The Guestroom

Dutch Design Garden Apartment in Amsterdam

A quiet neighbourhood but close to the centre

Situated near the centre of Amsterdam in a quiet friendly neighbourhood with a good selection of restaurants and shops and parks. Tram 19 takes you to the centre in just 10 minutes but if you prefer to get around like the locals you can rent bicycles around the corner.

How to reach us

If you want to take a taxi from Schiphol airport to us you can make a reservation with a very reliable taxi company who have a fixed rate of 35 euro to our house. The number is +31 6 12 11 71 16, Schiphol Taxi (Marc) and you have to contact them a day in advance. If you prefer to get a taxi at the airport ask for their fixed rate to the eastern part of Amsterdam.

If you prefer to travel with public transport you can walk to the train station at the airport. Take a train that stops at 'Station Duivendrecht'. On arrival walk outside to the busstation and take bus 41 direction 'Muiderpoortstation' and depart at stop: 'Hogeweg'. From there you can walk to our house.

If you arrive at 'Amsterdam Central Station' take either metro 54 direction 'Gein', or metro 51 direction 'Westwijk' or metro 53 direction 'Gaasperplas' and depart at stop 'Weesperplein'. Walk outside to the tramstop and take tram 19 direction 'Diemen Sniep' to stop 'Hogeweg'. From there you can walk to our house.

Parking

Amsterdam has paid parking throughout the city. During the day it is easy to find a parking space in our neighbourhood. In the evening it might take you a little bit longer.

A day-ticket (from 9am-9pm) is 21,60 euro in our neighbourhood. Sundays are free. We can book it online for you in advance or you can book it on https://parkeerkaart.amsterdam.nl/

Park & Ride (P+R) is the cheapest way to park your car. These car parks are located on the outskirts of the city near motorways and have excellent public transport connections. iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/plan-your-trip/getting-around/parking/park-and-ride

Amsterdam Eastside

The eastside of Amsterdam is strikingly green and spacious, yet it also has plenty of sights and opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking on offer.

For busy Amsterdam nightlife you can easily take the tram into the city centre but for a good meal and a pleasant evening out there is a great selection in our neighborhood which is home to some of the city's most highly-regarded restaurants: De Kas (who grow food in their own greenhouses), Merkelbach (slowfood in a park) and Riva (with beautiful views over the Amstel River).

In addition there are also a lot of smaller less expensive restaurants just around the corner:
theguestroom.nl/en/eating-and-drinking

History

’Water Canal Lake’ (Watergraafsmeer) is the lowest-lying area in Amsterdam. As a polder, reclaimed land, it was first pumped dry in 1629. In the 17th and 18th centuries, wealthy people from Amsterdam built estates to escape from the city at weekends. Frankendael, with its restaurant and garden, is left as a reminder of those times. In the 20th century, ‘worker villas’ like Jeruzalem and the oddly futuristic Betondorp were built without ‘church, bar or capital’.

Later, Watergraafsmeer became a city focus as home to the football stadium De Meer where Amsterdam Ajax played until 1996. Iconic footballer Johan Cruijff was born in Watergraafsmeer

Today it is a lively but relaxed neighbourhood and is the home of many actors, artists, musicians and writers.