City Den Museum Square: Wonderful, Family-Friendly Appartments In Amsterdam

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

We had a stupidly difficult time finding an accommodation that allowed children under the age of 12 (!???) in The Netherlands. Amsterdam was particularly challenging. What's up with that?

After looking at what felt like every Airbnb in Amsterdam and many hotels on Booking, we came across City Den*. This was perfect for us as they had options for booking with children and it was an apartment with a kitchen, which is what we prefer for longer stays.

 Easy check-in


Check-in with City Den was really simple. We called right when we arrived at the clearly marked apartment building (we could have called before, but wanted to find it first), and a staff member arrived about 5 minutes later on bike. The staff member showed us into the apartment, explained how to use everything, and pointed out some key places on a map. The crib wasn't set up before our arrival, but he did have it available for us. He was incredibly nice and check-in was really fast and easy. The only thing we had to do for check-out was to leave our key cards on the table.

Comfortable apartment


We booked the two floor "Luxury studio with one bedroom," which was large enough for our family of three. The upstairs included the kitchen, dining table, a tv, couch, and a bathroom. Although small, I really liked the kitchen and almost felt spoiled because it had several amenities that our kitchen at home doesn't have (a dishwasher and four burner stove top). There was also an espresso maker with four coffee pods, several tea bags, and sugar cubes provided for our use.

The bathroom was small but nice, with a shower, toilet, and sink. I do think it would have been helpful to have a few hooks to hang up wet towels.
The bedroom was downstairs and was decently large. I found the bed to be comfortable and I appreciated the reading lights (though only one could be used at a time because of outlets). There was also a small desk with a chair and a TV mounted on the wall across from the bed. We put the crib inside the entrance of the bedroom.

Additionally, this apartment had private access to a small courtyard, which I think would have been wonderful in the summer. A washing machine was located in a cupboard in the courtyard.

Other details


The Wi-Fi signal was strong throughout our apartment and the Wi-Fi was fast. While we couldn't hear noise from outside the apartment, the walls were a bit thin, so you could hear people coming and going in the hallway.

The Studio with one bedroom apartment cost 118 euros per night.

Why is this a perfect family accommodation in Amsterdam?

Now that I have a toddler, I feel like I'm constantly in search of playgrounds -- especially when we travel. I found three playgrounds within short distance of City Den Museum Square. The first playground was just steps out of our front door, which was wonderfully convenient. We also found a nice playground in Museum Square, which is about a 5 minute walk away (pushing a stroller), and the giant Vondel Park, with its huge kid's section, was about a 15 minute walk away.

In addition, as new parents we wake up EARLY. Perhaps this isn't true of everyone, but our little one is up and ready to go at 6 am. Sometimes we have to spend hours in our accommodation before anything opens, which really stinks. There were two cafe/bakeries that opened early (I'm talking 7 am early), so we could actually get out of the apartment and have second breakfast (we can't make it that long without breakfast ;P), so we could get out pretty early if we needed.

You can find out more about City Den apartments here*.

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