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Passenger Ship Avanti Reviews

Oosterdok , Jetty 2, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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722 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 98%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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The agency we booked through did not state it was a hostel when we booked so we were a bit surprised upon arrival to discover it was such. Although it is a boat I do think the small size of the cabins should be emphasised and people should be made aware on booking just how small they are. To combat this issue the hosts have made an effort with the common area so you can relax here in the evening. This may be a great place for others but it wasn't for us.

  • 17th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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It's a shame you didn't know that it was a hostel. We'd be interested which 'agency' had led you to believe otherwise. Our description points out that it is hostel, a boat and that you will be staying in a cabin. Our photos also reflect this.


Awesome atmosphere, just like being home. The owners are great and they live on the boat as well. Great way to get the feel of the Netherlands and canals. Perfect location, look forward to going back!


The Avanti is a fantastic place to stay in Amsterdam! The location really is perfect, less than 10 minute walk from Centraal Station. This means you can get to pretty much anywhere in the city via walking, trams or metro within minutes. Captain Dave & Annie were fantastic hosts as well. Yes, the rooms are pretty small, there's no two ways about that. However, the rooms are clean, the beds are comfy, and you're staying close to everything. 10/10 Would stay again.


We had a very nice time on the boat, 10 min from the citycenter, so a very good location!

  • 1st Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Our staying in the Avanti was just excellent, Dave has an amazing taste in music, Annie is so welcoming and organized and everything went very good, the ambiance is great, everything very clean, good breakfast, very safe and just 10-15 minutes by walking to the downtown, I'd definitely be back in the Avanti if I ever pass by Amsterdam once again!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey Lina, hope you are good? We got to have good music playing all the time! Glad you had a good time here and hopefully our paths cross again. Dave & Anni x


Dave and Annie are excellent host. Makes our stay memorable and comfortable.


The couple running the ship were as helpful as ever and extremely friendly; we even went out for a couple of beers together! Location is perfect; 5 minute walk from the train station, 10 minute walk to red light district and a 10 minute bike ride to the museum quarter. The ship has a homely feel with all the guests socialising in the main lounge/diner; the munchies at whatever hour can be satisfied on board if you can't wait for the brilliant breakfast spread the following morning! Cheers Guys!

Owner Comment (Hide)
It was a pleasure :-) Stay in touch with us and come visit next time you come to the Dam. Dave & Anni x


Great place to stay! Small rooms (to be expected on a small ship), but the boat was very stable. Amazing and extremely knowledgeable staff. Great breakfast with grilled cheese, cereal, juice, etc.. however last day they were 40 minutes late putting it out. We were able to stay, however we watched at least a half a dozen people wait around and then leave without breakfast..

  • 30th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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