Breitner House Amsterdam
A little from the center, in a quiet area of Amsterdam East, overlooking a park but on a rather busy street. Even the Tropenmuseum and Artis zoo are in close walking distance; additional sights need wheels. The main museums and the town centre/canal belt are approximately 20 minutes away by tram (somewhat less by cab); the café and dining quarter of De Pijp is 10-15 minutes away by tram, however a little quarter roughly five minutes’ walk away is quickly becoming a miniature dining-out hub.
Style & personality
A home once inhabited by a few of the main Dutch artists of the 19th century. In it, you will locate rooms full of museum-quality classic furniture, sumptuous cloth, a mosaic of nice art, stuccoed ceilings dripping with crystal chandeliers, and woods of new flowers. Owners Camilla and Guido both worked in movie, and entering their residence is like stepping to some lavish movie collection. But there is nothing synthetic about it: there is a real warmth of welcome and a relaxed national setting (albeit a grand one).
Service & amenities
You are marvellously cossetted — such as staying with inventive friends who’ve set out to spoil you. Everywhere you turn, there is another thoughtful touch, a few delicious titbit. Camilla and Guido know their town, appreciate welcoming people into their house and getting to know them, and move well out of the way that will assist you enjoy your stay.
Each package is separately and sumptuously decorated, and is much more spacious than you will find pretty much everywhere else in the city (out of a three-figure, presidential package price bracket). You will find personal touches into the décor, also, like a mural of irises painted by Camilla, and art brought as presents from returning guests. Both suites include another bedroom and drawing room, and huge bathrooms (with Clarins goods). The Isaac Israels package includes its own garden patio, and you will find iPod docking stations, Nespresso machines and refreshment centers in both suites (and much, much more).
Food & beverage
The daily champagne breakfast at the period dining area, overlooking the playground — is a theatrical tour de force, together with not just the typical hamburgers, confectionary, croissants and crusty breads, but all manner of delicacies (smoked salmon bombe, possibly, a perfectly poached egg, or perhaps even just a small caviar), personally prepared and exquisitely presented amidst mounds of fruit and blossoms. It retains some guest moving till way after midday.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $435 (#381) in low season; increasing to $545 (#460) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
No. The home is consumed a rather steep stairway.
Not really. The home exudes grown-up calmness.
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