ITB 2024 Special Reporting
Controversy Tram Hotel, The Netherlands.
Unusual Hotels of the World
Wednesday, 7th March 2007
City trams converted into 4 separate accommodation units - Frank and Irma Appel have created 4 wonderfully themed tram bedrooms in either end of 2 city centre tram railcars, that used to run on the streets of Amsterdam and Germany.

With double bed, shower and toilet facilities and a sink top unit for drinks and snacks, these represent a fantastic Bed and Breakfast location.

There are four different themed compartments; Italian (smoking), French (smoking), English (non smoking) or American (non smoking).

Next to the trams is the Appel house, Controversy - named after their love of the similarly titled Prince album. You can't help but join in the lifestyle that Frank and Irma have created! They themselves sleep inside a London Double Decker bus, installed in the living room, and their kitchen and breakfast area is a converted French van. Their house is decorated with cars, and motor paraphernalia.

Outside the house, there are 2 trams, and a third railway carriage currently undergoing rebuild. There is also a Mig fighter plane – providing a completely surreal view of the property from the surrounding flat land around Hoogwoud.

They provide a library, that looks like a UFO – but is actually the escape pod from an Oil Rig. If you're arriving by train and planning to say several nights, ask Irma if she's able to pick you up – or arrange a taxi from the local station.

Both Frank and Irma are incredibly friendly, and staying here is certainly worth the trip to escape the busy Amsterdam life for a couple of nights.


  • For only €60,00 per person, per night, including tourist tax and cleaning, you will receive a great breakfast and a tour of their amazing home.
  • If you are planning to stay for several nights, the rate reduces: The second night they charge €. 50,00 per person, per night and the third night or more only €. 40,00 per person, per night.
Payment of 50% required in advance via transfer or money order.

Arrival by 16.00 and departure before noon the next day. Check with the team, they are incredibly friendly and can accommodate most requests.

They have chickens, pigs and donkeys on the estate too – so beware if you suffer from allergies.


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