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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!" 4 out of 5 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." 9 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


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

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Our locations


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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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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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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The Yays - Crane Apartment

In the 20th century, the quays along the IJ River in Amsterdam were lined with industrial harbour cranes. One of those crane-filled spots was KNSM Island, in the Eastern part of the city. Nowadays a creative hub of local entrepreneurs, art galleries and unique architecture, this neighbourhood is home to the last crane standing: Figee Crane 2868, an icon for the history of the city. Thoroughly renovated and transformed into The Yays - Crane Apartment, a boutique three storey apartment with a beautiful past. A unique accommodation perfect for those looking for an unforgettable and extraordinary experience.

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Hidden behind the well-connected main road, La Meridiana, lies the charming neighbourhood La Sagrera. A still undiscovered neighbourhood with lots of green spaces and pedestrian cobbled streets, so authentic that you'll easily forget you're in the second largest metropolis of Spain. Yays Sagrera offers 30 apartments where you can enjoy the peaceful and authentic vibe of a true Catalan neighbourhood.

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Nov 30, 2017
Tea Bar
As true tea lovers, founders Sara (38) and Fenje (37), spent years together drinking tea. Even while...

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