Welcome to Marcel’s Creative Exchange – Boutique Hotel, located in Amsterdam city center at Leidseplein and established in 1970. This unique designhotel / arthotel with a cool authentic vintage shade will make you feel home as you where an Amsterdam resident. The owner, graphic designer Marcel van Woerkom, will welcome you and explain how to get the most out of your stay. See the rooms below and make your (early) reservation!


Style Room

A nice quiet room in the authentic 1970s style with a wonderful open fireplace. The Style Room has a view over the patio garden. The room has a double bed, a private shower and sink, a table with chairs and is decorated with very exclusive Art objects. The toilet is opposite the entrance of your room. TV and WIFI included. From € 150 per night.

 

Patio Garden Suite

The authentic 17th century Suite with private facilities can accomodate 2 or 3 guests. The Patio Garden Suite is remote from any city noise, is overlooking two inner gardens and has exclusive access to the patio garden. The large bedroom has twin beds that can be made into one king size bed and designer furniture. The second bedroom is for one person and has a large single bed. TV (large bedroom) and WIFI included. For 2 guests from €160 per night and 3 guests from €190 per night.

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Balcony Barcelona Apartment

A large two room apartment in authentic Victorian style for 2, 3 or 4 guests. A sliding door in the apartment can divide the two rooms in a sitting and a sleeping room or two bedrooms. The Barcelona Balcony Apartment is decorated with designer furniture and Art objects. TV, WIFI, kitchenette and private facilities are included. For 2 guests from €170 per night, 3 guests from €200 per night and 4 guests from €240 per night.

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Discover Marcel’s Creative Exchange below, and start with the Balcony Barcelona Apartment. Also check out the roof!


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Marcel

About Your Host Marcel

Believe it or not, your host is a well know Dutch artist established in three Royal national museums.
Marcel is still busy creating new artwork in Amsterdam and Palm Springs, Ca.
To learn more bout Marcel and is remarkable work have a look at his online gallery

 

 

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Directions from Schiphol AirportTrain from Schiphol Airport
• Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station
• Central Station Amsterdam: Taxi to Marcel’s Creative Exchange (12 euro).
• Central Station Amsterdam: Tram #1 to “Prinsengracht”.

Taxi from Schiphol Airport
• Order Taxi from Schiphol Airport to Marcel’s Creative Exchange via Schipholhoteltaxi.com (37,50 euro).
• You can also take a normal taxi from Schiphol Airport, but this will be more costly (43 euro).

 

Directions by car
My advice is to drive up to the corner of Prinsengracht/Leidsestraat, unload your luggage and then park your car outside the city center.Car parking outside Amsterdam
• Parking Olympic Stadium Amsterdam.
• Address: Olympisch Stadion 44.
• 8 euro for 24 hours. This includes 5 tickets for public transport.
• The tram will take you in 35 minutes to stop “Leidseplein”.
• The parking is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Car parking around the corner of Marcel’s Creative Exchange
• Parking “De Hoofdstad”
• Address: Prinsengracht 540
• 45 euro for 24 hours.

 

 LOCATION

Marcels Creative Exchange – Boutique Hotel is a great, unconventional getaway in the very center of Amsterdam, located within the seventeenth-century canal ring. Marcel provides you a personal second home where you can feel safe and relax. From base there are a lot of different ways to discover Amsterdam. Take the blue trams, hop-on hop-off canal boats or just walk, or bike. Everything is close by!

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Marcel’s Creative Exchange
87 Leidsestraat
1017 NX Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)20 622 98 34
Cell: +31 (0)6 24 700 434
Fax: +31 (0)84 729 21 65
E-mail: info@marcelamsterdam.nl

 


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 RECOMMANDATIONS

Museums

– The Rijksmuseum (2 min walk)

– Stedelijk Museum (4 min walk)

– Van Gogh Museum (4 min walk)

– Anne Frank House (10 min walk)
– EYE Filmmuseum (20 min tram & boat)

 

Theatre & Nightlife

– Cinema “De Uitkijk” (30 sec walk)

– Amsterdam City Theatre (1 min walk)

– Concert hall Amsterdam (7 min walk)

– Paradiso (1 min walk)

– Melkweg (1 min walk)

– De La Mar Theatre (1 min walk)

– Bourbon Street (1 min walk)

– Alto Jazz Cafe (1 min walk)

– Bim House (20 min tram)

 

Restaurants of Marcel’s choice

– Van Puffelen: Brown café for dinner

– De Jaren: famous café-restaurant-pub

– Mayur: Indian Fine Dining

– Mashua: International kitchen

– De Sneeker Pan: Dutch style breakfast

– Cora’s Delicatessen: sandwiches to go

– PASTINI: Italian dinner

– The Pancake Bakery: Dutch style

 

 

 RESERVATIONS

Marcel’s Creative Exchange
87 Leidsestraat
1017 NX Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)20 622 98 34
Cell: +31 (0)6 24 700 434
Fax: +31 (0)84 729 21 65
E-mail: info@marcelamsterdam.nl

 

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Marcel’s house is an official landmark in the City Center of Amsterdam, rebuilt in the late 1800’s. The backhouse of the property was established in the 1600’s and is part of Amsterdams first art cinema called De Uitkijk. First opened in 1914, it is well kept, still in operation, and Marcel is able to provide free tickets for his guests.

