Prinx Apartments, Amsterdam

In March 1981, two young people went to Amsterdam for their honeymoon on what was known as a British Rail Stardust Holiday – train, overnight ferry, two nights in a hotel, overnight ferry, train. Exhausting. However, we, for it was indeed us, fell in love with the city and have been back several times – last week was our sixth visit. These days, we travel more comfortably, and the last twice we have forsaken hotels for the wonderful Prinx Studio Apartments which I heartily recommend. Beautifully run by Ton and Hector, the house is on a quiet canal near the Rijksmuseum and not far from the myriad restaurants in the small streets round Leidseplein. In the six nights we were there, we ate Italian, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, Indonesian and Dutch, all within a few hundred yards of Prinx.

On our last visit, we used the I Amsterdam card for discounted access to museums – it’s a great idea, but this time, we didn’t bother because the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are not open until later this month after extensive refurbishments, and we planned to make a couple of trips out of the city. I’ll  blog about them later – in the meantime, here is a flavour of the lovely area in which we stayed.


  1. My first visit was last autumn and I loved it – and plan to return, so this advice is timely and welcome. Thank you!


  2. Great photos Anabel. I also share your passion for travel and try to go away on as many city breaks as time and money allow and went a few weeks ago to Madrid. I’ve only been once to Amsterdam a couple of years ago but would love to go back. I went with my friend Katy (she was with me on the library tour) and we did all the usual touristy stuff. I’d go back in a heartbeat and will definitely take note of your recommended accommodation. Looking forward to seeing more pics from your dutch trip.


    • Thanks Helen – we came back with nearly 400 photos so selection will take some time! We always go at this time of year but this was the coldest ever so we didn’t do as much wnadering round canals as usual!