More about The Collector Bed & Breakfast
Lots of Character, Great Location
We loved this charming and small B&B. Individual rooms with quirky collections (as advertised) that are not overwhelming. Great do-it-yourself breakfast. Located in the middle of the big museums, a tram right outside the door will take you immediately to anywhere in Amsterdam in under 10 minutes.
Spent three nights at the Collector B&B. We can highly recommend this guest house situated in a classy area a short walk from the museums. The en suite facilities are fantastic! Karel the owner is very helpfull and friendly. The help yourself breakfast at a time of your choosing was particularly welcome - we do like a lie in when we're on holiday!
Fantastically comfortable, large rooms, charming and convenient location
This a wonderful B&B, right in the heart of Amsterdam, just 5 min. walk from the major museums. The rooms are large, airy, light and clean and the bed was huge and comfortable. We stayed in the front double room facing the street. It has a large balcony with double-doors and the bathroom is large and spotless. The neighborhood is quiet so you can get a good nights rest. On top of everything, the host is extremely gracious and knowledgeable about what to do/see in Amsterdam. It's also nice that the kitchen for guest use is left open through the day/night, so that you can make yourself a cup of tea/coffee regardless of when you get back to the house. Because the owner's living quarters are separate, you don't feel as if you are invading his space as in some smaller B&B's. He also makes available his computer with internet access and has all the popular guidebooks, that you can use while there. There is a tram stop just opposite the front door, making it all the more convenient to get around town. This is not just a great B&B but also definitely better than most hotels, even the 4 or 5*s, as it's so much more comfortable and spacious but has all the conveniences they usually provide, without that icky sterile hotel feeling. Also has cable TV with many english-language channels.
loved the welcomming
a charming house,friendly landlord,a quiet and nice area, very closed from the main attractions in the city, and you can asked many details about amsterdam to karel , he takes times to answer you at the best he could.The rooms are quiet, clean end original.
the kitchen is very usefull.Public transport and taxi are closed.Anyway the situation of the collector is very central and you can do the most of visit by foot.
My partner and I booked our trip back in December after reading the great reviews on this site about 'The Collector'!
We were disappointed that we did not get to meet Karel, after all we'd heard so much about him, but he was off on his own holidays in Bali (lucky man!)
We stayed for 3 nights from 31st March. The B&B was light and airy and the ceilings were really high. The bathroom was immaculate and detailed with red and white mosiac tiles, such a nice touch. There was also cable TV with plenty of channels. We had one of the rooms at the back which had a large balcony shared with the other room. There was one more room at the front which looks out on the street. (residential)
It is situated a short walk from the museums like Van Gogh and also close to the Leidseplein - a young vibrant district of Amsterdam. Dam square is about 20 mins walk but the trams are so frequent and cheap it would seem silly not using them to get around.
We would recommend this B&B to anyone looking to go to Amsterdam as we will definetley be going back there ourselves!
This was my seventh visit to Amsterdam, brought my wife over to see Koninginnedag and, of course, visit Karel and his beautiful B&B. As usual, it was fantastic, we stayed in our usual room(he has 3 rooms), the back one with the balconey. Met some interesting people from Hungary and South Carolina. The food was excellent again, the bed just as comfortable, Karel has added to his collections, he made reservations for us at a Thai restaurant. The only negative is the deep depression I go into when it is time to go home.
Wonderful B & B
Our family adored Karel's cozy bed and breakfast. Although we arrived in the city in the late morning, we were made welcome to leave our suitcases while we walked around the beautiful Museumplein neighborhood. There were three of us, and he went out of his way to ready our room quickly since we were exhausted from the trip. A very comfortable foldout bed was available for our daughter, who said it was great and is now asking for a down quilt.
Asking us what type of breakfast foods we preferred, Karel made sure they were available in the cute kitchen and went out of his way to make us feel at home. He was very helpful in seeing the museums and other sights we were interested in, and we left absolutely in love with his city. We can't wait to come back again!
We booked all three of "The Collector"s large, airy rooms with b.r. for our family of three adult couples and couldn't have been happier. Great location, wonderful clean, bright rooms and a charming, cosy kitchen. We had all our breakfast needs supplied and were able to make our own choices just as if we had a delightful home in Amsterdam. We were very welcomed and so pleased with our stay.
Loved the personal touch
Cannot fault The Collector. The location is very good - right on a tram stop to central station and an easy walk to the Rijksmuseum. The room was very clean & comfortable and Karel provided free access to the internet and personal recommendations of sights & restaurants. Best touch of all, we put our Wedding Anniversary cards on display in the room and found a lovely display of roses on our return. Breakfast is self-service using the wide range of good quality local ingredients in the fridge & cupboard, with coffee/tea available at any time.
Clean, Stylish, and Good Value
My boyfriend and I spent a total of 7 nights at the Collector in July, 2006. We arrived early (9 am) and greated by warmly by Carel, the proprietor who told us we could leave our bags and check in when he changed over the room.
We were given the room facing the street, the clock room, and although I thought it would be loud with the windows open, it wasn't. The decor of the room was uber-deco purple, black, and white and the bathroom luxuriously tiled with a great a shower.
Breakfast was "serve yourself"- Karel keeps the guest kitchen stocked with coffee and tea making supplies as well as breads, meats, cheeses, and fruits. I prefer this type of breakfast to the typical B&B breakfast as I could have it as early -or as late- as I wanted.
Karel allowed us to stow our bags there for the three days we left to explore Brugge, Belgium- a major treat and well appreciated.
The locale is perfect if you're not into the super-party Amsterdam scene. It's near the museums, Vondel Park, the and the Pijp (which is great for multi-ethinic dining opprotunities ).
My only complaint was that sometimes his lush towel smelled mildewy-. I don't really know why this was so, as they were freshly replaced everyday.
Overall, highly recommended.