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“Great boat, great location” 5 of 5 stars
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Oosterdok, 1011TE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)   |  
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Great boat, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We spent five days at Music boat and had a great time. The Boat is perfect for people who want to live near everything but still have privacy. We did find our host Erik very helpfull. He had great tips about everything you might want to do and experience in Amsterdam. The Only negative side is the lack of creditcard payment.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmsterdamLoveBoat, Eigenaar at Amsterdam Love Houseboat, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Dear Tony,
Thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure having you on board and I am
really happy that you have had a great time in Amsterdam.

As our guests are staying in our private homes, we do not have credit card machines on board.
But, if you prefer to pay with a card upon arrival, we can email you a PayPal invoice. If you choose the button 'PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD', you can pay in a split second by card or by PayPall.

I hope that you and your friends are doing well, and that I will welcome you soon again on board of our boats. Payment by credit card upon arrival is included : -)

Warm regards from Amsterdam,
Nina
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed on the Love Boat for 3 nights, and found it to be perfect. The boat is surprisingly spacious and fully equipped with everything you need for your stay - even a big bathtub, books to read, and speakers for our mp3 players! We enjoyed sitting out on our terrace, and the location is great for exploring the city. We also particularly appreciated the map and advice from Eric & Nina on arrival, with tips for local shops, places to eat and drink, and locations to visit. The only downside was that we were only there for 3 days, so we hope to come back for a longer visit soon!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belgrade, Serbia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Beautiful ship with great rooms. Accommodation is only 5 minutes walk from the center. Hosts are very friendly, and you can ask them everything you need. They know everything about Amsterdam, and it s a pleasure for them to share with us.
10 +

We will come back soon.

Room Tip: Hosts are very friendly, ask them everything you need
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  • Stayed June 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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Have not long got back from a long weekend away with my boyfriend, it was my first time to amsterdam, my partner had been before. When we got to central station we used the map we had been emailed before hand and found the boat which was a really short walk about 5-10 minutes depending how fast you walk. We was then greated by our Host Olga, who was very welcoming, she covered everything there was to know about the boat and then took time to sit with us and mark out places to go on the map, such as the best supermarket, which we got a discount chip for. We used the map to get us about all weekend.

Usually when you go away, the first thing you want to get back to is your bed, well not in our case, the bed in the love house boat was really very comfortable it was a real struggle getting up early on the monday morning to get our flight home.

Central station is about 10-15 minutes via train from the airport so the boat really is in a perfect location, there is so much to do and see in Amsterdam and I truely believe that staying on the Love house boat made it an even better experience.

It really was a perfect trip and without a doubt we will defianlty be going back, hopefully this year and hopefully to one of there other boats.

Hope your enjoy your stay as much as we did :)

Room Tip: there wasnt a swimming pool, accidently click on it.
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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

After scrolling many of it's good reviews , we decided to booked the place and coordinate with Nina by placing a 50% deposit.

We stay 3 nights at New Love with my family of four .

Upon arrival , we were brief for approx. 25 minutes by Eric which include nearby grocery shops ( with discount if you show the House boat key chain ) ,bicycle routes , places of interest etc

Red light district , Chinatown , central station are within 10mins walk . There is also an old wind mill within 5 to 8 minutes by bicycle

Pros :

Superb location
Interior nicely decorated ( 1st Deck kitchen / living room and 2nd deck sleeping area and toilets )
Peaceful and not noisy , although it's near to the main road
The boat is not rocky ( probably the bottom half of the boat is already embedded in mud )
The view is quite nice facing the direction of station and close by Chinese restaurant .
Near to water and seagull , ducks abound at certain time.
Free Wi Fi and a bottle of red wine

Cons

On the 1st Deck , there is a doll ( approx. 1 metre height ) located next to the sofa . I personally feel very uncomfortable at times ( probably because of the movie ) .
It was only when we check out from the boat house on the 3rd day , did the rest of my family members voiced out similar feeling.

The access from 1st Deck to the bottom deck is via a slightly steep staircase . Take note for those with mobility access ( see attached photos for your own evaluation ) .


Overall I would rate the experience as excellent and do not mind to come back again .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

It was the second time that we rent with Eric and Nina. The houseboat was awesome for us, everything was perfect. The owners of the boat are very nice, and helpful.They know everything about Amsterdam, and it s a pleasure for them to share with us. So after some tips from them, you can rent a bike just next door and go to the center (just 2 min by bike from the houseboat).
So his trip was one of my best in Amsterdam.The next time that i will be back in Amsterdam, i will definitely book again the same one.

So you can close your eyes and book the houseboat without no doubt. After this you will have some great time.

  • Stayed October 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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Oxford
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Just like the city, this is a quirky, atmospheric, friendly, odd, wonderful place. Incredibly close to Centraal, and therefore close to everything (because you can always grab a tram or hire a bike there even if you don't want to walk).
Some hints and tips:
- If you aren't used to sleeping on a boat, it really is worth bringing earplugs. After a few days you get used to the odd noises (bilge pumps, people walking over your boat, flotsam knocking on the hull) but if you are only there for a couple of nights it will help you sleep to have access to earplugs.
- it's an incredibly romantic boat, but if you are going there with a new love, consider how well you know them. Are you going to be happy sharing a bin for your toilet paper, or will that dampen your ardour?
- no need to bring books to read; there's a whole bookcase by the bed. Also free wifi, and about a million dvds.
- no need to bring plug adapters, UK people. They provide them too.
- there will be a bottle of wine waiting for you on arrival. I drank mine while in the bath, looking up at the stars.
We were there on one of the coldest spring days in recorded history, but the boat was cosy and the bathwater was piping hot. A wonderful base to explore the city.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmsterdamLoveBoat, Eigenaar at Amsterdam Love Houseboat, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Dear Lumitytto,

Thank you for your review and your breath taking photo's of the Amsterdam Love HouseBoat.
So beautiful!

I see, that you have a TripAdvisor professional badge; and, -from the 30 reviews you have written so far-, that you are a guest who is not easy to please. So, I am even more happy that you have enjoyed your stay on the Love boat so much.

Even though I must admit, the circumstances were not so great at all. It was not only the coldest day, as you say, but also, a very very windy day.
Strong wind produces waves, pushing all the stuff that people drop, and unfortunately, also just throw in the waters of Amsterdam, towards the boats: bottles, garbage bags, woods.... and sometimes some of that stuff lands in between the boats and bangs and bangs.
Luckily it happens once in a million, but, it happens.

The morning after you had left, the cleaners found a wooden table (!) floating in between the boats! I can only imagine how that must have sounded to you.

It was the coldest day, very windy day, one in a million day... but hey... you could still have a great sleep if you only have had contacted us.
When we rent our boats we hope that our guests will experience all the pleasures of living on water. But we also expect them to take responsibility. It's obvious that when you hear strange noises you need earplugs as much as you need a swimming suit when you see pouring water around your bed!
In that case, the only thing you need to do is.... to ACT!
Or.. to let us act for you!

I am so sorry that you did not text, nor email, call, neither told us that something was not quite OK there for you. All our numbers were right there on your table... right? we only a few meters away from your boat, right ?
We would have found and taken the table out for you immediately!
Fishing banging stuff out of the waters of Amsterdam, is one of the greatest pleasures for boat people to do : -)

I hope that your NewLove has become your TrueLove,
and that I will welcome both of you soon on board again,
preferably on a hot, wind-less, floating-table-less, silent day.
Looking forward to it,

Warm regards from Amsterdam,
Nina
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Address: Oosterdok, 1011TE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Binnenstad
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #8 of 176 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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