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What a fantastic experience! Even though Derk was unable to meet us in person, he made sure that his neighbor, Shelley, met us on arrival, showed us around "our" canal boat, and answered all of our questions. Derk's boat was perfect for my wife and I and our college graduate daughter for our four night stay in Amsterdam. It was fun and comfortable, and all of our basic needs were covered: kitchen for coffee and breakfasts, beds for the three of us, a good shower w/ plenty of hot water, and a couple of places to write or sit and read, including the sunny deck at the front of the boat. And the location was perfect: one block from the main tram line along a safe and friendly street, and a short walk to the main Van Gogh and Rijks Museums, Vondel Park, and lots of unique neighborhoods and restaurants. We rented bikes for three days and from our canal boat "home" we could bike to anywhere in the central city in 10 or 15 minutes. Especially considering that we were in Amsterdam during Pride, with huge and fun crowds, stages, music, parades, and lots of partying, we were very fortunate to have our wonderful accommodations on Derk's canal boat. We'll be back!
Danke für die Gastfreundschaft! Wir haben Derk zwar nicht perönlich kennengelernt, aber die Bootsnachbarin Shelley hat uns in Empfang genommen und uns mit Infos versorgt. Das Boot liegt zentral und ist sehr gemütlich. Amsterdam von dort aus zu erkunden, hat uns seht gut gefallen.
Derk's houseboat is in our favourite neighbourhood of Amsterdam; quiet and characterful. Shelley was super helpful. The weather was crazy - gale force eight. We loved all the interior quirks, especially the collection of model boats. Sitting out on deck with a view of the Rijksmuseum is very special.
Very nice, comfy and adorable house boat. certanly one of our highlights in Amsterdam!
Wonderful, quiet street in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood! The boat was warm, clean, friendly, inviting. Really sweet neighbors, too.
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.