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AmicitiA
Ranked #74 of 230 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Ottawa, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Best kept secret in Amsterdam”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We spent two nights aboard the Amicitia and were very happy with the arrangements (two middle-aged women who don't do camping and who love their creature comfort). Delicious breakfast included in the price, free wifi throughout, and the best view of Amsterdam, this makes for a perfect base to visit the city. Plenty of hot water for showers and toilets that work the way they're supposed to, we couldn't ask for more. And so affordable (we paid 45 Euro for two people for one night...including breakfast and wifi!). Don't forget to play with the resident dog, Meneer, a fun-loving wire-haired Teckel!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Naples, Italy
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37 reviews
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

A cheerful welcome greeted me, with all day (instant) coffee and tea ready to be poured on a misty day. The tables in the dining and hang out area are inviting to simply sit and read, surf, dine on take-out, and ultimately enjoy the best view of all the boats that are docked along the several piers. Keep in mind this is a hostel, simple accommodations at an excellent price. The tiny rooms have bunk beds, closet space and hooks, and a small sink. Shared bathroom facilities were clean. Breakfast was good, with bottomless coffee. The location is a 10 minute walk from the Central train station, as well as close to a supermarket, and all Amsterdam attractions can be reached on foot. This is the perfect solution for those of us not willing to give up our backpacks!

Room Tip: choose rooms 1 or 2, away from the stairs and on the dar side of the pier
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Spent a few days on the Amicitia again last week, and it was a pleasant experience as always :) So central and close to everything you need to be near to in Amsterdam, and the view from the top deck has to be one of the most amazing views of Amsterdam.

Merel, who works there, was lovely! Very friendly, really helpful and an incredibly nice person. Amicitia is always a favourite when needing to spend a few nights in Amsterdam, close enough to everything you need, but quiet enough to sleep and rest too!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Do not miss staying at AmicitiA. The captain Roy is an absolute pleasure to meet, ensuring that his guests are comfortable and that he gets to know each and everyone of them. Experience sleeping on a boat with cozy cabins. Enjoy the delicious breakfast served every morning. And finally take in the breathtaking views of the water from atop the boat and enjoy spending time on the docks after a busy day exploring Amsterdam. Would tell every first time traveller to stay here!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Okay: first of all, if you like quiet seclusion, plenty of space, don't like steep stairs, or have large suitcases, forget this place. The two-berth cabins are VERY small (it's a boat, Guys) and it's almost impossible to share the living space unless one of you is either down in the shower or toilet, or already in bed. Likewise, the toilets and showers are very compact and won't suit anyone who likes to 'spread out' a bit, and the cabin walls are thin, so arguments with your room-mate are best held before you board.

That warning aside, it's clean, comfortable, well-situated, good value, and the buffet-style breakfast is more than adequate to set you up for the day. There are comments on Tripadvisor about the beds being uncomfortable, but we didn't find that: three of our party of four were well over six feet (183 centimetres) tall and we all slept like babies. Getting in and out of the top bunk is, again, a bit of a feat - there's no ladder - so perhaps more a place for youngsters than oldies.

Problem as soon as we arrived - they had no record of our booking, and we were fortunate that they had rooms available for the three nights we thought we'd already booked. Hostelbooker's mistake and not AmicitiA's, but a bit of a pain. Service is quiet and a bit 'distant', but polite and helpful: the owner happily allowed us to leave our bags there on check-out day (had a late evening flight home) and to return to read, play cards and drink tea for a couple of hours in the afternoon/evening.

Free wi-fi is very useful, and the views from the lounge area are spectacular.

So make sure, before you go, that you can live with the limited space, etc. But if you can, AmicitiA is recommended.

Room Tip: Get a room at the rear of the boat, away from the showers, which are noisy during the morning 'r...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Wyoming
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65 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

My wife and I spent three days on the Amicitia in Amsterdam. On the down side the room was tiny, however, Roy took great care of us, the view was the best in Amsterdam, and the location can not be beat. My wife and I are very hot sleepers, but we discovered by propping the door just a bit the room was perfect.

Although the smallest room we ever had, it was also one of the most memorable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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jellydog
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I stayed on the Friesland boat last summer, for one night.
I wanted a cheap weekend away with a friend, & we didn't want a cut price chain hotel,
We like quirky individual places and this is definitely that!
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
This lovely boat ticked most boxes,
Good location, very good value, good breakfast,
Comfy warm bunk beds, could be on the short side if you are tall but not an issue for me.
Wash basin in the cabin, separate showers and toilets.
Lovely soothing rocking motion sends you to sleep.

I can't really come up with any down sides to the boat.
Definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: AmicitiA
Address: Oosterdok, 1011 VX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
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Ranked #74 of 230 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 17
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