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Houseboat Little Amstel
Ranked #53 of 336 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Preston, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Just wonderful”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed on this beautiful houseboat beginning of May. We'd travelled with friends who have previously visited Amsterdam. Wonderful views, breakfast was outstanding. I enjoyed just looking out of the window at night, as you were going to sleep, watching the water. (And the ducks!!) Everything is im easy reach, and you can walk if you prefer. We would love to come back here, what a wonderful experience!! Charmaine and Simon UK

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Stayed 3 nights in the Basic Room. Very compact but there is everything you need. Mirjam was very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed the breakfast sat outside in the sunshine. Breakfast included bread rolls, various spreads and juice. Coffee and tea is provided in the room. We used the coffee machine and it was very acceptable coffee.
The houseboat is situated in a quiet area but there is a tram stop 5 minutes away and there is also the metro about 10 minutes. We purchased a 72 hour GVB ticket that is valid on the trams and metro (I think the buses also) and we managed to get around fine.
Friends stayed in the corner Standard Room and seemed to love it. They enjoyed waking up and seeing the view across the river.
This was my first time on a house boat and I would definately repeat the experience.

Room Tip: Corner Standard Room has a fantastic view
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had two nights here an enjoyed the houseboat experience

Clean comfortable room very clever use of the compact space in the corner room

The bed in the corner room is two singles pushed together

.great to be able to watch the activity on the river from the bed and also being able to feed the swans from the window
Was cosy and the heating came on and got warm really quickly

Suprisingly quiet considering the boat is moored just below the bridge of a fairly major road

Breakfast was disappointing I'd seen pictures showing rolls and fruit and cold meats in a hamper ,the reality was rolls and various spreads plus juice in individual portions in a take away bag

Initially felt the location was not as convenient as would have liked but soon got our bearings and realised you can get around everywhere from the tram or the underground system at the top of the road..about 10min walk

Tea drinkers beware there were only infusion and green tea bags provided on the boat

We did ask for and were given ordinary tea but no milk ...we forgot to ask for that and generally our experience of having cup of tea was to be given hot water and told to choose your tea bag type
And then having to ask for milk

Go to the Ann frank house late evening ..queues are dreadful in daytime

Beware of the bikes and their owners they fly around really fast and don't seem to stop for anyone

The holland pass is good value and saved us some money

Great city with lots to do .3 full days wasn't nearly enough

Room Tip: Corner room was lovely as had windows on two sides
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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NYC Metro
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

W spent three nights in the small room on Mirjam's houseboat and absolutely loved it. Although the room is small, it is very well designed & laid out to make you feel comfortable. THE VIEW!!... It makes breakfast so enjoyable...especially when the ducks come up and ask for some of the bread you were given at breakfast.

Location is great since it is in a quiet area, so it's not overly touristy but close to get you to everything in the city, and what a great city to stay in (especially on a houseboat). Would definitely come again and stay on the Little Amstel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

In those little rooms, we have a wonderful view on a one a the numerous river of Amsterdam. The location is good with metro or tramway stations and a big theatre with restaurants around.

The room itself is simply gorgeous. A little small but very well accomodated, it faces east and the sunrise. Having ducks and other birds a few meters from you while breafasting is great.

The breakfast itself, as long as the warm welcome and the availability of Mirjam made that experience a must-go for me.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

I have never stayed on a houseboat before and was pleasantly suprised to find how clean & cosy this place is. We were also extremely greatful for the central heating! We opted out of the breakfast each morning which meant we never got the chance to meet Mirjam; it was nice being left to our own devices but as we couldn't get one of the radiators to work and we ran out of toilet paper, we were disappointed when the mobile number let for us always went to voicemail. We would have appreciated a little more service but overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

It was a wonderful stay. Mirjam is really kind.
The breakfast is great for two, it's almost a lunch.
To stay in a house boat it's an experience that we recomend to every couple that goes to Amsterdam. And the Little Amstel is a pretty house boat, with all comfort of a good hotel, privacy and the sight of Amstel river.
It's an experience that I'will never forget.
I hope that we can stay in Little Amstel again!

Room Tip: The first suite in the corner has a beautiful view. I recomend you to schedule first, because if yo...
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  • 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 #53 of 336 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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