Hospitable and Awarded Houseboat - 'One of Five Best'

Floating 'home' - utmost hospitality by the host - spacious plant shielded terrace

Excellent! 4.8/5 (23 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. a floating artistic decorated 'home away from home'
  2. beautiful spacious reed shielded floating terrace
  3. fully insured, complies all EU, national and local laws
  1. perfect location, quit residential area, edge of centre
  2. personalised Amsterdam map & suggestions at check-in

Houseboat summary

'One of Five World Best Houseboats' - the Guardian 2006

15 years of multiple awards, high rankings & best reviews

Last on TV: Wunderschön! - West Deutsche Rundfunk


Houseboat description

“When you enter this cozy houseboat you immediately feel at home” recommendation by VVV, first tourist office for this houseboat 2006 (now I-Amsterdam).   

This hospitable and multiple awarded houseboat has been recently renovated and redecorated.  The charming no-smoking B&B offers 2 cozy and colorful sleeping-/relax rooms. It has all modern facilities, comfortable double bed, special touches like flowers, quality fruit, breakfast amenities, hand-made glass mosaic in the bathroom and a personal welcoming atmosphere.

What is more, this houseboat has a lounge outside: a beautiful and spacious floating terrace surrounded by plants & reed and decorated with charming garden furniture. After a hectic day in the city centre here you can sit and relax overlooking the the tranquil water and birds of the canal.

The houseboat has a top location on the edge of the city centre in a quiet and peaceful residential area. It is moored in Old West, one of the current coolest neighborhoods in town.

You will live between the locals, all shops around the corner, including plenty of good restaurants and the new trendy cultural center "de Hallen”.

The musea and most attractions (e.g. Anne Frank, Rijks- and Van Gogh museum) are 10 - 15 minutes walk or by tram.

To ease your stay Hans will provide you with a personalized map of Amsterdam and assists for all relevant information. 

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in between 16:00 and 21:00.

Check out before 10:00.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2


Spacious windows with views on typical Amsterdam facades

Special touches like colorful flowers and home designed glass mosaic

Personalized Amsterdam map with insider tips at check-in 



Holiday Type

Town / City

Super quiet area at the edge of vivid historic city centre


Linen Provided

Towels Provided


Internet Access
Music System / CD Player

Satellite / Cable Tv

Wi-Fi on board

Outdoor Facilities


Terrace / Balcony

a beautiful, spacious floating terrace, decorated with charming garden furniture, surrounded by plants and reed

Heating / Cooling

Air Conditioning

Room Fans

Off-gas, 100% fossil free Thermostatic IR heating


City Views

Living on a typical Amsterdam canal


Child Friendly

No drugs - Smoking only on terrace - No pets - Houserules apply - Refundable deposit 200 Euro

Activities Nearby

Walking / Hiking

Tips on 'Go where the locals go'


Houseboat owner


is a 63-years young former environmental economist who lives since 33 years on this houseboat. Because he had to stop working in his profession, he started a Bed and Breakfast on board in 2006 and got directly the Guardian Award 'One of five best' for it. Hans still feels cosmopolitan and loves to receive and meet people from all over the world.

Response time
Normally within 24 hours
Language spoken

23 Reviews - Hospitable and Awarded Houseboat - 'One of Five Best'

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. Hilke E - Switzerland

    10 Jun

    You get what you pay for

    My mum, my sister and I have just returned from a 3 night trip to Amsterdam. We had such a terrific time on Blue Wave Houseboat! The attention to detail was fantastic and the boat had everything we could possibly need. The terrace was just lovely. The host was very friendly - he sat with us for 30 mins upon our arrival showing us how everything worked and gave us lots of great tips about the city as well as leaving us a welcome breakfast. I would not hesitate to recommend this boat to anyone. It is not cheap but I’m a firm believer in ‘you get what you pay for’.
  2. Lynne A - the United States

    24 Oct

    Respite on the Water

    A friend and I recently stayed on the Bluewave Houseboat in Amsterdam. We couldn’t have been happier with the location, the coziness of the little home and the warmth of the hosts, Hans and Elisabeth. The added touches such as the fresh bouquet of flowers and the food in the refrigerator was much appreciated. Would stay there again!

