Centrally located family houseboat near Jordaan

Spacious houseboat - stylish architecture and great location

Excellent! 5/5 (27 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Superb architecture, both inside and outside the boat
  2. Comfortable floor heating
  3. Very spacious houseboat
  1. Great location, close to Dam Square, Leidse Square
  2. Large sliding window in the living room

Houseboat summary


Tot 1 juni is mijn woonboot voor 4 personen tegen kostprijs te huur voor zorgpersoneel en andere professionals die helpen de Corona-crisis te bestrijden. Bij de aanvraag graag vermelden voor welke instantie u werkt. Indien er budget is om overnachtingen te declareren, zou ik graag een bescheiden tarief van 30 euro/nacht in rekening brengen. Zo niet, dan kunt u tegen kostprijs verblijven (schoonmaakkosten). 

Until June 1, my houseboat for 4 persons can be rented at cost for healthcare staff and other professionals who help to fight the Corona crisis.  If there is a budget to declare overnight stays, I would like to charge a modest rate of 30 euros / night. If not, you can stay at cost (cleaning costs).


Houseboat description

Looking for a high-end but cosy houseboat in a relaxed neighborhood? Look no further, because you have just found it. We're 'houseboaters' ourselves and have tried to built 'the perfect houseboat'. Look forward to share this experience with you!

Note: some of the furniture has been replaced recently by newer and more comfortable items. So please be aware that the interior is slightly different, but no less convenient.

Have a unique experience of Amsterdam on ‘the perfect houseboat’, situated on a picturesque canal among the real local Amsterdammers of Oud-West. 

As fellow boat-locals in Oud-West, without a doubt one of the most authentic and original parts of the city, we are proud to say that this area does not have any tourist traps and you can truly experience great variety, food and shops among the locals.

And yet must-sees such as the Dam Square, Vondelpark, Anne Frank House, Westerkerk and the Leidse Square are located at walking distance!
Meander to the oldest part of the city called the Jordaan to enjoy the boutique shopping and fantastic food, or walk to the theatre district and enjoy the great nightlife around the Leidse Square.

Enjoy the great view of one of the most beautiful canals in Amsterdam: the Da Costagracht. Feel the peace and quiet in the heart of the city whilst being enchanted by the rippling water, swans and ducks. Nature has never been so close in the heart of one of the most historical cities in the world.

Our houseboat has large sliding windows with view at the waterside. This offers not only a unique sight of the Amsterdam water life, but also a typical reflexion on the ceiling, especially at night when the old street lanterns are lit. There is simply no new age CD, whale sounds or Nepalese singing bowl that can beat that!

About the boat
The boat offers a distinctive combination of retro vintage elements such as a curved ceiling and wooden walls with modern luxury. This was quite a challenge, but we succeeded. Therefore you can watch the flatscreen tv (70 channels+) from a genuine chair of Gerrit Rietveld, one of the most famous Dutch furniture designers, and have a dinner at the vintage table of Holland’s design master Louis van Teeffelen whilst listening to your own music plugged in at the docking station.

Bathroom and bedrooms
The exceptional bathroom is close to a spa. The bath, half sunk in the floor, and rain shower give view on the porthole which looks out over the canal- one of the preserved details of this old houseboat. Not only the Italian tiles and design taps, but also the sheer size of the bathroom contributes to the ultimate bathing experience.

The Arden sleeps 4 people comfortably. It has two separate bedrooms with high standard quality beds that can be used either as a twin or a double bed. All rooms have water view and are provided with WiFi.

Fully equipped kitchen
The kitchen is designed for your convenience. The stylish white, minimal design covers a complete range of all the necessary utilities: induction cooker, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, oven and a washing machine with dryer. 
The drawers are fully stocked with all you can think of in order to make a complete diner for your family or friends. 
We have made sure even that the most experienced chef cook will feel at home. And if you don’t feel like cooking, rest assured, you are surrounded by some of the best restaurants in town.

To the best of our knowledge and ability, we simply did everything, and continue to do so, to make you feel at home in our gorgeous part of Amsterdam!

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 15:00 and 23:00.

Check out before 11:00.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1
Number of single beds: 2


The bathroom has two sinks, a comfortable bath with and a  large separate rain shower, and is finished with high end Itallian mozaïk tiling of Appiani.


