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Amsterdam Love Houseboat
Oosterdok, Amsterdam 1011TE, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)   |  
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n.ireland
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6 hotel reviews
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“Loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

As a surprise for my birthday, my wife booked a weekend in Amsterdam staying on The Rose houseboat. We visited from 15th to 18th March. I had never stayed on a houseboat before and wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I wasn't disappointed.

First of all it didn't feel like we were on a boat and having looked at the many houseboats while we were there, I think the reason for this may be that it is one of if not the fanciest houseboat in all of Amsterdam.

When we arrived in horrible weather, sleet and snow, we were promptly met by Olga, as Nina and Erik were unavailable, who gave us a quick tour of the facilities which were all you could need for a short (or even a longer) stay. The living and kitchen area is compact, but we didn't do any cooking so it was fine for us, but if you want to cook it has all you would need. We couldn't figure out how to operate the music system, but that was maybe down to us and we weren't there to listen to music.

The spiral staircase to the bedroom and bathroom area appeared a bit daunting at first, but was fine. The bedroom was spacious and had a flat screen TV on one wall and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was good with a large good shower, although I sometimes nearly forgot to use the bin for disposing of toilet paper as you are not allowed to put it down the toilet. My favourite feature of the houseboat were the heated concrete floors on both levels.

It was in a superb location, with decent views and no more than a ten minute walk from Central Station and a five minute walk from the Nieumarket area (which was a tip from Olga) where you will find no shortage of cafes, restaurants, a supermarket, a food market on Saturday, ATMs, etc. and things are generally cheaper than in central Amsterdam.

Despite it being located next to a main road, there was no problem with traffic or other noise.

I would also recommend that you go across the road to the Café Pollux and introduce yourself to Fritz who is one of the friendliest barmen I have met, although all of the Dutch people seem to be very friendly and helpful.

One tip I would give is don't feed the ducks. We did and were promptly invaded by a flock of seagulls, but they disappeared as soon as the food was gone.

Nina and Erik were friendly and unobtrusive hosts who will accommodate special requests (my wife had requested champagne to be there on our arrival). Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this houseboat.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Amazing boat in great location. Many thanks to Nina, Olga and Kasia who were all very helpful. The boat has all the facilities you need to cook, listen to music, watch DVD's, relax while looking at the beautiful view of the canal. There is a lovely small Chinese restaurant close by also which is great.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

When in Amsterdam first time on a house boat love boat great experience felt like I was in true Amsterdam the location is close to central station tourist near bye with plenty of transport bikes well it is Amsterdam and of course the tram house boats close bye every one is vey friendly the accommodation is great everything your need lovely shower comfortable bed perfect stay feels like your experience is unique have a great time I did

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

If you are looking for a true Amsterdam Experience than stop looking: Love Houseboats is the place that will cater all your needs. It was so cool to be floating on water in the heart of the city at walking distance from all the hotspots, and yet still have the feeling to be out in nature, only some ducks came along. The free-spirited and life-loving hosts are more than helpfull.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I stayed on the boat for three nights and had a fantastic time. I would definitely go back to Amsterdam and I would hesitate to stay anywhere else.

The boat is situated very close to Centraal Station, tourist information and tram stops which makes getting to and from the airport/ and navigating the city. The location is quaint and authentic - the surrounding houseboat owners are friendly and helpful but non-invasive. Bikes are available to rent from a neighbouring boat.

The boat has been decorated in a unique fashion and there are many curiosities to be found in the nooks and crannies of the boat. The original features of the boat are lovely. It has been decorated in a romantic way that is very suited to couples but could still be enjoyed by other types of groups.

The Love boat is on the Lower Deck so the stairs - as mentioned before - are steep. I would disagree with anyone that says noise is an issue. When you're in the Love Boat it genuinely feels as if the whole boat is completely your own.

It is really handy being able to communicate with the 'hosts' of the boat before and during the stay.

No complaints at all!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Excellent Stay – Highly Recommended!!



We were a group of four stayed in the new love house boat and enjoyed every bit of it. On arrival Nina [Owner] took time out to explain how the boat works, what to expect, do’s and don’ts. This was very helpful and also marked us out on a map and recommended a few places to eat. The owners live close by in a house boat of their own which is worth a visit [of course with their permission]. The new love boat is one half of a big boat where the living quarters are on the first level and the lower level are the beds, toilet and washroom. We had a family of ducks & swans visit us every morning to join us for breakfast along with a whole lot of sea gulls which added to the feeding experience. If you want the experience of staying the way the Dutch do; then please do the house boat. The New Love Boat is one of the 4 houseboats so you do have a choice of which best suits you. We were so impressed with the houseboat that we spent most of our time in the houseboat.



- Location is perfect; very close to most attractions in Amsterdam.

- Walkable distance to the central station.

- Ample for a family or a group of 4.

- Adequate sit out areas.

- Well equipped kitchen.

- On site car parking.

- Very helpful and professional owners.

- Good heating system.

- Centrum, RLD, all within walking distance.

- No noise pollution.

- Good experience!!



Note: Please note that the upper and lower levels are accessible via a steep staircase which was ok with us but not for people with mobility issues.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Forget everywhere else... this boat is where it's at! Such a novelty.. but at the same time it has all the practicalities you would ever need or want in holiday accommodation. The other reviews comprehensively outline all the advantages of this boat so I won't reiterate but I'll just add that it really is a special place, a hotel could never compare and it's even less expensive in some cases. I hope to return here one day.. truly awesome trip, a holiday with a difference. I would highly recommend, especially to couples...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oosterdok, Amsterdam 1011TE, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Binnenstad
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #5 of 168 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam Love HouseBoat is a most beautiful and romantic large sea ship on top location in the heart of Amsterdam: Central Station, NieuwMarkt, Oosterdok, Red Light District, Dam Square, China Town, Waterloo Flea market, Nemo, the New Library... Are just a few minutes from your front door. Private parking,(upon request) large sun decks, free fast internet, bedlinen towels & kitchen utensils, fully furnished, smoking friendly and all the VIP services you wish for. ... more   less 

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