Kamer01 Boutique B&B in Amsterdam

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Updated: November 10, 2020

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Review of Kamer 01 Hotel in Amsterdam.

Kamer 01 – Luxury B&B in the heart of the historic canal ring.

This intimate, three-room 1585 canal house has been turned into a luxury B&B by its owners, Peter and Wolter, whose passion for Amsterdam’s history and architecture really comes through in their attention to detail. Peter, an interior designer, decorated the two rooms and the ground-floor suite with imagination and flair: expect trompe l’oeil wardrobes, Le Corbusier, Starck and Hoffman furniture, an impressive antique collection, and Peter’s own designs, combined with original brickwork and sturdy wooden beams. The impressive marble bathrooms come with rain showers. One of the biggest draws here is the wonderful personalized service: guests are truly made to feel at home, and the location is hard to beat.

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – Location

  • Address: Singel 416, 1016 AK Amsterdam.
  • Nearest Tram: Spui.
  • Area: Super-central on a quiet canalside street within the historic UNESCO World Heritage canal ring, and along the southern reaches of the hip Nine Streets neighborhood lined with boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Most major attractions are an easy walk away.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then the tram (#1, #2, or #5) to Spui stop. Kamer 01 is a 3-minute walk away.
  • Handy to: Nine Streets shopping, historic canal ring, Amsterdam Museum.

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests mostly tend to be couples on a romantic break or honeymoon. Babies under 6 months welcome; otherwise it’s no children under 12.
  • View: All 3 rooms overlook the Singel canal; the Blue Room has the loftiest views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pool/jacuzzi.
  • Extras: An open bar (alcoholic beverages, juices, and sodas) is included in the price, as are coffee, specialty teas, and petits fours. Apple computers for guest use. Guests receive a thoughtful email 2 weeks before arrival with genuine local recommendations – best restaurants, canal cruises, tours, etc., and your hosts are happy to make reservations for you.
  • When to Book: Reserve 3 or 4 months in advance for the March-May tulip season, mid-June-September summer holidays, and the Christmas-New Year period. 2 nights minimum.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 065-477-6151
  • Emailpost@kamer01.amsterdam
  • Website: kamer01.amsterdam

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests due to stair access.
  • For Families: No special family-friendly facilities.

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: No onsite restaurant, but there are numerous dining options within a few minutes’ walk of the B&B.
  • Lounge/Bar: There is no onsite bar, but the complimentary open bar includes craft beers, wines, and cava.
  • Breakfast: A superb complimentary 5-course breakfast consisting largely of organic local ingredients in the form of charcuterie, smoked fish, eggs cooked to order, and Dutch sparkling wine is available between 8 am and 10 am.
  • Room Service: No room service, but snacks are included in the price.

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – Rooms

  • Room Types: Luxury Double Room • Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Kamer 01 is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Reachable via an original 16th-century staircase, the atmospheric Blue Room up in the loft has bird’s eye canal views, a round bed, worktable with an iMac, and a walk-in rain shower in the marble bathroom.
  • For Families: The Green Suite can sleep up to 4 people and can accommodate an extra bed.

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – Local Transport

  • Walking: Busy Leidseplein square, surrounded by restaurants, bars, and clubs, is an 11-minute stroll, as are the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. The 3 main art museums are around 15 minutes’ walk away; the Medieval Center is just 2 minutes on foot.
  • Tram: The nearest tram off Spui square, a 3-minute walk, offers quick and easy connections to the Centraal Station and the Museum Quarter.
  • Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Gs Brunch Boat – The world’s only brunch boat sets sail year round from Keizersgracht 177. Extensive menus are accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys, together with an hour and a half’s Amsterdam canal tour. Start location: 11-minute walk
  • Secret Food Tours – Sample raw herring, stamppot, stroopwafel, pancakes, and more on this walking tour of traditional Dutch food hotspots. Meet at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 12-minute walk.
  • Jewish History Amsterdam – Themed walking tours of Jewish Amsterdam; tours of the western canal ring typically start at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 12-minute walk.
  • Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 13-minute walk.
  • Blue Boat Company – Popular canal cruises. Start location: 15-minute walk.

