No matter what any of these reviews say, you will want to experience spending a night on a little boat in the Amsterdam harbour right? The idea of it is just too novel to miss. That being said, be sure to keep in mind that the notion of being on a boat is more romantic while laughing affectionately during your introduction to your cramped cabin and over breakfast while surrounded by windows and a view of the water and coastline. However, the speciality environment aside, a cheap hotel offers a utility by providing two essentials while away from home: a place to keep your luggage, and a place to sleep. The Amicitia's shortcoming is what it offers for the latter. If you are a light sleeper, I advise you to stay on land. 17 rooms is quite a few to squeeze onto a small boat. Her walls are thin and there is simply no way to close the doors quietly. At night, while comically crammed onto the bottom bunk (by our own choice), my girlfriend and I were able to hear every move on board for what seemed like all night. Not even the soft blanket of inebriation could keep the footsteps above and the slamming doors below out of our dreams. We woke up to the sound of hair dryers and an entire conversation from the couple next door who sounded so close they could have been on the top bunk.
The owners were laid-back and let us check in early, the premises kept spotless, and the dining room was a relaxing place to start the day.
So, in short.....do yourself a favour and bring some earplugs. And if you happen to take part in Amsterdam's herbal offerings, take some top deck and watch the sunset or something. You salty sea dogs.
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- Also Known As:
- b&b Boat Friesland Hotel Amsterdam
- Bed And Breakfast Boat Friesland