Sleeping in a colourful antique shop

TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTO © COLOURFUL BED & BREAKFAST


There might be many bed and breakfasts in the capital of the Netherlands, but none are as vibrant or comfortable as the Colourful Bed & Breakfast. Situated in the centre of Amsterdam, this is the perfect place to stay and explore the city.

As an interior stylist, the owner of the Colourful Bed & Breakfast Tanja de Vries has styled a great deal of the city’s bed and breakfasts. “I had so much fun styling accommodations, that I decided to start a bed and breakfast myself,” she says. 

Her own colourful style and personal twist became a unique selling point for the very popular accommodation, which is situated in a beautiful old mansion on a quiet street in the centre of Amsterdam. 

“I didn’t want to have IKEA furniture and make it look like any other place. I combined my own taste and experience as an interior designer.”My aim was to amaze the guest in every corner of the room, whether they went to the bathroom or opened the kitchen cabinets. It needed to give them a ‘wow’ feeling.”

The very charming bed and breakfast consists of two different rooms, each with a private bathroom, kitchen and a balcony overlooking the picturesque street. The Leidseplein and other sites, such as the Rijksmuseum, are just a stone’s throw away.

De Vries personally welcomes her visitors, who travel from all over the world and often describe their stay as a ‘sleepover in an antique shop’. “I consider that as a compliment,” smiles De Vries. “It’s something different to other accommodations and that is exactly what makes this place special”

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