“The Highlight of our first trip to Amsterdam”
5 van 5 sterren 2 weken geleden beoordeeld 15 th of June 2014
One of the highlights of our recent trip to Amsterdam was staying at the "Happy Sleeper" and the evening dinner and conversation with the Xaviera Hollander and her husband Philip.
The accommodations were superb! We stayed in the newly renovated "Luxury Loft" on the second floor. once in once you have reached the Loft, the beautiful sleek bathroom with its walk-in shower for 2 was especially romantic. We also loved the fully equipped kitchen and fridge (done up in Xaviera's trademark red), which was useful for preparing small meals when we didn't want to go out. The view from the loft overlooking the garden was very peaceful, and the skylights not only gave us extra ventilation, but made the loft very bright and sunny. The huge queen sized bed was really comfortable and made us want to stay in Bed rather than going out sightseeing.
In the morning, the cooked breakfasts were delicious and very well presented. From warm whole grain breads, eggs any style, ham, local preserves, juices and good coffee, it was always a great nutritious and filling way to start your day.
The location of the "Happy Sleeper" is excellent – just a couple of tram/train stops from Schiphol Airport, and a longish-walk (long-ish for us Americans unused to walking) to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum (make sure to get the Museumkaart for unlimited museum admissions), and the great shopping along Beethovenstraat. Also, a couple of blocks away there are 2 major tram lines that take you past the museums and to Central Station in a matter of 10-15 minutes. Very convenient. (We opted to buy the unlimited travel GVB chip cards, and took the trams & buses all over Amsterdam.)
On the second night we had a delicious dinner at their place. Our compliments to Philip for being such a great chef! The after-dinner conversation and stories Ms. Hollander told were absolutely delightful – it was like having our own personal "One Woman Show" right there in their living room. Ms. Hollander is a wonderful and amazing woman, and we're so glad to have met her and spent a little time with her. She is a true historical treasure. She has lived such a full, exciting and adventurous life, and it's all due to her intelligence and quick wit. Again, this was the highlight of our visit.
Staying here was more for the experience rather than just mundane accommodations. We could have stayed at a cold impersonal hotel/motel or other B&B and not have experienced the richness and warmth that we enjoyed at the Happy Sleeper. We hope to come back again and again in the future!
Verbleef Juni, 2014, bezocht met een partner
“ontspannend en relax”
4 van 5 sterren 4 juli 2014 NIEUWE beoorderling
Wij, Joke en Jim, hebben een weekend geslapen in het chalet, erg leuk en romantisch.
Het was hartverwarmend om Xaviera te ontmoeten, ze maakte dat we ons thuis voelden.
Over de "boys' alleen lof, ze staan klaar waar nodig is.
Tijdens het Diner by candlelight openhartig gepraat onder elkaar.
Voor ons was het een zeer aangenaamd weekend en komen zeker eens weer terug.
Haar vriend/partner is een lieverd, bracht ons weg naar de trein....en kan trouwens uitstekend koken !
a Propos..... het bed was hemels, hebben zeer goed geslapen !
Tot ziens lieve Xaviera
5 of 5 stars Reviewed oktober 2013. Dit weekend waren mijn mama, mijn zus en ik in Amsterdam en we hebben echt genoten van Amsterdam en de zeer leuke momenten met Xaviera en Philip. Het is een weekend om nooit te vergeten! Het warme onthaal door Aad (die weet altijd raad), Philip (die ons met vele tips ons verblijf in Amsterdam nog leuker maakte) en Xaviera (een echte ster). In de grote kamer kunnen gemakkelijk 5 personen slapen.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28 th 2014.Staying in Amsterstam at any other place would not be the same. Phillip & Xaviera have provided a home away from home and make you feel very welcome and comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. My room had been very recently renovated which was great to experience the new bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. Breakfasts are tasty and on time thanks to Art who has a great sense of humour and if asked nicely will show you a magic trick :) . The location is perfect if your visiting the RAI on business, but you are never to far away from a huge assortment of places to eat and transport to the centre. Or if you feel inclined, Phillip will arrange a bike. The Happy House is highly recommended.
