Maes B & B
Herenstraat 26, Amsterdam, 1015 CB, The Netherlands
Cozy Bed & Breakfast Apartment
We rented a third-floor apartment in an old style house, right on the Herengracht canal. A beautiful view, right next to the best restaurants (the non-touristy ones, of course) in town. Within 5 minutes to the Red Light District. Noisy during the day but very quiet at night. A nice little kitchenette with a stove and oven. There's internet connection in the apartment. A terrific place if you're not afraid of steep stairs:)
The owners, Ken and Vlad, are great hosts and formidable tour guides. They own a series of apartments throughout the city.
Next time we're in Amsterdam - definitely staying there.
Great home base
An incredibly accomodating pair run this wonderful B&B in in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. Very reasonable cost for a super location with great breakfast, comfortable attractive rooms and super hospitality. Kitchen priviliges in the breakfast room (if you don't have your own kitchen in one of the apartments) around the clock. We have prepared our own supper and eaten on the garden terrace when we weren't in the mood (or on the right time schedule) to face a restaurant meal. This place is truly like being in our own home.
Be prepared for typical steep Amsterdam stairways. Owners Ken and Vlad and their staff are ready to help with luggage if necessary. Consider the steps a daily cardio workout.
The Maes on Herenstraat is an easy 10 minute walk from Centraal Station. Well located in a real neighborhood. Many restaurant options on the street as well as neighborhood greengrocer, wine shop, chocolate shop, bakery all within the block. Two blocks in one direction to the street market and local supermarket. Two blocks in another diretion to Westerkirk and Ann Frank House. Easy walk to "Nine Streets", Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, floating flower market, the major art museums, Kalverstraat and Dam Square.
Ken and Vlad also operate the nearby (2 doors down) Heren B&B and a newly renovated apartment next door. I have the same very positive feelings forthe Heren - have not yet stayed in the new apartment. The space is especially nice for a family group. Lots of room and a real homey feeling. No smoking in the house but the Heren space does have a glass surrounded atrium accessible from the apartment if smoking is necessary- it's open to the sky so there's no sense of smoking inside.
Unique Quality: Price indicated below is price per ROOM, not per person. Count on two/room. Apartments accomodate up to 6 (price is higher but very reasonable).
Directions: Southwest of Centraal Station
Hotels were too expensive - B&B was our choice
When we decided to go to Amsterdam, where we were going to stay was our first concern. Hotels on the net just seemed too expensive, so we decided to look at B&B's. Location was the the next concern. Our decision was the Maes B&B. We made the right decision, the emails back and forth cleared up any questions we had and the directions how to get there from the airport were right on. We arrived early in the morning abot 9am, we were met by Vladimir, one of the owners and he told us to leave our luggage in the side room and then took us to breakfast. Then we met Arnel, the jack of all trades, he makes breakfast, cleans the rooms and makes sure you needs are met. During breakfast we met the other owner Ken. We got to see the owners everyday and they were very helpful in making suggestions where to go and how to get there. The room was large, and clean, and plenty of room for your clothes. the private bathroom, although up another flight of stairs was large and clean. When we read about Maes B&B there was some concern about the stairs, I am 70 and my wife is 68, no problem, consider it exercise. The location could not have been better. Shops, restaurants, places to sit outside and people watch. Not too far from the Anne Frank Museum, close but not too close to the Red Light District and train station. Also right around the corner from a couple of very nice markets. There was also an internet available, free, any time you wanted to use it and the kitchen was open 24/7 for your use. A couple of time we brought back stuff from the deli and ate at the outside area right off the kitchen. Kept beer and soda in the refrig.
Maes B&B (also Hedren B&B next door, same owners) was great. Arnel really took care of us and Vladimir and Ken were always there to help us out. They arranged for a taxi back to airport, which was cheaper than what we paid for coming to the B&B. Overall, great trip, great B&B, great breakfast, and reasonable price. Location was also great.
Unique Quality: The staff - Arnel and the two owners Vladimir and Ken, were always availble to take care of your needs.
Breakfast was outstanding. Room and bathroom was large and CLEAN. Clean is important.
