Xaviera Hollander's Happy House

B&b in Vondelpark & the South

Xaviera Hollander was once a sex worker, later a brothel owner, and wrote about her eventful life in her autobiography The Happy Hooker. She now welcomes guests to her home in the ritzy Beethovenstraat neighbourhood (minimum two-night stay). The two rooms, 'David' and 'Goliath' (which share a bathroom), are brightly decorated, plus furnished with books such as her Guide to Mind-Blowing Sex.

Xaviera's still something of a media star, and if you're lucky enough to meet her during your stay you'll quickly understand her charisma. The B&B is a good 1km south of the Museumplein. She also rents a self-contained flat near the RAI Congress Centre.