The Collector Bed & Breakfast

De Lairessestraat 46 hs, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1071PB, Netherlands | B&B
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... there were men "Window Shopping". Had some more excellent food and drinks, a little more browsing shops and wrapped up the night. Checked out the Coffee Shops the next day. It's crazy! They sell hash, marijuana, and magic mushrooms in the stores, and it's no big deal to everyone there, totally legal ( these soft drugs are legal, hard drugs are not). Cruised our hogs to many other restaurants, bars, and shopping districts over day 2 and 3. Last night ( Friday) we went down to ...

Murphy's Law

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You know Murphy's Law - If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. Well, it went wrong. Jean forgot to pack her travel clock, so on the occasions when it was necessary to get up early, she depended on a wake-up call from the desk. This morning, the Rays had a 6:00 a.m. luggage outside the door requirement and were to leave the ship at 6:30 a.m. for transfer to the airport. ...

Amsterdam: Day 2

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... windmills! There is quite the process to go through to be eligible - you have to take a windmill course, write a test & then you are placed on a wait-list. There are even windmill police who conduct random audits to ensure that the windmill is being maintained to proper standards.
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Midnight Train to Poland

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It was actually a very beautiful city and everyone rode bikes around, so it was relatively free from cars honking and screeching. The houses and the canals made up for the lack of statues and monuments. Most everyone spoke English and we really felt more at home here than anywhere else we've been so far.

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When in Amsterdam

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I wake up in Amsterdam. I have to take a local train to the main station. On the local train, I meet a backpacker from Israel. His English is perfect. He tells me he's going to be spending a week in Amsterdam to enjoy the coffee shops. He’s a little older than me, but he says he’ll be starting college when he goes back home. He says that people start college later in Israel because they first have to complete two years of compulsory ...

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This B&B, located in the Museumplein/Vondelpark area of Amsterdam, is near Concertgebouw, Nederlands Filmmuseum (NFM), Fimmuseum, and Wildschut Roelof.
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    The Collector was Dynamic!

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    Thankyou for a wonderful stay at The Collector. Convieniently located near the Trams. My Host Karel was available to provide me with ideas for enjoying my stay. The room was large and very comfortable - like home. The beds were wonderful as I never woke up with any pain. Located in an upscale neighborhood with windows overlooking an enclosed common backyard area. I enjoyed the quiet and the feeling of what it would be like to live in Amsterdam. The kitchen and self made breakfasts (food provided by my host) also made my stay comfortable. There was also a computer available for e mail. The neighborhood was very safe and I enjoyed walking everywhere. I would recommend The Collector.

    Brian

    Lovely B & B

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    We stayed at the Collector for a couple of nights for our short break in Amsterdam. The only thing wrong was the fact that we should have stayed a lot longer. There is so much to see and do. We had two rooms as we were travelling with friends and although both were different they were up to a high standard. The beds are enormous and comfy and there is a veranda for chilling out. I liked the idea of the kitchen and the do it yourself breakfast. It made a nice compromise because you can have what you are used to and also have the chance to try something new. It was so easy to get about with the tram stop just across the road. Would definately like to come back again next year.

    Great Place to Stay in Amsterdam!

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    The Collector was a wonderful place to stay. Karel is a very gracious host and is always willing to go the extra mile to help you out with anything you'd need.

    The B&B is very conveniently located. We never had a problem getting anywhere.

    The internet access is great to keep in touch with home.

    The do it yourself breakfast is great. You don't have to worry about waking up in time for breakfast if you want to sleep in. I will definitely stay here on my next trip to Amsterdam.

    Choose The Collector!

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    Karel looks after every detail in his effort to make your stay most comfortable. The rooms are immaculate and the atmosphere is friendly, nothing is a problem for the host. The district is perfect for the Museums and Concert Gebouw, there are also a few excellent restaurants nearby, making this a great choice of place to stay. Tram networks into the centre are literally on the doorstep. You can't go wrong here!

    A CHARMING SLICE OF EUROPE

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    Hats off to Karel Poels of the B&B "The Collector". I have had the pleasure of two vists to Amsterdam and on both occasions enjoyed the hospitality provided by Karel.

    Situated just on the outskirts of downtown with the 16 tram at the front door and the 2 tram only two blocks away, any area in Amsterdam is only minutes away.

    The rooms are quaint and extremely clean and tidy with a kitchen area well stocked with any type of food or libation you may require.

    After a full day of touring the city you can relax in your room or on the adjoining balcony and enjoy the courtyard view with it's profuse of flowers and trees.

    Karel is a most accomadating host and more than helpfull with any requests or information we could ask.

    I plan on returning to Amsterdam in the future and cannot imagine staying anywhere other than "The Collector".

    Kim Peter Davis

    Special hidden gem

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    A great little bed and breakfast - in a lovely location near some great restaurants and straight off the (no.16) tram .