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
Beach Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs


Music System / CD Player
Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

DVD Player
Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities


* We have a great floating garden next to our boat, however you can not sit on it.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating


City Views

The houseboat is located in the great area of Oud West, away from the tourist traps and right in the middle of where the 'real Amsterdam people' live.


Child Friendly

Long Term Rent Available

* We have comfortable floor heating. * The boat is child friendly, however the parents are ultimately responsible for any risk that is attached to living on the water.

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking
Amusement Park / Water Park


Tour Guide
Airport Collection Available

Chauffers Service




15 km


0 km


25 km

Golf course

10 km

Motor way

3 km

Night club

1 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

2 km

How to get there


Simply take tram 13 from Central Station and get out at stop "Bilderdijkstraat'. From there it's a 3 minute walk.

About the area


Amsterdam 'Oud West' is without the place that can be described as 'hip and happening'!

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Houseboat owner


Juul and Iris are houseboaters and simply love living on the water. With their experience in mind they have built 'the perfect houseboat', to share the experience of being in touch with nature and yet enjoy the comfort of a modern life style.

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

27 Reviews - Centrally located family houseboat near Jordaan

Excellent! 5/5

  1. R P - the United States

    23 May

    Beautiful and authentic stay in Amsterdam



    We were delighted with our stay on the houseboat....for four adults it was remarkably comfortable,quiet and spacious. The beds were great. The kitchen well appointed and functional. Juul was terrific to deal with and consistently friendly and helpful. The location is an easy walk of 15mins or less to places like the Anne Frank house and all the charms of the Jordaan neighborhood. It's also directly on a main tram line for longer jaunts. There's a wonderful bakery and bagel shop and a gourmet grocery and wine shop right next door.Mostly we loved the chance to experience the houseboat lifestyle, the beauty of being right on the water, the views of beautiful birds including a nesting pair of geese right on the stern. So much more interesting than some ordinary hotel option .....Unforgettable and fun......

  2. Didier L - France

    13 Aug

    Very nice houseboat and good location

    We stayed here for a few days during a conference and we truly loved it very much. It's a comfortable houseboat in Amsterdam (west side) with a lot of light and a huge living room. The location is perfect: close to the Jordaan area (5 minutes walking) and the leidseplein is at just 10-15 minutes walking distance. The tram took us to central station in about 10 minutes, and when you see the over crowded city centre you're glad to stay in a relaxed area where this boat is. We will be back with our family soon, so no business and fully enjoy this great place! Didier
  3. Elina D - Greece

    10 Jan

    best experience ever!

    Our stay in the specific boat house was one of the best experience we ever had! beautiful decoration with all the facilities! central spot and nice location ! for sure when we visit again Amsterdam we will stay in the same place!

    Thank you a lot !

    Elina , Tasos , Antonis , Stefania :)

  4. William and Marie - the United States

    04 Aug

    Loved it - can't say it any other way

    The location, the boat, the owners Iris and Juul: we loved it all! We actually were the first guests in their houseboat since they had only moved 2 week ago. We were impressed by the high level of comfort on this houseboat. The location was very convenient, close to the city centre, yet far away enough from the tourist part. We'll be back again! Marie & William
  5. Andrew H - Australia

    10 Jul

    Fantastic boat, fantastic location, hosts

    You won't regret booking this boat. It's a well appointed, good-sized house with plenty of head and leg room in a great location. The host, Juul is very welcoming - giving plenty of useful location information - as well as effortlessly accommodating an early check in and check out. Our family of four had a great visit to Amsterdam and staying in Babeth was a big part of the experience.
  6. Mackenzie W - the United States

    01 Apr

    Just WOW!

    Our stay on the boat was just perfect! The location is great, not too close to the city center chaos, but close enough to everything to get to quickly! The location is quiet and beautiful, and it felt like a more "local" area with some really great restaurants around! Bagels and Beans is just across the bridge and we enjoyed many breakfasts there! The boat itself is so well stocked! It felt like home with just about everything you need available to cook and spending several days in Amsterdam, it was nice to be able to make coffee, cook a meal, and do some much-needed laundry. We never worried about not having anything. It was so nice to be able to relax as if it was our own place! We even got to enjoy ourselves on the rooftop deck a few times when the sun peeked out. I highly recommend renting bikes to get around, as it's a more fun and adventurous way to explore the city than the tram, or walking. I never imagined staying on such a beautiful houseboat in the canals of Amsterdam! I already miss it and will hopefully be able to come back and stay again! Juul was so accommodating and helpful with planning our arrival. Thank you so much for helping make our trip incredible!
  7. Elisabetta B - Italy

    06 Aug


    We loved every moment on this boat!