4 of 5 stars reviewed 23 of March 2014. Xaviera and her husband are very welcominig! They ensure that you feel at ease and at home. The room is comfortable, the bed is excellent! They helped us out with travelling trough the city (which was very easy!) They live very close near the citycenter of Amsterdam, but on a very quiet street.
We very much liked our stay at the B&B at the garden house of Xaviera Hollander. It was cosy and everything you need was there, like a water cooker, fridge, TV and a very good bathroom. The beds are excellent.
Amsterdam was super. There is so much to see that we will be back some day.
I can recommend this accommodation. You get a nice breakfast and Xaviera, Philip en Aad are nice people.
4 of 5 stars reviewed 7 April 2014.
I had a very comfortable couple of days at Xaviera and Phillip's. I felt very well looked after and welcomed into their home, and enjoyed the sociable and relaxed atmosphere. The B&B is quite a long way south of the station, but it is only a short walk from some premier attractions such as Museumplein. Nowhere in Amsterdam is, apart from real dives - this B&B will leave you with pleasant memories of your time in Amsterdam's oud zuid,
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 18 January 2014
As i have stayed there many times i can only recommend it to you - as written before, you dont want to leave anymore cause you feel home. Philipp is a master cook, I had one of my most declicious meals for a long time. Will be back there in a couple of weeks to enjoy freedom With Love Arik
Xaviera and Philip were fantastic hosts.
This is their home so the eclectic mix of furniture and books they have collected or written made it very cozy and homely .
Breakfast was a large round communal dining table which we shared with Xaviera and Philip, and two other guests . They bent over backwards to provide a rich, hearty start to our day . We walked into town and caught a tram home so it was very convenient .
We bought one of Xavieras famous book - ' The Happy Hooker' . Her fame is everywhere , books , paintings , photographs and magazines . This is a trip to a fascinating people past and present life .
Not for the conservative, but why would you want that conservative ! Xaviera is booking until the early hours down into her chair in writing . PCs are available for use if you are not one of your own. The garden studio is separated from the house for a more private stay , and I think the lovely attic rooms are finished now .
We 'll definitely be back . Thanks X and P Gilly & Suzie
Xaviera en Philip zijn erg vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Een warm welkom in hun gezellige villa. De B&B ligt zeer dicht bij het stadscentrum ( minder dan 5 minuten per tram). Comfortabele kamer en uitstekend bed. Ontbijt was heerlijk. Als u voor een gezellig verblijf zoekt met vriendelijke makkelijke mensen kiest, kies dan voor Xaviera Hollander's Happy House in plaats van een hotel. Ze hebben ook een prachtig tuinhuis!
I went there with two friends of mine and we had such a great time ! The place is full of history and the people here are just so nice that you didn't wanna leave. We'll be back for sure as soon as possible. Xaviera is juste wonderful and interesting just as everyone in this house. Don't trust the [--] comments about the cleaning: everything was clean. An awesome place for an awesome city, I only have one regret : my trip here was too short, next time I'll stay a week or so. thank you Xaviera and Phillip and see you soon.
Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
GOOD PLACEMENT..vintage interior...NO COMMENTS....HEAVEN IN AMSTERDAM...staying in this place was very very wonderful...just happy mood...city views from balcon
Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
We spent three nights here in Xaviera Happy House in late July 2013 . The house itself has lots of character and is a great introduction when arriving in Amsterdam. The breakfasts were very nice and relaxed and in the courtyard , and the chefs were very friendly and helpful. The location was excellent , in a very nice part of town just outside the tourist center . It was very nice walk along the quieter local canals early each morning , as the busy tourist canals in the city center known. The design of the houses and neat streets around this area is really nice to walk around and check out. Xaviera's husband also hooked us up with the museum pass reduction tickets from the house which was very convenient to the city before . The great thing is that the house is still very close to the city center , 10-15 minutes on the tram , which is very convenient . Europe was a heat wave while we were there , and our room was a little warm place when trying to sleep , but we do not suffer a lot . We would happily stay here again and highly recommend it .
