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Marcel's Creative Exchange – Boutique Hotel

Amsterdam, 1017 NX Netherlands (Show map)
19 Reviews
€ 140 - € 190
per night

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Marcel's Creative Exchange is a unique place in the very center of Amsterdam. We provide you a personal second home where you can feel safe and relax. From base there are a lot of different ways to discover Amsterdam. Take the blue trams, hop-on hop-off canal boats or just walk, or bike. Everything is close by. The experience you are about to take is unlike any stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast. When you stay in one of Marcels quarters, you get something more personal, profound, beautifully furnished and decorated with art. The pleasant atmosphere will make you feel comfortable. Marcels Creative Exchange is the longest existing private accommodation in Amsterdam (since 1970) and is directly connected to the oldest Dutch cinema "De Uitkijk" (free admission for guests). Throughout these many years Marcel was honored to host all kinds of individuals: artists to surgeons and lawyers to teachers. Senior management teams from Cirque du Soleil (Canada) and Eyon movie software (Los Angeles) visit annually.


Rooms & Rates

Style Room

A nice quiet room in the authentic 1970s style with a wonderful open fireplace. The Style Room has a view over the patio garden. The room has a double bed, a private shower and sink, a table with chairs and is decorated with very exclusive Art objects. The toilet is opposite the entrance of your room. TV and WIFI included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Patio Garden Suite

The authentic 17th century Suite with private facilities can accomodate 2 or 3 guests. The Patio Garden Suite is remote from any city noise, is overlooking two inner gardens and has exclusive access to the patio garden. The large bedroom has twin beds that can be made into one king size bed and designer furniture. The second bedroom is for one person and has a large single bed. TV (large bedroom) and WIFI included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Balcony Apartment

A large two room apartment in authentic Victorian style for 2, 3 or 4 guests. A sliding door in the apartment can divide the two rooms in a sitting and a sleeping room or two bedrooms. The Barcelona Balcony Apartment is decorated with designer furniture and Art objects. TV, WIFI, kitchenette and private facilities are included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 King

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.2

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Vacanza ad Amsterdam

4.0 on August 29, 2014

La casa di Marcel Van Woerkom colpisce al primo impatto. Per me è stato un sollievo ed una vera sorpresa scoprirla dopo aver cercato a lungo tra case e alberghi. Il suo sito è fatto molto bene, ricco di particolari e di belle immagini. Ci chiedevamo se poi, come talvolta succede, alle nostre aspettative corrispondesse la realtà. É stato proprio così. Sali una ripida scala e ti trovi in un posto fuori dal comune e con i una persona fuori dal comune. Marcel anagraficamente può dirsi una persona anziana, ma lui è un fanciullo e ne conserva la vitalità. Vero talento di artista, ha studiato ogni dettaglio e, cosa che depone a suo favore, ha fatto tutto da solo. Amante dell'interior design, vivere e osservare era una gioia continua. La casa è la sua casa. Lui ci vive, ma è di una discrezione assoluta. Siete suoi ospiti e, se lo gradite, lui è prodigo di racconti e informazioni in tante lingue, poiché è un vero poliglotta. La posizione si è rivelata perfetta. Il quartiere, quartiere dei musei vicino agli antichi canali, è uno dei più affascinanti della città. La casa è una posizione animata, eppure silenziosissima. Facevamo colazione guardando i tetti, dove ogni tanto si posava un gabbiano. Marcel ci ha portato a vedere il vecchio cinema, che fa parte della casa. Lo seguivamo come bambini curiosi attraverso vestiti, scale e corridoi. Si è arrampicato su una scala a pioli per mostrarci la terrazza e lasciarci storditi. Vero incanto. Marcel ha un animo romantico, la sua sensibilità ci ha colpito ed ha fatto della nostra vacanza ad Amsterdam una vera magnifica vacanza. Ci torneremo e ci manderemo tutti i nostri amici. Paola e Roberto

Holidays in Amsterdam

4.4 on August 28, 2014

Marcel Van Woerkom's house involved us immediately. I searched for many hotels and apartments in Amsterdam, and when i finally found Marcel's house i felt relieved. His website is really well done, full of beautiful pictures and useful descriptions. We wondered if the place was as wonderful like the photos, and it was. Just walking up the steep stairs, you notice that you will find yourself in a peculiar and unordinary place. Marcel is like a dynamic and vivacious boy and he is also a brilliant artist. He takes care of every single detail and he does everything on his own. I love interior design and staying there gave me an enourmous joy. He is very discreet and careful with his guests. If you want he can tell you stories and also give you informations in different languages. Although the neighborhood is one of the most fascinating in the city near the canals, the location is very quiet. We used to have breakfast observing the seagulls on the roofs! Marcel also took us to visit the old beautiful cinema, which is part of the house. He climbed the ladder to show us the terrace and the wonderful view. Marcel's sensibility affected us very much, we had an extraordinary stay in Amsterdam and we will suggest Marcel's apartments to our friends. We hope to come back soon ! Paola and Roberto

A great find...

