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Amsterdam Canals
“Above and Beyond Our Expectations” December 2013

My husband and I stayed at Boogaard's for three nights in December 2013 and were very happy with our choice. The room and sitting area were clean and comfortable, the home was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the breakfasts were superb! We enjoyed visiting with Peter, the wonderful host, who gave us helpful information about how to get places we wanted to go and where to eat. He also provided us with champagne to celebrate my recent retirement! The location was great for getting around and it was on a quiet street. We loved the neighborhood and being able to walk to good restaurants. We would highly recommend staying at Boogaard's and will stay there again if we are ever in Amsterdam.



“A Wonderful Oasis in Amsterdam” December 2013

My wife and I stayed at Boogaard's over this past Christmas and it was outstanding in every way. Peter was a great host, from his delicious breakfasts to his unsurpassed knowledge of Amsterdam. We routinely sat at breakfast for over an hour, luxuriating over the food and delighting in the company of Peter and the other guests. Peter gave us great dining tips and enough sense of direction that we took public transportation or walked everywhere in the city.
The room we had was very comfortable, clean and quiet and to top it off there was always a great baked good to return to after a long day touring Amsterdam.
We will only stay at Boogard's on our next visit.




“Home Away From Home” December 2013

We stayed at Boogaard's B&B for 7 nights and enjoyed everything about it. The location was great making it easy to get anywhere in the city. Peter was the perfect host, a great cook, and very helpful. Every morning we had a large wonderful breakfast and every afternoon Peter would make sure we had a pastry treat. Peter and Tom both went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay in Amsterdam. We would definitely stay at Boogaard's again.




“Lovely place for extended family” December 2013

We rented the apartment of the B&B for the five of us. It doesn't come with the 'breakfast' part of B&B (we knew that ahead of time, no surprise there); however, the kitchen of the apartment was very well stocked allowing us to easily fend for ourselves without needing to go shopping.
The owner, Peter, was very nice and helpful when we needed to ask for directions or pointers on where to go, see, and eat. He directed us to some very nice restaurants nearby. He was very helpful with other questions that we had as well. When we first arrived he gave us the grand tour of the entire building and his renovations; a very interesting insight into Amsterdam housing!
The only vague drawback was perhaps street noise; but that isn't really a specific problem with this establishment. Even just a few pedestrians talking loudly would be noticeable. But this was very intermittent and frankly easily overlooked.
The beds were very comfortable; the sitting area of the apartment was very nice; did I mention the well stocked kitchen? The rooms were very clean. The location is an easy walk from the train station (about 10-15 minutes). It was also within walking distance of many attractions itself, or rather close to public transit lines (i.e. back to the train station area).
We would definitely stay here again.



“A fab base to explore Amsterdam” December 2013

Four of us stayed at the apartment of Peter Boogaard for 4 wonderful nights. The reviews that we read before booking this B&B are totally right - this is a brilliant place, with excellent personal service by the owner himself. Although we were in the apartment, and not in the bed and breakfast rooms, we still got lots of goodies in the fridge, additional cakes, a welcome drink - all as a genuine welcoming gesture.
The house itself was stunning with loads of christmas decorations, lights, and more. A real festive spirit to start our pre-Christmas holiday.
The apartment is totally equipped with everything you may need, and the beds have more cushions than you can cope with - a real "plus" for my wife. We all cuddled up on the chairs and sofa each evening, as if we were in our own living room.
Peter's knowledge of Amsterdam is better than any guidebook we read (he has lots of them stacked on shelves in the living room), and you should ask him about Indonesian restaurants - fabulous!
What else can we say? Just go and see for yourself!




 “Excellent on All Fronts!” 16 July 2013

We stayed in the two-bedroom apartment for three nights. The apartment was awesome: clean, fresh, great small kitchen fully stocked by Peter. Great advice re touring, gratis laundry. Peter is a gem and super knowledgable about sights and restaurants. Peter and the apartment are exceptionally kid-friendly. We will be back.
 
“Great place with lots of heart” 15 July 2013

We stayed in mid July and had a great time. Peter was outstandingly helpful and generous; he was available to help out in the evening and even did a load of laundry for us. Breakfast was very good and very filling. We appreciated having fresh fruit every day.

