We have stayed in some pretty amazing places in the world, including an over-water bungalow in the South Pacific - yet spending 6 nights on the Prinsenboat was the most unique experience we've ever had.
Staying on a houseboat in a canal is NOT for everyone. You are right off a street, with the noise of people, street cars, & some car traffic. There are boats going by your front windows most of the day & evening, & if you leave your blinds open, you are on display. You don't have a lot of room, & the bath is tiny. HOWEVER - if it's a really different travel experience you're after, Prinsenboat cannot be beat.
We loved every aspect of our week on Prinsenboat: watching the tourist boats go by, with people waving (& sometimes taking our picture), watching the working boats go by. The neighborhood couldn't be better for travelers, with many wonderful restaurants within a few hundred feet of the boat, as well as good grocery stores, specialty dessert shops, & take-out restaurants that we will truly miss.
As Amsterdam goes, it's really pretty quiet on the Prinsengracht Canal. We felt very safe on the boat, as well as walking around the neighborhood (& really, in all of Amsterdam). You have a lot of privacy, in spite of the windows right at water level. You do not share the boat with anyone else - as with many of the other houseboats for rent in Amsterdam. The ducks & swans come & beg for bread, & are completely tuned in to the opening of the window shades each morning.
The kitchen is handy, with everything you need, unless you're cooking big meals, which we did not do. The bathroom is tiny - as it is in all houseboats - but adequate, with lots of hot water & excellent water pressure. The heat is fast & responsive, & we were quite comfortable. The bed is huge, which is another unique thing here. We loved the wood enclosure, which makes you feel as if you're in a tent, & very cozy - yet there's a tall window inside to open for evening breezes.
In addition, Peter, the owner of Prinsenboat, was very kind & concerned about our needs. We hated leaving, loved our stay on the boat - as well as Amsterdam in general. A beautiful & unique place!
Owner's Response: Dear Guests,
Thank you for such a extensive review!
You are definitely describing the right ambiance of The Prinsenboat;
"a really different travel experience"
Hope to see you again soon.
Helpful votes: 7/7
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