The AmicitiA provided a little taste of what houseboat living might be like. We stayed for three nights. Yes, the rooms are small (extremely). Our two-person room had a bunk bed, sink, closet, and a simple chair - with little floor space to spare. If you are near or taller than 6’, chances are, you will sleep with bended knees. The common (dining) area, provided ample room to relax, and a “million dollar” view. We were there in late November, the weather was cold, but the wood paneled, large windowed, sitting area provide a warm and cozy retreat.
Getting to the lower level, where the rooms and showers are, involves descending a harrowing, near vertical, stair/ladder (stadder?) - at least it’s only a few steps, and there is railing. The showers backed up, but I was told that they were soon to be remodeled.
The breakfast was great - cheeses, deli meats, bread, spreads, yogurt, cereal, coffee, tea... and again, it featured that wonderful view (swan included).
The staff were friendly, and they kept boat tidy.
It’s close to the train station, which I liked - especially, when we had to catch an early morning train to the airport.
OK, the rooms are tight - I can’t imagine sharing one with three, but Amsterdam is too good to be holed-up in your room all day. Walk around, wear yourself out, sleep well.
Oh yeah - the AmicitiA is an excellent value and a neat experience.
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