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“Excellent value and great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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AmicitiA
Ranked #96 of 221 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent value and great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had no complaints with this houseboat at all. For the price you pay, it is more than adequate and we absolutely loved the location, close enough to not miss out but far enough away and peaceful enough to get a good sleep. And there is nothing more perfect than sitting out on the deck with a breakfast beer before another hard day of exploring (!). The downsides are smelly toilets, manky showers and tiny room, but to be honest who comes to Amsterdam to even remember that kind of stuff?! Book it, check in, get out, have fun and have more money to spend on the process!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

I wanted to try something completely new and living on a boat was one of them. The rooms are very small, but if considering the price and the location, for one single night was not such a bad choice. More about this hotel on my blog: http://ilanaontheroad.com/2013/10/17/hostel-review-living-on-amicitia-boat-in-amsterdam/

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Really friendly owners, basic rooms but clean, functional & compact. Great relaxed atmosphere throughout the boat and really nice views of Amsterdam from the river. Location is good too. For the money we paid it was excellent value.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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London
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed here as a group of 7, so needed somewhere cheap and convenient for 1 night. This was it.

Rooms very small, purely a bunk, and I can imagine they would get quite warm with 2 of you (I was riding solo) A couple of loos to share for the boat.

Breakfast, simple continental yet fine for what we needed. Bread, cheese, ham etc.

The view across the harbour over breakfast was simply stunning, as were the views around the boat in general.

We struggled to find it at first, but a quick phone call soon sorted that. They left the key for us as we arrived late which was helpful.

Walking distance to main Amsterdam & train station - not that we ended seeing too much of it!

Ideal for an overnight stay, not much more.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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northumberland
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

stayed here for 3 nights December 20th to the 23rd, didn't know what to expect but loved it, and will go back. very friendly staff, ideal location, its a got to do for anyone that's never stayed on one of these, was my first time and it wont be my last

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Riverside, California
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

The AmicitiA provided a little taste of what houseboat living might be like. We stayed for three nights. Yes, the rooms are small (extremely). Our two-person room had a bunk bed, sink, closet, and a simple chair - with little floor space to spare. If you are near or taller than 6’, chances are, you will sleep with bended knees. The common (dining) area, provided ample room to relax, and a “million dollar” view. We were there in late November, the weather was cold, but the wood paneled, large windowed, sitting area provide a warm and cozy retreat.

Getting to the lower level, where the rooms and showers are, involves descending a harrowing, near vertical, stair/ladder (stadder?) - at least it’s only a few steps, and there is railing. The showers backed up, but I was told that they were soon to be remodeled.

The breakfast was great - cheeses, deli meats, bread, spreads, yogurt, cereal, coffee, tea... and again, it featured that wonderful view (swan included).

The staff were friendly, and they kept boat tidy.

It’s close to the train station, which I liked - especially, when we had to catch an early morning train to the airport.

OK, the rooms are tight - I can’t imagine sharing one with three, but Amsterdam is too good to be holed-up in your room all day. Walk around, wear yourself out, sleep well.

Oh yeah - the AmicitiA is an excellent value and a neat experience.

Room Tip: I recommend a room with a view of the water, rather than the dock. The porthole provides the effect...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Dunedin
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26 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

No matter what any of these reviews say, you will want to experience spending a night on a little boat in the Amsterdam harbour right? The idea of it is just too novel to miss. That being said, be sure to keep in mind that the notion of being on a boat is more romantic while laughing affectionately during your introduction to your cramped cabin and over breakfast while surrounded by windows and a view of the water and coastline. However, the speciality environment aside, a cheap hotel offers a utility by providing two essentials while away from home: a place to keep your luggage, and a place to sleep. The Amicitia's shortcoming is what it offers for the latter. If you are a light sleeper, I advise you to stay on land. 17 rooms is quite a few to squeeze onto a small boat. Her walls are thin and there is simply no way to close the doors quietly. At night, while comically crammed onto the bottom bunk (by our own choice), my girlfriend and I were able to hear every move on board for what seemed like all night. Not even the soft blanket of inebriation could keep the footsteps above and the slamming doors below out of our dreams. We woke up to the sound of hair dryers and an entire conversation from the couple next door who sounded so close they could have been on the top bunk.
The owners were laid-back and let us check in early, the premises kept spotless, and the dining room was a relaxing place to start the day.
So, in short.....do yourself a favour and bring some earplugs. And if you happen to take part in Amsterdam's herbal offerings, take some top deck and watch the sunset or something. You salty sea dogs.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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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 #96 of 221 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 17
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Bed And Breakfast Boat Friesland

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