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.
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!
Brian & Nick