& Breakfast Downstairs in Amsterdam Netherlands
Bed and Breakfast Downstairs Amsterdam Netherlands B&B Lodgings Accommodations
Hosts: Olav, Nikkie, Rosalie and Tineke Gubbels
Address: Van Ostadestraat 166, Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands 1072 TG
Telephone: +31 (0) 63-004-7835
Activities/Attractions: B&B Downstairs is situated in an area of Amsterdam called "de Pijp". It's only a 15 minutes walk to the heart of the city centre. The colourful area of the Pijp (pipe) is the best known of the working-class quarters built in the late nineteenth century, when a population boom burst the city's seams.
To make the most of the highly priced land, every square metre was utilised, resulting in standard long, narrow streets. Thus the official name of 'Area YY' was soon dropped in favour of a nickname, 'De Pijp'. Because rents were still too high for many tenants, they were forced to let rooms to students and it was they who gave the area its bohemian character, together with the numerous Dutch writers who lived here, such as Heijermans, De Haan and Bordewijk. Many painters (including Mondriaan) had studios here too, and the area was swarming with brothels and pubs.
At the turn of the century, the Pijp was a radical socialist area. Although the area has lost much of its radicalism since then, the students remain; families with children have all fled to suburbia. The number of cheap one or two bedroom apartments, combined with the almost central location, make the area very attractive to students, young single people and couples. The area also has the densest gay population in Amsterdam.
Over the last 35 years many immigrants have also found their way into the area and set up shop. The Pijp now house a mixture of nationalities, providing locals with plenty of Islamic butchers, Surinamese, Spanish, Indian and Turkish delicatessens and grocery stores selling exotic food. Restaurants offer authentic Syrian, Moroccan, Surinamese, Pakistani, Chinese and Indian cuisine.
General Information: Bed & Breakfast Downstairs in Amsterdam, Netherlands is a nice family-owned accommodation, centrally located in Amsterdam. The B&B is located near the museum area, with the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum just 10 minutes walk away. We have bikes for rent and also a boat for a canal tour. The apartment has a small kitchen (free coffee, tea and hot chocolate) including a refrigerator and you can make a double of the two single beds if you like.
B&B The Office is located downstairs also with a private entrance.
Information such as posters, old pictures, maps and guides are available to help you experience everything Amsterdam has to offer. Other facilities include:
Payment Accepted: Cash only.
Rates: (Prices quoted in Euros)
Prices included tax.