The location is excellent: a bit off the beaten track for quiet, but convenient to the train station and most attractions. There was occasional street noise (though I suspect it was about as quiet as Amsterdam gets; it is a happening place and we were in a quiet residential neighborhood). The bed was comfortable, though we would have preferred a thin blanket instead of a comforter. There is a nice sitting area for guests, with a comfortable couch, guide books and fresh-baked treats.

They have two small, friendly dogs; they were down at breakfast but we saw little of them otherwise and never heard them. As a dog lover this was a real bonus for me.

The house is lovely and in perfect condition.
 

“Warm and Luxurious”  11 July 2013

I had such a wonderful time in Amsterdam thanks to Peter's interest in my travels, as well as his helpful tips on what to do in this magnificent city, and how to get around. He gave me a tour of the entire B&B and even took me up to his apartment at the very top of the building, where I met his gorgeous little family. After a long time of travelling by myself, I felt so welcome at the Boogaard's Bed and Breakfast. I was invited to breakfast one morning which was the most extravagant feast. After each day when I returned to my room, I was greeted to a new dessert which was such a nice treat. I can't wait to come back to Amsterdam and see Peter and his family again! 

 
 “Unbelieveable Apartment Accomodations” 5 May 2013

We spent three wonderful days touring Amsterdam using Peter Boogaard's apartment as our base. The apartment was tastefully furnished with a very pleasant common area and two separate bedrooms. Each bedroom contained its own bathroom, which afforded each couple a degree of privacy. Peter went to extreme length to provide a variety of comfortable pillows and bedding for the weary traveler. The kitchen area was well stocked with soft drinks, beer, eggs, and other assorted breakfast items. Peter also provided wine and frosted chocolate brownies to mark our arrival in Amsterdam. While the B and B is located on a quiet street, it is centrally located to the central train station, the fashionable Jordan district, and many other attractions. While public transportation is nearby, we were able to walk to most locations.

Peter was a knowledgeable host, providing updates and advice on Amsterdam's many attractions, and making dinner reservations at memorable area restaurants. We greatly appreciated the directions he provided for reaching the B and B from the airport, as they left nothing to the imagination. Frankly, we have not previously stayed in an accommodation that even began to match the apartment that Peter provided for our three-day stay in Amsterdam.
 
 “Excellent accomodations in an ideal location” 29 April 2013

Visited Amsterdam for the first time in early April. Spent 3 nights at Boogaards and could not have been happier. Just a ten minute walk from the Centraal Station on a quiet street, Boogaards is ideally located for exploring the whole city on foot. We stayed in the 2nd floor apartment with sitting room, kitchenette, and two bedrooms, each with it's own bathroom. The fridge was fully stocked with sliced meats, cheese, beer , soft drinks, milk and juice. Bread and fruit were also on hand and best of all, homemade brownies! Beds were very comfortable.

Peter is a wonderful host who goes all out to insure his guests have an enjoyable stay.

Many thanks to Peter, Tomasz, Pepe and Curly for all that you did to make our stay such a wonderful experience
 
 “Exceptional apartment stay with an exceptional host” 4 April 2013

We stayed in the two bedroom apartment with another couple and enjoyed a fabulous 3 night stay. This takes up one of the floors of the house with the B & B accommodation on the floor above. As other reviewers have commented Peter is an attentive and extremely helpful host who not only provides very useful travel advice but was able to recommend and even book excellent restaurants. We were provided with a fully stocked kitchen with all the breakfast ingredients we could wish for- and the chocolate brownies were superb! The apartment is very comfortable, tastefully decorated with two large double en-suite rooms with a living space and the kitchen area. It allowed us to enjoy our time with friends and yet have a space for ourselves. I would have no hesitation in recommending this option as it gives you complete freedom to set your own timetable and enjoy that late breakfast!
Boogaards is well placed to explore Amsterdam and is a pleasant 10 minute stroll from the Jordaan district which we wished we'd had more time to explore. We can recommend Restaurant Il Fiore on Lindengracht. The exchange rate wasn't great when we travelled and this restaurant was very reasonably priced and better value with excellent food.
We can certainly recommend a stay at Boogaard's apartment and we hope to return!
 
