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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 "Perfect service! Very friendly hotel staff! Room is clean and comfortable. Free wifi." 9 out of 10 Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments Oostenburgergracht
Zoover "Staff were extremely helpful and always pleasant" 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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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

Jul 20, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 Hortus Festival

Hortus Festival

Enjoy great music at even greater locations.

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Aug 12, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 Parade Amsterdam

Parade Amsterdam

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

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Aug 18, 2016 - Aug 27, 2016 World Cinema Festival

World Cinema Festival

World Cinema is a film festival held in Amsterdam from the 18th till the 27th of August. This festival shows special movies to let you see how life is

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Aug 26, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 Uitmarkt

Uitmarkt

Endjoy more than 350 live performances during the Uitmarkt.

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Aug 26, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 Jordaan Festival

Jordaan Festival

Enjoy typical Dutch music and more during the Jordaan Festival.

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Sep 1, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016 Amsterdam Fringe Festival

Amsterdam Fringe Festival

The Amsterdam Fringe Festival takes place in the fringes of the Dutch Theatre Festival, highlighting Amsterdam's avant-garde drama productions. The fe

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Sep 8, 2016 - Sep 13, 2016 IBC 2016

IBC 2016

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

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Sep 10, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016 Open Monumentendag Amsterdam

Open Monumentendag Amsterdam

Open Monumentendag Amsterdam is providing you with the possibility to visit important historical buildings, monuments and private houses that are free

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Sep 11, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016 Amsterdam City Swim 2016

Amsterdam City Swim 2016

On September the 11th the 5th edition of the Amsterdam City Swim will be held! This event is held to raise awareness in the fight against ALS. Last ye

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Sep 16, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016 Unseen Photo Festival

Unseen Photo Festival

Unseen Photo Festival is an annual international photography fair and festival in Amsterdam. 54 galleries are welcomed from across the world. Unseen f

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Sep 17, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016 Dam tot Damloop

Dam tot Damloop

65.000 runners will be participating in the Dam tot Damloop on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of September 2016,. The participants will be runn

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Sep 25, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016 Pure Market

Pure Market

Pure Markt is organised at several locations troughout Amsterdam and even in other cities. For the 25th of September it will be held at Park Frankenda

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Oct 1, 2016 - Oct 11, 2016 Driving North

Driving North

Feel like discovering a good old drive-in movie theatre!? This will be the third edition and it will return to the grounds of the NDSM shipyard, in A

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Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016 Camera Japan

Camera Japan

Camera Japan is the largest Japanese multidisciplinary cultural festival of the Benelux and offers a mix of film, art, music and food. Camera Japan is

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Oct 19, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016 Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres.

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Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 24H Noord

24H Noord

24H Amsterdam is the best way to get to know the city in a new way. The 24H north edition will take place on the 29th of October, entirely focused on

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Nov 16, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016 IDFA

IDFA

Berlin has the Berlinale, Venice the world’s oldest film festival and Cannes has, well, Cannes. But Amsterdam’s got the IDFA – the most prestigious documentary film festival on the planet.

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Nov 24, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016 Amsterdam Art Weekend

Amsterdam Art Weekend

The fifth edition of Amsterdam Art Weekend will take place from the 24th until the 27th of November 2016. It is a four day event that attracts art en

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Nov 25, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016 Meesterlijk

Meesterlijk

Meesterlijk is the event where product designers, fashion designers and food designers share their passion for design and craftsmanship with the publi

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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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