My name is Erik, a 49 year old single gay man. As a freelance photographer I work at home (the photo studio is on the 2nd floor) and of course everywhere customers need me.
I enjoy bicycle riding, swimming, the sea, nature and the sun. I don't smoke, don't use drugs and don't drink alcohol. I am naturist (nudist), but I will wear clothes if my guest does not appreciate the naturist lifestyle.
What I like about my house is that it is close to the center of Amsterdam, where all the action is, but still far away from it to feel completely relaxed.
My favorite place is the garden. It is facing south, so the sun is shining here all day. In summer a great place for naturists. You can enjoy the sun completely naked on the terrace! Not many houses in Amsterdam can offer this…
My house is located in the west part of Amsterdam. The area is called 'New West'. This is close to Amsterdam Airport, Haarlem and the beach (Zandvoort).
Amsterdam city centre is only 8 km from my house. Tram line 1 is just a few minutes walk and with up to 12 trams per hour you are within half an hour in the city centre. Line 1 brings you to all the main places of interest without having to change to an other line.
And if you come by car, there is plenty parking space in my street. For free!
The airport is half an hour by public transport or 15 minutes by taxi. Uber is available too.
If you want to see more of my neighbourhood, search for Ecuplein on Google Maps.
I live here just by myself, and I only host one guest at a time, so the house stays quiet. I almost never go out at night. Normally I go to sleep around midnight. I only host people who also use the night to sleep and not to party. In other words, if you visit Amsterdam to party and use drugs, please find an other Bed and Breakfast. Thanks for your understanding.
As a freelance photographer my working hours and days are very flexible. My house is also my office, so often I will be able to check you in at a time that is convenient for you. We have to contact each other a few days before your arrival to confirm the check in time.
As mentioned before, I sleep at night. So no middle of the night check-ins or check-outs. This means that if your flight arrives after 21.00 h, I ask you to find an other host or hotel. Also if you want to check out before 7.00 h in the morning, please find an other place to sleep. Thanks for understanding.
The guest room is available for you. This room was completely renovated in October 2016: walls, windows and ceilings painted, new floor coverings, new duvets and new linens. In the room is a small desk so you can work on your laptop in private. High speed Wifi (100 Mbps!)
The house (build in 1998) is in a very quiet area. The perfect place to catch up some sleep. The neighbours are also very quiet. You don't have to be afraid to wake up in the middle of the night because of some drunk tourists climbing the stairs of the adjacent apartment.
We share the bathroom, that has a double sink, a toilet and double shower. A second toilet is located on the ground floor.
A fresh nutritious breakfast is included in your stay. It consists of freshly baked rolls, eggs, butter, cheese, ham, jam, Dutch chocolate sprinkles, yogurt, cereals, muesli, fruits, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice.
You can use the kitchen to make yourself coffee and tea. You can store stuff in the refrigerator and freezer. You can prepare a meal in the microwave if you wish. If you want to cook a full meal on the stove, please discuss with me in advance. Maybe we can cook together?
In summer you can also use the terrace to enjoy the sun.
Maximum stay = 5 days.
If you are interested to stay with me, please read the strict house rules before you send a request. And please tell me what time you will arrive in Amsterdam and what time you want to check out the day you leave. Thanks!
Please agree to these house rules to make your stay agreable for you and me.
If you are still interested to stay with me, after reading all these limitations, please send me a message.
Price per night: from € 52,- plus booking fee from Airbnb or Misterband.
Cleaning fee: € 9,- per stay.
If you are not a member yet of Airbnb, you will receive a travel bonus when you start hosting yourself.
Use this link to create your new Airbnb account.
The calendar is only open for the upcoming 4 to 8 weeks. If you want to book more in advance, please send a message to email@example.com and I will reply as soon as possible to let you know if the requested days are available. This way, I try to give gay guests priority over other guests... :-)
And as you might have noticed, I like to be clear about what I have to offer. Just to be sure that you will enjoy your stay. Specially for those who take the effort to read all my texts, it is possible to make a direct inquiery or reservation, just by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Netherlands is probably one of the best countries in the world for gay people to live in.
In 2001 The Netherlands was the first country where gay couples could legally marry.
In the past there were a lot of cruising areas. Some of them were tolerated. If the police would drive by, they did it to check on the safety of the men visiting the cruising area. Not to arrest them. Unfortunately those places were also frequented by gay bashers. But thanks to the police we were relatively safe there. Thanks to the internet visiting cruising areas is not as popular anymore as it used to be.
The Dutch police and military are actively recruiting amongst gays and lesbians, because they want to represent the entire society. The police and military are even participating at the Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade each year! So if you ever need the police, you can completely trust them. And if you are a victim of a hate crime, you should mention to the police that you were attacked because you are gay. They will even put more effort in catching the criminals.
A large majority of the Dutch population respect LGBT people. The majority of the Dutch people are not religious. Just a few percent of the population is extremely religious. And most of them still don't accept us. Teenagers and less educated young men from Northern-African and Middle-Eastern descent are often not gay friendly at all (to put it in a mild way) and sometimes attack people only because they look gay... :-(
Since I started hosting, I welcomed gay guests from all over the world. They tell their story about how difficult it is to be who they really are in their own country. Even to their own family, they can not come out of the closet. This makes me realize how fortunate I am to live in The Netherlands.
I like to share and show the freedom we have and hope to inspire those who are still fighting for their human right to be who they really are.
See the gay Amsterdam links page for more information about gay Amsterdam.
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I wrote a page with general information for visitors to Amsterdam that contains the information that every visitor to our beautiful city at least should know to enjoy your stay to the max: Amsterdam tourist info
And if you are interested in naturism, check out this page too: Naturism links
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