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This houseboat was perfect for our stay in Amsterdam. My favorite part is the deck of the attached boat... it was so nice to have a view of Amsterdam of my own for a couple of days with peace and quiet! The boat is in a great location to explore both the tourist areas and the real neighborhoods of the city. Derk was extremely kind and helpful and he allowed us to leave our bags in a part of the boat that would not affect the next guests when we came to retrieve them.
Due to being stuck in transit I never personally got to meet Derk, my partner who arrived to Holland on the agreed time did however and he said that all arrangements with picking up keys etcetera worked out beautifully and that Derk was very friendly and approachable.
The houseboat lived up to the expectations well and truly, and the bonus after a three day journey across the world was how quiet the surrounding area was. My 13 year old lanky son said the sofa in the living room was super comfortable, and would nap there during the day. We had breakfast and lunch on to of the deck (front of boat) and contentedly watched the world go by.
Nil complaints, only good feedback from us!
Alles war wunderbar, wir wollten nach zwei Nächten auf dem Hausboot gar nicht mehr weg. Die Kommunikation mit Derk lief super einfach ab. Er ist ein total lockerer und netter Gastgeber, der auch super Deutsch spricht . :) Die Größe des Boots hat uns wirklich überascht, zu zweit hatten wir viel Platz und alles was das Herz begehrt war auch vorhanden (gut bestückte Küche, Gasherd, Regenduche, Liegeauflage zum aufs Deck legen etc.). Die Nachbarn waren, wenn man mit Ihnen in Kontakt gekommen ist sehr nett und es war total interessant sich das Leben links und rechts der Gracht anzugucken. Da das Boot in einem Nebenzweig der großen Grachten liegt, war man dem Boots- und Starßenverkehr so gut wie gar nicht ausgesetzt und das obwohl man dort super zentral wohnt und man sogar das Reichsmuseum vom Boot aus sehen kann. Wir können das Boot und Derk als Gastgeber nur weiterempfehlen!
My girlfriend and I stayed on Derk's boat for 3 nights, and we wish we could have stayed for more. It is a wonderful and unique experience that both of us will never forget. The boat itself was very spacious and well-kept. Derk was very friendly and offered to help at anytime if a problem arose (which none did). We would recommend this boat to anyone who is looking for something a bit different than the usual hotel experience. Hopeful one day we can return to Amsterdam, and if we do we know exactly where to stay.
Our experience with the boat and Derk was perfect from the start. He was a very kind host who showed us how everything on the boat worked, and boy is it nice! All the amenities you'd expect plus the benefit of sipping wine while watching ducks paddle in the canal. Unbeatable.
Everything we wanted to see was within walking or a quick tram-ride distance.
Très agréable séjour dans une jolie péniche : ça donne un charme supplémentaire au séjour.
Quartier calme, bien situé.
Derk est charmant, il nous a bien accueilli. Bières et café à disposition.
We had a lovely time. Our host, Derk, was very helpful and accommodating. The boat was in a really good position, near to the centre and some nice restaurants. The area was very quiet at night and the view from the boat of the new Rijksmuseum was great.
Lieber Derk. Herzlichen Dank für einen tollen Aufenthalt auf Deinem Hausboot. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und kommen sehr gerne wieder. Danke für Dein herzliches und freundliches Willkommen.
Liebe Grüße von Frauke und Lars
We loved staying on the houseboat. Derk was an excellent host. He was waiting for us to arrive, explained how things worked on the boat and gave us a guide as to where find supermarket, shops, restaurants locally. Tourist information on the boat was helpful. Cold beer in the fridge was good touch! The location of the boat is excellent, in a quiet street but within a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city. The boat had everything that we needed for our stay. Bed and sofa were comfy and the choice of cd's was particularly good. Going to see Derk play with the Orchestra was awesome. The coot family nesting beside us provided a lot of entertainment.
We were welcomed so warmly by Hannah, a genuinely friendly person.