Set on a quiet cobblestone street along the picturesque Geldersekade Canal, Mauro Mansion is a grand 16th-century canal house that once served as the home of Dutch Golden Age writer Roemer Visscher. Though it's location is convenient and central, it nonetheless has a peaceful vibe -- thanks, in part, to a "no children under 12" policy. There are few on-site amenities, and stairs are steep (there's no elevator), but a tasty breakfast (for a fee) and sleek, modern rooms are highlights.
A 16th-century canal house that has a modern boutique vibe
Housed in a 16th-century canal house, Mauro Mansion fits in seamlessly on a block full of elegant residences, shops, and other bed-and-breakfasts. The Mauro brings energetic modern style and boutique comfort to the classic bed-and-breakfast experience. It has a bright breakfast room, small garden courtyard, and nine individually decorated rooms that mix both classic and quirky elements into the decor. The bed-and-breakfast draws mostly tourists, who like its cheery feel, friendly hosts, and location in the historic center of Amsterdam.
On a scenic canal, five minutes from Centraal Station
The Mauro Mansion is nestled along the picturesque Geldersekade Canal. Although the location is central, the street is quiet, with a small amount of car traffic and cyclists. The mansion sits in the historic medieval area of the city center. The Schreierstoren (Weeping Tower), Amsterdam's oldest monument (built in 1487), is a short stroll north, and De Waag (Weigh House) is also within walking distance. Centraal Station, with its trains and trams, is about a five-minute walk north. The airport is about a 25-minute drive from the hotel.
Fun and stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs
The Mauro Mansion has nine individually decorated, eclectic rooms on three floors. There is no elevator, and it can be tricky carrying luggage up the steep and winding stairs. Rooms are done in a color palette of black, scarlet red, and white. It's a mix of classic and contemporary decor, with exposed brick, hardwood floors, and antique wood doors mixing with Droog lamps and cube, beanbag, and hanging chairs. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, coffee/tea makers, in-room safes, mini-fridges with welcome drinks, and dawn-imitating wake-up lights. Some rooms have jetted tubs, while some are shower only. Some have views of the canal.
Tasty breakfast (for a fee) and a quaint garden courtyard
Available for a fee, the breakfast at Mauro Mansion is ample and often includes pancakes, pastries, eggs, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and juice. It's served in a bright, cheery room with beamed ceilings and white walls. A small garden courtyard is a lovely touch, and the Mauro has a handy 24-hour "honesty bar" where guests can help themselves to food and beverages (including alcohol). There is no fitness center, spa, or full restaurant, but most guests come for the bed-and-breakfast vibe and the friendly owners.