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A Most Unique Amsterdam Accommodation – Hotel de Windketel Review

When I originally set out looking for a unique Amsterdam accommodation I had a houseboat in mind. Staying in a floating hotel is different and definitely has a charming appeal to it. Being gently rocked to sleep while soft waves lap the sides of the hull, seabirds fighting over garbage outside your porthole. You know, that old chestnut. Turns out this dreamy scenario is a well-known one as the more I searched the more floating hotels I found. This made me think,

is staying in a houseboat in Amsterdam all that unique?

After all Amsterdam’s canals are littered with them. Literally. There is sinking and sunken boats scattered throughout the city’s waterways. This made me reconsider my approach, and thankfully so because this how I stumbled on the Hotel de Windketel, the oddest, littlest, boutique hotel I have ever seen – let alone the most unique Amsterdam accommodation.

This interesting structure was once apart of the Municipal Water Company complex and in the early 1900′s it was one of the most impressive works of architecture of the new century. Five buildings have been declared as monuments and have been restored or converted to apartments, homes, cafes, art galleries, and even a gym. The Windketel house, the smallest of the five buildings, sits alone in the center of them all.

Once a water tower, this cute little octagon was left sitting empty for years. Seeing the neglected building waste away in the center of the neighborhood they love, a small group of locals took it upon themselves to make one cute and unique Amsterdam accommodation. They saw the potential, rolled up their sleeves, and went to work. The outcome, a truly special hotel unlike anything else in Amsterdam and beyond.

I was lucky enough to chat with one of the Windketel saviors during my stay. Liesbeth came by to say hi and change out the fresh tulips. Nice touch. She explained the building, area, and the love her and her neighbors have for them. And why not. Situated in Amsterdam’s hip west end, the Hotel de Windketel is close to funky cafés, restaurants, and art galleries. It is also located steps away from a tram-line that can take you to many of Amsterdam’s tourist sites within minutes.

The Little Hotel That Could

Don’t let the size fool you, there is a lot packed into this little 3 story hotel. The main floor houses a cute kitchen that is more than capable for those looking to cook at home. The pantry and cupboards are stocked with the essential pots and pans and there are a few small appliances to help you make a great meal in your home away from home. Surprisingly there is a kitchen table that can seat a small family. Bonus, there’s also small water closet tucked away underneath the stairs.

One flight up the cool winding staircase you will find a cozy living room, perfect for relaxing after a long day of seeing the sights. Like the rest of the Hotel de Windketel, the living room has been recently redecorated and includes many charming touches like fun furniture and bookshelves made of books.

The top floor is reserved for the bedroom. As space is a premium the bathroom and shower have been cleverly incorporated to maximize size and comfort. Also to make sure you have a comfortable stay there is plenty of built-in cabinets for you to store luggage and clothing, making you feel right at home. Possibly my favorite feature are the ceiling windows which flood the room with natural light.

Stay Different

Overall we had a fun, relaxing, and comfortable stay in this unique Amsterdam accommodation. It was easy to get to and easy to get away from when we wanted to see Amsterdam’s attractions. For those looking for a cute and different stay while in Amsterdam consider this little hotel. Aside from it being in a great location and having all the comforts of home, this building was saved and renovated with love from people who want you to enjoy their neighborhood as much as they do.

That alone is the unique part in this unique Amsterdam accommodation.

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Hi, I’m Shaun; lover of memorable experiences, great food, and overall awesome times. I live to travel and aim to measure my life by the experiences gained through it. My blog "This Life in Trips" is a collection of those experiences as well as a place to inspire and educate others who are looking to find more out of life.Before my first backpacking trip in 2006 my life seemed vanilla and unfulfilled. I had successfully worked my way into a comfortable situation with a cushy well-paid job yet I felt lost and poor. I was walking the path of a life decided by monetary worth and possessions which made me restless and uneasy. I knew that there had to be more to it then the car you drive or waiting out your days till you can collect a pension. Unhappy with what my life had become I put my career on hold and traveled for a year. During that time away I found happiness and my true passion, good times and writing about them.Once I returned to my normal day to day routine I quickly realized that living that life was not for me. To stay sane I traveled as much as possible and by any means possible. I became well versed in budget travel and found that the corners of the earth are reachable no matter your budget. I began feeling alive and lived for these trips as I found that I was happiest while traveling and exploring. For the past 7 years I have written about my adventures that have taken me from the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific. They have included football games in San Francisco to Buenos Aires, concerts in the Pacific Northwest to water puppets in

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