Our skiing group - 5 friends (2 men, 3 women, just friends, none of us a couple) always go away for a weekend halfway between skiing trips & this year we chose Amsterdam. Staying on a houseboat is just the best thing to do! We had a great time. There's a comment about the boat being dirty and it probably does need repainting. However on our boat cruise round the canals it was obvious to us that all the houseboats have seen better days, they're just old. The boat is in a great location - 10 minutes from Central Station and you can walk just about everywhere. Or take a tram which is very easy, or use the 2 bikes that come with the boat. Marja left beer and wine for us, also chocolates, sweets and biscuits. There was tourist info in a big folder and she told us where the nearest restaurants and markets were. There were also some games (darts, football table, etc) which the guys enjoyed playing. We didn't meet the heron, but a little ginger cat came and curled up on the sofa with us! The boat was spacious - a least another 2 people could have slept on it with us - with a good sized living room (nice open fire). The kitchen has good facilities and we cooked breakfast there, then had lunch and dinner out, but you could make those too on the boat if you wanted. There is just one bathroom and one toilet which is separate from the bathroom, but that didn't bother us. We loved Amsterdam and agreed it was our best weekend away yet.