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House-Boat B042 ****

Light, comfortable and spacious (95 square meter), houseboat for 4-6 persons, on a great, lively location in the heart of Amsterdam. Although it ’s only a 10 minute walk to the Leidseplein, the Jordaan, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and Rembrandt’s Night Watch etc., it is also a very quiet spot where you can enjoy canal life with a natural feel provided by ducks, swans and lots of other birds. You will be surrounded by locals and the market, pubs and restaurants are close by. 

The boat has a wonderful cosy interior, there is a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, three bedrooms with double beds, a well equipped bathroom with spacious shower and a nice sunny terrace on the water with chairs and cushions. Cable tv, radio/cd-player, washing machine and dryer, hairdryer and a highspeed internet connection are provided. Reviews.

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19 April 2014
A most satisfying visit--highly recommend
by Barbara Beitch

My husband is writing this: in our 70s, we spent 4 delightful nights on this very pleasant boat. It's not a luxury hotel, if that's what you want, but what would you expect from a houseboat? It was large with ample space and amenities, clean, well kept. Geese, who lolled nearby during the day, sometimes honked in the middle of the night--a cross between a pleasant distraction and an annoying sleep interruption. Public transportation was nearby and easy to take, though we most often walked places like the major museums. In fact, we rarely spent time at the boat during the day, but did spend evenings there.
A large supermarket is one long block away (we did some eating on the boat), and there are plenty of places to eat on nearby main streets.
Responsiveness from the owners was excellent: Our introduction to the boat was patient and comprehensive. Our only need for subsequent contact was on our last night, when we had a problem with the washing machine. Our hosts weren't nearby so sent over their grown children, both pleasant and attentive, who managed to fix the problem so that we could finish washing and drying for packing the next morning.
The weather (mid-March) was too chilly to take advantage of the "deck," which was slippery, but we wish we'd been able to hand out there--the atmosphere was lovely. Warning if you have trouble moving: getting up and down the short metal stairway between the street and the entrance door could be mildly challenging--we just moved slowly and had no problems with it. Since we were gone most days, we didn't leave on the outside light for the darkish descent at night; it wasn't very hard to edge the doorkey into the lock by feel.
The TV worked fine, but the DVD player had a distorted-color problem that was perhaps fixable via a setting I didn't know--not enough of an issue to worry about. Wifi worked fine. The hosts generously left some basic supplies in the fridge and cupboards (e.g., tea, condiments). There were plenty of dishes, cutlery and the like.
We chose the bedroom just beyond the living room--good closet and shelf space, very narrow walking space on either side of the bed but ample room between the bed and the facing glass wall(?) that allowed a good view of the canal if we wanted it. There are two other smaller bedrooms that we used only to store a few items.
Electrical advice: (1) When you are introduced to the boat, you might want to check out exactly which switches control which lights--there was one lamp we never figured out and so unplugged it from the wall when we went out. (2) We brought plug adapters and a power strip, which gave us great flexibility for charging our various electronic items; I can't remember if we needed the adapter we always carry to change our 3-pronged power strip plug to 2-prongs before adding a Dutch adapter to plug into a houseboat outlet.
Side note: try to make time to visit the compelling and moving Resistance Museum--including its section on Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies and the resulting liberation movement against Dutch rule after the war.

15 April 2014
Review of houseboat B042
by Margreth Schwandt

We really enjoy the time on the houseboat and in Amsterdam. The boat is nice and everything was okay. Two streets away there is loud and on the boat we have silent and slept very well.
We missed nothing. Marina and Frank are were friendly and they give us help in each situation. The houseboat is closed to the city and we don't need the tram to reach all the places, we wanted to see. So what we saying is, every time again.
Greetings from
Margreth and her friends

14 April 2014
a home from home
by lucy o'rourke

We loved our stay on houseboat bo42! It had everything one could wish for; all mod cons, warm and cosy, ipad/wifi/tv/dvd, geese floating by, spacious accomodating 6 with ease, stylish, central location and more. Thoroughly recommended! Hope to return.

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