  3. Lori S - Germany

    26 Nov

    Weekend on the canel.

    We spent a lovely little weekend in this beautiful houseboat.  

    Hans greater up with a warm friendly welcome, gave us some great tips from a locals point of view.  

    The boat is inviting and lovely and the location is superb. 

    Highly recommend this spot.  

  4. Trish and Mark - Ireland

    01 Oct

    Superb houseboat experience

    I'll keep it short and simple: what's not to love about staying with Hans? Friendly, welcoming and yet you have all the privacy you want. Actually it's a place you don't want to tell too many people about just to avoid it won't be available next time ;-) We'll be back!

  5. Daphne W - Germany

    09 Jul

    Beautiful houseboat and perfectly situated!!!

    We really enjoyed our stay on the Blue Wave Houseboat.

    This is a gorgeous place to stay and so close to the city. It had atmosphere and tranquility and still so close to the centre. Bike rental and luggage storage are real close.

    We loved the sunny floating terrace and the beds were really comfortable. The fridge filled with goodies.... what more do you need!?!  

    Thanks to Hans & Elisabeth, for their hospitality and help. Great hosts!


    We will be back for sure

  6. Thomas S - Germany

    06 Aug

    Nice houseboat, wonderful location..., if you like to be alone within your holidays you should fix visiting times with your host

    The location is great and even if the houseboat does have only 28 sqm it's well equipped and really, really nice. The city is in walking distance and the new established Foodhallen are really close. 

    It was a bit unexpected that we weren't alone really on the boat. It wasn't said that the second part of the boat is used by Hans wife in order to held German language lessons. Much more surprising to us was that Hans was present quite often and that he used half of the week to work on the boat and to install new electric devices .

    So would be better to clearly communicate that on beforehand. 

  7. Steve H - England

    30 Oct


    Such a fabulous place to stay - a comfortable, clean, well-equipped house boat in a fantastic location, close to shops, public transport and the city center, and Hans and Elisabeth are the ideal hosts. Definitely recommended!

  8. Mafalda J - Portugal

    11 Feb

    Houseboat blue wave

    With all the comfort you can ask for, beautiful decoration !

    Lovely hosts .

    we will be back!

    A.J. Family from Porto, Portugal 


  9. Rob S - England

    25 Oct

    Peace in the city

    a very comfortable and remarkably peaceful place to stay only 20 meters from a tram junction that connects you in 10 mins with either the heart of the old city, or the Museum district. Very friendly and welcoming hosts who pointed us in the right direction for good meals and tours. Would definitely recommend, although next time we might choose a houseboat with a little more passing activity outside the window. The children, of course, love bed the novelty of a houseboat and the cabin-style smaller bedroom. Thank you!

  10. Claude F - Canada

    11 Jul

    Nice stay

    We are a family of 2 adults and 2 girls (12 & 16) and we stay during 4 nights in July. We enjoyed our stay. The houseboat is clean, in very good condition and well situated. It's easy to go anywhere downtown by walking or with trams. Many stores nearby. The surroundings are relatively quiet. Elisabeth & Hans are very kind and give us a true impression that we are welcome. Hans replenished the fridge with good food and also fruits and pastries. One very minor comment: the chairs with the quality and look from an Italian designer could be more comfortable, but again this is minor. 


  11. Annelies G - the United States

    01 Jan

    Houseboat in Amsterdam

    We truly enjoyed our stay on this Awarded Houseboat. Hans was a very gracious host and gave us an overview of places to see and eat. He provided us with some breakfast foods which was wonderful. The houseboat was well appointed and had every convenience we needed. It was close to the trams stations.  Enjoyed our stay would recommend to anyone and hope to come back in summer to enjoy the outside area.




  12. Geraldine M - Scotland

    12 Jan

    Highly Recommend!

    Our visit stay on a houseboat and this was lovely, very very clean, and delightfully warm (we stayed 3 nights in January). Lovely quiet area and nice to be visited by the ducks and swans. Great communication from Hans and he arranged for a colleague to meet us at the boat on arrival. Our flight was delayed but I was able to contact them to let them know. Nothing was a problem. Would highly recommend staying in this houseboat :-)
  13. Lee J - England

    18 Aug

    Super Houseboat

    Hans and Elisabeth were great hosts, very welcoming and had some great tips and ideas about less busy, but great places to visit. They made it clear that we could contact them at any time if we had any questions or queries.

