Marcel's Creative Exchange is the most interesting and unique place I have ever stayed for several reasons. It is located off a main thoroughfare close to all the main sights which means that for the very reasonable price of 50 Euros per person per night, you could not hope to find somewhere better value for money. More importantly, Marcel is a most welcoming and generous host with many stories about his life and the building where he lives. He is 75 years old, but has the energy of a man half his age. He will happily give you his wisdom of having lived in Amsterdam for over 45 years and will recommend the best cafes (De Jaaren is a must), restaurants and bars/clubs that only a true local would know. His house is like a living design museum. He is a well recognised artist (1984 Los Angeles Olympics), has his own art works on the walls, but also has furnished each of the rooms with beautiful designer pieces - beds, chairs, lights, side tables etc. He lives above 'De Uitkijk’, the oldest cinema in the Netherlands (1912) which still has regular shows (he may even offer you a back stage tour if he likes you). Marcel is extremely proud of being able to offer quite spectacular rooms to tourists cheaper than any hotel of similar standard and location, but understandably gets irritated when people do not appreciate this or ask him for a discount. He often gets booked up months in advance due to his popularity. I would recommend Marcel's to anyone who is bored of drab and unimaginative hotels, but only to those who realise that to stay here is something quite special indeed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marcel's Creative Exchange is a unique place in the very center of Amsterdam. We provide 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.The experience you are about to take is unlike any stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast. When you stay in one of Marcels quarters, you get something more personal, profound, beautifully furnished and decorated with art. The pleasant atmosphere will make you feel comfortable.Marcels Creative Exchange is the longest existing private accommodation in Amsterdam (since 1970) and is directly connected to the oldest Dutch cinema "De Uitkijk" (free admission for guests). Throughout these many years Marcel was honored to host all kinds of individuals: artists to surgeons and lawyers to teachers. Senior management teams from Cirque du Soleil (Canada) and Eyon movie software (Los Angeles) visit annually. ... more less