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Fodor's Expert Review Kamer01

Singel 416, Amsterdam, North Holland 1016 AK, The Netherlands

With a passion for Amsterdam, its history and its architecture, Peter Hertogh and Wolter Gerungan bring together their respective strengths in a charming canal-side B&B. Warm and welcoming, Wolter’s hospitality background shines through, and much of the décor was designed by Peter, from a modern glass bathroom sink and carved four-poster bed to trompe l’oeil closets and X-marks-the-spot breakfast plates.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Kamer01 is an old canal house with typical Amsterdam stairs−and by “typical” we mean as steep as a ladder−so you may want to bear that in mind if you have mobility issues. There’s also a small rooftop terrace, if you dare (alert: it’s up an actual ladder--be careful!).


The large “Green Suite” offers the most privacy and quiet, with a street-level entrance, a comfortable lounge, a dining area overlooking the Singel canal, and a bedroom at the back of the house with a formidable four-poster bed. The suite sleeps up to four adults, and a baby cot can be provided free of charge. Up the 16th-century spiral staircase you’ll find the roomy “Red Room” with its romantic décor and large canal-facing windows, and the third floor “Blue Room” with its beamed roof, round bed and a birds-eye view of the canal. The bright color-themed rooms are decorated with a mix of antiques, Le Corbusier, Starck and Hoffmann furniture as well as Peter’s own designs, and come with flat screen TVs, DVD players and Apple iMacs with high-speed internet access and an iTunes music library.

YOU SHOULD KNOW While babies of up to 6 months are welcome, Kamer01 has a strict “no under 12s” policy. Don't even try to bring your 8-month-old baby here! Don't even try!


Impressive en-suite marble bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers, large wash basins and quality (organic) Korres bathroom amenities.


There is none, but that’s hardly strange in a converted private residence with a history dating back to 1585. Instead, you enter the house through a small hallway, where you will find the Green Suite immediately to your left. The kitchen and other guest rooms are on the upper floors.


While there’s no on-site restaurant, there are a multitude of excellent eateries on your doorstep and you’re welcome to help yourself to snacks from the fridge, anytime. Moreover, Peter’s generous 5-course breakfast, served at a table with panoramic views of the canal, is one of the best we’ve sampled in the city--beating those of some very fancy hotels! Expect Dutch bubbly (yes, there is such a thing and it’s surprisingly delicious), local charcuterie and smoked fish, cheese and organic preserves, eggs, and various breakfast pastries and breads.

Book restaurants and excursions in advance of your trip. Your hosts will send you an email with recommendations for restaurants, museums, and canal cruises and are only too happy to make bookings for you. Additionally, Kamer01 provides access to a “Digital Concierge” app, and all the personal recommendations you could possibly want.


There's no on-site bar, but there's free coffee and tea in the kitchen, and drinks (even wine and beer!) in the fridge.


Getting Around

Kamer01 Boutique B&B is within comfortable walking distance of all the major tourist attractions and offers easy access to public transport. Tram lines 1, 2, 5 (2-minute walk) and 7 and 10 (10-minute walk) will get you everywhere you need to go.


For top-notch cooking, charming service and an excellent price-performance ratio, there’s Restaurant Beulings (1-minute walk). Craving fish instead? Sustainable seafood specialist, The Seafood Bar (3-minute walk), offers smoked fish varieties from Volendam, delicately-battered fish and chips, four varieties of oyster and platters of fruits de mer. Or try Dutch cuisine cooked with a modern hand at Lt. Cornelis (4-minute walk), which perfectly juxtaposes past and present in its food and décor.


If you’re looking for local beers and the cozy atmosphere of a typical Dutch “brown café”, there’s Café De Doffer (3-minute walk). Bar Oldenhof (7-minute walk) in the nearby Jordaan offers a wide range of whiskeys and reasonably-priced cocktails (by Amsterdam standards, that is) in a bar with a nouveau gentlemen'ss club vibe.


Kamer01 is situated in a 16th-century canal house in the very elbow of the Old Center: you couldn’t be more central. With only 3 rooms, you get genuine personal attention and a complimentary Champagne breakfast that is worthy of an extra mention. What’s not to like?



Phones: +31 654776151

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