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When Marcel arrived in the Leidsestraat in the late sixties, the house was in extremely poor condition. Illegal Gamblers were thrown out, and only teardown walls and damaged ceilings were left.

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No water- and drainpipes and electricity was available, so the canal house had to be rebuild completely. According to Marcel, it had to be done right, which ment restoring it to it’s original state.

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His hard work paid off and when the house was finished, Marcel’s varied qualities came to life. Each room is immaculate, beautifully decorated and boasts a variety of amenities, providing a level of style and comfort that is unrivalled in Amsterdam.

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Marcel offers much more than accommodation in a good location; his house is a beautiful haven to artists and tourists alike. Artists travel from all over the world and stay in Marcel’s house, making for a dynamic atmosphere and creative exchange. Whether it be for an artists’ retreat or a weekend getaway, Marcel creates a home-away-from-home experience, like no other to be found in Amsterdam. In addition, Marcel is a charming, effervescent host who provides in-the-know answers to all of your questions about wonderful Amsterdam.

 

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 HISTORY

The Cinema and Marcel’s Creative Exchange are build perpendicular to each other, in a way that the backdoors are connected. To enter the cinema, just open the door in Marcel’s walk-in closet and you’re there! De Uitkijk is soundproof, so guests staying in the Patio Garden Suite (located directly above the cinema) will not hear a thing.

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The cinema changed owner several times during it’s existence, and was in poor financial shape in the past. Fortunately, De Uitkijk is making profit again and is successful run by a group of enthausiastic students.

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The build began and lasted for a couple of months. When a room was ready, Marcel started to rent it to visitor of the city who then paid for the restauration of the next room.

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Despite the fact that he is 78 years old, Marcel still does the restorations himself to keep the house in perfect shape.

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It is a must!
“Staying at Marcels creative Exchange, boutique hotel has been a joy and it is a special experience.
You’re quality and location is the best!
Thank you for all you’re helpful advices what to do and where to go in Amsterdam. You are a very nice person and we love to come back as soon as possible.”
Stephanie, Sweden, October 2014

 

Почувствуй настоящий Амстердам
“Это не просто отель, это целый дом в центре Амстердама на пешеходной улице, рядом с каналом принцев с прекрасным, гостеприимным и внимательным хозяином Марселем. Сам хозяин живет в этом же доме, отдельно сдаются апартаменты на втором и третьем этажах. Лестница наверх действительно НУ ОЧЕНЬ крутая!!! Мы бронировали апартаменты Барселона на 3-м этаже с балконом. Здесь можно завтракать или вечером посидеть с пивом и просто поглазеть на людей внизу. Нам все понравилось: вид из окон, оформление комнат в номере, мебель, удобная кровать. К душу (а там колонка) и туалету мы отнеслись с пониманием – трудно в таком старинном доме организовать более комфортные условия. Марсель всем мелочам уделяет внимание – обязательно проведет беседу с гостями, расскажет где поужинать, где пообедать, где купить билеты в музеи, куда сходить за продуктами, покупкой подарков, где погулять. За это ему огромное спасибо. Мы воспользовались всеми его рекомендациями – сплошные плюсы! Марсель в прошлом художник, очень пожалели что не привезли ему в подарок из России книгу об искусстве. Из разговора с хозяином я поняла, что русские туристы у него практически не останавливаются – есть сложности с языком, включая английский. За все время у него останавливался только 1 гость из Питера. А забронировать номер просто – надо по эл.почте написать Марселю письмо, договориться о цене и датах вашей поездки, а оплата уже при заезде. Марсель, спасибо и привет от Анны и Андрея!”
Anna, Moscow, Russia, October 2014

 

