We very much enjoyed our stay at Mirjam's B&B Little Amstel houseboat, after a rather bad glitch the first night of what was expected to be a 3-night stay. We arrived late (around 9pm) after a long train trip, and discovered that the key to the room was not in the little lock box. We were invited in to the large room by a nice American family and we tried calling, texting and emailing Mirjam over the span of over an hour, but received no response. We ended up checking into a nearby (extremely expensive) hotel that night. Mirjam finally called back around 11:45 pm, after we'd checked in elsewhere, and was extremely apologetic; she said that the person who comes in to clean is supposed to make sure the key is in the box, but obviously there was a slip-up. Next morning, she made sure the key was there, and we stayed the final two nights at the houseboat. Mirjam felt so bad about the snafu that she refunded the full amount we had prepaid for our 3-night stay. We protested that this was way more than we expected of her, but she was insistent.
To go on to the more positive aspects of our experience, we absolutely loved the room, the location, and the whole idea of staying on a houseboat. As a couple, we liked the corner standard room very much, and were impressed with the facilities in the large "family" room as well. We've stayed in other B&B's in other locations in Amsterdam, and know the city and transportation system pretty well. We chose this place based in part on location, as my husband was going to a conference at the University of Amsterdam. We had not previously stayed in or explored this neighborhood, and were happy to have the chance to do so. I do think the location is slightly "peripheral" and for someone new to the city, it might be a bit of a learning experience to figure out locations of sights and the transportation system. However, it's really close to a lot, if not by walking then within a few tram stops. We would certainly recommend the place to anyone visiting Amsterdam who's the least bit adventurous and who doesn't need an on-site manager/concierge/owner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern designed bed and breakfast rooms with en-suite bathrooms and private entrances on a luxurious houseboat in the centre of Amsterdam. The houseboat is moorded along the Amstel River in the heart of downtown Amsterdam and offers 2 modern designed bed and breakfast rooms. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom and private entrance to ensure your privacy and is suitable for a couple or two singles. The rooms are equipped with everything you can think of to make your stay comfortable, like a fridge, coffee- an tea making faccilites, flatscreen TV, complete bathroom, luxurious beds etc. Every morning there is breakfast delivery at your door and when the weather is nice, you can eat out on the terrace. ... more less
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