Two of us spent a month on the Pantheos. We hope to return. There is no better way to enjoy Amsterdam's canal life. No hotel or apartment provides such an unobstructed 180 degree view of a canal. Most other houseboats lack the covered outdoor area like that on the Pantheos. Plus, there is no other boat on the south end so that there is a clear view of the Prinsengracht. The nearby Westerkerk bell tower plays music to keep the time. We befriended the bird life. We got to recognize the tour boat captains. We enjoyed seeing the locals taking their small vessels up and down the canals after work and on the weekends. We directed tourists who were on rented boats and became lost. We enjoyed the sounds of passing horses and carriages on the west side street. There is very little automobile noise in this city of bicycles. The Pantheos was built to be a house on the water rather than being a sea vessel converted to a living space, so it is functional, bright, and airy. The windows have shades for privacy. Both the bed and the sofa bed are comfortable (one of us slept on top of the sofa rather than opening it for convenience). All necessities are provided, including a drying rack for laundry (although clothes are nearly dry from the spin cycle of the washing machine). However, we recommend you bring shower soap, shampoo, and other toiletries. The owner lives on the houseboat when it is not rented and leaves many cooking ingredients for his guests. He also provided a lot of fresh fruit and various drinks including juice, coffee, tea, and wine. Bottled water was also provided but the tap water tastes fine. There are closets between the kitchen and bedroom area for luggage and clothing. One closet also contains a washing machine. Under the kitchen counter there are a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and storage. The bathroom is large with a spacious shower, toilet (no bidet), sink, counter area, and window. Plenty of towels and washcloths are provided. The deck chairs and other furniture are comfortable. The owner Fake was readily available and is a kind and friendly person. We had researched all of the houseboat rentals we could find online and the Pantheos proved to be the absolute best one.
What a great location! We were greeted by Fake and started our adventure. Everything is nearby and the houseboat was so clean and perfe3ct. eally did not want to leave. Everything is just as it looks. The bathroom waas extral laerge which was a sweet surprise. Bed was so comfy I did not want to leave it. Sheets were super soft. The owner was very nice. I think that it is appropriate for 1-3 people. When I go back to Amsterdam I will only stay on the houseboat. Thank you Fake and aloha for the wonderful experience.
We have recently returned from yet another incredible stay on this wonderful houseboat. We were greeted warmly by Margriet (Fake's sister) on this occasion who was great! Such a lovely lady. :)
The location of this boat is perfect!!! Walking distance from everything and plenty of lovely restaurants and bars nearby - we were spoilt for choice. There is also a great supermarket just around the corner.
The facilities are great, we had everything we could ever need!
As with our last trip, we loved spending our afternoons/evenings relaxing out on the boat deck watching the world go by.
A beautiful boat in a beautiful city, we will be back soon and would not stay anywhere else in the city. Thanks Fake and Margriet for another lovely stay. See you again soon.
If you want to feel like you have a home away from home then this is your only choice. Fake the owner has everything on this boat you could possibly need on your stay making you feel right at home. The house boat is situated about 10 mins from the heart of the city and is in the best area in my opinion. its a more locals area and lets you escape from the tourist zones which can get overwhelming. Nothing beats waking up with nice cup of coffee and sitting on the deck watching the neighborhood Coot and its chick swim past. The girlfriend and i will be coming back next spring. cant wait!
When I planed my trip to Netherlands, "experiencing the boathouse" was on my must-do list. I'm so glad that I find this beautiful boathouse. The Owner Fake is very kind and easy-going. The boathouse is just incredible. It's really like a floating paradise. I can sit there all day drinking beer, listening nice music and watching ducks, boats,tourists come and go...
Thank you, Fake, you made my dreams come true.