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.
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.
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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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
• 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).
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.
1017 NX Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 622 98 34
Cell: +31 (0)6 24 700 434
Fax: +31 (0)84 729 21 65
– 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Very central in the heart of Amsterdam and nice bed & breakfast. Marcel is an awesome guy and very helpful tour guide. His recommendations on where to go and eat were spot on. Nice patio off room. Highly recommend.”
“Four of us were lucky enough to stay with Marcel for four nights at his Creative Exchange in Amsterdam. We stayed on the top floor in the spacious Barcelona Apartment: two separate bedrooms with comfortable beds and a truly useful and well stocked kitchen (A tea kettle, coffee machine, plates, flatware, sugar, a refrigerator et al). The location is perfect for all the major museums, the trams, the most picturesque canals,restaurants, and a superb sandwich shop (Cora’s). The rooms are exquisitely appointed with art and antiques, and the windows are large and sunny. What distinguishes this wonderful spot is, of course, Marcel himself. We relished his zest for life, his intimate knowledge of the city, his art work, and his humanity. We felt like friends rather than mere hotel guests, and the name Creative Exchange does indeed capture our time in Amsterdam. He encouraged us to tell our own stories, and he shared his stories with us. We are all in our seventies, but we climbed the steep winding stairs many times a day and were the better for it.”
“Sono stato in questo posto incantevole lo scorso ottobre, ma per mancanza di tempo non sono riuscito a scrivere prima una recensione. Partiamo dalla posizione: strategicamente perfetta, si raggiunge semplicemente con l’autobus dalla stazione centrale, sotto casa si trova la piazza di leid, sempre piena di ragazzi e movida, inoltre si trova a metà tra la zona dei musei ed il centro, entrambi si raggiungono comodamente a piedi. La casa è un concentrato di design, il proprietario (un Artista) mescola sapientemente pezzi di design nordico con classici del design italiano. Ma sicuramente l’aspetto più bello del soggiorno è dato proprio dal proprietario di casa, una persona fantastica che parla 5 lingue, estremamente acculturato e gentile, si è pienamente fidato di me della mia compagna, lasciandoci visitare aree della casa normalmente non visitabili, sempre attento alle nostre esigenze, egli fornisce indicazioni preziosissime sui luoghi da visitare o su dove mangiare (uno su tutti Cora), fidatevi ciecamente di lui e lui si fiderà di voi. Lui è una presenza discreta ma non invadente. Una persona MAGNIFICA che ogni mattina cambiava i fiori freschi della nostra camera. Inoltre anche il prezzo se si tiene conto di dove si trova, è giusto. Spero un giorno di poterci tornare.”
“My husband and I have recently stayed at Marcel’s Creative Exchange in the two room balcony apartment. The apartment is spacious and graciously decorated. If you like to feel like you live where you are visiting, this is the perfect place to stay, especially because your host Marcel is happy to give you inside tips on where to go and what to do. Follow his advice and you will eat well and be sufficiently entertained. The location is super/central, but the room is peacefully quiet. Enjoy!”
Jennifer B, Swiss
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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
“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
“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….”
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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.”
“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
“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!”
“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
“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
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.”
“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 !”
“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
“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.”
“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
“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
“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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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
“Marcel’s Creative Exchange is not a Guest house or Hotel,
it is an Institution.”
Scott Howard, Advertising Exectutive
“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
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Wallpaper City Guide Amsterdam
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
The Rough Guide to Amsterdam
Time Out Amsterdam
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