For our recent Amsterdam trip, we opted to stay at a bed & breakfast instead of our preferred lodging – a boutique hotel. Pourquoi? Well, because when you take as many weekend trips as we do, those boutique hotels can become pretty pricey, pretty quickly. So after some research on TripAdvisor, we settled on Vondel View B&B (sometimes called B&B Vondel View) because of the positive reviews (5 star rating out of 159 reviews!), good location and the modern, beautifully-decorated room. Here are my thoughts on Vondel View B&B:
Location: Tucked away in a small, shady side street, Vondel View B&B is located one block away from Vondelpark – the equivalent of NYC’s Central Park – and a few minutes from a stop on the main Tram Route 1. For museum-lovers, it’s a mere 15 minute walk through the park to the famed Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.
The Room: We stayed in the Flower Room, which was more spacious and better decorated than some of the pricier hotels we’ve stayed at. Granted – it doesn’t hurt when the owner’s husband is an interior designer/decorator! Adjacent to the room, is a bathroom that seemed almost spa-like with a large sunken tub, double sinks and plants. At first, it kind of threw me off that there wasn’t a door that directly accessed the bathroom from our bedroom and instead you’d have to leave your bedroom and enter the bathroom that was right next to it. However, it is a private small floor with no other rooms, so I still felt safe with leaving my toiletries there. I have to add that one of the nice touches in the room was that there were several travel books (Rick Steve’s, Frommers, etc.) that you were free to use during our stay – which we did!
The Owner: Rita is a wonderful, friendly and helpful host! Prior to arriving, she not only emailed thorough directions to finding the B&B, but she also sent a list of suggested activities and sights in Amsterdam, with links and strong recommendations on which tickets to buy online in advance. (I wish I had followed her recommendations, as I ended up having to wait on line at the Anne Frank Museum for an hour!) Upon arrival, we realized our adaptor was broken and when asking if there was a nearby store to buy a replacement, Rita offered us an extra adaptor she had so we could use it during our stay. That definitely saved us a few euros and some time!
Bonuses: Breakfast is included in the price and served in your room, and it is incredibly better than some of the hotel breakfasts I’ve had in the past. For breakfast, we were served eggs, local ham and cheese, pastries, bread, yogurt, etc. along with coffee, tea and fresh orange juice. I was really pleasantly surprised about it, as I had thought breakfast would merely consist of some pastries and coffee.
The Non-Pluses (because it’s not really a “negative”): The only thing I wish Vondel View B&B had was air conditioning. Although Amsterdam is fairly cool, the weekend we went (late July) was still pretty warm and there wasn’t much wind blowing into the room. Plus, Rio tends to get hot pretty easily…and by easily, I mean when the room is higher than 60 degrees. However, there is a powerful fan in the room that did help a bit.
Recommendation: Book it! I definitely recommend Vondel View B&B and would return for sure! It’s a great value, beautifully decorated, clean and well-located.
B&B Vondel View
Gerard Brandtstraat 14hs
1054 JK Amsterdam
Tél: +31 (0)20 612 6055
**140 euros per night for the Flower Room (double occupancy, weekend).
Here’s to happy travels!