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • The Lebanese Sajeria – Lebanese wraps to go, with diverse fillings – from zaatar and labneh to beef and hummus. Vegan options available. 1-minute walk.
  • D’Vijff Vlieghen – Characterful restaurant spread over 5 17th-century canal houses, renowned for its imaginative Modern Dutch dishes and decked out with original Rembrandt works. Reservations essential. 2-minute walk.
  • Herengracht Restaurant & Bar – Creative modern European dishes served in a leafy courtyard, refined dining room, or canal-side terrace. 3-minute walk.
  • The Seafood Bar – Buzzy spot for champagne, oysters, and seafood platters. Walk-ins welcome. 3-minute walk.
  • Haesje Claes – Low ceilings, dark-wood furniture, and Dutch classics – from smoked fish platters to stamppot (potatoes mashed with vegetables). 3-minute walk.
  • Lucius – Local institution, popular as ever after 4 decades. Expect refined seafood dishes, from the pike the restaurant is named after to steamed razor clams with chili. Reservations. 4-minute walk.
  • OCCO Bar & Brasserie – Modern European dishes, plus excellent gin-based cocktails. 4-minute walk.
  • Vinkeles – Michelin-starred French fine dining inside an atmospheric 18th-century bakery. Reserve well ahead. 4-minute walk.
  • The Happy Pig Pancake Shop – Pancakes made from organic ingredients with sweet and savory toppings. Popular with families. 4-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

Kamer01 Amsterdam Boutique B&B – The Hotel

The 4-poster bed in the Green Suite is impressive.

The Green Suite comes with an impressive 4-poster bed but not much of a view.

The compact Red Room overlooks the Singel canal.

The Red Room is more compact than either the Green Suite or the Blue Room, but it overlooks Singel canal.

The breakfast room offers travel guidebooks and canal views.

The breakfast room has views of Singel canal and an array of travel guidebooks for guest use.

The excellent 5-course breakfast is complimentary.

The complimentary 5-course breakfast includes local charcuterie, smoked fish, and croquettes.

The breakfast room has excellent decor.

The breakfast room, ready for breakfast.

The Red Room has a good balance of antiques and mod-cons.

The Red Room is a mix of antiques and contemporary comfort, with its trompe l’oeil wardrobe, original wooden beams, and sumptuous upholstery, as well as a/c.

The Blue Room has a round bed and the best views of Single canal.

The Blue Room comes with an unusual round bed and has the loftiest view of Singel canal of all 3 rooms, so if view is a deal breaker, it’s worth opting for this room.

All bathrooms are spacious and feature walk-in showers.

All rooms come with spacious bathrooms and walk-in rain showers.

All rooms feature an Apple computer for guest use.

Rooms come with complimentary use of Apple computers.

The Red Room offers garden views.

Garden view from the Red Room.

All rooms feature fresh flowers and espresso makers.

Nice touches in all the rooms include fresh flowers and espresso makers.

The Blue Room sitting area offers views of the canal.

View of the Singel canal from the Blue Room sitting area.

The spacious Green Suite has a living and dining area.

The Green Suite has a spacious living and dining area, ideal for longer stays.

Scotch & Soda specializes in chic street wear.

Kamer 01 sits right on the edge of the hip Nine Streets shopping neighborhood. Just north of the guesthouse and straddling the 4 historic canals, the street is lined with boutiques such as Scotch & Soda, the Amsterdam fashion label specializing in chic street wear for men and women.

We Are Labels specializes in street wear.

Across the street from Scotch & Soda, We Are Labels stocks more street wear – by mbyM, Global Funk, Norr, and more.

Zipper sells vintage 1950's clothing.

Nearby, Zipper is all retro wear, from vintage 1950’s dresses to zoot suits.

Rain Couture sells stylish locally-designed raincoats.

Kitty corner to Zipper, Rain Couture Amsterdam sells locally-designed, stylish yet practical raincoats.

Marie Stella Maris sells eco-friendly and popular beauty and skincare products.

On the corner, Marie Stella Maris sells locally-renowned beauty and skincare products with an eco-conscience.

Keizersgracht canal connects clusters of boutiques in the neighborhood.

You cross Keizersgracht canal to reach the next cluster of boutiques.

The Darling sells funky, locally-designed women’s wear and accessories.

These include The Darling – funky, locally-designed women’s wear and accessories.

Denham sells men's denim wear, with a women's branch nearby.

Across the street, Denham stocks denim wear for men. The women’s branch is around the corner.

De Doffer is a popular 70's-style cafe.

If you’re looking for a break from shopping, De Doffer is a retro, 70’s-style café, popular with the local creative types.

Michelin-starred Vinkeles is known for its French fine dining.

Just along Keizersgracht canal, The Dylan Hotel is home to 2 excellent restaurants, both popular with non-guests. Book well ahead for the Michelin-starred French fine dining at Vinkeles.