Una splendida esperienza
“Finalmente, dopo tanti anni, lo scorso weekend siamo riusciti a visitare Amsterdam e non potevamo avere fortuna migliore che scegliere casa di Marcel!
In pieno centro, con tantissimi locali sotto casa, il tram, la zona dei musei a meno di 5 minuti a piedi. L’intera città è a portata di passeggiata.
Una volta arrampicati sulle ripide scale, la casa ti accoglie e ti stupisce con un arredamento veramente ricercato, composto da tanti pezzi unici, uniti con maestria dal padrone di casa. Purtroppo abbiamo prenotato tardi e soggiornato nell’unica stanza della casa (con doccia e lavello in stanza ma con bagno esclusivo subito fuori -il bagno è una vera chicca da ammirare-), mentre le altre soluzioni offerte sono delle suite da restare sbalorditi, bellissime e spaziose.
La casa è pulita e sempre ordinata e se avrete la fortuna di poter fare un giro noterete pezzi d’arredamento veramente invidiabili. Marcel ci ha anche permesso di vedere il suo giardino sul tetto, da cui si ha una bella vista sul quartiere.
Considerate che la casa è divisa molto bene ma ci si incontra durante la giornata ed in queste occasioni Marcel è sempre stato una valida fonte di informazioni oltre che un simpatico compagno di chiacchierate, sempre però con un occhio di riguardo alla riservatezza e senza invadere mai gli spazi degli ospiti.
Non è inclusa la colazione ma il Thè ed il Caffè (americano) sono a disposizione degli ospiti, inoltre sotto casa c’è di tutto, da Starbuck a Cora (ottimi panini ed espresso), con locali che offrono colazioni internazionali e di tutti i tipi.
Nonostante qualche commento negativo (che non si può stare simpatici a tutti e qualcuno farebbe meglio a prenotare un hotel) vi invito a vivere la città come merita, e non credo si riesca ad avere di meglio ad Amsterdam, se si vuole vivere davvero in una di quelle bellissime case che ammiriamo dal di fuori, a passeggio per la città.
Concludo con la speranza di tornare e lo consiglio a tutti voi (e di trovare questa volta una della suite disponibili!).
Grazie ancora Marcel, a presto.”
Angelo, Italy, October 2014

 

Il nostro incantevole soggiorno
“Siamo una famiglia con due bambini e da poco siamo tornati da Amsterdam dove abbiamo alloggiato per una settimana presso Marcel’s Creative Exchange. Non potevamo fare una scelta migliore. La casa di Marcel è un bellissimo edificio storico nel centro della città in una delle vie più prestigiose, vicinissima alla fermata del tram che in pochi minuti collega alla stazione centrale (usato giusto un paio di volte perché qualsiasi punto d’interesse e’ facilmente raggiungibile a piedi). Nelle immediate vicinanze si trovano i musei più importanti, nonché innumerevoli locali, negozi e ristoranti. Il nostro era un appartamento a l’ultimo piano, affascinante come del resto tutta la casa, arredata con il gusto di un vero artista che si evince nella ricerca dei particolari e non lascia nulla al caso. Le camere sono molto spaziose e luminose. Marcel si è rivelato una persona molto accogliente, gentile e disponibile. Dal primo giorno ci ha fornito tutte le informazioni per vivere Amsterdam non come un semplice turista. Ci ha fatto visitare il suo cinema che è il secondo più antico d’Europa e abbiamo goduto anche di una spettacolare vista su Amsterdam dal suo incantevole giardino sul tetto della casa. Come in tutte le case storiche anche in questa le scale sono piuttosto ripide. Noi lo abbiamo vissuto come particolarità e possiamo affermare che è un piccolo sacrificio in confronto alla bellezza del luogo. ”
Roberto e Nadia, Italy, September 2014

 

Vacanza ad Amsterdam
“La casa di Marcel Van Woerkom colpisce al primo impatto. Per me è stato un sollievo ed una vera sorpresa scoprirla dopo aver cercato a lungo tra case e alberghi. Il suo sito è fatto molto bene, ricco di particolari e di belle immagini. Ci chiedevamo se poi, come talvolta succede, alle nostre aspettative corrispondesse la realtà. É stato proprio così. Sali una ripida scala e ti trovi in un posto fuori dal comune e con i una persona fuori dal comune. Marcel anagraficamente può dirsi una persona anziana, ma lui è un fanciullo e ne conserva la vitalità. Vero talento di artista, ha studiato ogni dettaglio e, cosa che depone a suo favore, ha fatto tutto da solo. Amante dell’interior design, vivere e osservare era una gioia continua. La casa è la sua casa. Lui ci vive, ma è di una discrezione assoluta. Siete suoi ospiti e, se lo gradite, lui è prodigo di racconti e informazioni in tante lingue, poiché è un vero poliglotta. La posizione si è rivelata perfetta. Il quartiere, quartiere dei musei vicino agli antichi canali, è uno dei più affascinanti della città. La casa è una posizione animata, eppure silenziosissima. Facevamo colazione guardando i tetti, dove ogni tanto si posava un gabbiano. Marcel ci ha portato a vedere il vecchio cinema, che fa parte della casa. Lo seguivamo come bambini curiosi attraverso vestiti, scale e corridoi. Si è arrampicato su una scala a pioli per mostrarci la terrazza e lasciarci storditi. Vero incanto. Marcel ha un animo romantico, la sua sensibilità ci ha colpito ed ha fatto della nostra vacanza ad Amsterdam una vera magnifica vacanza. Ci torneremo e ci manderemo tutti i nostri amici.”
Paola & Roberto, Italy, August 2014

 

Chère Marcel
“Nous avons passé un excellent moment chez Marcel. Ses conseils avisés nous ont permis de découvrir un autre Amsterdam moins touristique mais tellement charmant. Notre double chambre était parfaite pour 4 personnes, nous sentions comme à la maison. Merci encore Marcel pour l’agréable soirée au cinéma. Nous ne risquons pas d’oublier. A très bientôt Amsterdam ou ailleurs….”
Cecile, Luxembourg, August 2014

