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“Excellent location and very quaint”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Amsterdam, North Holland Province

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John P
Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
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“Noisy But a Good Stay”
Reviewed 21 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Our family of four stayed for 4 nights earlier this month. It was comfortable enough and is very well located in the city center. About a 15 minute walk to Dam Square and closer to Tram lines, flower market, Rembrandt house, etc. The novelty and excitement of staying in a houseboat outweighed the negatives, but there were a few negatives.

It is very noisy. In the evenings it's sort of like living next to a floating frat party. Lots of loud singing, not a little yelling, tour boats going by all the time. This is kind of fun before going to bed and annoying after you go to bed. I got by with ear plugs, but the noise did affect my sleep. I think this might be one of the busier canal areas in the city, and can't help but wonder if one could find a more quiet houseboat experience with a little research.

It opens onto a bicycle freeway. The only way in and out is to cross a bicycle freeway. if you are new to Amsterdam, beware the bicycle. They don't like to stop, and motorized scooters also come along. Perhaps my biggest criticism is that when you check-in, you will be told how to get to the houseboat from the hotel -- a short walk -- but you will not be warned about the bicycle freeway, which looks to a newcomer like a sidewalk. It is potentially quite dangerous, and I really think the owners ought to walk this route thinking as a newcomer -- unaccustomed to Amsterdam -- might think, and then figure out how to carefully explain the safest way to get to the houseboat. Again, a little research might find a houseboat experience that doesn't involve crossing a bicycle freeway to get in and out.

I didn't think the owner was quite as accessible as others have although he was friendly and mildly informative. For example, I struggled quite a bit early on with the key to the inside door. The trick is that you have to pull the door out a little to get the key out when you lock it. It would have taken just a few seconds to explain that to me and would have saved me some trouble. The shower took us some time to figure out as well.

I would suggest doing a bit of shopping around. But overall I'm glad to have had the experience of staying here, and it was certainly memorable for the kids.

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Liked best: The central location, watching the boats go by during the early evening
Liked least: The noise in the late evening, the dangerous bike crossing getting in and out
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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stodnfren...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Excellent location and very quaint”
Reviewed 3 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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We stopped for 3 nights . The owner met us and was very helpful. Boat is lovely. Perfect location and perfect base. Bedroom Isn't massive but ideal for a few nights break. The only thing I would say to ladies with long hair is take a hair dryer as it takes a while with the one that's on the boat but that's by no means a criticism at all.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Liked best: Location and the ambiance/decor/layout of accommodation
Liked least: noisy water heater
Travelling group: Friends
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Collin I
Adelphi, Maryland
1 review
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“Comfort and an ever changing view!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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person found this review helpful

The salon with two walls of windows and an ever changing view was one of the highlights of our trip! Vibrant during the day and yet still quiet at night. A great place to relax and recharge between outings in the city. The owner Simon was very friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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