Leiden – A Pretty, Historic Dutch City Near The Sea

Reviews : Accommodation

Name: St.PIERRE apartment

Location: Netherlands

Leiden is a city in the South of The Netherlands located just a 45-minute drive away from Amsterdam (even less if you travel by train). Many canals form a network of waterways in the city, making it an ideal place to visit on foot or by boat. The canals are lined with beautiful 17th-century buildings showcasing classic Dutch stepped-roof style architecture.

The city is home to the country’s oldest university, dating from 1575. The university houses the Hortus botanicus Leiden Botanical Garden, founded in 1590, where the tulip was introduced to Western Europe. A number of museums are within walking distance of each other and they displays works by the Dutch Masters including some by Rembrandt, who was born in Leiden, along with a world-class collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian artefacts.

Leiden is one of the most picturesque cities in The Netherlands, it is almost impossible to come away without some good photos. Stay on Wednesdays and Saturdays to enjoy the street markets. Whether you are looking for fish, flowers, cheese or just want to people watch this is a great way to experience Dutch culture.

If you love flowers, just 26 miles to the South of Leiden are the wonderful gardens of Keukenhof with it’s spectacular fields of tulips.

But perhaps the best reason to come to Leiden is to relax in one of the vibrant waterfront cafes with the many students in the town.

Where To Stay In Leiden

If you want to stay in gorgeous Leiden, we recommend staying in a the luxury short stay st.PIERRE apartment. This apartment offers you a luxury home from home in a beautiful 17th century listed property, right in the centre of Leiden. The apartment can be found between the 1000 year old burcht, the gothic Pieterschurch and the recently renovated law faculty.

Apart from the amazing character of the apartment itself, personal touches of your hosts, Gera and Merijn can be found throughout. Their subtle sense of style, eye for detail and predilection to luxury and comfort are evident from the moment you step through the door.

Stepping through the door of the nearly four meter high facade of the building welcomes you to a light and airy hallway with a seating area with TV and a small desk. Close the blinds for privacy or, in good Dutch tradition, keep them open to keep a connection to the street and let the light stream in.

Because of its early 17th century architecture the apartment connects via a set of small stairs. From the hallway the apartment you can go up a few steps to the bedroom with a comfortable double bed a build-in wardrobe, laptop safe, a TV and a large window that presents an ever changing view of a beautiful inner city garden.

Going down a couple of steps from the hallway, there is a fully equipped kitchen. Featuring a large Smeg fridge, gas hubs and a dishwasher. A large dining table seats up to six, ideal a small dinner party for friends or business meetings with colleagues.

Behind the kitchen you’ll find the small bathroom with the WC, a luxurious rain shower and a full range of toiletries. From here you also have access to a intimate patio area, ideal for relaxing glass of wine after coming home from an excursion or meeting.

From the kitchen there is another small set of stairs down to the wine cellar with a wide range of different wines and champagnes, which you are welcome to try.

Whether you come to Leiden on vacation or for business, st.PIERRE offers you a home away from home to enjoy this beautiful city and make your stay extra memorable!

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