Amazing Affordable Experience
My wife and I rented this houseboat for a week, and we were so glad we did! Mirko was very hospitable and helped us to get acquainted with our location (having just arrived all groggy from the overnight flight). The furnishings are simple but comfortable and functional. The bed was delightful - it was a bit challenging to get out of bed in the morning!
The houseboat has pretty much everything you could possibly need including a clothes washer and dryer (really helped us to pack light!), dishwasher, stocked kitchen for basic cooking (we ate breakfast and several dinners on the boat and saved $$$ - the grocery store is only a five minute walk away), TV with cable - including BBC and CNN (just in case you fancy staying plugged in to the stress-inducing news events of the day), and a large dining table directly under one of the houseboat windows that looks out over the charming arched bridge directly beside the houseboat.
I don't think there's a better way to stay in Amsterdam than on a houseboat. The perspective you get from being on the canal (and eight feet or so below the bicycle and street traffic buzzing around you) is unforgettable, nor is the curious looks you get from passing tourist boats that cruise by the houseboat and under the arched bridge from roughly 9am to 5pm each day. Plus there are numerous other houseboats moored on either side of you with authentic Amsterdam residents who are going about their day. When a boat passes by, the houseboat gently sways side-to-side for a few minutes and then subsides - how awesome is that! All other times, you'd never know that you were on a boat.
Up on the street level directly next to the houseboat is a delightful corner pub and cafe that serves pilsner for $3 a glass and is decidedly a local hangout. I went there several nights and didn't meet a single tourist even though the houseboat is only steps away from the central train station and the red light district. The locals in the pub received me quite well (and this is all just up the stairs from the houseboat! - when you are tired you just say good night and walk down the stairs on to your houseboat!)
The houseboat couldn't be in a better location. Like I said it is only five minutes or so walk to central train station, less than five minutes to an economical grocery store (a can of lager is $1.25, spaghetti is less than $2 a bag, fruit and vegetables are very reasonable). Don't stay in a hotel. Stay here instead!
Grant and Suzanne
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 4/4
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