Today, we will review Hotelschip Gandalf, an affordable yet central accommodation in Amsterdam. The main draw of this hotel boat is its location. Gandalf is only a ten to fifteen minutes walk (or a three minutes bus ride) away from the central train station, and on a sunny morning, there are superb views of the water, the neighboring boats and the city.
To compensate for the smallness of the cabins, guests can sit in the common room, where they can enjoy free tea and coffee in the company of a huge and gentle dog. There is also wireless and a fridge with soft drinks and beer that can be purchased at a very reasonable price. Breakfast is served in the same room from nine to eleven and includes toast, raisin bread, muesli, orange juice, tea and coffee, and a view on the water. On Saturday, there were also fried eggs.
We recommend the hotel boat preferably for a stay in late spring or early autumn because temperature regulation inside the cabin and bathroom might be an issue when it is very cold or very warm outside. The cabins themselves have heating but, even though there was a thermostat in our room, the heating was either on at full power or off. The bathroom had no heating and it was really cold in there during our stay around Christmas. In summer on the other hand, it might be difficult to let any heat escape the cabin through the two small windows.
For a short stay during a period of moderate temperature however, it offers a basic yet clean and affordable accommodation in a great location and with a more individual touch to it than your standard hotel. After all, it is a boat.
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