knew before even meeting them that they were lovely people ! and I am not mistaken. I really had the feeling to welcome friends. I saw on the way back home they took great care of my apartment and enjoyed it. I appreciated that they let to tenants following a small leaflet of Paris ... what delicate attention.
I warmly recommend this very lovely family, and I wish them lots of nice travels.
Karen was a great guest! She was great about communication - texted/emailed me when she landed. So neat & tidy - welcome back anytime!
Karen is a genuinely caring, open & fun friend who has a fantastic zest for life and adventure. She will be the perfect guest or hostess. You couldn't ask for a better guide to Amsterdam as Karen knows the best places for food, drink, dancing and all of the latest happenings. You will be in excellent hands with Karen and even walk away with a friend for life!
Karen is an awesome person - friendly and generous. Her apartment has been lovingly renovated and would be a great place for one or two people to stay. I wouldn't hesitate to send you there for a relaxing few nights in a well located area of Amsterdam! :-)
Karen is an extremely reliable person. Her place is always really tidy and in comfy conditions. She is an long-run expat in Amsterdam and understand the needs of anyone who visit the city. She always ensure that whoever comes to her place feels happy and comfortable. She is definitely a good host and for sure somebody you can trust.