The location was excellent. We walked to everything.
Kitchen open 24/7 for your use.
Free internet available, all the time
Directions: Just off the Jordaan Area, and North of the Anne Frank Museum
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Maes B&B is the best! But beware of stairs.
When planning for our European trip in September 2003, we consulted the TripAdvisor a lot and decided to stay at Maes B&B based on everybody's excellent reviews. What a great decision that was! Ken and Vlad were amazing hosts. The location was superb - central to just about any place one would want to go. The room was good size and bright, but the bathroom was tiny. The only one disappointment was the breakfast. We expected a sampling of Dutch delicacies, but were faced with bread, ham and cheese (the bread was great, though). Another thing is that it has a very steep staircase to get to the rooms, so be prepared. All in all, HIGHLY recommend Maes and will stay there again.
Stayed at Heren B&B--wonderful place to stay!
Ken & Vlad have Maes B&B and Heren B&B a couple of doors down from Maes. We stayed in the loft suite at Heren. This is a wonderful place to stay in a great residential area close to Central Station where you can find trains, buses, & trams. Vlad is a gracious host able to provide recommendations on places to eat, see, etc. If you want to feel like a native and really get the feel of Amsterdam, consider staying in one of these B&B's. We had access to the guest kitchen and a roof-top terrace, and the neighborhood provides access to lots of restaurants and shops. It was a wonderful experience!
Maes B&B was the perfect place to stayin Amsterdam. Clean, everything was spotless. Close,walking distance to everything we wanted to see and in the nicest past of the city. Vlad made sure we had everything we needed. This was so much nicer than staying in a hotel. I can't wait to go back.
A fun place to stay
We really enjoyed our stay at the Maes B&B in late April. It's easy to find and located in a great neighborhood that is in easy walking distance of much of Amsterdam. If you don't want to walk it -- the Tram is just a few blocks away.
The hospitality was great... the breakfasts terrific. The only negatives were the long hike upstairs (no lift) and a leak in one of the showers. Hopefully they'll invest to fix it rather than running around excitiedly "... there is a problem with your shower .... their is water in the room below." ... so? how is that MY problem? It's your problem Vlad!
Maes is THE place to stay in Amsterdam!
Ken and Vlad are fantastic hosts!!!!! Mae's B&B is wonderful!!! We were there for a portion of our honeymoon and had a great time. Their suggestions were perfect (places to eat, see, shop, do laundry, etc.). If you needed anything they were right on it. Breakfast was great - chatting with all the other guests and hearing about their adventures. We can't wait to visit Amsterdam again, and will for sure go back to Mae's. It is a funky and charming home away from home!!
Just like Christmas, book early!
In 30+ trips to Amsterdam in the last 25 years I have never enjoyed such hospitality. All my previous visits were business or transit but on this occassion I took my fiancee and two teenage children for a short break in the city.
The location is perfect, in a quiet enclave only minutes from the heart of the city, and the standards exemplary. The local bars and cafes (and I mean local - within 100m) fulfill all your needs for other meals and drinks in the evening.
This is without doubt the finest establishment of its kind I have ever visited and in an average year I overnight in about a hundred b and b's and small hotels all over UK and Germany on business. The pleasure of staying here is enough to justify a visit to Amsterdam.
Needless to say, we have already planned out next two trips. The other guests we met whilst staying there were extremely friendly, well travelled and intersting, and to a man (and woman) shared our thoughts on the Maes.
I cannot thank Ken and Vlad enough, they have the balance just right. Their guests feel as if they are staying at the home of friends, but their hosts are aware that house guests need space to enjoy their stay.
I wish their were more then 5 stars to award!
Maes Bed and Breakfast
Ken and Vlad's place was great! Very helpful in giving restaurant recommendations as well as advising on best times to visit attractions to avoid lines. Comfortable beds, great shower (although very small) and a terrific breakfast of breads, ham, cheese, fruit and french pressed coffee! Location was perfect in a very nice section of town walkable from Centraal Station. We'd go back in a minute!
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Maes B & B
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Address: Herenstraat 26, Amsterdam, 1015 CB, The Netherlands