On the ground floor of their canal house in Amsterdam's serene Jordaan, Dutch couple Greet and Niels have created an authentic local experience for friends, couples, business travelers and small families: Amphora. Accessed via a private entrance, the 40m2 apartment was renovated in 2011 and boasts a living area with TV/DVD and sofa-bed, dining room and master sleeping area. Sparkly mosaic tulips hand-crafted by Greet―an internationally known artist with a mosaic studio in Amsterdam―sprout from an iridescent shower floor, while glittery jewels spill down a tiled wall in a separate toilet. The apartment's kitchenette showcases the artistry of both Greet and Niels, with a wavy mosaic spine by her and hand-crafted wood counters by him.
But it's not just the awesome artwork that makes these accommodations so special. Greet and Niels are gracious hosts who'll make you feel right at home in Holland with welcoming wine, peanuts, lemonade for the kiddies, coffee, tea, instant soup, and that sought-after Dutch goodie―stroopwafels. They're close at hand on the upper levels of their canal-side residence at Amphora to help guests with maps, city guides and sightseeing tips.
Trams #13 and #17 stop minutes away from Amphora. Major attractions like Leidseplein, Museumplein, Dam Square and the Anne Frank House are all within a 20-minute walk.