"Apartment Rental Option is the Greatest!"  9 December 2012

Returned from a two week river cruise and three day stay in Amsterdam yesterday. BBB was most definitely a highlight of the trip. There were four of us and we like to have a kitchen so the 2 bedroom apartment made sense for us. We have NO reason to look anywhere else in the city for a place to stay. Peter is in a league of his own when it comes to hotel managers. He spent well over half an hour with us telling us about the city and how to do everything. From the fresh baked brownies and fully stocked kitchen to the fast laptop to his wonderful stories and fantastic restaurant recommendations. Just be aware, plan ahead and/or talk to Peter if you are unable to carry your luggage up the stairs. The treads are narrow and require good balance. Peter, thank you for making our Amsterdam stay so memorable!!

 
"This place is truly fantastic !!"

My partner and I were heading to Amsterdam for a few days, and I booked this place as it was so highly recommended on Tripadvisor. So, I was pretty confident that it would be good, but it totally exceeded my expectations.

Peter was the most hospitable and accomodating host we have encountered anywhere in the world. The facilities were top notch, beautiful room, beautiful house, soft drinks and beers in the fridge, not to mention Peter's wonderful baking, and the great breakfasts!

He was very helpful with restaurant and sightseeing recommendations so we didn't have to just plod the normal tourist trail. I would love to go back and visit again some time and would not hesitate to recommend this place to others. If I had to dislike anything it would the weight I've gained from all the gorgeous food!

Hug to great guys at Boogaard's from Nicola



"Simply put, this is the most amazing place you could ever stay !!"

Hello Boogaard's

I cannot speak highly enough of our experience here. Every expectation was greatly exceeded. If you're considering a trip to Amsterdam and even remotely considering a B&B, you must stay here. The living spaces are spacious and comfortable. Peter is interesting, hospitable and kind. The location is convenient and accessible. Check out Trip Advisor for more about this great Bed and Breakfast in Amsterdam.



“Memories for life” Hello Peter, Tomasz and the Boys!

This was our first trip to Europe. I hailed from Mumbai, India while my partner from Boston. After a lot of soul searching, we identified Amsterdam & Barcelona as our preferred destinations.

We had heard of the legend Peter Boogaard from Trip Advisor and a couple other forums, who ran the #1 B&B in Europe. We had never experienced a B&B before, and despite countless assurances via online reviews, we wondered if the service would match up to fine 4 star hotels. Bottom-line, we had high expectations.

Our Amsterdam trip depended on securing accommodation at Boogaard's. My partner mailed Peter, at first pass, nothing was available for the days we had in mind. We switched dates and luckily Peter had an opening. Over the next several days, he answered many of our queries. As it turned out, we couldn't find a day flight out of Barcelona and were to land in Amsterdam post midnight. We shuddered at entering anyone's place at midnight, yet Peter reassured us it was fine.

Midnight, turned to quarter past one, but luckily we had no trouble finding Boogaard's. It's conveniently located, a couple minutes from Centraal Station. Despite the hour, Peter beamed at the top of the narrow flight of stairs. He gave us a grand tour of the place, and showed us the goodie boxes with tons of biscottis, fresh home-made cakes. We really needed those for our midnight binge.

Peter's place reminded me of a museum. Each item on our floor was hand-selected, and yet, despite the ornate atmosphere, it felt like home. You know you are in a special place, esp. as you munch gourmet chocolate biscottis at 3 am and admire the photographs & artwork in the common living room.

The place is immaculately clean and stocked with everything you could find in a 4 star hotel and more. There's also complimentary beer, tea, sodas, all bathroom essentials, the works. Plus, an excellent and safe cleaning service that keeps the room clean. We had some money, valuables unattended, with no cause for alarm.

