We had a lovely time staying and felt very welcome. Afina is so helpful and had even stocked up the fridge for us along with other goodies. Rooms are nice, everything is so clean and tidy, we all felt at home. Vondel the cat is the sweetest thing and we all miss her company. There is a bus you can take straight from the station but we found it easier to walk and get the free ferry across, also allowing us to explore areas of Amsterdam we dont usually see.
Afina and Vondel (the cat) are really nice hosts. They made us feel at home! She met us at the bus stop, showed us the apartment and even let us smoke at the house - which was really good, since it was a bit cold outside!
The apartment is not near the center of the city, but it's really easy to get there (just take a bus for 20 minutes and you'll be at the Central Station). There are the night buses also, so you can easily go back home after going to a bar or a club at the Centrum.
Thank you, Afina, for sharing your house with us.
We stayed at this apartment in Oct 2016 for 2 nights and found it to be exactly as described. The owner, Afina, was very welcoming & friendly and answered all of our questions and queries (I had previously sent her a lot of queries before we travelled and she answered all of them promptly with good advice). The owner met us as we got off the ferry and then drove us to the apartment, while pointing out the bus stops etc and how to get back from Centraal Station if we were out late.
The apartment is around a 10 min walk to the ferry (NDSM) which is free and takes you to Centraal Station. We caught the ferry a few times and each time it was very easy. Just hop on and hop off the other side. No tickets or anything. These run about every 10 mins so you never have to wait too long. Just look for the crowd of people and you will know if one is due soon!
We found the apartment a lovely place to return to on an evening for some peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We really enjoyed our stay here and loved the fact that access to the building is only via a key for the residents. so security is very good, and the apartment was quiet at night too. There are stairs and a lift, so the apartment would suit a variety of travellers: couple, older travellers, people with disabilities or a couple with young child/ren. The lift is very near to the apartment door, so not much walking to it needed. The apartment comes with a friendly cat called Vondel who was very placid and friendly and didn't bother us at all.
Thank you to Afina, for looking after us and we hope to see you again soon :)
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Alfina was an excellent host and provided complimentary transportation to and from the airport. Nice quiet neighborhood and a great contrast to the busyness of the Centrum.
We appreciated the food gift basket at the start of the stay and contacts throughout the stay to assist as needed.
The cat was a nice addition to the household.
Would certainly recommend to others
We felt at home in the owner's home, especially because we had a feline roommate that came with the apartment. The owner is very welcoming and supportive. We would definitely stay here again.
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