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Reviewed 20 September 2011

The location of this houseboat hostel is very good. Just 5 minutes walk from the central station of Amsterdam. We stayed at winter and we slept very good. The owner is very friendly. For budget travellers is a good option.

Date of stay: December 2010
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank eli_viajera
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Reviewed 9 May 2011

The boats ok but the lady who runs it is very rude on the night we arrived she over booked the boat and tried to send us to the boat next door. Then tried to over charge us even thou we had confirmation of price. It can also be quite noisy at night with people slamming doors. Your given 1 towel for your entire stay and if you ask for a fresh 1 your given a rather blunt NO. Amsterdam itself i lovely i will be going bac just won't be stayin on that boat

Date of stay: April 2011
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4  Thank natalie198289
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Reviewed 15 April 2011

I really wanted to like the Vita Nova. Staying on a boat was really neat even if the rooms were tiny and the bathrooms were small, but the experience was not enjoyable.

The management of the boat is very poor. We had cancelled two nights of a four night reservation at the Vita Nova and had emailed them to confirm this, yet when we got there they had cancelled our whole reservation and blamed us for the issue. They were abrasive and accusatory and yelled at us over the situation and when we showed them the email they sent acknowledging the change, they tried to smooth it over, but the damage had been done.

Furthermore, the management of this boat were nowhere to be found when we needed them. Both at check in and check out we struggled to find the right people who could help us.

Also, the boat is very loud since there is no soundproofing. When we were there, a large group came back around 3 am on a Monday night and starting playing music in the hallway. Since the management is not around and there is no way to contact them, there was nothing we could do but be stuck awake listening to the group outside. If you want a quiet room or want to sleep without getting woken up, this is probobly not your best bet.

On the bright side, the experience of being on the water in Amsterdam was really neat. The price was reasonable and the location is not bad. Its not in the center of the action, but its an easy 10 minute walk to the main train station to grab a tram or a 15-20 minute walk to many sights around Dam square. Breakfast was also delicious and very nice for the price of the hotel.

Overall, I wouldnt stay here again though based on the noise and poor management. Staying on a boat is neat, but find a different boat.

Date of stay: April 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Rurban88
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Reviewed 8 April 2011

It's a boat, so obviously rooms are very small. But it has a lot of character. I found the owner to be pretty hilarious. He referred to himself in the third person as 'the captain' and told us not to take pictures of prostitutes because their parents back in Poland think they are housemaids. He was very helpful with giving us a map on our arrival and pointing out things we should see. The showers are weird and the walls are thin. But i mean, how much of your time do you spend showering, and bring ear plugs. Location is great, easy walk from the train station and to red light district. the free breakfast was pretty great. My sister just felt the room was too small, perhaps I prefer character over luxury.

Date of stay: May 2010
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1  Thank maggiemcgu
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

This hotel is so-so, although cabins are small. BUT the owner is very rude and unfriendly. Amsterdam has a lot better places to offer where the service is much friendlier. I would definitely NOT recommend staying here. I have been to Amsterdam many times, and will never stay in Vita Nova again.

Date of stay: April 2011
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank Lisa1985_11
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