Breakfast is a special occasion at Boogaard's. All guests gather around the feast that Peter lays out on the dining table, with lovely opera music cooing from an iPod dock. On all 3 mornings of our stay, we enjoyed something different. Peter is a gourmet cook. I'd recommend him for a cordon bleu if he were interested, but Peter cooks from heart. We enjoyed some delicious dutch pancakes, apple cakes, bacon, cinnamon cakes, dutch cheese, plus a full breakfast spread, and tons of fresh gourmet coffee. On a couple days, our 9 am breakfast, not to mention the coffee & conversations flowed till noon. We loved our marathon conversations with Peter and the many lovely guests. That's an experience you rarely get in a hotel.

Amsterdam is a relatively small city, but for first-timers it can get confusing, one canal looks like the other, and the names are as foreign as something-gracht. We were lucky Peter was always willing to guide us with excellent restaurant recommendations and directions. In fact, we were surprised when he offered us a booklet of tram tickets (that's Eur 20 worth). There's much love in the Boogaard house, and privacy when you need it. Amsterdam sleeps relatively early in winter, and we had Peter & Tomasz' 1000+ DVD's to keep us company on the sole night when we got back 'home' by midnight. If you cannot choose, get Peter & Tomasz to recommend their favorites. There's ample selection to give blockbuster a run for their money, in multiple languages.

Peter is the reason you select a stay at Boogaard's. The man is a legend, as confirmed by other B&B owners, with whom we also stayed, since Peter's is a popular place, and you better book in advance. Peter helped us find alternate accommodation when our 3 nights ran out. He also did my laundry, folded it and had it sent to our room, and boy did I have a huge load from my Barcelona trip. And when we were leaving, he packed us a batch of his freshly baked cake.

This was one of the best trips of our sub-30 years on terra firma. We definitely recommend the experience of staying at Boogaard's. Tomasz and the adorable pups (Curly & Pepe) add to your experience. Give in to Peter's recommendations, submit to the lure of his baked goods and engaging conversations and you will preserve memories for life.

Peter, Tomasz, Curly and Pepe, you have become friends for life, and Del and I miss you much.

Sameer Khandelwal & Delna Bharucha ,






Peter,

I belatedly sent this review to TripAdviser. Hope it helps - and that you like it.

Don (and Genelyn)

I live in hotels about nine months per year due to my job as an international consultant. This is the first time I have ever stayed in a bed and breakfast (with my wife on vacation). If other B&Bs are even half as good as Boogaard's B&B, then I will never stay in a hotel again. We were treated not so much as guests, but as treasured and pampered members of the family. Peter did our laundry (for free), provided an exceptional breakfast, and also free drinks (including wine and beer). Boogaart’s has a good location, within short walking distance of most attractions and convenient trams for the remainder. The street is quiet, but a five minute walk away is a major gathering place for tourists and others to drink and socialize outdoors. There are some VERY good restaurants at various price levels within two blocks. Peter lent us his favorite guide book, a city map, and gave his recommendations of what to see and when and how to get there. The room and hall decorations are unique (as in your own home), the bathroom/shower was so wonderful that I think my wife took additional baths just to be in it. The stairs are steep as they are in almost all B&Bs in Amsterdam and in many of the smaller hotels, but they were well manageable for this 61 year old.

Above all, the reason to stay at Boogaart’s is Peter. He is magnificent. In my travels I will make a special effort to stop off in Amsterdam just to see him again. Actually, within reason, I will reroute my flights in order to do so. So thank you Peter from both me and my wife and very much hope to see you again.



Hello Peter,

We just wanted to write and say "thank you" for such wonderful accommodations and hospitality during our 2 night stay in Amsterdam. As it was the end of our two week vacation, it was great to have some comforts of home. The room was wonderful and just what we needed. Your extra touches including allowing us to do our laundry and the mini bar provided was more than expected. In addition to the immaculate room, the breakfasts were to die for!!! Your dining suggestions each evening were great and allowed us to get away from the "touristy" areas for a bit and relax. Any visitor should consider themselves lucky to have found such a treasure in this B & B. It truly made our trip to Amsterdam. We will definitely return if we are back in Amsterdam!