Glenn and Hannah Burrell - New Zealand
You will feel at home at The Happy House in Amsterdam. I was so relaxed that I enjoyed breakfast, while still in my PJs. Also, they serve breakfast up to 11 AM, so sleeping late isn't an issue. The garden is a delight and filled with interesting exotic foliage. Every room has a personality and style that has a 70s groovy feel to it. You will be very well-connected to anything in the city, but you won't have to put up with the hoots and hollers of roving stag parties. The hosts are attentive to your every need, without being intrusive. And buy the book and get it signed! The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander is a historic piece of literature that was part of what led the sexual revolution of the 70s.
Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
Staying in the home of Xaviera Hollander while in Amsterdam was a delightful experience and one of my favourite parts of my visit to Amsterdam. I enjoyed Xaviera's book, The Happy Hooker, as I came of age in the 1970s. She is an inspiring human being. Staying in her home was an honour. Xaviera and I did not get to meet as she was in Spain during my time in Amsterdam. However, we did speak on the phone. I love that she lives life fully and on her own terms. People who appreciate the body of work Xaviera shared with the world will enjoy this B&B. I stayed in the Chalet. It was lovely. The staff, Adrian and Stefano, are spectacular hosts and interesting people. They made me feel at home. They were inspiring conversationalists with excellent english. This is now my preferred place to stay in Amsterdam.You may also wish to pick up some autographed copies of Xaveria's books for yourself and as gifts for friends. Enjoy!!
Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
One of the things on "my List" in life to do was stay at the legenday Happy House in Amsterdam, and meet Xaviera herself. After contacting her about my request to book a stay I was fortunate to exchange a few emails with her and also spend an evening with her and Philip over dinner on my stay.
The B&B is definitely comfortable with all amenities needed, great location in a safe and upscale part of Amsterdam. Great hosts and Philip is a great cook as well! The charm and warmth you expect will be delivered ten fold! I will definitely be back!
Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
A safe, welcoming, comfortable place to stay. Xaviera is a force of nature, if you are lucky enough to run around the city with her you will see what its like to be treated like a celebrity. Philip is just the coolest host you could meet as well, easy to talk to, intelligent, down to earth, friendly. The rooms are comfortable, the food is great. The city is right there for you at their doorstep. You are 1 train stop from the airport, only a short tram ride from the city center, shopping, and museums district. You can just walk out the front door and find tons of good food and things to do within walking distance. Their local advice will help you make the most of your time in Amsterdam, whether you are looking for high culture or just a great time. This was its been almost 20 years now since my first trip, whenever i go to Amsterdam, thats where I stay.
Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
I read "The Happy Hooker" as a teen and was always fascinated with Xaveria Hollander and her life so when I found out that she operates a B & B in Amsterdam I knew I had to go and meet this legend.
Xaveria place looks exactly like the photographs; a cozy home in a traditional European style. A touch cluttered with a very personal touch, this B & B is like a museum of Xaviera with photographs and painting adorning the walls and masses of books and trinkets throughout the home.
I had opted to have dinner with Xaviera and her lovely husband Philip. It was one of the best meals I have had outside of a 5 star restaurant; we started with stuffed mushrooms followed by Dutch steak. The conversation was lively and colourful as we exchanged stories.
I stayed in the chalet in the back, which was amazingly cozy. The one drawback was that shower was extremely tiny. The chalet was extremely quiet and private, with a very comfortable bed and lush towels.
Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
Booked the master bedroom - it was a last minute booking and had no time to review what other's had written.
Spent 2 nights, the room we stayed in was Xaviera & her partner's room - spacious with a balcony. The only drawback was that the wardrobes were full up with her clothes :-)
The house is like a museum, really liked it + all the pictures !
The care taker (sorry forgot his name) was very friendly & helpful. Xaviera/partner were away, would have loved to meet them, may be next time! Amsterdam centre is a good 20 mins+ walk.
Highly recommend this place, there is parking as well....for an extra charge.
Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple