Han van Tol
- English, French, German, Dutch
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
My great nieces and I stayed for 5 nights on Bamboo Boat. It was quite spacious and I especially enjoyed sitting on the deck outside watching the activity on the water. Big bonus, it is in such a convenient location for all transportation, very close to Amsterdam Centraal. The girls enjoyed the "different" experience of staying on a boat. Han was also available to give advice on what to see and how to get there.
I stayed four nights with my wife and my granddaughters. We loved life downtown on the Amstel. I was concerned because of my age and size. No problem. An amazing and unforgettable experience
A hidden treasure
We have just returned from a weekend on the Bamboo Boat. Han was the perfect host. He was there to meet us on board. A very clear but brief overview and that was it, we were free to start the birthday celebrations. The boat is really well adapted. It is quirky but that adds to the experience. Having the bikes to use was areal bonus. The location couldn't be better place. It seemed that everywhere we decided to visit was only ever a 10 minute cycle. Thank you Han for allowing us to see the splendour of Amsterdam from your wonderful boat.
Great houseboat but be sure to read full description
We just returned from an amazing visit to Amsterdam. We are a couple traveling with our aging parents and wanted something a bit different than just a plain old hotel. We found this beautiful houseboat and booked right away. Han was great communicating with us online and was at the boat to greet us on our arrival. We had several very large bags with us, as we were headed for a 2 week cruise at the nearby port. Han assisted us with getting our luggage onto the boat. It is a bit tricky because you will have to traverse over two other boats to get the Bamboo Boat. There are railings but it will be very difficult for someone with limited mobility. The boat was very clean and Han even welcomed us with fresh flowers and a few beers! Thanks Han! The boat is divided into 3 sections. Fist part is where Han lives. 2nd part has a large couch, sink, small fridge, TV, bedroom and bathroom. This is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. The bathroom is tiny, as to be expected on a boat this size but totally functional and great water pressure. The bedroom is actually under the floor. You will need to literally crawl into this space. It is quaint and cozy down there but again, not good for those with limited mobility. The beds were very comfortable and we slept great but getting in and out was a challenge. The third part is down a 6 step ladder into a spacious kitchen and dining area. So cute and sweet! Fully stocked kitchen. We went to the local convenience store and bought some goodies to eat on the boat. The bed in this area is tucked into a nook. Easier to access so we put our parents in this space. The biggest challenge for them was using the ladder to get up to the 1st space. There is a door separating the two spaces but you can leave it open to make one larger space. There is a great little patio with couches and cushions to relax on as well the deck of a small boat next door. This was a big hit for all of us! The location is perfect. 15 minute walk from Central Station and another 10 minute walk to town. Beautiful, clean, safe area. Watch out for those bikes, though!
Loved It. Authentic Houseboat.
If you want to stay somewhere authentic in Amsterdam, you need to try the Bamboo Boat. It was very fun AND it was in a great location. The houseboat is across the water from the Sea Palace - the big Chinese floating restaurant, and other commercial establishments. The tour boats go by fairly frequently, so this is an area worth seeing. And, it's right by the train/bus station, so that's a plus.
The houseboat is cozy - two levels with a kitchen and bed/bath on each level. The downstairs is slightly larger and you can look out the portholes at the boats and ducks. A cat came and looked at us a few times, so we met the neighborhood cat. The boat has everything you need - fridge, dishwasher, coffee. Han even had lovely tulips and a few cold ones waiting for us. (Thanks Han!). There is a grocery store around the corner.
We sat out on the deck quite a bit and watched the boat traffic. It was a nice break from touring and a good place to enjoy drinks and a snack. There are bikes available, too, but we didn't make time this trip.
I will say that lugging big suitcases to the boat wasn't the best. Smaller is better for sure, but we made it work. And, if you are mobility or balanced challenged, you might have trouble with the walkway to the boat or the stairs (a ladder, basically) to the lower floor.
It was a great experience and we really enjoyed being part of the houseboat community. If you book it, enjoy!
Very unique experience, great location
I have no complaints about the house boat. The location is amazing, a 5 minute walk to Central Station and very centrally located. Han is a great host. Just a warning, watch Tiny House on HGTV before booking because that's what this is, a tiny house. There is a also a ladder from side of the boat to the other, so just be aware. Again, no negatives, just know what you're getting into
Leaving the central station through the main entrance, you turn left at the Prins Hendrikkade in front. You follow the street till nr 120.
Go left down the incline towards the parking place for buses, you take a sharp turn right past the barrier.
The boat is located at some 200 meters from the Nieuwmarkt next to the red light district and a host of restaurants. Also at this distance the technology and maritime museum as well as the Rembrandt House.
Use the bikes or canoes or inflatable boat to explore the historic centre.