 

Thank You!
“Dear Marcel,
I cannot thank you enough for hosting my mother, my sister, and myself at your Creative Exchange this summer. We absolutely loved your space and loved meeting YOU. You were so kind and helpful and generous and fun, and your place was so beautiful and perfectly located. If I ever get the chance to visit Amsterdam again (which I do plan to do), I will try above all else to come visit you and stay with you again, and next time I will make time to watch a film, too. ;o)
Thank you for being so wonderful.”
Catherine, Colorado, USA, July 2014

 

Oasis in the Middle of Everything
“My husband, two 19 year old boys and I spent three nights at Marcel’s recently and had the most wonderful time. Marcel is a lovely host and had excellent recommendations for restaurants (De Jaren, in particular) activities, and his home was delightful: beautifully presented with lots of natural light. We had the two room suite on the top floor with a balcony on the front room overlooking the Leidsestraat. Be aware that being in the Middle of Everything means noisy nights, though I had no problem sleeping. As is typical of canal houses the stairs are very, very steep, so if you have mobility issues this may not be the place for you.
We have invited Marcel to visit us in California and will return to his guest house when we return to Amsterdam.”
Paloma, Sacramento, CA, USA, July 2014

 

Amsterdam mit Stil kennen lernen
“Bei Marcel fühlt man sich gleich zuhause – in einem wunderschönen, typischen Alstadthaus, ausgestattet mit Designklassikern vom Feinsten und den schönen Bildern des bekannten Grafikdesigners Marcel van Woerkom. Wenn Marcel da ist, und nicht in seinem zweiten Wohnort Palm Springs, lernt man die Herzlichkeit von Amsterdam schnell kennen. Wer die schönen Seiten von Amsterdam erkunden will, wer an Kultur interessiert ist und wer gerne nahe beim Gastgeber wohnt, dem sei dieser wunderbare Ort empfohlen.”
Bitho, Zürich, Swiss, April 2014

 

It’s lovely to come “home”
“Just a quick note to say we are enjoying our stay and to thanks you for the extra care and attention. Is’t lovely to come “home” and feel looked after. ”
Leslie & Sue, Ottawa, Canada, April 2014

 

A charming experience!
“If you want a personal and charming experiece in every way, Marcels Creative Exchange is a good choice.
We had a suite of lovely rooms with a kitchen and a balcony on the top floor. Everything was spotlessly clean, decorated in a tasteful, personal style, and the madressees were great quality.
Meeting and chatting with Marcel throughout our stay, hearing many interesting stories of his life, became an integral part of our visit and good memories.
The only thing that prevents a rating of 5 stars is the fact that the toilet and shower, though adequate, did not live up to the otherwise high standards. ”
Riismller, Aarhus, Denmark, January 2014

 

Thank you, Marcel!
“Ah, to go back to Holland, a country that changed my life in 1969. And, to spend three glorious evenings at your B and B, it was wonderful.
Marcel is a very kind host and the rooms are more than comfortable.
For those who never knew Holland, beware of the very steep stairs leading to the series of rooms. I assure you, though, you will become used to it. I did as an American teenager whilst living there in the 1969.”
Madeleine H, New York, USA, October 2013

 

Marcel will stay in our hearts forever
“Accommodations come and go, with fond memories and unique experiences but Marcel’s Creative Exchange and Marcel will stay in our hearts forever. Where else can you enjoy a roof garden and tour The Cinema theater build in 1914, entering through Marcel’s walk-in closet!”
Gail Lomotte, New York, USA, May 2013

 

A very interesting stay
“It was very interesting to stay in this appartment. First of all, Marcel’s philosophy that the historical center should be recreated in a form in which the old living mode and a new cultivated tourism coexist in harmony is valuable. Second, also in this context Marcel’s tentative is original in his creation of a affascinating space “designed” deliberately. This is at the same time a most contemporary aspect of the city of Amsterdam too. So we can get an experience from inside to stay in a history of the city, also with rich conversation with Marcel. Third, in consequence we can avoid a tourism banale of mass, somehow in merging ourselves in a urban textile of Amsterdam. We’d like to have some friend among the inhabitants if we visit a city in a trip, but this is impossible in most of the cases. How could we be happy if we were able to enjoy a home-made cuisine in a city visited! Naturally also Marcel does not consent us to this point, but in compensation a designed space is waiting for us!”
A.K. Tokyo, Japan, September 2013

 

Delightful hospitality
“Pleasure to meet you Marcel, thanks for your excellent company and delightful hospitality.”
Trevor White, Director of The Little Museum of Dublin, Ireland, August 2013

 

Thank you
“Thank you for the pleasant stay. Your house is marvelous, with love to every detail and your warm hospitality is one of a kind.
I like to come back to your house and my favorite city from now.”
Andrea, Germany, August 2013

 

Dear Marcel
“Thank you again for all. It was just wonderful to be with you, to be in your house. We will never forget this experience. Everything is good for us like that and we are sure that you will see us soon again. Take care Marcel.”
S & V, France, July 2013