    The accommodation was immaculately clean and had everything we needed for our six night stay.

    We would highly recommend a stay in this award winning houseboat in this quiet neighborhood that has everything on its doorstep. 

  14. coleen d - the United States

    06 Oct


    What a tranquil oasis Bluewave is! We were fortunate enough to spend 5 nights here and we loved it! The floating terrace was our favorite place to hang out and relive the adventures of the day. The location is perfect ! We loved the Oude West neighborhood.Hans was charming and available for any questions or to help in any way. Thankyou Hans , we look forward to returning to Blue Wave the next time we are in Amsterdam! 

  15. Mark S - England

    20 Sep

    Very welcoming host, fantastic houseboat

    We can imagine why this is a award wining houseboat: first of all the hosts are very welcoming - it was a real treat to stay with Hans and his lovely wife. The room was very tidy and the view over the water is just spectacular. Not only the geese, swans and ducks were fantastic, but also the floating garden in front of the boat is just amazing. Close to the city center, yet nice and quiet at night. Highly recommended if you're looking for a true Amsterdam experience!

  16. Klaus B - Germany

    18 Jan

    No wonder they were on German TV - great houseboat

    We had never stayed on a houseboat before, so we didn’t know what to expect. Amsterdam is a very bustling city, so it was nice to retreat to a quiet neighborhood after a busy day of sightseeing. There is very little canal traffic and street traffic near Blue Wave, so we were not disturbed at all. In fact, we all slept very well. The outdoor deck is very nice and relaxing. The owner is extremely kind and generous. He even texted us during our stay to see if we needed anything. I thought that was very thoughtful. Overall, the experience surpassed our expectations. No wonder they were on German TV prime time” 


  17. Anita S - Germany

    04 Jul


    We had a great time in Amsterdam, the houseboat was a good place to rest. From there, we could go everywhere by foot and in the evening we could enjoy the boat with its flowers. Hans gave us good and interesting information about Amsterdam, everything was organized and clean. We can recommend it and will come back one day! Thanks a lot! Anita

  18. Prue O - Australia

    27 Dec

    Wonderful host, lovely accommodation, excellent location

    Wonderful host, lovely accommodation, and excellent location - we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return!

  19. Mauro G - Switzerland

    07 May

    e x c e l l e n t !!

    excellent and quiet location.
    superb host who took the time to give us lots of suggestions on what to do and what NOT to do, which is equally important..
    would certainly consider to come back !


  20. Chris M - Australia

    24 Aug


    Had a great time staying at the houseboat. Hans was very helpful and friendly, he made sure we were comfortable and everything was alright. 

  21. Geoff S - the United States

    27 Jul

    Amazing stay for our family of four

    I couldn't recommend this houseboat highly enough - it is in really nice part of the city that is outside of the tourist crowd but also has a lot going on. And the rest of Amsterdam is an easy walk or tram ride away.

    Hans was extremely helpful. He provided some groceries that we used to make a couple breakfasts and provided helpful advice on navigating the city. Also, there was a heat wave while we were there but he set up an air-conditioning unit that kept the inside of the boat very comfortable.

    The boat itself is impeccably maintained and truly felt like a home away from home. We hope to get back to Amsterdam soon and would absolutely plan to stay here again.

  22. Nemeth O - Spain

    20 Dec

    The real wow-factor: a floating terrace!

    The Blue Wave is moored in one of these typical Amsterdam canals with these old Amsterdam houses all around. The houseboat has such a personal touch: it feels like your family home and, you have your complete privacy at the same time. But... the real wow-factor: beautiful, spacious floating terrace, decorated with charming garden furniture, surrounded by plants and reed! This houseboat gives you a unforgettable experience, living on the water, waking up with the swans at your bedroom window. For us this is superior accommodation, situated in a quiet local area, yet so close to the city centre.
  23. Janice H - Canada

    25 Sep

    Top notch

    Wonderful kind host and top notch well cared for houseboat.   

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