|Our room in Amsterdam, at Maison Rika|
Go to the shop on the corner. Walk to the back of the tiny shop floor, and climb the very steep and narrow stairs...
|REALLY steep and narrow stairs...|
When you get to the top, you find a delightful little slice of Amsterdam paradise - this was our room at Maison Rika.
Rika is a designer, and she has two shops on the same street in Amsterdam. Upstairs from one of the shops, she has two guests rooms. Just two. This is not the place to get room service at 2 a.m. This is much, MUCH nicer.
When you check in, they give you keys to the store on the ground floor. You can come and go as you please, and you immediately feel like a member of the Rika family. If you can navigate these stairs, I can warmly recommend that you join the family and stay here the next time you're in Amsterdam.
One of the benefits of staying at Maison Rika is their recommendations for things to do and places to dine. My favorite was Bistrot Neuf - excellent pate, which got me over a really bad recent pate experience! Service was stellar, which I've heard isn't common in Amsterdam restaurants...
|note the characteristic architecture of Amsterdam reflected in the window|
|I must learn to make this...|
Coffee must come from the delightfully obsessed people at Screaming Beans on Hartenstraat 12. There's a Le Pain Quotidien on Spuistraat, which is supremely reliable for breakfast and snacks, and any number of other little cafes all around the Nine Streets neighborhood. Shops of all sorts, too...
Amsterdam also has a few nice museums, if you like that whole Rembrandt/Van Gogh kind of thing!