 

Center of Amsterdam universe
“Dear Marcel! Thanks a lot! We had stunning vacations with you! We have found our home in Amsterdam! First, appartments location is superb – Leidsestraat/Leidseplein, one of the main and beautiful streets of Amsterdam. The street is full of top-quality shops, cafe and other nice counters. Next to Marcel’s house you can take a canal bike to swim over the wonderful canals. You can have unforgettable experience visiting oldest cinema in Europe just around the corner, which is also part of the house. In just 5-10 minutes walking you can reach the famous museums – Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum.
Marcel’s apartments are very roomy and comfortable. The Marcel’s personality is so magnetic and special! Marcel hospitality is amazing, he is very friendly and very helpful. We highly appreciate Marcel’s contribution to our trip!”
Alex, UK, July 2013

 

Like a Museum of Modern Art
“When spring arrived we decided to welcome the young herrings (the maatjes) and other delicacies in Amsterdam.
We are staying at Marcel’s Creative Exchange, a wonderful place right in the middle of the city. Our flat has a view on Prinsengracht. The tram below goes right to the station or the Rijksmuseum. Staying at Marcel’s is like living in a museum of modern art. He has carefully chosen every piece. The light plays just like on the old dutch maters’ paintings. Definitely, Amsterdam has a very special light. Marcel took me to the very top of his house to see the perched garden roof and we went through the attic to the cinema he cares for. He renovated De Uitkijk where you can enjoy an exclusive selection of Art&Essai films. Classics of French cinema for instance as a special wink to both of us. A perfect stay.”
J.G., French cineast, Paris, June 2013

 

Belated thank-you
“I was one of the lucky people that had the complete pleasure of residing in your establishment for a week. I was with my boyfriend at the time and we were both deeply effected by September 11th. In fact, you were so understanding that you were so open to our schedules. A week or more later, we came to your guesthouse, shellshocked and sad. (My father was in 7 World Trade and survived. Not only did you reach out to us with open heart, you were a great Ambassador for Amsterdam. I remember waking up to America’s National Anthem. I am very grateful that we left a smoldering city and into your arms.”
Savannah C, New York, March 2013

 

Marcel’s exuberance, love of art and Amsterdam are beautifully contagious!“I stayed at Marcel’s place for 3 weeks in May (studying at a course), and I could not have asked for a better place to stay and enjoy Amsterdam… It is a unique experience, stepping into an established and well-known artist’s studio and home, and having the benefit of a local institution like Marcel (who seems to know everyone and everything that happens in Amsterdam) who was so incredibly warm and hospitable – completely made my trip to Amsterdam.

I thoroughly recommend Marcel’s Creative Exchange to anyone who is turned off by bland, sterile large hotel chains, and want to experience what it is like to live with an incredibly colourful, friendly host who regales you with stories from some of his amazing life experiences. Marcel is incredibly energizing, and his love for his city (and his beautiful art) is incredibly contagious as you see the city through the lens of his tips, personal contacts at restaurants and cafes, etc.

I loved the fact the place is perched on top of the oldest cinema in the Netherlands (and you get to watch movies there for free as Marcel’s guests)… Loved additionally the cozy rooms (I had the 1 bedroom suite for 2 weeks and for a few days moved to the single room downstairs) – and the location is just incredibly perfect on Leidsestraat.

Really – I intend on staying at Marcel’s each and every time I return to Amsterdam.

Thoroughly recommended for the independent-minded traveller who values interaction with a great host, and likes casual luxury.”
Quixoticnomad, Dubai, December 2012

 

Unique Experience
“If you search a magic, perfect, beautiful place. If you want to fell like at home. If you serach a strategic position. If you love design. If you want to live a unique experience…At Marcel’s Creative Exchange you will find at 100%.You can feel harmony in every corner of this house. It’s the firts time that i found abroad a solution so perfect.
I’m totally in love with this house in the centre of Amsterdam .. walking you can reach all the interesting and beautiful parts of this city. Moreover The host, Marcel, is one of the most interesting, nice, helpfull person that i ever met.
He can suggests you the best to do in the city. I miss this house , Marcel, Amsterdam … so much!!!!!!! I ll never forget it !”
Giulia, Italy, October 2012

 

Great find, we’ll be back
“Marcel is a jewel! His advice, restaurant recommendations, knowledge of this fabulous city and cheerful helpfulness made our trip an outstanding vacation. His home is so unique and comfortable. Art surrounds you everywhere and brings out your own creativity. We felt very welcomed and had plenty of privacy too. The location could not have been better, we were able to walk everywhere we wanted. Great find, we’ll be back!Worth noting: Marcel has coffee waiting for you but does not serve breakfast, however you’re in the pancake capitol of the world, we enjoyed all of the breakfasts we had at nearby restaurants. Also, there are a lot of stairs to get to the rooms, it didn’t bother us, but might be an issue for some people.”
Jill and Steve, Atlanta, October 2012

 

