We thought we would enjoy staying in a houseboat, but did not realize the main advantage -- that, even when you are at 'home', you are in the neighborhood, in a way that is just not possible from a hotel room. (Well.... maybe if you had a room with a balcony overhanging a canal, but I haven't heard of one of those.) From your deck, or table by the window, you can watch 'Amsterdam' (walkers, bikers, canal boats) go by.
We spent more here than we have on other weekly rentals, but a couple of more meals at home, in as nice an environment as any restaurant we visited, made up the cost difference.
Kitchen facilities are Basic (for cooking: a 2-burner stove and microwave) but simple meals will complement the wealth of exotic restaurant offerings in town. (And the eggs here are delicious!) Two very well stocked grocery stores (one specializing in naturals) are barely a block away.
We thought the Jordan was the most charming neighborhood in the city. There was a street fair (every Saturday?) just across the canal, including street musicians. The 'brown cafe' on the corner was friendly and comfortable.
If you are a walker, you can get around that way throughout this concentrated city from here. I had broken a bone in my foot two weeks before (!) so we made good use of the very extensive public transportation system. Closest stop is a short 3 blocks away (bus 18, 21, 22) going to Central Station, from which you can transfer anywhere. (Alternatively, you can walk the approx. 10 blocks to get there. Less to the Ann Franke house; slightly farther to Dam Square.)
We bought the Museumkaard and made good use of it to visit many of the dozens of wonderful museums in the city. (Fast-tracking into the Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh were much appreciated. Looooonnnggg lines.)
Best views from the Nemo/Science Museum (the harbor), and the Blue Café (360 degree of rooftops of the city). We also especially liked Rembrandt's house; the windmill on the edge of the city which he used to sketch; and the Amsterdam History Museum.
Patricia was as good a host as you could imagine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This self-catering studio apartment on a houseboat is a unique way to experience Amsterdam on the water. The houseboat is located on one of the oldest canals of Amsterdam Historic Canalbelt. The Brouwersgracht is in the famous and most favoured Jordaan area and is in walking distance from many important sites, like the Anne Frankhouse and The Palace on Damsquare to name a few. There are many restaurants, cafees, outdoor terrasses and quaint shops just in the area. The studio apartment is self-catering and has a fully equiped kitchinette, luxury bathroom and has a small terras on the waterside, where you can see small pleasure boats going past and people enjoying a day on the water. The best way the experience Amsterdam! ... more less
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