Thanks again,
Penni & Brendan
Banff, AB, Canada



Peter,

I want to thank you for a perfectly delightful stay at your wonderful Bed & Breakfast on February 12-15th. Your beautifully and tastefully decorated rooms made the experience sensuous to the eye and to the feelings. Those crispy ironed sheets didn't hurt the situation either. Your human warmth came through--- Whether you know this or not, hospitality is a spiritual gift and not everyone has it. Those that do have it usually take it for granted because it so easy for them. Sweetheart, you have it!!

Also, you really exceeded my expectations with your fabulous breakfast. Your table settings were impeccable with the candles and the beautiful delft pieces. Most importantly, the food was delicious and generously served. That part was the highlight of my two week trip. I just loved it!!!

And, I want to especially thank you for your thoughtfulness in giving me a burned copy of IL Divo. When I got back to the states, I shared it with my daughter, and we cried together at how beautiful it was. My daughter, by the way, is a gifted singer herself and has the same appreciation for music that I do. How did you know that I would appreciate that gesture so much?

Finally, I am already planning my next Amsterdam trip and I will be bringing my daughter with me. I didn't plan enough time for Amsterdam as I completely loved your city. This is not going to be in the near future, but when I do come, I will hope you can save a space for us as I would like to be a guest of yours again.

God Bless you ,Peter, and any of your future endeavors-

Sincerely,
kathleen



Dear Peter,

Maurice, Monty, Sharon and I have been back home in Canada for a week now and are still trying to absorb all of our experiences in Europe and Russia. When we review all of the places we've been and all that we have learned, we think of Amsterdam with the fondest memories and a place to go where the people are friendly and easy-going and also a place where there is lots to see and do. We have just submitted a review of your bed and breakfast on trip advisor and just couldn't say enough good things about our stay with you! Remember when we left and we said all of our bed and breakfast's would have to measure up to yours? Well, they did not. In Russia, language was a real barrier and the bed and breakfast was more hotel style. In Italy, both Venice and Rome, the hosts of the bed and breakfasts where we stayed did not even live there, so we had no one to ask for directions, no information was left for us and breakfasts were either cold cereal and croissants and bread or, in the case of Rome, a card for free breakfast at the cafe across the street which didn't open until 7:30 and was stand-up cafe bar style! Our bed and breakfast in Brussels had a good location and friendly people if we could find them. So, Peter, no other place we stayed could even come close to the warmth and hospitality and food that we received during our stay with you. Because of you, our experience in Amsterdam was probably the best one of our whole trip! Thank you again, and you can be rest-assured that we would recommend your bed and breakfast to anyone that is thinking of going to Amsterdam, and should we ever have the opportunity to go back, we would only go if we could stay with you! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!

Lori and Maurice Autet
Sharon and Monty Vanhouwe
November 2006



I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you how much my family and I enjoyed Boogaard's Bed and Breakfast. We have been staying at B&Bs throughout Asia, North America, and Europe for the last 10 years. Boogaard's is head and shoulders above the rest. Every aspect of our visit was perfect; from the beautifully restored and decorated rooms to the fabulous breakfasts. Many B&Bs serve the same breakfast over and over, but not Boogaard's. Every morning I could smell something different that made rush downstairs. In addition to coffee, tea and juice there was fresh fruit and cereal every morning. My favorite breakfast was the pancakes and bacon toped off with Dutch Syrup. Peter and his staff kept the entire premises spotless, including the shared bath. Towels linins and robes are all provided. Thankless water heaters mean an endless supply of hot water whether you are the first or last to get into the shower.

Our hosts were both knowledgeable and helpful. Every restaurant that was recommended was wonderful. When our friends plans at another B&B fell apart, Peter was able to help us find lodging with a fellow B&Ber. They really saved our vacation from disaster.

We traveled with our pet dog, a female 5-year-old pug. Peter and Pepe (the 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier) gave Sawa the warmest welcome. I cannot thank Peter enough that he baby sited Sawa when we went visit the Museums where Sawa was not allowed. We stayed at the lovely Pug Room where Sawa had her favorite spot on the leather chair, which she took her afternoon nap.

