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Spacious Floating Hotel room with a bathroom en suite and a private loveseat on deck, in top center

Excellent! 4.7/5 (7 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Spacious floating hotelroom
  2. Private love seat outside on deck
  3. Luxurious bathroom en suite with porthole views
  1. Panoramic views of Amsterdam
  2. Top center
  3. Coffee corner with minibar fridge

Houseboat summary

The Tulip VIP is the best floating hotel room possible. It has a bathroom en suite, a private love seat outside on deck, a coffee corner with a minibar fridge and your own private swimming pool: just jump in the waters from your deck and swim.

Tulip VIP is the perfect experience you are looking for, with a typical flavor of the traditional Dutch accommodation.

Docked only a few minutes from Amsterdam Central Station, newly renovated and designed under architecture: that's the Tulip VIP 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 room offers lots of space and light getting in via the 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 VIP is so much more than just a hotel room. 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 is stylish, contemporary, friendly and private.

What you may expect aboard the houseboat apartment

Descend from the spacious deck with panoramic views of the old and new Amsterdam,  and enter an unexpected world of space and brightness. The various roof windows and portholes enable a cheerful play of of light and shades dancing through your private floating hotel room.

The bathroom en suite offers everything you need during a well deserved holiday in Amsterdam: shower, toilet and sink with lighted mirror, as well as a hair dryer. But it offers even more as you can watch swans swimming in front of your window while brushing your teeth.

Outside space

We're glad to say that you can use the entire spacious deck and just for you there is a private love seat on the front deck of the ship too. Here at the very front point of the ship, you can make your own classic Titanic photo's, with Amsterdam skyline city lights in the background.

Please note that people do live on board of the boats all around you, so we kindly ask to be silent after 22.00 if you are outside, to ensure everyone is getting a good night rest. We highly recommend to check out café Pollux across the street if you want to stay out longer ;-) as it is open till down.

The neighborhood 

Although our harbor is nice and quiet, you will be in the middle of the city life within a minute walking. Across the street you find one of the many great bars around: Café Pollux, laid back place to have a drink and often enjoy life 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 China Town at 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! 

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.

If you want us to provide one for you, just let us know.

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions -always glad to help. Look forward welcoming you aboard!

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Registration number

0363 8FB9 599D C61B A287

Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in between 15:00 and 00:00.

Check out before 11:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

King size beds: 1


The spacious bedroom with a bathroom en suite has a coffee corner with a mini bar fridge, tea, coffee and a microwave, all as if you are staying in a hotel, but... better :-)

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

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city
Lake / riverside

Sporting activities
Microwave / oven


Linen provided
Towels provided

Hair dryer
Internet access

Laundry service : if you need some clean clothes just let us know and we will wash/dry it for you.


WiFi / internet


We have very fast internet, if you need a device, let us know in advance.

Indoor facilities


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 25 EUR for a late check in after 19:00, and 40 EUR for a very late check in after 00:00 hours.

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony
Mooring sloop / boat possible

Air conditioning

VIP services all upon request

Heating / cooling

Central heating
Electric fans

Underfloor heating
City views

Bicycles for rent next door. Train metro bus boat a few steps from your floating ViP hotel room.


Close to the beach
Close to the shops

Close to the ariport
Paid parking

General information

Pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Smoke alarm
Swimminig / watersports

Activities nearby


Cycling / mountain biking


Tour guide
Transportation to and from airport

Maid service
Chauffers service

In fact you can jump right out of your TULIP VIP floating hotel room in the waters for a swim, your own private swimming pool.




25 km


0.1 km


25 km

Ferry port

0.4 km

Golf course

25 km


10 km

Night club

0.1 km


0.1 km

Ski lift

800 km

Super market

0.4 km

Train station

0.4 km

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. Please make sure to read the Instructions Manual sent to you by your host and keep it safe till you arrive.

Could not be easier!

About the area

Our harbor is a real hidden gem in the city centre. 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 with the delicious food of the China town

* Red light district

* Nemo Science museum

* Maritime museum

* OBA the liberary with the beautiful building and a piano inviting to play

* Conservatorium next to the OBA with pianoplayers invited

* Double Tree Hilton hotel with the Sky lounge where from you can make photo's of our boats.

* Amazing Architecture of the hotel Amrath (go inside for a free tour) built as a ship

* 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. It makes us super happy to welcome you on board and share the pleasures of water living with you.

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
English, Dutch

7 Reviews - TULIP VIP

Excellent! 4.7/5

  1. Jenn - Andorra

    16 Sep


    Our stay was absolutely fabulous! The boat is amazing and it's in a great location!!   Thank you so much,   Jenn
  2. Michael C - the United States

    18 Sep

    Fantastic boat and location

    We really enjoyed our stay. The location couldn't be beat. The boat was as described/pictured. It was perfect for a couple.

  3. Peter M - Germany

    11 Jul

    Happy days

    we had a very nice time on this beautiful houseboat !

  4. Amy T - England

    13 May

    100% recommend.

    The houseboat is a truly beautiful and unique stay in Amsterdam. Within walking distance of classic tourist attractions, as well as more "boutique" quiet areas. The boat itself it beautiful and just far away enough from the hustle of the city for a peaceful evening and morning, should you want to enjoy it. Hosts super helpful and communicative - definitely book this boat!

  5. Corilee S - Canada

    17 Apr

    Some Good, Some Not So Good

    We spent 4 nights on the Tulip VIP. First the good - the location is great with so many things in walking distance and there are nice views from the deck. The hosts that assisted us were very kind and tried to be helpful, allowing us to store our luggage before 3pm check in and leaving cookies due to issues we experienced. The not so good was the walls with various stains (particularly near the bed -old food? Dirt? Blood? I don't know, but they need to be cleaned or repainted), the bed itself was quite uncomfortable being low grade foam on hard wood that should likely be replaced. We also had an issue with the bathroom lights that didn't work and were unable to be fixed when we were there, the overhead sky lights dripped (I was told just condensation, not a leak, but it still leaked near the bed and we were given extra towels for that). The sound also carries from the other unit on the boat. For two nights the banging an voices from the other unit disturbed us. Overall I'm glad we tried staying on the houseboat, but I wouldn't do it again.

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