    Karel provides a home from home abroad - with the biggest most comfortable bed i have ever slept in.

    We're going back next year too!

    Charming place to stay

    from

    We were there in March, when the weather wasn't so good, actually it was bad, but the place we found was brilliant.

    Karel - the owner - is a very helpful, kindness and nice person.

    The place is within walking distance from the centre but there is a good connection by tram.

    I can recommend to everyone who visits the city.

    Perfect place to stay in museum district

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    We had booked two separate places to stay in Amsterdam and The Collector was where we stayed for the first part of our trip. By the time we checked out, we wished we had booked our whole trip at The Collector.

    It is comfortable, modern and clean. There are lovely little collections around the B&B that give it the feeling of home. Our room had huge windows and a gorgeous view of the gardens in the back. The bed was very comfortable. Karel had even put fresh flowers in our room.

    We had full use of the kitchen, which was always stocked with little Dutch goodies, cheese, fresh fruit, breads, meats, etc. Warning: they do not prepare your breakfast here. But everything you can possibly want is at your fingertips, and there is plenty to eat.

    The owner, Karel, is kind and helpful. Karel keeps tons of info on things to do around town and where to eat. Also, the free internet access can be helpful when making last minute plans.

    The location of the hotel is great, especially if you are planning to see the museums. It is walking distance to the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Albert Cuyp Market and Vondelpark. The neighborhood is quiet and safe and a wonderful area to explore on foot.

    We had an unfortunate incident at another hotel in Amsterdam and had to change hotels in the middle of the night. We had no idea what to do or where to go. We called Karel to see if our room there was available. He was fully booked, but helped us find a room at another B&B, all at midnight.

    When you leave this place, not only do you have a wonderful memory and place to stay next time, you feel like you have made a friend in Amsterdam.

    A Jewel in Amsterdam

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    My husband and I found this B & B on the Internet. The write up was good and there were lots of pictures so that you could actually see what you were getting! This was our 3rd trip to Amsterdam and this was for a special occasion our 10th Wedding anniversary.

    I sent an Email asking if the dates were OK for a 5 night stay in September and I got a prompt and informative email back very quickly affirming that he did indeed have a room for that period of time, after another email to ask a few questions we booked it.

    We had a bad start as we missed our ferry at Harwich due to bad weather conditions and the traffic flow problems. We rang Karel, the proprietor, to let him know that we were going to be getting into Amsterdam around midnight, in the end we got in around 02.30am ! ! If you miss the morning ferry from harwich, go the following day and not the evening ferry!

    All this Karel took in his stride, told us not to worry he would be up to let us in, which he did!

    We awoke the next morning to discover a lovely large airy room, with a big bathroom and a balcony to boot. (Needless to say we had not taken much time earlier that morning to take in the surroundings!)

    The kitchen is full of all the utensils even a dishwaster to put the dirties in, just like home and the fridge was laden with cheeses, cold cut meats, milk, pancakes, jams, juice, eggs etc to help yourself to in the morning. There was tea and a coffee perculator and a large selection of fruits and bread.

    The room was cleaned every morning for you and the bed was changed once between our stay. The room was kept beautifully clean.

    One day we came back to discover fresh flowers, assorted peanuts and cheese bites awaiting us.

    Karel was very helpful, and friendly and answered all our questions. There was a huge amount of information brochures, books and leaflets and there was also use of the internet throughout the stay.

    The location was excellent with a tram line right outside the door, and food at Leidespein just 10 minutes walk away. It was also around the corner to Vondelpark, the casino and the museums. We did a lot of walking around and walked into the centre every evening without difficulty.

    We would highly recommend this B & B for cleanliness, hospitality and friendliness, and will no doubt visit again soon.

    Thank you to Karel.

    Fabulous find! A must-stay every time you are in Amsterdam.

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    This was a fabulous find! The Collector is conviently located a couple of blocks away from the Opera house, Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. Our host Karl was very nice, explaining and answering our many tourist questions. We stayed in a very large room decorated with lovely antiques. Our room had a balcony that overlooked a quiet courtyard. There was no air-conditioning but we could leave the balcony door open all night and it cooled down to a very comfortable degree. The bathroom was very clean and quite large (for Europe). The double bed we had seemed new, and was very comfortable. The room had some other amenities; a small TV, two clotheslines on balcony, and a in-room safe.

    Breakfast is self-serve, which worked perfect for us. Karl has everything you could need to make a great breakfast or lunch. We had a choice of fresh bread, cereal, pancakes, yogurt, cheeses, meats, eggs, milk and other items every morning. If you don't find something at Karl's to eat(?), there is a large supermarket a couple blocks away!

    There is a computer, which we used quite frequently, in entry way for everyone's use.

    I would strongly recommend this B&B. We had a splendid experience and hope to return again soon. It really is a must-stay every time you are in Amsterdam.

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