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Quiet Gem in Heart of Amsterdam

Unique, Quiet and Private. Close to Jordaan, Historic Canals, Markets, Shops, Bars and Restaurants

Excellent! 5/5 (43 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. Authentic Houseboat from 1900
  2. Well Designed Interior with all Modern Comforts
  3. Comfortable Bed & Good Shower
  1. Close to, Jordaan, Anne Frank House, Bars & Restaurants
  2. Romantic & Unique Houseboat Experience
  3. Quiet Area, Wide Canal in Heart of Amsterdam

Houseboat summary

Independent B&B on our houseboat with your own entrance and all modern amenities. We are located on a sunny and quiet canal in the heart of Amsterdam, close to Centraal Station, Anne Frank House, The Jordaan and the Historic Canals. Your space is totally private with your own bathroom, bedroom, captain's room and wheel house. The space is centrally heated and double glazed for chilly days.

You also have access to our large pier (shared with our lovely neighbours) decorated with flowers, plants and herbs, and seating made from recycled hardwood where you can relax into the evening on warm summer nights.

Houseboat description

Your space is in an independent section of our houseboat, with private entrance and access to our private pier (shared with our neighbours) and is separate from our part of the houseboat (where we live). It features central heating, double glazed windows for extra insulation, operable windows, 3 rooms, each on its own level; the Wheel House with views out onto the water, the Captain's Room, and sweet cosy bedroom with a comfortable two-person bed.

The newly built bathroom features a corian solid surface sink, and the shower has a porthole window with a great view of the canal. Towels, extra blankets hairdryer, shampoo and bath gel are all provided!

Do be aware of the following before booking, the ceiling height is comfortable for those with a maximum height of 6ft 2 inches tall.

Also the rooms are separated by small ladder type steps, so this would be difficult for anyone with mobility issues.

Our charming and cosy houseboat is an authentic Haagenaar ship built in 1900, originally used to carry bulk goods throughout Holland and Europe. It now sits on a picturesque, sunny and quiet canal in the heart of Amsterdam, just a 5 minute walk from the beautiful historic canal district, the Jordaan neighbourhood, Haarlemmerbuurt, the 9 Streets (great shopping) and Central Station with trams, buses and the NS Train.

Only a few moments away walking or by bike from 2 of the best bio-organic markets in Amsterdam, It's a foodie's dream. It is also walking distance to several excellent restaurants including Barentz,, Wolf Atelier, Gouden Reael as well as a few local bars and café's such as Westerdok Cafe, Blaauwhooft, and many more in the nearby Jordaan neighbourbood.

Also included are:
- Some Dutch beers
- Dutch stroopwafels
- Mixed nuts
- Coffee Press and Water Kettle for Tea
- Espresso / Coffee and specialty Teas
- Wireless high-speed internet (200/20 Mbps) suitable for high-demand use
- Small bluetooth speaker
- Small Refrigerator
- Hairdryer

We are lucky to live in one of Amsterdam's nicest neighbourhoods. Our canal is wide and quiet even though it's right in the city centre. We are just a 5 minute walk to great markets, shops, cafes and restaurants. After a day of sight seeing and enjoying all that Amsterdam has to offer, it's a great place to come home to and relax while you look out onto the water.

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Registration number


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

Queen size beds: 1


The bedroom features a comfy bed (140cm x 200cm) for two with down comforters and pillows. There are 4 small operable portholes in the bedroom. Just a few steps above is the bathroom with corian stone sink, and the shower has a large porthole window with a great view out onto the water.

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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
Linen provided

Even though we are in the heart of Amsterdam, just 10 minutes' walk from Centraal Station, our houseboat is moored on a quiet canal in a friendly neighbourhood.


Towels provided
Hair dryer

Internet access

We have a small kitchenette with fridge and Nespresso machine, Aerocino (frothing) machine and water ketel. - We provide some welcome drinks and bites as well as a selection of Nespresso coffee's and fine teas.


WiFi / internet
Music system / CD player


We have a small bluetooth speaker for music. Amsterdam is pretty entertaining, so I doubt you'll spend too much time indoors ;-)

Indoor facilities


No smoking indoors, but you may smoke on the pier outside. We allow pets if discussed before confirmation of reservation.

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Central heating

Heating / cooling

Room fans
Electric fans

City views

Amsterdam and its surroundings offers people that enjoy walking or hiking great opportunities.