So friendly, and helpful
“This is the best place to stay in Amsterdam. Marcel was so helpful and friendly. The location was perfect. The price was very reasonable. I was so excited to stay in a proper Amsterdam house. You must stay here if visiting the beautiful city.”
THK83, October 2012

 

Amazing
“We were 3 couples on a weekend trip to Amsterdam. We had originally booked Marcel’s, but cancelled it owing to popular vote in the group. Instead, we foolishly booked a hotel in the middle of Red Light District. Needless to say, it turned out to be disastrous. Everything from location to cleanliness to everything was wrong in that hotel.Next day morning we called Marcel up asking if he still has availability. He did and I went to his place right away and we talked for some time, and he decided to give us rooms. As it turns out, we had a great time after that and Marcel pretty much saved our Amsterdam trip!

Marcel’s place is one wonderful home. Very artistic, very stylish, and amazingly organized. The rooms are extremely comfortable. You can read about rooms from several other posts, but the charm of the place is Marcel himself. Once the comfort sets in, Marcel is just a great guy to talk to. He is so talented and it can be seen in the interior design of his house. This place isn’t a B&B, so don’t expect a cooked breakfast. There is a kitchen available with a coffee machine, microwave oven, and china and cutlery.

One thing we really enjoyed was an evening spent on his terrace garden. He gladly allowed us to use it and the weather was perfect as well.

All in all, a great place, a great guy, and if he likes you – he will be a great host! I highly highly recommend Marcel’s Creative Exchange for a place to say in Amsterdam.”
Dipam C, Ahmedabad, July 2012

 

Un lugar unico como Marcel
“Paramos con una amiga en su casa. todo fue perfecto una union de confort. diseño , hospitalidad y los consejos de Marcel.. un hombre encantador que te hace amar Holanda. mas que recomendable su casa y compania espero volver en algun momento…”
Griisel, Mar del Plata, May 2012

 

An experience of Amsterdam unlike anything you will find in a hotel!
“We are a couple who stayed with our teenage grand-daughter in Marcel’s apartment for 5 nights. His attention to every detail of our visit was unexpected and outstanding. Because we had Dutch friends who were taking us places every day, we were not able to enjoy most of his plans for us. However, on our first free day he did plan a walking excursion that we would never have seen otherwise. Staying at Marcel’s is unbelieveably safe and unique. We never even locked our doors because we were in his secure home. However, we had full privacy. The value for the amount of space we had (two bedrooms, toilet, shower, kitchen) was amazing. Marcel’s art collections are everywhere. In some ways it was like staying in a museum. He also owns the oldest movie theater in Holland and took us on a private tour of it (via the wardrobe, much like going into Narnia!). It was the experience of going back in time 100 years in a matter of a couple of minutes and some backstage stairs. I’m sure not many visitors to Amsterdam will ever see what Marcel provides. On a personal side, with Marcel time is not nearly as important as people. He is so good to help you just relax, forget schedules, listen to his great adventures, and enjoy the present moment. After an overseas flight we found that was a perfect way to begin a few days of pleasure before we began to lead a conference. There are only two qualifications I would give. One is that breakfast is not included. This was definitely not a problem for us because there were fully equipped coffee-making facilities in our own kitchen and the corner bakery with fresh pastries is only a minute away. The other qualification is that there are a lot of steep stairs and no lift. At first I found this daunting but then enjoyed taking them slowly and finding that each step led us to our aerie retreat with a perfect view of the busy life on Leidsestraat. It may be that you need to make arrangements for someone to carry your luggage upstairs if you are not able to negotiate it. Our advice is: don’t miss such an opportunity if you get it. You will be remembering Marcel and the Creative Exchange adventure long after you return home! Thanks, Marcel, for the memories!”
SCB2012, Alabama, April 2012

 

Excellent!
“J’ai séjourné 8 jours chez Marcel avec mon fils adolescent pendant les fêtes de Pâques. Nous avons tous les deux été enchantés. La maison est superbe, magnifiquement rénovée et meublée. La situation est l’une des meilleures possibles à Amsterdam, on peut aller presque partout à pied et en cas de besoin, le tram est à deux pas. Le rapport qualité-prix est bon (nous avions réservé la Patio Suite : 2 chambres, salle de bain + mini-patio privé, pas de petit-déjeuner mais thé et café à volonté – tout ça pour 160 euros par jour, difficile de trouver l’équivalent dans le quartier, surtout à cette période). Et Marcel s’est montré tout à fait accueillant et intéressant. A coup sûr un endroit où j’aurai envie de revenir si je retourne à Amsterdam!”
Lilycerise, Gèneve, April 2012

 

Most amazing place I’ve stayed at
“Very stylish, but still feels like home (better to say – the home you would like to have). The powerful story of the building, what Marcel has created from it, the old cinema he has renovated.. It’s not only the beautiful decoration – it’s also about the guest you are able to meet there – in this sense this is a real creative exchange between guests coming from arts, everybody there had to do something with culture – artists, producer etc. Marcel is such an interesting person who can talk for hours and you will stay fascinated by him. I couldn’t wish to stay at any better place.”
Naom89, Raanana, December 2011

