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Left southend airport 7am flight only took 35 mins, easy transfer by train to Amsterdam Central. Enjoyed brunch (left over breakfast of fruit and pastries) then did the Amsterdam walking tour in the afternoon. Took 3 hours was good but cold.
... of the tulips at the gardens just outside of Amsterdam. So we missed them by a week or two. Local say that April is the best time to see them. One surprising thing in Amsterdam is the scarcity of ATM machines. I guess we are used to traveling in Ireland where ATMs seem to be on every corner. Here they are not that common and seem to be mostly clustered around central train station on the DAM. The one ATM that we found yesterday was not in service. It ...
... and that was only a portion across the whole place. Obviously most of the attention is on tulips, but the other bulbs are similarly beautiful and often blend in really well with the tulips, ie. hyacinth as an edge (often as a wavy edge). There was not a colour or combination we didn't see, right through to the darkest of deep purple which is as close to black as what may naturally exist. Even better, instead of this just being an organ and flora display, is catering for families ...
... air. However, the tidal movement has caused juxtaposed shifting of the pilings, resulting in the buildings not lining up. Many buildings look like they are going to topple over.
One of the highlights for me was taking a self-guided tour of the World Flower Center in Aalsmeer (one-hour away via bus). It's the largest flower market in the world. ...
... On the other side of the museum lay one of the strangest toilets I have ever been into. Inside there is music playing very loudly ... Baby love, my baby love, I miss you, oh how I miss you. Instead of breaking up we should be kissing and making up.... You get the picture.. Classic hits. The place is covered in mirrors, so much so that's it tricky to find a cubicle. Eventually I found one, entered it and could see myself in the reflection on the doer of the cubicle opposite ...
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This has to be the best B&B in Amsterdam
We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Amsterdam, made all the more so by our choice of accommodation. Maes B&B and neighbouring Heren B&B (we stayed at both!) are the ideal bases from which to explore Amsterdam. The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable and the narrow stairs in both properties only add to the character of the properties. The breakfasts were "spot on", prepared by Vlad and Ken's able and friendly assistants. Vlad and Ken were the perfect hosts - always friendly and helpful with plenty of sound advice. I would recommend Maes B&B to anyone wanting quality accommodation at a reasonable price.
Excellent experience! A great value and nice people
Combine a great location, super nice folks (Ken and Vlad), and clean, well appointed rooms and you have the recipe for success. I just returned from 4 nights in Amsterdam and was lucky to spend two enjoyable nights at Maes B&B.
The location is just off the tourist area in a nice street filled with antique shops, restaurants, and other good stuff.
My room overlooked the street and was directly across from an sharp looking Italian restaurant - the Prego. Two doors down, there is a very good Thai restaurant, the Top Thai, that I also highly recommend.
After a long trip from Boston, via NY, I was extremely happy to arrive at Maes B&B and find a home away from home.
Very good experience.
Very charming and great location
Great Location, loved the shopping and restaurants...the Maes B & B is a wonderful house with thoughtful decor, the bed was HUGE...the owners and staff provide all of the comforts one could imagine...and more...will hopefully return for another visit.
Warm hospitality at a great location
We have just spent a week at the top apartment that Vlad & Ken (owners of Maes B&B) rent in the canal house adjacent to their B&B. The apartment is big enough to accomodate 3 people, is in excellent condition and being on the 3rd floor has magnificent views and is flooded with light. The breakfast is great and gets you to the evening and Vlad's morning advice is priceless. The house next door has a superb Thai restaurant. We are sure to return.
Lovely and helpful.
Fabulous location and excellent host. We had 3 great days in Amsterdam and would definitely go back to Maes.
The best in Amsterdam
Very cosy, with excellent hosts. Better than an expensive hotel.
Excellent value for your money.
Maes B&B is excellent value for money. It only advertises on the internet - otherwise by word of mouth. Right in the heart of the old Jordaans quarter of the city and in walking distance of the station and all the famous sites. It's made up of two old town houses. The rooms are very characterful, spacious and clean - I had the quiet room at the back of the house with a gigantic bathroom to itself. Not suitable for disabled people and quite a challenge for the able-bodied as the rooms are all on different levels up steep staircases. Don't be put off though as it's a 'one-off' in terms of position and hospitality. It was the first 'gay' b&b in Amsterdam but now takes in a whole host of guests including middle-aged 'straight' couples like ourselves - and we were made very welcome. Vlad, ex-ballet dancer and his partner, American chef Ken run the establishment. Vlad acts as mine host at breakfast (Very substantial)) around a communal breakfast table with an elderly Phillipino house boy to help out (He can easily be mistaken for one of the guests!) It's a thouroughly entertaining and fulfilling experience and exceptional value for money - I'll go again!
Spend a Few Days at Maes
Mae's Bed and Breakfast is in a great location in Amsterdam, the quaint Jordan area...close to the train station as well as many of the city's hot spots. It's just a few blocks from the Anne Frank house, and within walking distance to the Dam Square and the city's museum area. I'm so glad I stayed there instead of staying at a hotel near the not-so-clean Dam Square. Mae's is just far enough away from the noisy tourist area, but within walking distance of it as well. And the room was spacious, clean and very well decorated. The breakfast was very nice as well, cheeses and meats, breads, cake, croissants, cereal, coffee and fruit.
Ken and Vlad are great hosts. And the price, compared to other B&Bs, was very reasonable.
Hospitality and Charm
Great location in the Jordan district about 10-15 minute walk from central Amsterdam. Old 1740 dutch house with typical steep staircase.
Our family of five rented two rooms in the front of the house June 2003. The rooms are clean, spacious and updated. The owners Vladamir and Ken are gracious hosts. Each morning we were greeted by Vladamir who prepared a table of fresh croissants, earthy breads, fresh fruit, juice, cheese, ham and freshly pressed coffee. There is also a shared roof garden weather permitting. Good interaction with other guests.
Vladamir was very helpful recommending restaurants, cultural activities, bus directions, and customs of Amsterdam.
I just got back from my first trip to Amsterdam last week (April 2003). I had the good fortune to stay my first three nights at Maes Bed & Breakfast, on Herenstraat. The Bed and Breakfast is admittedly not much to look at from the outside - one of a number of row houses. But inside is a different matter. I had a charming, large room, with a small but very clean and serviceable private bathroom. The guests ahve their own kitchen, and a delicious breakfast was served every morning.The location was perfect. Right in the heart of the western Canal ring, a few minutes walk from Dam Square, Westerkerk, the Jordaan, Anne Frankhuis, etc. And there's a great Thai restuarant just a couple of doors down.What really made this place special though, were the wonderful hosts, Vlad and Ken. They put my experience over the top from merely good to excellent. They were very helpful with any and all questions, ahd great suggestions for restuarants, sights, etc., and really made the experience feel like I was staying with friends.When I booked this trip, I didn't know what I would find, so I hedged my bets and booked a different hotel for the end of my trip, the Hotel Toren, which was nice, but considerably more expensive, and didn't include breakfast in the price.Had I known how nice Maes B&B was going to be, I would have reserved all my nights there. I will definitety go back to Maes B&B for my next trip to Amsterdam. thanks Vlad and Ken for a wonderful experience.