The Blue Sheep
Korsjespoortsteeg 3, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $114 to $228
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
This cozy bed and breakfast in the heart of the city offers plenty of rustic charm and friendly service by the delightful owners.
Pros: Unique design. Cozy atmosphere. Friendly owners. Breakfast included.
Cons: Narrow staircases. Can be a little pricey.
Dutch service can be a bit gruff but proprietors Novella and Jan remind us of why family-run places, when done right, can make for the coziest hotel experiences. And their splurge-worthy establishment has a friendly vibe—in the heart of Amsterdam (just minutes from the train station and Dam Square).
The three guest rooms at the Blue Sheep are uniquely decorated. Jan is a photographer by trade, and the couple clearly has an eye for design. From plush chairs and couches bursting with color to the occasional religious icon, rustic charm pervades here. The Blue Sheep also offers three suites, which sleep three to four people each and are equipped with private bathrooms. And in addition to a coffee maker and satellite TV, all six rooms have a DVD player and a selection of films for the whole family. A few suites have fully-stocked kitchens.
The “Orange Room” has a private bathroom while the “Blue” and “Green” rooms share facilities (note that the Green Room is upstairs from the bathroom). The private bathroom we saw had a (backlit!) bathtub sitting against an exposed-brick wall.
A delicious, organic breakfast is included each morning with options such as waffles, granola and hearty breads all paired with fresh coffee and juice. There is also free Internet service for guests.
Reviewed by: Joel Weickgenant, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
Grachtengordel West, Amsterdam, Netherlands
About the The Blue Sheep neighborhood
Grachtengordel West is an expansive area in the center of town, near the Dam and the Old Center. It's also home to gorgeous 17th-century canal houses, Westermarkt, the Homomonument, the Westerkerk (Amsterdam's grandest church and the final resting place of Rembrandt) and Anne Frank's House.