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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Amsterdam, North Holland Province

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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“Nice location, but some issues with the boat”
Reviewed 30 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Coleta is a very welcoming host, and her knowledge of languages is very comforting. We all absolutely loved Amsterdam, the cafes and travelling by tram (we had 4 day passes - well worth the 22 Euros).

However, we stayed on Avontuur, and we had a few issues.

Firstly, we were confused on arrival, as there are no boat names on display, so we just had to go by the photos on the website.

Also, we were expecting to have the whole boat to ourselves, but be aware that due to Amsterdam law, only half the boat is allowed to be rented to holiday makers, so we only had the front end. If you've ever stayed on a static canal boat before, you will be aware that waste water needs to be pumped ashore, and this normally would not be an issue, but as the other half of the boat was occupied by someone else, if they decide to have a shower at midnight, or at 3.30 am(!) (which happened whilst we were there) the pump and the boiler fire up and wakes everyone up (it was situated just behind the head of the bed in our room and it is very loud in the middle of the night). Consequently we ended up rather grumpy and short of sleep after 3 nights of this.

Other reviews mention a well stocked fridge, but ours was empty, and the bin was still full from the previous guests. Washing up was also tricky, as the plugs in the kitchen sinks were both broken and there was no washing up bowl, so we had to run the water continuously.

So overall, we enjoyed exploring Amsterdam from a great location, but we were disappointed in the accommodation itself.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
2 May 2017
We are sorry the hear that the houseboat apartment was not what you expected. That was surely not our intention. --- Each houseboat has indeed a name, which is not commonly know by taxi drivers nore by google maps. Therefore we use the street name and house number in all communication and on your private booking website, we have shared with you. The street name and house numbers are signed by the local government. We will use your tip to make the name signs more visible. --- Living on a houseboat is very romantic and the houseboat apartment of 50 m2 is comfortable for max 4 guests. At your welcome we mentioned, we would love to hear what you miss during your stay in your apartment. Unfortunately we have not received any requests during your stay; we would have loved to look after it. Washing bowls are available, but running the water is an excellent choice too. --- The pumps are needed to pump up the water out of the boat. We are very sorry to hear that you sleep light and that your neighbour - a family member - woke you up when he came home from his holiday on your last morning of your stay. Though this could only have happend on the last morning of your stay - this is unexcusable. --- We strive to do the one thing ..... give our guests the amazing and absolute great experience on a houseboat. Feel free to reach out to us directly if you have any other comments. Thank you for your feedback. There is always room for improvement. --Coleta
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Brian S
Waubaushene, Canada
1 review
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“Beautiful & authentic houseboat with 2 cozy bedrooms”
Reviewed 23 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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It was a fantastic way to spend a week in Amsterdam! The ship is beautiful, and gives you a truly authentic houseboat experience. The separate bedrooms were essential as it gave my friend and I our own space. The location is great--walking distance to most activities, and only a few minutes to the tram headed for the city centre. And lastly, our hosts were awesome! Everything was seamless. Make sure you take advantage of the boat tour they offer--definitely the best way to see the city!

Thanks again,
Brian & Nick

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 May 2016
Thanks Brian, We hope to welcome you some other day.
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