 

No place like it
“There is simply no place like it. Marcel’s Creative Exchange
is totally unique, the accommodation is beautiful and stylish and
the personal touches added by Marcel to your stay (guides, personal
recommendations etc) makes for a really special holiday experience.
Don’t even think about staying at a local faceless hotel,
you’ll kick yourself if you miss out!”
Catherine & Darrell, June 2012

 

Institution
“Marcel’s Creative Exchange is not a Guest house or Hotel,
it is an Institution.”
Scott Howard, Advertising Exectutive, October 2008

 

Stay as a resident of Amsterdam
“I have stayed at Marcel’s several times since 2001, and I still find that
personal, unique inviting environment that somehow makes me feel as
if I were a resident of Amsterdam.”
David Enciso, Reuters press Chicago, October 2006

 

A lesson in class, history, and creativity
“As a solo female traveller, it was important to find a place to stay which was safe and secure, tidy, and welcoming. Marcel’s Creative Exchange was all of this and more. No other time in all of my travels over the years have I met a more gracious and warm host. Marcel brings with him vast knowledge of the ctiy’s history and culture, along with decorated beautifully home, with touches of class everywhere. Examples of his award winning graphic designs and artwork are hung throughout the gorgeous home. I stayed in the Garden Suite, which had its own patio. The amenities were more than adequate, the bed wonderfully comfortable, with no concerns about safety or security. Marcel sat with me on my arrival (earlier than one would be able to arrive if staying at a hotel) and asked me about my interests, and devised an itinerary for me, complete with favourite bistros, breakfast places, etc. He offered me free tickets to the wonderful historical movie house. As they say, location location location! I was exactly where I needed to be to see it all, within walking distance (along Prinzengracht) to Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, canal boat tours, floating flower market, and many more ‘must see’ points of interest. I would highly recommend Marcel’s Creative Exchange to anyone travelling to Amsterdam, and in fact, would not stay anywhere else. Amazing value for the money, and knowing what one gets in Europe size-wise for hotel rooms, this is a far better choice. Bravo Marcel for offering such an amazing home and wonderful experience. I shall return, and have already recommended your lovely home to friends and colleagues.”
Leigh B, Port Moody, May 2012

 

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Wallpaper
“Once an acclaimed graphic designer, Marcel van Woerkom opened up his 17th-century townhouse as an artists’ retreat 35 years ago. The three rooms hung with original artwork now have a cool retro feel, particularly the Style Room.”
Wallpaper City Guide Amsterdam

The Guardian
“A cool, modern guesthouse with a cool (slightly exentric host).
It is right in the center of town, calm and quit at night. We stayed in the
Patio Garden Suite – a good size, with a roomy modern bath.
You get personal service, and you can sit down and chat with the owner
about lesser-known places to go, and how to avoid crowds
at the tourist trap.”
Travel Saturday Guardian

Rough Guide
“Well-known, popular boutique hotel, run by an English-speaking graphic designer and artist, who attracts like-minded people to this stylish restored house. Three en-suite doubles available for two, three or four people sharing. Relaxing and peacefull amidst the buzz of the city, with regulars returning year after year, so you’ll need to ring the bell well in advance in high season.”
The Rough Guide to Amsterdam

Time-Out
“Graphic artist Marcel van Woerkom provides a creative exchange in his pristine city-centre home, where three en suite rooms are available. Van Woekom’s favourite art is on the walls; all of it by him or his friends. Guests with an appreciation of creative arts are especially welcome. Breakfast isn’t included, but that’s hardly the point. You’re advised to book well ahead.”
Time Out Amsterdam

“Featuring a funky contemporary design with a 70’s influence, Marcel’s Creative Exchange is a smart accommodation choice for the hip and cool. Centrally located in Amsterdam’s Leidseplein (Leiden Square), this intimate boutique hotel boasts three beautiful guestrooms, each with its own character and decoration theme. Sleek designer furniture and original art objects are on display in every unit, and all come complete with modern conveniences such as WiFi and flat screen TVs.”
Luxury Accommodations

“Throughout the house you’ll find great examples of Marcel’s graphic design from his long spanning career – ranging from typographic-led titles work for local Dutch television stations to posters he designed for the LA Olympics back in 1984. This is really what sets Marcel’s apart – the combination of personal touches and excellent taste.”
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Petit Futé
“Marcel est graphiste, artiste peintre à ses heures perdues. Voilà une option des plus originales pour votre hébergement à Amsterdam. Un lieu hybride à mi-chemin entre bed and breakfast et appartement boutique hôtel. Un emplacement exceptionnel dans le centre et dans unes des rues les plus commerçantes d’Amsterdam avec deux chambres appartement à la décoration surprenante. L’appartement est articulé autour d’un joli patio converti en jardin d’hiver… Une fois l’échelle montée, vous découvrez, en passant la petite trappe, un superbe toit terrasse. Si vous êtes chanceux, Marcel vous ouvrira les portes du plus vieux cinéma d’Amsterdam gratuitement (qui fait partie intégrante de l’immeuble), en passant par son dressing room !“
Le Petit Futé

