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Houseboat Little Amstel
Ranked #49 of 332 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
“Wonderful Stay”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Little Amstel is a great experience. We stayed 2 nights in the corner room of the houseboat which was a most tranquil retreat after sightseeing around Amsterdam.

Mirjam was a brilliant host, supplying us with a plentiful breakfast each morning, and was most helpful with advice on locations to visit. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Kiel, Germany
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

If you look for a special place for your stay in Amsterdam, Little Amstel is really great. It's a great atmosphere looking right to the water when you awake. The ducks came to share our breakfast in the morning. The room was small, but clean and had everything we needed. The breakfast war excellent inculding orange juice, croissants etc.My dauhgter and I enjoyed the personal contact with Mirjam und her flexibility bringing the breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We spent 2 nights in the family room (largest room) of the Little Amstel houseboat in Amsterdam and it was such a unique experience! I've never even been on a houseboat before and when we arrived on Saturday afternoon it was great to see people passing by our houseboat for Saturday evening cocktails on their boats. Originally we had requested one of the smaller rooms, but since there was a double booking, Mirjam (the owner), gave us the Family Room for the same price, which was great. We had our own kitchen and we were able to cook in one night, which helped the budget.

I loved the modern feel of the apartment and it was very clean. It only had a full size bed, which was different for us since we are used to a King, but it was very comfortable. We had also signed up to rent two bikes from Mirjam, which was very fitting with Amsterdam since everyone rides bikes.

And here is where the one disappointing factor came in. We had arrived on Saturday around 4pm. Even though we had step by step instructions on how to get there by foot after getting off at the Metro stop, we still got lost trying to find the place. I think the problem was that the directions said the houseboat would be on the right side of the bridge, when it was actually on the left. Also upon arriving, there was no welcome note or map of the city or directions on how to access the bikes or wireless (internet was our only form of communication while there), or how we were going to get the breakfast promised with the place. Even though we paid to use the bikes, we weren't able to unlock them until the next day when Mirjam stopped by to bring us breakfast and the wireless code. It would have been very helpful for there to be some sort of instructions upon arriving. That was my only complaint - otherwise the place was great and within biking distance of any major attractions.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Totnes
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We had a fantastic three night stay on the Little Amstel Houseboat.

We stayed in the corner room, which was light, clean, comfortable and had great views of the river. The room had everything you needed for a short city break.

Mirjam was very welcoming, and she brought us a great breakfast each morning.

We hired the bikes for a couple of days, which were perfect for getting around Amsterdam on.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Excellent houseboat very well equipped and comfortable. In spite of being tucked in under a bridge with a major road going across it is quiet and pleasant. Easy walking to all the major attractions and a pleasant neigbouhood around for shopping and eating. Would certainly stay there again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed here for 5 days in the self catering apartment of the houseboat. Really well equipped, tv, coffee machine, all the appliances etc you could need. We enjoyed feeding the ducks and watching rowing/canal and all other sorts of boats going by. Little Amstel is situated very close to the restaurant district, Coyp Market and tram lines. It's also possible to walk in to the city centre from here which we did quite often. Really nice, quiet area and the owner was very welcoming and helpful:) I would definitely recommend staying here for a relaxing break and for enjoying Amsterdam while staying in a unique setting.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Stayed two nights in the corner room and had a great time. Setting up the trip went smoothly - Mirjam was great. Te room was nicer than we even expected. It is small but everything you need. Great views with your new duck neighbors. Worth getting the breakfast - fresh breads and croissants with peanut butter, chocolate and jam. The beds were extremely comfortable. Only negative is we wish we stayed longer to enjoy the room more. Only thing is the location. Quick ride on the train into town but not right in the thick of things. We didn't mind at all because you are away from the craziness, see much more of Amsterdam and right near the Albert Cuyp market which is great fun and worth some time. Highly recommend staying at Little Amstel - especially at the price.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Houseboat Little Amstel
Address: Amsteldijk 700, 1074 JH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > De Pijp , Stadsdeel Zuid
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 332 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Houseboat Little Amstel is moored along the Amstel River, in the heart of downtown Amsterdam. The boat offers two rooms, the Basic-room and the Standard-room. Each room has it's own private entrance, en-suite bathroom and is suitable for maximum two persons, couples or singles. Although the rooms are small, they are comfortable and equipped with everything you can think of to make your stay nice and easy. Luxurious beds, coffee- and tea making facilities, a fridge, a flatscreen TV, free WiFi, bluetooth speaker and a complete bathroom with towels and soap. Public transport is just around the corner, just as a lot of popular restaurants and bars. Its convenient location makes that all of Amsterdam's finest attractions and sights are within striking distance. For breakfast there are a number of nice spots very close to the houseboat and the bio supermarket sells fresh bread, croissants and jus d'orange. ... more   less 
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