It's conveniently located by the Leidseplein, you are less than a 3-minute walk from the tram line, 10 minutes from the main museums, and 15 from the Ann Frank house. The experience we had at Boogaard's B&B was superior which made our vacation in Amsterdam a memorable one. Boogaard's B&B will certainly be my first choice of place to stay when we return to Amsterdam the next time.

Brad, Jill & Sawa



We can't stop talking about our wonderful stay in Amsterdam at Boogaard's B&B. Peter is an outstanding host. The room was immaculate. The breakfasts were generous and delicious. We recommend it highly!

Rob & Miao



Having traveled and stayed in many different hotels, hostels and B&B's all over the world, I can honestly say that our stay in Boogaard's Bed and Breakfast was better than any hotel yet!

The beautiful rooms and cleaner than clean bathoom was nothing compared to the personal attention we received every day of our stay. We were treated more like old friends than guests, with unexpected niceties such as candles and bath salts hand delivered by the owner because he wanted to make sure that my bath was a luxurious one to the offer of tea and snacks while watching one of the many movies available in our our room, the stay was a pure delight and we hated to leave.

The apartment is situated on a nice quiet street within walking distance to just about everything, including the Museum area.

Breakfast was delicious (Dutch Pancakes) with a different menu daily and more than enough food to last you well through the normal lunch hour.

Peter, Tomasz and Pepe the Jack Russell were the most incredible hosts and we can't wait to come back!

Megan & Carlos Gallardo, USA



Dear Peter,

I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your wonderful B & B. We can and will recommend it without reserve. It was really amazing to find such a high quality accommodation with such large square footage and at such a great price. The apartment was really a fabulous space. The rooms were immaculately clean and so comfortable and quiet. They are decorated so peacefully but with character. The bathroom was spacious and bright and we really loved having the super washer and dryer. It was really nice to have the self-catering kitchen (very well stocked for breakfast and snacks, thank you very much) because we loved shopping for and cooking our own food. Amelia and I loved coming in after a cold, wet day in the city to these cosy surroundings. It felt like home-away-from-home because we could just cook a nice dinner and settle into a movie.

As fabulous as the apartment itself is, however, what really sets your place apart is the personal service and the amenities you offer. Having the laptop with the wireless internet was so convenient and generous. Then, you go above and beyond by offering the cell-phone and the incredible DVD library. You just really know how to pamper your clients. Thanks. Our only serious regret is that we picked up a yogurt and pancake addiction which will only be satisfied by frequent visits.

Thanks also for your recommendations on restaurants and routes and museums.
You were an invaluable resource.

Sincerely,
Diane and Amelia



Dear Peter,

Thanks so much for making our stay in Amsterdam so enjoyable. Boogaard's Bed & Breakfast is absolutely beautiful and so richly comfortable. It exceeded all of our expectations. But even better as your warm hospitality, your excellent cooking, and your tender loving care when we came down with colds toward the end of our stay. The herb tea and medicines were much appreciated. We both felt like cherished guests in your home.

We were also delighted by the interesting variety of guests who stay in your place, and the way you make everyone feel so welcome. We look forward to our next trip to Amsterdam and to Boogaard's.

Most sincerely,

Kate Harrison
Pine, Arizona, USA



In planning our visit to Amsterdam we researched the available accommodations extensively. We chose Boogaards because the location and accommodations looked fantastic on the web-site. What we found was a great deal more. We had in mind a picturesque setting with a clean room and a nice breakfast. Instead, we were thrilled to find immaculate accommodations with a sumptuous breakfast. Every detail was perfect. In life, one seldom gets more than they expect but with Boogaards B&B you do. In addition to an experience of a lifetime, we left with new friends, Peter and Thomas.

Joann Pope,USA



Peter, Greetings from Boston. We are just back from Tanzania and had a wonderful time. Beautiful country, lovely people, great food (unexpectedly!), animals wonderful. We all had a great time and survived camping very well. Wanted to thank you for my box and handles. It followed me around Tanzania and came home to Boston packed with a few trinkets in addition to my sleeping bag! Thanks for your hospitality. We felt like we were leaving home when we left Amsterdam. You were wonderful to us. I'll be recommending your B and B and hope I get back myself sometime!.

Pat O'Brien