    Very big, well equipped and very well furnished.

    Our guest was really nice and gave us many interesting addresses for restaurants and shops in the area.

    Thank you very much, it's been a real pleasure.

    Highly recommended!

  8. Sandy S - the United States

    12 Nov

    What a houseboat and what a city

    We had such an amazing time that I don't know where to begin. First of all the location is really superb. Right in the middle of the buzz, but the boat is very well insulated so no noise at night. And close to shops restaurants etc. And the houseboat was very comfy with lots of space. Would be back if I had the time!

  9. Ivan G - Spain

    04 Sep

    Highly recommended!

    Our stay at your houseboat was fantastic, the boat was beautiful, spotless clean, and with all the necessary amenities. Juul was extremely helpful and kind to us, provided a lot of local information and very agile responding to email. If/when we return to Amsterdam, no doubt we'll contact you again. Thank you so much!!

  10. Sandra L - the United States

    30 Apr

    Wonderful week in Amsterdam

    Our family of 4 just returned from a week's stay on the Babeth. We had a great time and found the houseboat to be much more preferable than a hotel. The beds were comfortable and we all loved the modern feel of the boat. The bath was especially nice. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby the houseboat and a market very close by if you choose to stay in and cook in the well appointed kitchen. Trams are conveniently nearby and getting around the city was easy. The boat was comfortable and cozy and we had lots of geese visiting us at the windows. There was a nesting mom goose in the floating garden and we were hoping her 2 eggs would hatch while we were there, but maybe the next guest will be able to see the babies. We also had the opportunity to experience King's Day in Amsterdam and had a couple of boats from the boat parade on our canal. We had a great time and would stay again if we ever have the opportunity to visit Amsterdam again.
  11. Matthew N - Australia

    07 Mar


    Beautiful boat in great location. Everything you need for a perfect Amsterdam houseboat experience. Only wished we stayed longer. 10 out of 10.

  12. Www.bookahouseboat.com - the Netherlands

    28 Sep

    Attention: Owner recently cancelled a 3-night booking.
  13. David W - England

    15 Aug

    Quiet, comfortable and a good base to explore Amsterdam.

    Entry is by a code, so no keys to collect or lose.

    The beds were comfortable and the shower and toilet worked well. There is a kettle and a toaster. The cooker is also a microwave so the controls took some figuring out but it worked well after we did. There is a 'fridge but no freezer.

    There is an Albert Heijn supermarket just around the corner, which was handy, because there were no soap or toilet rolls when we arrived. The quickest trams (Number 13) to the center go from the same corner (DeClercqstraat/Bilderdijkstraat).

    The location is reasonably quiet, with only a few boats and pedalos coming past on the canal during the day.

    Overall, it was a good base to explore Amsterdam and our 7 year old kids loved it.


  14. Nisa F - Germany

    01 Mar

    lovely ambiance - a special houseboat experience in Amsterdam.

    Juul's houseboat made our stay very special in Amsterdam. The location is very central + not in tourist crowd. There are nice local cafes and restaurants around. The houseboat was pretty clean. We hesitated in the beginning about heating if it can be cold in a houseboat but it has a very well working heating system in the floor, so it was very warm and comfortable. Living room area is big enough to chill in the evening. If you are staying in the city more than couple of days, you might like to stay at home and some wine with friends. It has a lovely ambiance also in the evening with other houseboats in the canal and light reflections on the water. So I would highly recommend this houseboat. Even my friends -who insisted to have the comfort of a hotel- were pretty happy with our choice.!

  15. Duff A - Israel

    04 Sep

    Very pleasant and very good value

    The houseboat was very well fitted out in a central location ,that made us feel the houseboat itself was a great place to be on vacation every time we came back to it, even resting on it during the day the location is so special, the hosts were perfect and help with any requests we had. 

  16. William H - the United States

    17 Mar

    Wonderful place to stay

    This was our first experience staying on a houseboat in Amsterdam. We were pleasantly surprised at the comfort and convenience of the boat. We highly recommend it and plan to stay here every time we visit Amsterdam.
  17. Fiona - the United States

    07 Jan

    Lovely houseboat at a great location!

