Amsterdam Bed and Breakfast Maes

Herenstraat 26hs , Amsterdam, 1015 CB Netherlands (Show map)


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.

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Innkeepers: Ken Harrison and Vlad Melnikov



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Maes Apartments 10/10

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.

High Marks on All Points

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

Terrific Stay

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.

Home in the city

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.

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Rooms & Rates

Yellow suite

The yellow room suite is on the entire 2nd floor of the main house. It consists of a sitting (living) area, TV, all on the street side, with a full bathroom in the middle. The bathroom has a bathtub, washbasin, toilet and a separate shower. The bedroom is at the back of the suite and has a Queen size bed( can be made into 2 twins upon request).

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

Nightly Rate: EUR 175 - EUR 175

Attic suite

For your information the attic suite is located on the 3rd floor of the house and is reached by spiral stairs. It consists of a sitting area in the front, toilet, bathroom and double bedroom (with one Queen Size bed) at the back.

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

Nightly Rate: EUR 175 - EUR 175

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Location Type

city center, Downtown


Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS-Schiphol)

Directions to property:

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)

Area Attractions

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, Night life, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi , guest kitchen with coffee/tea facilities available

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

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  • Check In:: Flexible 12.30+
  • Check Out:: 11.00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only no smoking of any type allowed in the buildings or rooms
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited must mention childs age at request of booking
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum for room/suite// 3 nights for holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations there is a 50% deposit upon booking via our booking site after a request is answered
  • Cancellations: For a B and B room a full refund minus EUR 25.00 administration fee if cancellation is made 14 or more days before arrival date. If cancellation is made less than 14 days and up to 7 days before arrival the deposit is forfeited. For cancellations of 7 or less days prior to arrival date or a NO SHOW the remaining amount is due from the card given to us. If we are able to re-book the room for any of the cancelled days those will be credited back to the card charged. For shortening a booking there may apply a minimum stay according to the type of room and dates booked. Please ask us what is applicable for a shortening of your dates. You agree to our policies once you have given us your card details.
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Ken Harrison and Vlad Melnikov

Languages spoken

Russian, Dutch, English

Resident Pets

no pets

About the innkeepers

Ken is a former Chef Cook and Vladimir was a modern dancer. We like to travel and eat out

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  • Time Served: 9:00-11:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

request any special dietary needs

Signature Dish

Special mini pancakes of Holland

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