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“Such a cool place to stay in Amsterdam!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostelboat Anna Maria II
Oosterdok t o 4, Pier 4, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)   |  
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Ranked #71 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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“Such a cool place to stay in Amsterdam!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Read loads of reviews that slated this hostel but i ignored them as it was so cheap and booked it anyway. SO GLAD I DID! For the money it is in a brilliant location, 10 min walk from central station, 10 mins from the red light district and 15 mins from Rembrantplein! I will admit when we got on board i though 'i cant live in such a cramped place!' but when you get used to it its fine. The rooms were tiny and if you're tall theres no chance you can stay there but the beds were really comfy, the rooms were warm and the toilets and showers were spotless. Breakfast was really nice and there was lots of it. Plus as it was such a small hostel you got to chat to all the other guests and mix with them. The staff we're so helpful and nice, they'd sit and chat and recommend places to visit and even lent my friend a towel because she forgot to take one, and when we missed breakfast on the first day they made up tea and coffee and got us cereal so we wouldnt go without.
Another good point was we could sit up on the deck in the evening and have a drink with a really lovely view of Amsterdam and all the boats in the dock, i honestly couldnt recommend this place enough, its a unique place to stay and i'd def go back again!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

My friend and I were taking a weekend trip to Amsterdam and were excited about staying on a boat; unfortunately we were very disappointed. First impressions were okay, we were greeted by a lady smilling and waving through about a 3ft hatch, with extremely steep steps down to inside the boat. I certainly however did not enjoy attempting to safely climb down the stairs into the boat with my luggage. The lady who greeted us was very polite and spoke fantastic English, she also gave us information about good places to visit and the travelling system. To say the least we were shocked about the size of the room, we knew it was going to be small, but not that small! We weren't even able to pass through the door at the same time as there was not enough room, we had to create a one-way like system. The beds and the window were small, but we could cope with that. We next discovered that there was not a plug socket in our room, we asked where we could charge our phones and were told there were plug sockets in the public dining area - meaning we had to sit by our phones in the public area whilst they were charging to avoid them getting stolen, as we were told this was a possibility.

The other guests were obviously having a great time considering the amount of noise they made. We were woken several times by loud shouting/singing, whistling and laughter in the early hours of the morning i.e. 6-8am. Seeing as we had only been asleep for about an hour, we weren't exactly too happy about the noise! On one occasion one of the guys began banging on our door and shouting at us in German; unfortunately neither of us speak German. Considering that when we arrived on the boat we were sternly told to not bring 'the party' back to the boat and to have respect for the other guests; clearly the other guests did not get informed of the 'party' rules.

In the morning we had to join the queue for the shower, as the showers and toilet facilities were communal. There were only two of each of the facilities on the boat, on the plus side the toilets were clean and smelt nice! Our next serious problem was when we realised it was BYO towels as neither of us had packed one. It was however not the owners fault as it is advertised, but dont do what we did - take a towel!

Our last and final disappointment was when we had breakfast for the first time. We had read previous reviews which gave us high expectations for breakfast. We awkardly entered the dining area and discovered breakfast was just completely basic, it was just bread, jam, ham, cheese and poor refreshments. It was an experience staying on the Anna Maria II, but I certainly will not be staying there again. To add to the fun, when we checked out at 10:30am, we were greeted by extreme rain and wind!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

We stayed at the end of July 2010 and had a 2 bunk room. If you are taller than 5 foot 5 inches I would think twice about booking here as the rooms and bunks are extremely small/short. We had the luxury of being short, so the short bunks were not an issue. You should also try to pack light as there isn't much room for luggage either.

Nonetheless, the stay was pleasant and for 25 euros a night it was fine. The room had a sink but you had to share shower and toilet facilities which were fine/clean (just cozy). As it is a boat - it can get loud depending on the other people who are booked at the same time as you; rooms are very close together and the upper deck is above the rooms ceiling so noise travels. There are no curfews.

Breakfast was simple (breads, jams, ham & cheese, cereal, coffee, tea & juice); but there was plenty of it and is enough to get you through to lunch. Basic linen is provided, but it is BYO towels.

The boat is right next to the Nemo Museum (Google maps is wrong); and it's a 10min walk to the central train station. It is a little bit of a walk to all the entertainment areas, so those who want to go clubbing etc might want somewhere closer; but there are buses and trams not far away from the boat.

All in all Hostelboat Anna Maria II was a unique experience for us and was fun, it's cheap,quiet at night (surrounding area) and safe; so what more can you ask for.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oosterdok t o 4, Pier 4, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Binnenstad
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Ranked #71 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
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