Fabulous place, enthusiastic recommendation
This is an ideal place for a stay in Amsterdam. It is really and truly an outstanding place and an excellent value. It is spacious, attractive, and well-appointed. It has the feel of a boat and all the amenities of a private home. The location is very quiet but very close to all the action. Note that the boat does move when the wind blows, and the loud animals in the zoo early in the morning--I LOVED both of these elements but others might not. :) The place is more homey than a sterile hotel, not quite as polished, but a much better value and with a lot more amenities (entertaining space, cellphone for local calls, laundry, full kitchen with staples (not only dishes and utensils but also things like coffee and oil and vinegar and jam)). The views and light on the canal are wonderful. I agree with the previous review, that it would be nice to include the bikes in the price, and/or they could be maintained just a bit better (the bike lights didn't work), but I must also say that it is very convenient for a short stay to have the bikes handy without the extra chore of going to a local bike rental place. Channels on the TV are limited but that isn't important to me--basic news in Dutch, English, German, etcetera is available. Everything works well--WIFI, kitchen appliances, laundry, hot water, heat. The decor is nice, tasteful and understated with some humorous touches. Great to have a bookcase full of stuff and I left some additional maps as a thank-you to those responsible for building up the map collection before my arrival. The owner, Martyn, and the person in the neighborhood who helps him out, were both great to deal with in English. I cannot give a higher recommendation to their level of service and to this wonderful houseboat. One final note--if you stay here, even your Dutch friends will be impressed.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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