Informal Bar Brasserie OCCO serves great modern European dishes.

Bar Brasserie OCCO is stylish but informal, serving great modern European dishes and gin-based cocktails.

Houseboat Museum showcases what a houseboat looks like.

If you’re curious about what a houseboat looks like on the inside, cross Prinsengracht canal to the west to check out the Houseboat Museum.

Pulitzer’s Bar serves excellent cocktails by the canal.

From Denham, it’s worth walking 3 blocks north along Prinsengracht canal to Pulitzer’s Bar, serving excellent cocktails and with a great canal-side terrace.

Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam's most popular destinations.

A further block and a half north brings you to the Anne Frank House, where her family hid from the Nazis during WWII. It’s one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, so book your ticket online to skip the lines.

Mendo is an excellent bookstore with a good selection of coffee table books.

A block north of Denham, another narrow shopping street leads back towards the guesthouse. Shops worth looking out for include the excellent Mendo bookstore, particularly strong on coffee table books on art, design, and architecture.

Dutch Accent Gallery sells watercolor city scapes by local artists.

Nearby, the Dutch Accent Gallery sells watercolor landscapes of the city by local artists.

Restaurant de Struisvogel serves good French-inspired dishes.

Around the corner is the Restaurant de Struisvogel, a popular lunch stop for shoppers that serves French-inspired dishes.

Marqt is a well-stocked supermarket nearby.

Across the Keizersgracht canal bridge, Marqt is the local branch of the upmarket, well-stocked supermarket.

De Admiraal is popular for its selection of jenevers and local spirits.

A short walk from the guesthouse along the Herengracht canal, De Admiraal is one of the best places in the city to taste a variety of jenevers and other local spirits. Great outdoor terrace.

Herengracht restaurant and bar is popular for its canal-side seating and modern European dishes.

A couple of blocks south of the hotel along the Herengracht canal, the Herengracht restaurant and bar is super-popular, particularly with visitors – both for its canal-side terrace and its modern European dishes.

Art Plein Spui is held on Sundays as an outdoor book and art market.

If you head north from the guesthouse and cross the Singel canal, heading east, you come to Spui square, one of the most popular gathering spots in the Medieval Center. On Sundays it hosts the Art Plein Spui, an outdoor book and art market.

The Flying Dutchmen is renowned for its signature cocktails.

Just before the bridge, a block south along the Singel canal there’s a tiny cocktail bar – The Flying Dutchmen – a well-kept local secret. The signature cocktails mixed by award-winning mixologists are amazing and worth every penny.

The Amsterdam Museum showcases the city's 1,000-year-old history.

From Spui, it’s a short walk to the worthwhile Amsterdam Museum which tells the 1,000-year-old history of the city in an entertaining way, with dressing-up opportunities for kids.

Café Hoppe offers a wood-paneled interior and an outdoor terrace.

Just off Spui, there’s a cluster of popular bars; Café Hoppe is a local institution, with a centuries-old, wood-paneled interior, plus an outdoor terrace for people-watching.

The Seafood Bar is renowned for its seafood platters and outdoor seating.

While some restaurants off Spui are overpriced tourist traps, one consistently good option is the local branch of the Seafood Bar – great seafood platters with popular outdoor seating overlooking the square.

D’Vijff Vliegen serves modern Dutch dishes in a 17th-century canal house.

Branching off Spui towards the Royal Palace, Spuistraat is dotted with good restaurants. D’Vijff Vliegen serves imaginative modern Dutch dishes in an atmospheric 17th-century canal house setting; book ahead.

Haeje Claes serves traditional Dutch dishes in an informal setting.

Across the street, Haeje Claes is a much more informal place for traditional Dutch dishes, served in a characterful warren of rooms with low ceilings.

Lucius is renowned since decades for its seafood.

Further north, Lucius is a locally-beloved seafood institution of several decades.

Happy Pig Pancake Shop is great for a quick bite.

Next to it, the Happy Pig Pancake Shop is great for a quick bite on the go.

The Nationaal Monument at Dam Square is a popular destination.

A couple of blocks further north you reach Dam square – Central Amsterdam’s busy square, filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to WWII’s fallen.

The Royal Palace is a popular tourist attraction.

The big attraction here is the Royal Palace – the official residence of the King of the Netherlands. When the king’s away, you can check out the sumptuous rooms.

Nieuwe Kerk is known for its beautiful oak chancel and excellent exhibitions.

Just north of the Royal Palace, the 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk is well worth a look for its beautiful oak chancel and excellent temporary art and photography exhibitions.

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