Close to the shops
Close to the ariport

Paid parking

General information

Pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Smoke alarm
Walking / hiking

Activities nearby

Cycling / mountain biking

The Airport is just 20 minutes by train to Centraal Station which is just a 10 minute walk from the boat.




19 km


0.2 km


20 km

Ferry port

1 km

Golf course

4 km


3 km

Night club

1 km


0.5 km

Super market

0.4 km

Train station

1 km

Anne Frank Museum

0.8 km

How to get there

After clearing customs at Schiphol Airport, follow the signs to the train terminal area above ground. You will find a yellow ticket dispensers where you can buy your train tickets to Amsterdam Centraal Station. Just press English and follow instructions. The machines do not accept credit cards, only regular debit / Pin (I believe). Some do accept Euros, bills, and coins.

Exit from the rear of the station on the IJ River side (IJ-Zijde on the signs). When you hit the water turn left and follow the water until you see a small Marina and some modern buildings on your right. Cross the bike lane and busy st eet (watch out for cyclists and cars) and keep going straight in between the buildings you will hit the water with a row of houseboat moored along piers. This is Westerdok.

If you are coming by car, the address is: Westerdok AZ Amsterdam. To park, your best option is to reserve a spot in the parking garage (150 meters away) at IJDock via: link

Scroll down to Flex / 24 hour parking and select your date and time (check in time 15.00 and checkout is 11.00) and hit "reserve". If you do not reserve Parking here ahead of time, you will have to pay the full cost for parking there.

PS: Street parking is very expensive, so be sure to arrange this ahead of time.

About the area

Our neighbourhood is quiet, friendly and relaxing. Yet a stone's throw away from the best farmers markets, shops, bars and restaurants and the rest of the city center. To us it offers a great mix of both worlds.

Our island (Westerdoks-ijland) together with the other 3 Westerlijke islands is just outside the big touristic area and mostly residential, with parks and artist / creative studios and even a brew pup just a few houses down.

We believe it is the best location to experience our beautiful city.

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Houseboat owner

Jake & Ayla

Hi, we are a Dutch couple (Jake is Dutch & Ayla originally American, and now proud to be dutch too). We love to travel, experience nature in all its wonder and meet new people, so having a B&B is a great way to bring the world closer to us! We were introduced to each other on a hot summer's day at a beach party at Blijburg by Jake's dog Max (who was on the planet for over 15 years) Life was never the same!

We now have Akasha, (or should I say she has us!) a sweetheart of a dog rescued from the woods in Calabria of southern Italy.

Living on the water has always been a dream for us, and in 2008 we made it a reality. We found our ship (De Hoop - The Hope) when this neighbourhood was transforming and it is the ideal mix between being close city centre and a quiet and free life on the water. Also we are so lucky to have the best neighbours and a great local community of caring people around us.

Being out in nature with our dog, cooking for and with friends as well as an appreciation for art and design are dear to us.

Response time
Normally within 12 hours
Language spoken
English, Dutch, German, French

43 Reviews - Quiet Gem in Heart of Amsterdam

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Georgina B - England

    13 Dec

    Amazing houseboat

    If you’re in Amsterdam then what better place to stay than a house boat!! It’s perfect, all the small touches! Thanks for letting us stay on your houseboat, it’s been amazing!

  2. Lauren D - Ireland

    11 Jan

    Boat house

    Myself and partner had an amazing time on this beautiful boat. Great location and so close to the city center. The boat was so cozy and neighbours were so nice. We really enjoyed our time on this boat and thanks again for letting us stay. Would highly recommend. (10/10)😁

  3. Brent G - the United States

    17 Jun

    Cozy Amsterdam Barge Experience

    Ayla and Jake’s barge offers an unforgettable cozy & romantic Amsterdam experience on the water. The hosts are super friendly and make you feel so very welcome, yet allow you the privacy to make the boat feel like your own. The location is ideal in that you can reach the town center in 10 mins by foot, yet provides relief from the crowds in a nautical residential neighborhood surrounded by other canal boats & quiet. It was so pleasant to have morning coffee or afternoon wine and cheese in the wheelhouse, while watching the passing boats & ducks. Highly recommend a stay in this very special romantic hideaway!

  4. Peter M - Germany

    21 Apr

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    We spent a week in Amsterdam on a great and quaint houseboat. The houseboat was on a very nice canal and the old town was within walking distance. Our hosts were super nice and very helpful. Sandra and Peter say thank you for the great days.

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  5. Alexandra C - England

    05 Jun


    Great place, very clean. Located in a quiet area but still walking distance from city centre. Will be staying there again when back.

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