5 on July 24, 2012

Marcel was a very kind host, the apartment was thoughtfully equipped and beautifully furnished.

Good times in Amsterdam

4.8 on June 11, 2012

I really enjoyed my time staying with Marcel, in Amsterdam. He was very courteous and helpful. The rooms were sun filled and well furnished. No food provided, but with the amazing location, right in the heart of Amsterdam, this was no problem. It was so nice to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the street and canal below, and then to walk out of the apartment and be in such a central and exciting location. I would definitely stay there again.

Love Marcel's

5 on September 19, 2011

I recently attended the biggest trade show for my industry in Europe, IBC 2011. After a tiring overnight flight we arrived at Marcel's door. He greeted our team warmly and explained the ins-and-outs of life in Amsterdam to those of us not familiar with life in the heart of the city. The rooms are wonderfully appointed and extremely comfortable. Marcel has a spectacular collection of art and furnishings. I stayed in the Style Room, Marcel lit the fireplace in my room each night and put fresh sunflowers on my desk. It's the small things that make staying at Marcels so wonderful. Marcel is a fantastic host with a warm heart. He takes the time to ensure that his guests are relaxed and feel welcome in a foreign city. When he found out about the tragic state of the food at the RAI during our show, he contacted a wonderful associate who opened her doors to pack us the most delicious sandwiches, truly saving us from the typical show food. Thanks to Marcel and Cora for making sure we got through the trade show safe, relaxed, and well fed. I cannot say enough about his hospitality, caring, and beautiful home. There is no other place in Amsterdam I would consider staying.

A wonderful place to stay!

5 on July 17, 2010

If you are looking for an exeptional, cosy, chic, happy, full of art, fantastic place to stay in the turbulent inner city of Amsterdam - this is it. And much more: the rooms are unique, the beds outstandingly comfortable, the quietness amazing for being actually in the middle of leidsestraat and Marcel is a wonderful person, artist and host.

We will return! Uncle Marcel :))

5 on February 11, 2010

A kiss from Italy by Valerio and Silvia. Maybe we'll come to you in L.A. See you soon!

Amsterdam Haven

5 on October 26, 2009

Marcel's Creative Exchange is a beautifully appointed and well maintained haven located in the heart of the city, a 'working home' for a gifted artist who is more than willing to share his considerable experience (and considered opinions) of everything his city has to offer. It's very clearly NOT a hotel, and if you want neutral, sanitised accommodation then this is not for you. But if you want to engage fully with this beautiful, vibrant town, Marcel's is an excellent place to start, and to stay. Definitely my choice for future visits (if there's room!)

lovely place in the middle of amsterdam with artistical flair!

4.0 on September 02, 2009

we went to marcel in august 2009 with 4 friends. we felt very comfortable and we felt in good hands at marcels bed& was like vistiting an old friend. the location is perfect for vistiting amsterdams city with museums, shopping and nightlife. one tip: take eraplugs if you have a light sleep. we would come back anytime again.

Chez Marcel

4.2 on March 25, 2009

Je recommande chez Marcel à Amsterdam. Vous ne serez pas mieux reçu ailleurs et vous découvrirez le talent de Marcel qui entretient le meilleur de ce que lègue le passé dans une maison confortable : des souvenirs, des objets, un mobilier d'un goût très sûr, en noir et blanc, bien sûr, de rigueur à Amsterdam. J'espère revenir à Amsterdam un de ces jours. Martine (Paris)

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Location Type

Anne Frank house (15 minutes walk), Rijksmuseum (5 minutes walk), Hermitage (15 minutes walk), Jewish museum (15 minutes walk), Van Gogh museum (5 minutes walk), Citty Theater (2 minutes walk), City, Downtown


Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS-Schiphol) 10 miles

Directions to property:

*Bus:KLM Bus to Barbizon Center/Leidse Plein. *Train: Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central. Take tram 1, 2 or 5 to stop Prinsengracht. *Taxi: from Schiphol airport, costs, tip included: 30.-- Euro (about $ 25.--). Destination: LEIDSESTRAAT (corner) PRINSENGRACHT.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Canals, Cinema De Uitkijk, Concert Gebouw, Modern Art Museum, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Boutique Hotel, Private Home Bed and Breakfast

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycles, Boating, Canoeing, Roof Garden enjoyment, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: Before midnight
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: The minimum stay is two nights.
  • Cancellations: - In case of a cancellation between one week until 48 hours before the day of arrival, we charge one night of your stay. - In case of a cancellation within 48 hours before the day of arrival, we charge 50% of the total costs of your stay.



Marcel van Woerkom

Languages spoken

Dutch, English, French, German, Italian

About the innkeepers

Graphic & interior design. Modern dance & music. Roof & Patio gardening. Travelling. Walking along the dutch beach. Biking, canoeing.

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Breakfast Walk
In Marcel's Creative Exchange, you can brew your own coffee, but breakfast is not provided. There are a couple of breakfast restaurants and bakeries within walking distance though. Marcel gladly makes recommendations to his guests.

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Leidsestraat 87 , Amsterdam, 1017 NX Netherlands (Show map)

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