    We had an amazing time at this houseboat in Amsterdam, right next to the Jordaan area. The living room is nice and spacious, the boat is located convenient and is very cosy. The floor heating is legendary, kept us all nice and warm in the winter time. Thanks!

  18. Francois G - Afghanistan

    25 Feb

    Super boat - Péniche fantastique!

    Un hébergement de vacances fantastique. la maison de bateau Juul est superbe, nous avons arrondi au large de notre voyage ici et absolument fait nos vacances. Juul, a été très utile de notre 1er contact, avait tout ce dont nous avions besoin à bord, a été très instructif sur les environs et ses recommandations où excellentes. Chauffage par le sol était un grand luxe et les belles fenêtres créant un merveilleux espace et de grands lits aussi. Une expérience très spéciale. Je vous remercie!

  19. Www.bookahouseboat.com - the Netherlands

    31 May

    Attention: Owner recently cancelled a 3-night booking.
  20. Marie C - France

    06 Nov

    Une peniche louer super!

    Peniche louee pour un week ed entre amis: super! Quartier agreable, ni trop exentre, ni trop anime. Tres jolie deco, cosy et clean. Rien a redire. Hotes agreables et disponibles. Un vrai bon plan! Marie

  21. Cindy R - the United States

    15 Dec

    Fantastic place to stay!

    This houseboat was amazing!  Easy walk to city centre, two private bedrooms, clean and modern bathroom and comfortable living area.  Highly recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam!

  22. Miranda - Australia

    04 Dec

    Great stay at a wonderful houseboat in Amsterdam

    We had an absolute amazing time at this wonderful houseboat. Unfortutely we did not meet the owner as they had a baby just a week before, but he was very quick to response to all our questions. The location was simply superb and we would stay here again without thinking a single moment. We highly recommend this lovely houseboat in Amsterdam!

  23. Leah - England

    15 Jan

    Wonderful houseboat rental

    The houseboat rental was just great. It was very comfortable and we felt really welcome. Actually just like home, but than from home. And the location was also great. Thanks!


  24. James T - the United States

    06 Nov

    Lovely, well maintained houseboat, close to restaurants

    We stayed at this great houseboat for 3 nights this autumn. We were with two adults and a boy of 6. Jules was a great host, very friendly. The houseboat rental was well maintained, lovely and there was everything we needed (except for a corkscrew). The boat is situated very convenient for restaurants and various small shops for food. The tram is just a minute away and it will take you to the centre in just a few minutes. We will definitely be back some day, thanks for the lovely stay!

  25. Sandra - England

    05 Aug

    Spacious and comfortable houseboat

    We stayed here for 3 nights and had a great time. The boat is just amazing. And with a supermarket and a nighshop within 2 minutes walking this is the perfect place for a short holiday where you don't want to spend too much time on finding out the whereabouts. If we decide to go back to Amsterdam (what a lovely city it is!) we will definitely try to book the place again. Special thanks to Iris who helped us out finding some great places to eat and go out. Loved it!


    Sandra and the girls
  26. Kate S - the United States

    11 Nov


    Fantastic stay! Juul was responsive and attentive. Lovely place to stay and had a hard time leaving to explore the city.

  27. Kiyan H - Austria

    08 Dec

    just perfect

    We spent some fantastic days on Babeth. Everything was just perfect, beginning with the host "Juul". The boat interior distribution is very well done and offers spacious and good proportioned rooms, further the Boat has all the facilities and equipment one needs to enjoy the stay. Thank you Juul for some perfect days.

  28. Lydia M - Germany

    19 Nov

    Amazing Weekend

    Thanks Juul for the amazing weekend stay at his lovely houseboat! Everything was alright and he was very pleasant and helpful. The boat is really cozy and in a wonderful district close to the center. I can recommend this without any limitation. We‘ll probably come back some day! Big thank you!

  29. David H - England

    13 Aug

    Perfect Houseboat

    Ideal houseboat located about 30 mins walk from Centraal Station in quiet neighborhood.  Boat had everything that was required and was a pleasure seeing the ducks each morning swim to the window.  Whilst I never got to meet Juul & Iris, they were both extremely helpful and accommodating. 

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