Cosy home ambience... In the centre, only minutes away from the museums and within walking distance from all major sights and nightlife spots. Maes Bed and Breakfast We have named the B&B after Nicolaas Maes, one of the famous Dutch painters from the 17th century and a pupil of Rembrandt. Some of his work can be seen in the Rijksmuseum. The private house, dating from the eighteenth century, has recently been renovated. The guest rooms, are quaint and comfortable. They are decorated with an accent on a cosy home 'ambience'. Awaken to the smell of fresh croissants, which are part of the extended continental breakfast. Complimentary coffee and tea are available throughout the day in the guest kitchen on the first floor. We're located in a quaint street between two canals: the Herengracht and the Keizersgracht. It is conveniently near major tram-lines and only steps away from the Anne Frank House and the Jordaan, which is famous for its variety of shops, restaurants and galleries. The major museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk, are within walking distance. As well as the the street markets the Albert Cuyp, Noorder Markt, the trendy shoppingstreet PC Hooftstraat and numerous nightlife spots.
5 on May 04, 2014
Thank you Vlad for a wonderful time at 20 Herenstraat. The decor was exquisite as well as the atmosphere. The comfort of the bedrooms was second to none. The kitchen was splendid.....overall it was like a home away from home.
4.6 on July 04, 2013
We stayed with Vlad and Ken for several days on our travel home to Minneapolis, MN from visiting our children and grandchildren in Paris. All aspects of the Maes deserve high marks in our estimation. It is an easy walk from the Centraal Station, easy to find (be sure to differentiate Herenstraat from Herengracht), in the most-pleasant neighborhood, and very spacious and comfortable. We were welcomed by Dima who assisted us in many ways: carefully explained use of the kitchen privileges, helped get our luggage up to our unit, sourced a new power converter for our laptop, and provided an excellent breakfast (generous offerings of fresh fruit and juices, cereals, croissants and great coffee) every morning while he gave us insights into life in his home country of Latvia. A friendly group gathered around the breakfast table in the morning--just what we hoped for at the most-friendly B&B Maes. Sue and Jim Meister, Minneapolis, MN
4.8 on January 11, 2009
An excellent stay just prior to Christmas, 2008. Ken and Vlad are terrific hosts and their staff, Jason, is equally friendly. The room and house was very tidy and the breakfast excellent. While the stairs seemed daunting, a little teamwork conquered them easily - such is the charm of the city. The location is incredibly convenient and the street noise level minimal. Would definitely recommend to fellow travelers.
4.2 on November 30, 2007
My husband and I have stayed at the Maes (and its neighboring partner, the Heren) three times in the past three years. Each time we have had a different room. Each stay has been superlative! Incredible hosts and support staff make certain you are comfortable, well directed and well fed. The rooms are each different and delightful. Much more space than a normal hotel would offer plus much nicer ambiance. Having use of a kitchen and the terrace makes an afternoon break easy and enjoyable. The B&B location is excellent for city exploring - you can walk to almost everything - 10 minutes from Centraal Station, another 10 to Anne Frank House, maybe 20 to the museum area, 1 minute to the chocolate shop and another to the pub across the canal. Plenty of really good/interesting dining options in the neighborhood in addition to a really good breakfast at the B&B (warm, homemade croissants daily). The Maes is in a real neighborhood so you have a sense of home, not so much tourism in a very touristy city. Amsterdam is my favorite weekend break - I would not consider any other place to stay than one of Ken's and Vlad's. One caveat - that stairs are steep (as in all of the Netherlands) but it's good exercise. They do help with your luggage.
Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS-Schiphol)
From central station take the tram #1,2,5 to the Nieuwezijdse Kolk cross over to the sidewalk and go into the alley Kortelijnbaansteeg continue straight on until you see that the street has change to the Herenstraat(100 meters approx)
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo
Private Home Bed and Breakfast
Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Wi-Fi , guest kitchen with coffee/tea facilities available
Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV
Ken Harrison and Vladimir Melnikov
Russian, Dutch, English
Ken is a former Chef Cook and Vladimir was a modern dancer. We like to travel and eat out