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“Bring earplugs and a friend for the top bunk”
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AmicitiA
Reviewed 6 November 2013

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.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

The novelty of being on a boat in Amsterdam is not to be missed! This is a great option for those on a budget. You won't get much cheaper than this and you don't have share a dorm room!

There are a few pros and cons though:

Pros
-Great breakfast
-Private room with basin, very clean
-Very good price
-Easy going, friendly staff
-Lovely upper deck with a great view of amsterdam

Cons
-With boats, they can be a bit smelly, make sure you ask for a room away from the toilets
-Rooms are very small and the pillows are like rocks
-My shower was flooded
-Noise can be an issue with the thin walls. While there is not much actual noise, people walking on the floor above is quite loud.
-Not much ventilation so in summer I imagine it is very hot in the rooms!
-Not very close to anything. It's atleast a 15min walk to the touristy areas

I'd recommend this for two friends visiting Amsterdam for the weekend. Its a great experience and ten times better than being in a dorm for a similar price!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the boat where there aren't any toilets
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Stayed at the hostel first week of September and could not have found it any better. We were greeted warmly the first night there and offered a different room for the rest of our stay (with better views) without us even having to ask! Rooms are small yes but to be honest we were never in them, spent most of the time chatting to Merel, Dave, Annie and other guests upstairs. Made to feel very much at home our whole trip and they even threw in a FREE boat trip round the canals at night (or whenever you want.) Top marks for Merel as a hostess she did a great job and Dave and Annie on the avanti boat are good craic too (go and see his hamster)
We will 100% be back

Room Tip: rooms on the far side have the best view, woken up to flocks of ducks every morning, bliss.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Went on a 12 day euro trip visiting four countries with 2 other friends....

The bad - can only use the showers at certain times of the day, REALLY SMALL rooms (I felt pretty clusterphobic with 3 people in total in our room), the soap ran out on our last night and none of the owners replaced it, the rooms were terribly hot at night, the breakfast sucks

The good - owners were really friendly and nice and gave great directions to anywhere we wanted to go, the hostel dog was so cute!, great view from the main dining area of amsterdam

I don't know how much other places cost in Amsterdam...but I would fork over more money to be in a more comfortable place. The rooms were just too small and stuffy. Maybe would've been good for 2 ppl.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

It was new and interesting to sleep on a boat, but overall I found the hostel to be below average compared to others I have stayed in.

Receptionist: friendly and helpful.

Room: tiny best describes them. The room periodically smelt of sewage, when a toilet was flushed. In fact the toilets and showers all smelt of sewage. Also very thin walls, so earplugs are a good idea.
Breakfast: simple toast and cereal, but ok.
Location: Good. You can walk to everything from here.
Atmosphere: little to none.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This hotel boat was great. The view of Amsterdam is amazing. It is also about a 10 minute walk from the city center, which makes sightseeing easy and convenient. The breakfast is good and the staff is wonderful. One of the gentlemen even got us dinner reservations at one of the local restaurants.

The rooms are somewhat small and there is a shared shower. Everything is clean and the staff is accommodating. Plus, you get to stay on a house-boat in Amsterdam!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2013 via mobile

We just stayed here for 1 night but it was the nicest place ive stayed. Its really close to the station and the views surrounding it on a night are beautiful! The woman we saw called mureal was really nice and friendly and chilled out. She also showed us some of the best places to go which was helpful! The rooms were small but it wasnt a problem you could still get changed and have a wash etc. The place was very clean and we had no complaints on hygine. There was a really nice breakfast in the morning too and sitting outside on a night with a drink and a smoke was bliss....definatly going to stay here everytime I come again no matter what my budget. Addorable place

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Address: Oosterdok, 1011 VX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
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Ranked #68 of 237 Speciality Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range: £50 - £88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
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Also Known As:
b&b Boat Friesland Hotel Amsterdam
Bed And Breakfast Boat Friesland

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