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Unique Boat Experience in the Eastern Docklands

Excellent! 4.9/5 (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 cabin from 1915
  2. Authentic bunk
  3. Modern bathroom
  1. Located in a very popular neighborhood
  2. 30 minutes by foot to the centre

Houseboat summary

Have a unique holiday in Amsterdam by staying on a traditional motor-ship from 1915.

Houseboat description

Our ship is located in the popular old harbour of Amsterdam, 30 minutes by foot to the centre of the city. It will take you around 10-15 min to go to the city centre by bus 43 or tram 7.
It's situated in a quiet and relaxed location with a few restaurants, cafe's, two supermarkets and some shops nearby. There is no weed-shop close by!
You will have many possibilities to explore the city of Amsterdam and beyond. Our ship lies in a charming and peaceful area, therefore it's the perfect place to retreat and to recover!

You will stay in the authentic cabin (1915), the rear of the ship, the owner stays in the former cargo space of the ship. You will sleep in the authentic bunk, but also enjoy the modern bathroom with a shower. There is WiFi, TV and a coffee machine. You enter the ship via the wheelhouse and reach the studio (17m²) on the left site by stairs. In the wheelhouse there is a washing machine and a dryer for eventually use.

In the summer you can enjoy of a swim right here outside the ship. Just jump over board, the water is clean.

I'm sure you will enjoy your stay at my place.

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Registration number

0363 EB64 791D C9D0 A7F9

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 21:00.

Check out before 10:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Queen size beds: 1


You will sleep in the authentic bunk (140mx210m).
Please notice that the ceiling is low. If you are taller than 1,76m you cannot stand in the room without touching the ceiling. The standing height shower is 1,85m.
This authentic studio is not suitable for disabled persons or guest with with walking problems (the stairway is steep). There is no kitchen, only a water-cooker and a coffee-machine (Nespresso). No stove or microwave but a cooling-box.

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Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Washing machine


Linen provided
Towels provided
Hair dryer

Dining table & chairs
Internet access

€5.- use for use washing and drying machine. Cooling box.


WiFi / internet

Satellite / Cable tv

Indoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Outdoor facilities

Central heating

You can just jump into the water right here.

Heating / cooling

Underfloor heating

City views

CO2-neutral heating en koeling with solar panels and a heat pump.


Close to the shops

Paid parking

It is one hour with public transport to Zandvoort Beach from here

General information

No pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Swimminig / watersports

Activities nearby

Walking / hiking




31 km


0.2 km


33 km

Ferry port

0.4 km


5 km

Night club

1 km


0.2 km

Super market

0.6 km

Train station

3 km

How to get there

If you come by plane take the train to Central Station and then the bus number 43 direction Borneo-Eiland. Get out at Azartplein. Just walk to Levantkade in 3 minutes. Walking on Levantkade take the jetty on your right side. You will see the number 42 of our ship in the wheelhouse.

If you come by train just follow the description above from Central Station.

If you take the car you can park on public spots right on the street. Please notice that parking is €4,50 per hour (€40,50 per day) in Amsterdam. You can better take the P&R Zeeburg and take the tram 26 from there to Rietlanden (1 station) and step over to tram 10 (two stations to Azartplein).

About the area

Our houseboat is located in a historic part of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Docklands, from where in ancient days the cargo-ships used to sail to the East. Nowadays, this area has been transformed into a picturesque architectonic quarter where the living is easy, with all the facilities you may need like: pubs, restaurants and a shopping centre.

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Houseboat owner


I am Oliver and live here on board for more than 20 year. My son is 15 year old and grown up here on Alpha.
I work as project manager in the sustainable sector with solar.
From origin I am German but my German is getting worse after all this years ;). We really enjoy living here and like to share this experience.

Response time
Normally within 3 hours
Language spoken
English, Dutch, German

43 Reviews - Alpha

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Michael B - Germany

    23 Apr

    A wonderful time! Show original

    We were at the Alpha from Friday to Sunday and very happy with everything there. Oliver was a friendly, helpful and pleasant host. I'd love to come back... Micha and Rini

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  2. Tomasz S - Poland

    09 May

    Old ship experience

    Our 6-days stay on Alpha was a pleasant experience. In the cabin and the steering room we could feel an atmosphere of an old ship. Although the boat is pretty old there were no problems with hot water, heating or wifi. Alpha is moored in very quiet area with good tram/bus connection to the Central Station and city centre. The description of the houseboat given by Oliver is very precise. Pay attention to the details: the ceiling in the cabin is low, stairway is steep, the bunk is pretty high, but very comfortable. If your mobility is reduced choose the other place to stay. During our stay Oliver was absent and we were hosted by his cat :)

  3. Christian F - Germany

    10 Mar

    Vacation in Amsterdam Show original

    The cabin is very cozy. The boat is in a quiet location and yet you can reach the city center within 20 minutes. A good mixture. Oliver is friendly. Gladly again.

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  4. Felix R - Germany

    31 Mar

    5 Stars👍

    The room was very cosy and nice designed. The host was friendly and kind. Nothing to criticize!

  5. Fabiana S - Germany

    01 Aug

    Unique stay Show original

    The cabin is small but has everything you need. Unfortunately, the ceiling was a bit too low for my travel partner (1.90m), which is why he could only stand bent over in the cabin for the most part. The location is a bit remote, but beautiful and quiet. It was unique and cozy to sleep on the boat and we really enjoyed our morning coffee on the deck overlooking the water. We felt very comfortable and would come back at any time.

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