Amsterdam Canal

Herengracht - Amsterdam - the Netherlands

'A great apartment in one of the world's most beautiful cities'

Front of house, artist impression
- Alexei Kostroma, oil on canvas 2004 -

Description of the apartment (click pictures to enlarge)

Location and generalities

The apartment is located in a very pleasant part of central Amsterdam and overlooks the Herengracht (Gentlemen's canal), arguably the most beautiful canal of Amsterdam. The apartment is only a few minutes by foot from Dam Square, the Anne Frank House, the Jordaan area and Central Station (see map). Other points of interest, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, the Opera House and the Concertgebouw, can easily be reached by bike or tram (or by walking 20 to 30 minutes). There is a variety of great restaurants, café's and delicatessens in the apartment's immediate neighbourhood.

Front of the apartment

Entrance hall

The apartment is situated on the first (US: second) floor of an old mansion built in 1614. The house has a stylish entrance hall and a beautiful old staircase, by which one can reach the apartment. There is a lot of natural light in the spacious (105 m2) apartment, which has recently been renovated with great care and attention to detail.

Living room and kitchen

The living room (40 m2) has 4 large windows on the canal. There is a couch and two big chairs seating 4 persons comfortably.

A CD/DVD player and a television with a large screen are integrated in the library. A fixed telephone line is also available. The apartment has a fast internet connection (don't forget to bring your own laptop!).

Living room (view towards library)

Living room (view towards canal)

The open kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, large oven, 4 gas burners as well as all other necessary utilities, such as a coffee-machine and a toaster.

There is a pleasant oval dining table with seating for 6 persons.

Oval dining table



The stylish bathroom combines the looks of the past with the comfort of today. It has a shower, bathtub and two washbasins. A hair dryer is also available. The bathroom gives access to a storage room with a washing machine and a dryer.

Next to the bathroom is a separate toilet.

Bathroom with bathtub


Bedrooms and beds

The two bedrooms are situated at the back of the house, where it is even quieter than at the street side.

The master bedroom has a king-size bed (1.80m x 2.10m - non-separable).

The second bedroom (the so-called 'green room') has one permanent single bed (0,90m x 2.10m) and one extra single bed (0,90m x 2.10m). The two beds can be put next to each other.

Master bedroom

Bed in second bedroom ('green room')


From a little staircase in the green room one can reach the private terrace (30 m2), which is orientated to the west. Amid pots and plants there is a lunch / dining table.

Staircase leading to terrace

Private terrace with plants

A look at the outside

To get an impression about how the neighbourhood of the apartment looks like, please click here.

View from the apartment (summertime, around 3 pm)

Another view from the apartment (wintertime, sunset)

... and yet another winter view (19 December 2010, 16h45)

Review and comments

For a review of the apartment by a former guest, please click here.

Some comments from the guest book:

"We were very happy campers indeed to spend a week at your ideally located, stylish, yet comfortable home. After walking around the city we decided this was one of the most charming views and in fact, we had trouble dragging ourselves away."

Martha c.s. from California (USA)

"È stato veramente molto piacevole trascorrere qualche giorno in questa casa elegante, in cui si respira tanto amore per l'arte, per la musica e per le cose belle. Complimenti!"

Fausto c.s. from Bologna (Italy)

"I wish that I live at Herengracht. Your location had one of the best views and ambiance. Your apartment is well designed, I can feel that it is a well-loved place. My favorite? Lighting, bathtub and shower. Oh yes, and the view!"

Chi from California (USA)

"Staying in your beautiful apartment was one of the highlights of our visit to Amsterdam. The location and view were perfect. It was so easy and convenient for us to get around the city during our stay. Should we return to Amsterdam in the future, this would definitely be our first choice for accommodations. We will highly recommend this apartment to our friends traveling to Amsterdam."

Daniel c.s. from Toronto (Canada)

"We have had the most wonderful 2 weeks in your lovely apartment. Your home has been the perfect base for us. The view has to be one of the best in Amsterdam and your sun-drenched terrace was put to good use. Many many thanks for making your cosy home available."

Xander c.s. from Sidney (Australia)

"Nous voudrions vous dire combien notre sejour a été agréable dans votre superbe appartement. Savez-vous que nous nous sommes vraiment sentis chez nous grâce à votre discographie?"

Marie c.s. from Isle-St.-Georges (France)

"Almost a month here on the Herengracht and we have felt completely at home. The space, the views and the grocery shopping in the neighborhood have all inspired me with severe apartment envy! The art in this apartment was an extra level of enjoyment. Thank you for being not just a landlord but more a host and even a friend."

Elisabeth c.s. from California (USA)

"Many many thanks for the use of your lovely home. We had a wonderful time."

David c.s. from Fremantle (Australia)

"Thank you for the use of your beautiful flat. It was magical - a real treat to avoid hotels."

Dayna from New York (USA)

"The apartment is wonderful and simply cannot be faulted. The contemporary style of the apartment interior is perfect against the historic backdrop of Amsterdam. The attention to detail is obvious, and the bathroom is striking with those amazing tiles. The area in which it is situated is beautiful and quiet, yet only a 10 minutes walk to central station. Your apartment exceeded my expectations in every way, and at one point I wasn't sure if I had come to visit Amsterdam, or visit the apartment. I have always wondered what it would be like to live in 'one of those canal side apartments', and now I know! I loved it!"

Stuart c.s. from London (UK)

"You have made our Amsterdam experience wonderful by extending your home to us. It is stylish yet comfortable and oh-so-roomy. I could just sit and look out the window for hours. Again thank you for this fabulous experience. It exceeded all our expectations."

Nathan c.s. from Ohio (USA)

"Un vrai nid d'amour dans la plus belle ville au monde."


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