Best Kept Secret - Private floating apartment

Wonderful houseboat for two on the edge of the Jordaan area - with green rooftop

Excellent! 5/5 (10 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Fully private houseboat
  2. Near the Jordaan area
  3. Lots of restaurants, bars and shops around the corner
  1. Charming cozy roofed terrace
  2. I promise the ultimate Amsterdam houseboat experience

Houseboat summary

Every now and then I like to go abroad and discover the rest of the world. And that is when you can experience what it is like to live on my wonderful houseboat on the verge of the Jordaan area. You will have the full boat to yourself: 50 square meters of floating joy, just around the corner of the buzzing inner city, yet located on a quiet canal. 

Houseboat description

In 2017 I bought this barge in Amsterdam Old West and I never thought it would have such an amazing impact on my life. Every day feels like holiday and the ever changing scenery on our beloved canal is truly inspiring. Even before you get up, the houseboat life will already have a positive impact on the rest of the day. Just laying on the double bed while watching the swans and ducks swimming by is my favorite moment. And I'm sure that you will feel the same.

The rest of the houseboat is also really comfortable and offers nice water views thanks to the large windows. Just open the sliding door and you have access to the cozy terrace, my favorite spot for a first cup of coffee. If the weather is less inviting to go outside, you can snuggle up on the couch with the wood stove burner on fire. Of course the boat is also equipped with comfortable central heating, creating a comfortable and warm atmosphere all through the year. A special nice feature is the eco friendly green roof that I have put on top of the boat for better insulation and a to create a nice habitat for our beloved bees and butterflies in town.

The large table in the living room is a wonderful place to have breakfast while making plans for a new day in town. And the kitchen offers everything you might need. Don't fancy cooking? No problem at all. We have various great restaurants literally around the corner, from fancy haute cuisine to traditional Iranian kitchen, and from awesome Italian wood stove pizza's to some great tappas bars. Not to mention the countless bars around, some of them with very nice terraces to enjoy the sun while having a drink with your beloved one.

I'm glad to say that the boat is equipped with a Sonos music system so you can enjoy your own music. And of course we have great free wifi, as well as Netflix and cable TV.

About the area: my boat is located on the verge of the famous Jordaan area. So famous attractions like the 'Negen Straatjes' (the 9 Streets, packed with boutique shops) and the Anne Frank House are within walking distance. Both the Dam Square, Westerpark, Vondelpark and the Museum Square can be reached easily on foot, by bike or public transport. The best of all is that you are close to all those great place, yet you are assured to have a good night rest since the canal is not frequented by tourist masses. Yes, I dare to say that I live in The Best Kept Secret ;-)

The boat is particularly suitable for couples who are looking for a special 'home away from home' with lots of privacy. Note that my house is not a party place, so no smoking, loud music or drugs of any kind allowed aboard. I like my neighbors, they like me and we all want to keep it that way. If you violate these rules, I am forced to deny you further access to the boat without any refund.

I hope to have answered all your questions - but don't hesitate to ask if there is anything you want to know. Look forward to share my houseboat with you!

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1


The bedroom has a comfortable double bed and a large window overlooking the canal. And if you like to cocoon for a night, you will absolutely enjoy the large flatscreen tv. 

The bathroom has a comfortable shower, a toilet and a sink. 


Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside
Sporting activities


Fully equipped kitchen
Microwave / oven
Washing machine

Linen provided
Towels provided
Dining table & chairs


Music system / CD player
Satellite / Cable tv
WiFi / internet

DVD player
Internet access

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Heating / cooling

Central heating

Open fireplace


City views

Close to the shops

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking

Cycling / mountain biking


Houseboat owner


As ex-Navy I love to live on this boat. Whilst traveling Down-Under for a few months it's for rent.

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
Dutch, English

10 Reviews - Best Kept Secret - Private floating apartment

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Glenn and Mary M - Germany

    07 May

    Xander’s Houseboat

    The location is excellent.  It was a very nice experience.  If we are ever in Amsterdam again we definetly would stay here if it was available.  Thanks Xander.

  2. THOMAS H - the United States

    09 Apr

    Great houseboat and location!

    We loved this houseboat and location.  And Xander and his Dad Bob were easy and great to work with and very responsive and friendly.  Our next trip to Amsterdam will be back on Xander's boat!  We loved it!

  3. Jonathan - England

    12 Feb

    A floating lovenest on a wonderful location

    We were lucky to stay here for three nights and totally fell in love with this amazing houseboat. My girl just couldn't stop watching the water life passing by; after a few days she really got to know all the swans and ducks ;-) The boat has everything you need: a great kitchen, large living room and a cozy bedroom with a comfortable double bed. The location is very interesting: the Jordaan area is around the corner (2 minutes walking and you're there), yet it is a really nice and quiet neighborhood without tourists passing by. By the way: we didn't cook at all because of the numerous restaurants within 5 minutes walking distance. It really felt like a floating lovenest!

  4. Travis J - the United States

    06 Jun

    Great houseboat

    We enjoyed staying at Xander’s houseboat. It was a great location and very comfortable. 

  5. Bernice - the United States

    01 Feb

    Highly recommended houseboat

    Me and my husband have stayed on Xanders' houseboat during a short weekend. We were the first visitors staying here and we really felt super welcome. The host lives here himself and shares the place while he is away - therefore it absolutely feels like a home away from home. It actually feels more like a luxury apartment then like boat. It is very comfortable and the place offers everything you might expect in a high end apartment. And more: the view over the water is truly amazing, relaxing actually. We hope Xander is on holiday the next time we visit Amsterdam again ;-) 

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