The Tulip of Amsterdam - city center houseboat

Be welcome aboard this luxury newly renovated houseboat apartment, only 3 min. from Central Station

Excellent! 5/5 (3 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Stylish city center houseboat apartment
  2. Spacious and bright design
  3. Only 3 min. waling from Central Station
  1. Full privacy ensured
  2. Close to the Zeedijk, Nieuwmarkt, Red Light district
  3. SUP boards and swimming

Houseboat summary

Docked only a few minutes from Amsterdam Central Station, newly renovated and designed under architecture: that's the Tulip of Amsterdam in a nut shell. You will be sleeping in the hull of a historical freight ship, in a bed that is basically a throne. The houseboat studio offers lots of space and light getting in via the many stylish portholes, creating a very bright atmosphere. And the location could not be better: close to the buzzing city center, yet you are assured to enjoy a good night rest since our harbor is peaceful and away from the tourist masses.

Houseboat description

The Tulip of Amsterdam is so much more than just a place to stay. We want to share with you the experience of being part of a houseboat community. Our harbor is a wonderful melting pot of people who enjoy living on the water, each in their own way. Just like all the people are unique, also the ships and barges docked here have their own character. The atmosphere that we have created aboard the houseboat studio that you may call your own is stylish, contemporary and private.

What you may expect aboard the houseboat apartment

Descend from the deck of our ship and enter an unexpected world of space and brightness. The various roof windows and portholes in the studio enable a cheerful play of light and shades dancing through the studio. 

The high end double bed (200x160 cm) is located in the front of the hull, and although beneath water level this is probably the most elevating place you and your beloved one ever slept. 

In the living room there is a 2-seater table to enjoy breakfast while making plans for a new day in town. The kitchenette offers a toaster and coffeemaker and water cooker so that you can prepare your own breakfast. There are no real cooking facilities for a fancy dinner, but with so much wonderful restaurants and bars around we imagine you don't want to think about cooking yourself at all. And they all deliver, in case you prefer to have a romantic dinner on deck.

The bathroom offers everything you need during a well deserved houseboat holiday in Amsterdam: shower, toilet and sink with lighted mirror, as well as a hair dryer. 

Be assured that the apartment is very well insulated and equipped with comfortable floor heating so you will be nice and warm even on the coldest winter days.

Furthermore the whole place offers enough wall- and USB sockets, so you won't have any issues charging your electrical devices.

The apartment is located in the front of the ship and offers all the privacy you want. Although I live on another part of the ship, you most likely won't even notice that I'm there at all.

Outside space

We're glad to say that you can use the communal seats next to the boat to relax, as well as the love seat on the front deck of the ship. From here you can jump in the waters, and have a swim or maybe peddle away for a nice trip trough the canals on our SUP boards.

The neighborhood 

Although our harbor is nice and quiet, you will be in the middle of the city life within a minute walking. We hope that during your stay with us you will enjoy one another and the pleasures our neighborhood and our city offers. This is why we do not have televisions or radio's on board. But for the ones who can not live without (social) media, we do offer excellence fast WiFi. The only thing you have to do is bring your own mobile(smart)phone or tablet/computer with you.

Across the street you find one of the many great bars around: Café Pollux, laid back place to have a drink and dance. On Wednesdays live music too. Walk on and you will find many other places to eat, with cuisines basically from every corner of the world. In the immediate neighborhood you will find the buzzing Zeedijk and red light district, as well as the Maritime and Science museums. Get inspired on the daily market Nieuwmarkt and find cool stuff on the Waterloo Square (Waterlooplein). Walk the other way and you will enjoy the amazing views over the IJ-River, and when the sun is shining make sure to visit the terrace of bar Hannekes Boom! 

Well, I hope to have given the best possible impression possible, but don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions -always glad to help. Look forward welcoming you aboard!

Before you book, please note: kids below 6 years old are not allowed on board - babies are.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in possible for all day.

Check out before 11:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1


The comfortable double bed is located in the front of the ship, maybe even the most unique place you ever slept. The bathroom offers a shower, toilet and sink with mirror. 


Number of en-suite: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Microwave / Oven
Washing Machine
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Hair Dryer
Dining Table & Chairs

The kitchenette is equipped with a freezer, micro-wave, toaster and a coffee maker, as well as a water cooker, for preparing simple meals.


WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Sun Loungers

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating
Room Fans

Electric Fans

The houseboat offers floor heating for the most comfortable interior climate possible. You will be nice and warm, even on the coldest winter nights.


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops
Close To The Ariport



Long Term Rent Available

Check In after 15:00 Check Out before 11:00 But, if there are no guests arriving / departing the same day we are flexible. We charge 20 EUR for a late check in after 19:00, and 30 EUR for a very late check in after 00:00 hours.

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking

There is a bike rental company around the corner, offering guided tours as well. On the other side of the harbor we have a climbing hall.


Tour Guide
Airport Collection Available

Maid Service
Chauffers Service

All VIP services upon request.




25 km


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Ferry port

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Night club

1 km


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Super market

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Train station

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How to get there

From Central Station it is just a few minutes walking to get to the houseboat. After booking you will receive the exact instructions how to get there. Could not be easier!

About the area

Our harbor is a real hidden gem in the city center. Secluded and private, yet close to the buzzing inner city. Within walking distance there are lots of great things to see and do. Just to give you an impression an overview of things we like in our neighborhood:

* Local bar Pollux across the street

* Dam Square

* Nieuwmarkt (lots of bars, restaurants and of course the market itself)

* Zeedijk

* Red light district

* Nemo Science museum

* Maritime museum

* Sea palace (floating Chinese restaurant)

* Hannekes Boom (laid back restaurant/bar with superb terrace)

* Climbing hall

* IJ-river

* Waterloo Square

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Houseboat owner


We live on boats and we love boats.

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken

3 Reviews - The Tulip of Amsterdam - city center houseboat

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Margaux - France

    27 Mar

    Most brilliant stay ever

    Our visit to Amsterdam was given a silver lining thanks to the Tulipe houseboat. I took my husband to this wonderful city to celebrate our 5-year marriage and could not have selected a better place to stay. The place is decorated very stylish and the many windows let in lots of light. We felt a bit like John Lennon and Yoko Ono during our stay since we just did not want to leave the bed haha. Once you get off the boat you will feel like a real local, living the dream in this characteristic harbor. About the location: just perfect too with a wide variety of bars and restaurants around the corner basically. If you want to cook at home, this is not your place since there is no kitchen, but who wants to cook when in Amsterdam? Thanks for having us and hopefully we'll meet again some day!

  2. Manuela K - Germany

    05 May


    This houseboat is probably the nicest way to stay in Amsterdam. Close to the city-center and central station and so quiet at the same time. Warm and friendly owner and host. Everything was perfect. We hope to come back soon. ♥

  3. Tommy - England

    05 Apr

    Classy and comfy houseboat in Amsterdam city centre

    Three days of pleasure in Amsterdam, given a silver lining by our stay on the Tulip of Amsterdam. The houseboat is located near central station, in a cozy community of houseboats. Friendly people, very nicely decorated houseboat apartment and a wonderful location. Perfect stay!

  4. - the Netherlands

    20 Feb

    Attention: Owner recently cancelled a 3-night booking.
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