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  • "The best way to get to know a city is not to visit it, but to live it."

  • “The feeling of home even when you’re a long way from home.”

  • “If a hidden gem is in the tourist guides, chances are it isn’t all that hidden anymore.”

  • “Deal closed? Check. New leads? Check. Perfect local present for the home front? Double check.”

  • “Home is where the kids can sleep while you’re having dinner.”

  • “Even in the busiest cities there’s romance to be found. You just need to know where to look for it.”

Welcome to the neighbourhood.

The true resident’s experience.

The best way to get to know a city is not to visit it, but to live it.
With Yays, you’re staying in boutique apartments in the most characteristic neighbourhoods,
surrounded by shops and restaurants you won’t find in any of the tourist guides.
Stay with us and before you know it, you'll be dishing out insider tips to the locals.

Tripadvisor "the location is perfect . clean . river view!" 8 out of 10 Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments Bickersgracht
Booking "Great location, parking nearby. Great staff very helpful and attentive. The apartments are a fantastic change to a dull generic hotel room." 10 out of 10 Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments Oostenburgergracht
Zoover "Easy location for a family ages 8-12, perfect accomodation and helpful friendly staff" 10 out of 10 Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments Zoutkeetsgracht

WHY CHOOSE YAYS

If you’d like to get to know and experience as much of local life as possible, you’ve come to the right place.

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WHY CHOOSE YAYS

YAYS SERVICES

With Yays, you’re not just booking a place to stay. You’re getting access to a range of services that will let you truly experience local life.

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YAYS SERVICES

NEIGHBOURHOOD CONCIERGE

Ask the building concierge for anything you may need to make your stay more enjoyable.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD CONCIERGE

Our locations

Oostenburgergracht

The Oostenburger island was built in the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company with the purpose of housing shipyards and warehouses. In an old steam engine factory built there in the early 19th century, Yays Oostenburgergracht now offers 43 apartments just east of the old city centre. Visit the nearby Artis Magistra zoo, the Maritime Museum or hop across the street to the Brouwerij ‘t IJ brewery if you fancy a local beer in your Amsterdam pied-a-terre.

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Zoutkeetsgracht

In the 18th century, Amsterdam was known as the world’s central warehouse. Part of this heritage is the Zoutkeetsgracht, which was named after its warehouses used for storing and processing salt. To this day, no other European city boasts so many historic warehouses, most of them converted into apartments. Yays’ Zoutkeetsgracht location which now offers 31 apartments – around the corner from lively Westerpark - is no exception, except that it’s exceptionally amazing of course.

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Bickersgracht

Once a forgotten piece of Amsterdam built in 1631 by merchant Jan Bicker, today Bickerseiland is one of the city’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Yays Bickersgracht is located right on the water’s edge and a stone’s throw away from the bustling Haarlemmerdijk with its many shops and restaurants and the iconic Jordaan area. We suggest you download the song ‘Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten’. Believe us when we say it will make a fitting theme song for your stay.

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Calendar

Dec 1, 2016 - Jan 22, 2017 Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival

As if Amsterdam isn’t picturesque enough as it is, there’s the Amsterdam Light Festival.

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Dec 18, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Christmas Weekender of the NeighbourFood Market

Christmas Weekender of the NeighbourFood Market

The NeighbourFood Market is the place for anyone who loves good, traditional and delicious food.The NeighbourFood Market is a platform for local restaurants, caterers, organic farmers, caterers, bakers, butchers, local chefs, cheese makers, sausage turners, juice pressers, soup kettles, sandwich - heroes, fanatical foodies, baristas, gentlemen of the tea, enthusiastic producers and distributors.

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Dec 18, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Pure wintermarkt 2016

Pure wintermarkt 2016

Where do you shop the best food, gifts and goodies? At the Pure wintermarkt.

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Dec 25, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017 Tango Train

Tango Train

During the winter days in Amsterdam you can warm yourself up with the TangoTrain.

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Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017 New Year's Eve in Amsterdam

New Year's Eve in Amsterdam

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Amsterdam? Don’t know where to celebrate yet? Yay! We can help u with that. We selected the best options for you to do on this special evening. Do you want to party, enjoy the fireworks or join the National countdown? That’s all possible in Amsterdam.

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Jan 14, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017 Hotelnacht.nl

Hotelnacht.nl

Hotelnacht.nl came up with a special offer initially focussed on the habitants of Amsterdam, to make them go explore the local hotels in their area.

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Jan 20, 2017 - Jan 30, 2017 Amsterdam Fashion Week

Amsterdam Fashion Week

The 26th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam is coming. It will take place on the last week of January 2017 in the Westergasfabriek Amsterdam.

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Jan 23, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017 International Improvisation Theatre Festival (IMPRO)

International Improvisation Theatre Festival (IMPRO)

Every year the International Improvisation Theatre Festival takes place in the Compagnietheatre Amsterdam.

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Feb 11, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Design icons

Design icons

Sixty professional vintage design dealers from across Europe come to Amsterdam for Design Icons 2017.

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Mar 10, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Amsterdam Coffee Festival

Amsterdam Coffee Festival

This Coffee Festival lets you experience and enjoy coffee in the best possible way!

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Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017 Museum Week 2017

Museum Week 2017

This year from the 3th until the 9th of April 2017 a lot of museums will participate in the National Museum Week.

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Apr 12, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017 Imagine Film Festival

Imagine Film Festival

The Film Museum the Eye is eleven days dominated by the Imagine Film Festival. It’s the only festival in the Netherlands dedicated to fantastic cinema.

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Apr 27, 2017 - Apr 27, 2017 Kingsday 2017

Kingsday 2017

Kingsday is a national holiday in the Netherlands, which we celebrate the birthday of our king.

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May 4, 2017 - May 4, 2017 Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

The 4th of May is an important day about the history of the Netherlands. On this day the citizens of the Netherlands commemorates all Dutch casualties since World War II.

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May 5, 2017 - May 5, 2017 Liberation day in Amsterdam

Liberation day in Amsterdam

On the 5th of May we celebrate Liberation day and the fact that we live in freedom since then. There are many festivities throughout the day in Amsterdam.

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May 24, 2017 - May 28, 2017 Rollende Keukens

Rollende Keukens

Rollende keukens is a local food festival held at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam!

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Jun 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017 Summer nights in Artis Zoo

Summer nights in Artis Zoo

Enjoy your summer nights at Artis!

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Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 Open Garden Days

Open Garden Days

Visit the beautiful gardens in Amsterdam that are normally closed in the 3th weekend of June.

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Jun 17, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 Day of the architecture

Day of the architecture

In the weekend of 17 & 18 June, Amsterdam shows some of its remarkable architecture during the day of architecture.

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Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 Kerkennacht (Church night)

Kerkennacht (Church night)

Discover the most impressive churches in Amsterdam on the 24th of june 2017.

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Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017 Over het IJ festival

Over het IJ festival

Over het IJ festival is a theater festival and offers theater and nice food. This 10 day during event is known for its sea containers. In, on or next

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Jul 29, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017 EuroPride

EuroPride

Europride has arrived, with the world famous Canal Parade on the 5th of August!

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Aug 11, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 Parade Amsterdam

Parade Amsterdam

Enjoy a day full with theater-, dance-, mime-, or music shows at the Parade.

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Aug 11, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Grachten Festival

Grachten Festival

Enjoy classical music along the canals of Amsterdam with this special event.

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Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017 IBC 2017

IBC 2017

In September each year, IBC brings together all technology providers to gather together and get the latest trends, business ideas and technology solutions.

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Dec 5, 2016
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