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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.
... richer so it was a good night for us - I got some designer perfume with some of the winnings. The novelty of the boat soon wore off as I was full of booze and trying to sleep and it was pretty rocky.. I went to bed at like 4 am and we got up at 7:45 so I was pretty cranky in the morning. After we got on land we drove about 40 mins to our hotel in Amsterdam, relaxed for a little bit and then started walking. About an hour later we were having beers on the red light district and it ...
Friday 13th June - Bad omen day but we weren't scared. Anyway Kate and I are now getting used to being delayed on every single bit of travel we do so we were not surprised that there was a delay in our flight to Amsterdam. But we apologised to Jake and Kalia as they had not been quite as unlucky as we were. The plane was delayed 30 mins but due to good winds we ended up only 15mins late so it was not to bad. When we landed in Amsterdam someone turned on their ...
... before they had to leave for the airport. So after a few sea sickness pills were popped we headed on down to the canals for a boat tour. We spent an hour meandering on our boat with a coachfull of Chinese tourists, who at one point were more fascinated with a blonde haired toddler than Amsterdams sights. We finally had a question answered.. "Why do all the gable topped buildings have hooks hanging off them?" Apparently they're hoisting hooks! Having walked up ...
... this one), the Magna shopping complex and more old buildings and bicycles in the Jordaan suburb. We saw a sign saying 'Homomonument'. We thought this was a mistranslation of english but alas it was not; Commissioned by the Homomonument Society it is a war memorial to victims and WWII and homosexuals who were persecuted at the time .
It was very busy inside the Anne Frank ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maes B & B Amsterdam
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 Bed and Breakfast - First Class!
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.
Charming B&B, charming hosts, wonderful location
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.