In attempting to book with Tulip of Amsterdam B&B, their only availability was Studio Central, a separate studio apartment located off Stromarket on Gouwenaarssteeg, about a six-minute walk from Central Station. Gouwenaarssteeg is a short pedestrian street, the area is safe, and the studio on the first floor was quiet. The unit had two TVs, WiFi access, a king-sized bed, a sofa (that could be used as a bed), a separate small kitchen with appliances, table and chairs, and a bathroom. It was located one flight up, but there was an elevator, which is helpful with luggage. In most respects, it reminded us of Air B&B experiences, and while there was no wardrobe or dresser for storage, the layout was quite comfortable. David at the Tulip provided excellent directions, and Tetsuro was there to meet us when we arrived and go over the details. He honestly could not have been more helpful, showing us were the coffee was and how to use the coffee maker, along with answering questions about the studio or touring Amsterdam. Using WhatsApp, Tetsuro kept in touch during our three-night stay and provided information on the King’s Day celebration that coincided with our trip. He also had stocked the refrigerator with a variety of beverages – milk, orange juice, coconut water, soft drinks, water and Heineken. Breakfast was not included, but there are several bakeries and coffee shops that serve breakfast close by – our recommendation is the bakery on Haarlemmersrtaat, located on the right in the first block after you cross the Singel Canal (three-minute walk). The neighborhood across the Singel Canal is a bit more upscale, and we had two excellent dinner within less than ten-minutes walking at Stout! and Max. The location of the studio is, in our opinion, an advantage with the ease of getting to and from Central Station and its convenience to most attractions (for example, the walk to the Van Gogh Museum is 35 minutes). We enjoyed our stay and appreciated Tetsuro’s assistance in making us comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Very cosy B&B located in the heart of the historic city centre. The impressive monumental house is full of charming features and has recently (2012) been renovated. The spacious and quiet guest-rooms are decorated in unique Dutch style and have an en-suite private bathroom, coffee and tea-making facilities and complimentary water and Nespresso coffee. ... more less
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