The past and the present are unmatched at The Weavery Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Amsterdam. What was once a home and workshop to a family of weavers, is now a family home, bed and breakfast and still a destination for hand-made carpets. These one-of-a-kind carpets change regularly as they are sold and custom ordered.
The Suite – where carpets were once stored
“Be careful climbing up the ‘steile trappen’ – (the traditional steep and skinny staircase) to The Suite”, Bettina states. She is the owner of The Weavery Bed and Breakfast in Amsterdam. Upon carefully climbing up the steps arriving at a single door, it is opened to a bright and spacious room. The bed area with built-in cabinets, small kitchen area with seating, and living area with television and multiple seats are all open to one another. The bathroom consisting of sink, shower, and bathtub all independent and unattached to the room with the toilet and second sink; both with underfloor heating. The double-height ceiling hides a second bed reached only by pull-down stairs, to accommodate additional visitors traveling with you. The terrace, overlooking internal block courtyards; a hidden side of the real Amsterdam most tourists rarely get a chance to see, can easily accommodate four guests. Starting at 150 EUR (161.80 USD)/night during the week and at 165 EUR (178 USD)/night during the weekend. Prices include all taxes but are excluding breakfast.
The Silk Room – where the original family worked
The Silk room is on the lower ground floor with its own private entry. It is the smaller of the two, with only four steps down to get into. The room has an open kitchenette area with small table and two chairs, a sitting area with television, and one queen size bed. The ensuite bathroom contains a shower and bathtub combination. This room is perfect for a couple or the single traveler. Starting at 130 EUR (140 USD)/night during the week and at 145 EUR (156 USD)/night during the weekend. Prices include all taxes but are excluding breakfast.
Coffee, tea, and fruit are always available in your room. A welcome or afternoon treat is left after your room is prepared or cleaned for you on a daily basis. The fridge also contains milk, orange juice, yogurt and a platter of Dutch cheese, cold meats, and a couple of sliced vegetables for your breakfast. Cereal is on the counter. A basket of several freshly baked pastries and breads along with a boiled egg, cooked to order, will be placed outside your room, still warm, at your desired time. Breakfast is available for 12.50 EUR (13 USD) per person/night.
Over 300-years of history
The Weavery, set in a beautifully renovated 17th-century house, built in the 1670’s, is located in the central area of Amsterdam. The house was originally built to serve as home and workshop for a family of highly skilled Flemish silk weavers. A sensitive restoration has preserved the building’s original features – ‘steile trappen’ , exposed timber framing beams, 400-year-old floor tiles – are all just part of the intriguing history of this exceptional building.
Keeping with the tradition of the work that was completed in the building, the current owners (Bettina and Driss) have handmade custom rugs from Morocco throughout the home and rooms – all available for purchase. You may also design your own rug, knowing all rugs are one-of-a-kind, hand-made in Morocco. These rugs are made in the village in Morocco that Driss grew up in as a child, by women he knows.
The Weavery is the perfect location in Amsterdam. In under 20 minutes you can walk to almost anything you want to see or do. Two blocks away is a new revitalized area containing antiques, art galleries, cafes, and trendy shops. The most highly regarded museum quarters in the world are only 5 minutes away. Within ten minutes, you will reach the “Negen straatjes” (9 streets), home to many exciting smaller boutiques. Ten minutes walking and you reach Amsterdam’s top night spots for cafes, dining, and nightlife in the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein areas.
The perfect stay in Amsterdam
The Hosts of The Weavery is German-born Bettina and Moroccan born Driss, who met in Amsterdam.
Bettina is a wonderful host and provides a substantial list of places to go, things to see, and recommended restaurants and cafes. If something requires reservations, she will gladly make them. She will also show you where they are on the local map she provides for all her guests. The Weavery also has an app that you can download, preloaded with recommendation and a map that can be used without internet. I highly recommend The Weavery Bed and Breakfast for your trip to Amsterdam.
This article was originally published on Nov 13, 2015
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