Virgin
“Renowned artist and graphic designer Marcel van Woerkom offers a friendly and very personal welcome in his immaculately renovated, self-designed apartments. There are three light, modern and spacious rooms for two, three or four people; some en suite; and a private patio garden. Marcel is part owner of De Uitkijk, the city’s first avant-garde cinema, and so offers free tickets to guests. He feels most at home with fellow creative types; artists, musicians and media folk. One to book early.”
Virgin – A Guide – Amsterdam

“Amsterdam, dat is genieten van het goede leven. En Marcel’s Creative Exchange is een perfecte uitvalsbasis. Wie houdt van kunst en creativiteit, kan zijn hart ophalen bij Marcel. Het oude herenhuis waar hij gastheer speelt, heeft hij met zoveel smaak en creativieit ingericht, dat je de ongemakken van een oud pand er graag bijneemt. Elke kamer is hier anders en allemaal zijn ze even verassend. Marcel geeft ons een uitgebreide uitleg over zijn eigen artistieke verleden en het verleden van het huis, en dan gaan we Amsterdam verkennen. Zodra we de deur achter ons dichttrekken, staan we in het hartje van de stad; fantastisch! ’s Avonds vallen we uitgeput neer op het zalige bed. En pas ’s morgens herinnert een voorbijrijdende tram er ons aan dat slapen echt wel tijdverspilling is in Amsterdam.”
Feeling Weekendgids 2007

How would you like to stay in a renovated 17th-century home decorated with fine antiques and original works of art, located in the heart of the city and all for a sweetly gentle price? The owner is fascinating, with mucho worldwide artistic connections and will share his information about the city and the art scene like a personal mentor. Internationally renowned artist/designer Marcel van Woerkom has been renting rooms in his house since 1970 and has since hosted royalty, travelers, and artists from a variety of disciplines. All guests surely drool over the moderne interiors with their furniture from Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Alto, Philippe Starck, and Marcel Breuer. Because of the location on the Leidsestraat next to De Uitkijk, Amsterdam’s oldest existing art cinema you’re right in the thick of things and can watch the city from a balcony.”
Fodor’s Amsterdam

“Marcel van Woerkom, septuagénaire énergique, amoureux de l’art er des idées plein la tete, achete en 1970 une bâtisse séculaire qu’il transforme en un bijou de boutique hôtel, caché entre les boutiques de la Leidsestraat, pile au centre d’Amsterdam.. Marcel investit tout son temps et son imagination dans la restauration des très chambres, les aménageant avec des classiques du design, car il souhaite toucher un public de créatifs : “Pour moi, il est important de recevoir des hôtes qui apportent avec eux de bonnes vibrations “, affirme-t-il. Depuis, comme son nom l’indique, cette maison d’hôtes a évolué jusqu’à devenir le carrefour d’artistes des quatre coins du monde. Cela dit, tout le monde est le bienvenu dans ce boutique hôtel, proche de ces deux temples de la culture que sont le Rijksmuseum et le Stedelijk Museum.
Gael Guide des week-ends 2004

“Naar juweeltjes moet je af en toe goed zoeken, en bij Marcel’s Creative Exchange is dat niet anders. Het gastenverblijf ligt namelijk een beetje verscholen tussen de winkels van de Leidsestraat, pal in het centrum van Amsterdam. Marcel van Woerkom, een energieke zestiger, kreeg het eeuwenoude pand in 1970 in handen. Omdat hij bergen tijd stak in de restauratie en de drie kamers met designklassiekers heeft ingericht, wil hij het graag een beetje selectief houden. “Het is belangrijk dat mijn gasten goede vibes binnenbrengen”, vindt hij. “Wie hier ook logeert, de relaxte sfeer moet bewaard blijven.” Zoals de naam al aangeeft, is Marcels gastenverblijf uitgegroeid tot een ontmoetingsplaats voor kunstenaars uit alle hoeken van de wereld. “Marcel zou de naam van zijn website beter veranderen in Marcelinheaven.com”, liet een enthousiaste gast weten. En daar kunnen we het alleen maar mee eens zijn.
Feeling Weekendgids 2003

“Marcel van Woerkom est un artiste reconnu qui propose très chambres à louer dans sa maison entièrement décorée par ses soins. L’endroit est superbe – clair, moderne et calme, meubles design, patio – en plein centre. Jetez un coup d’œil sur son site internet. Attention le maître de maison n’accueille pas n’importe qui, mieux vaut exercer une profession artistique, ou avoir beaucoup voyagé et surtout avoir le sens des bonnes manières ! C’est l’échange avec ses hotes qui motive Marcel à louer des chambres, si vous êtes prêt à partager vos expériences, contactez Marcel en n’oubliant pas de vous y pendre à l’avance.
Karavel.com – Amsterdam