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The Guest-Houseboat
Ranked #78 of 328 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
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“Floating home from home !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Staying in a houseboat was a great experience. It was located in a very beautiful area, the Jordaan is the Greenwich Village of Amsterdam. 10mins walk from the station and 15mins walk to the central touristy parts to the east. Café's (breakfast or lunch) are all around and Markets on certain days.

The room was very spacious and nicely segregated into the bedroom and the living room area. It had all the usual conveniences, but with a full kitchenette - fridge and a coffee-maker. The WiFi & TV was a great plus. It even had a ceiling fan to keep us cool at night. Good security with lockable windows and a safe.

The owners were very helpful and accommodating.

Waking up and then having a coffee on the little balcony (for two) over the canal, with occasional ducks swimming by, is a very pleasant way to start the day!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Unique and cool. We loved staying in the houseboat, for us the Jordaan is the best area in Amsterdam, you really feel like you're away from the more commercial side.
There are some great cafes and bars around too. The folks who own the houseboat(s) are helpful and take the time to make sure you're happy and settled.

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Oregon City, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

I feel so lucky to have stayed at the guest-houseboat. It was perfect and wish I could have stayed more nights! Studio room was good size for one or two, very clean and comfortable.The location is excellent (in the Jordaan district and close to central Amsterdam). Right on the canal, it's relaxing to have such a wonderful view of the waterway and the swans that come right up to the deck. I will definitely plan to stay here on my next visit.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bloomingdale, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 071851pat
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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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245 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

We jumped at the chance to stay on a houseboat in Amsterdam and were not disappointed. Patricia provided a good level of detail in getting to the property, and we were met by Paul upon arrival.

The boat was lovely, modern and with all general amenities. The space is a little small but it's to be expected. Nice touches such as free wine, beer and orange juice were appreciated.

The houseboat is right in the middle of the old town and there are some fantastic sites and restaurants nearby.

The experience was certainly worth it but the rate of 180 Euros is a touch on the pricey side.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Luke W
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Just returned from a 3 night stay, 9th - 12 th april 2013. We arrived at 9am and where given the number of Paul to contact. we rang and he met us within 15 minutes at the houseboat. We were allowed to chack in early as no one had stayed the night before. Inside the house boat is modern and clean. excellent facilities and free beer and wine. also free coffee, although we drank it all and bought our own...Paul was very friendly and explained about the local area and must see places to visit. we did visit Winkels and it really does serve the best apple pie ever!!
we walked miles and the houseboat was in the perfect location. sadly it rained for most of our stay but the bost was warm and cozy.
on departure, paul will meet you at 12, and if required, keep your bags until you need them!!
we had a wondeful stay. after a recent house move (3 dats before our trip) it was much needed.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Immaculate accommodation and a gorgeous setting in the Jordaan area on the canal. The hosts were more than helpful with email communication before our trip. It felt like we had our own special little apartment with beautiful furnishings and a very clean and well equipped kitchen. Superb and we will be returning. Outstanding!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Guest-Houseboat
Address: Brouwersgracht 119 C, 1015 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #78 of 328 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
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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