The Liberty Houseboat Amsterdam
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We offer two free canoes!
Original detail of the Liberty: air inlets.
Private toilet.
Shower with nice view.
Sleeping hut, not high but super cozy.
The Lounge with large glass ceiling.
The boat still has many original details.

City Centre Houseboat Liberty with free bikes!

Amsterdam Lounge Boat located at the heart of the city center

Excellent! 4.6/5 (41 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. City and wide water views
  2. Private location
  3. Private entrance
  1. Traditional interior
  2. Right in the middle of Amsterdam - superb location!

Houseboat summary

The Amsterdam Lounge Boat is located in the Amsterdam city center at just a stones throw distance from Central Station. On board of the ''Liberty'' you’ll find a peaceful and quiet accommodation. 

The is the traditional dock where ships entered Amsterdam. The lively red light district is just around the corner, just like many other famous attractions.  On the deck you have a private and sunny area where you can sit, relax, and enjoy the view of the Oosterdok.

Houseboat description

  1. The interior breathes the rich history of this former freight ship, built in 1930. Many original details are still visible and the many portholes give both a great view over the water and a superb nautical feeling. The boat is renovated with love and many used materials, with the cradle-to-cradle principle in mind. It sure gives the ship loads of character - no hotel that can beat this experience, that's for sure! 

The bedroom is located in the front of the ship. Not huge, but cozy for sure. As the bedroom is fitted in the shape of the hull, you can not stand here. Also the rest of the ship is about 1,80 high, so for tall people it might be a thing to consider. Please bare this in mind to avoid disappointment. On the other hand: you can see it as part of the traditional houseboat experience of course.

What may you expect aboard of the Liberty? First of all the entrance whit a small, yet useful kitchen. Besides the kitchen you find the shower and on the other side there is the toilet. Walk on, and you will enter the lounge area, a great place to chill out after a great day in town.

In the kitchen you will find a sink, a small fridge, coffee maker, water boiler and of course free high speed WiFi.

The owner lives on the other side of the boat, guaranteeing you full privacy, you won't probably notice him being around.

Bedding & towels will be provided. Self-catering.

The lounge is +- 180 high. It is spacious and has a light atmosphere.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 13:00 and 00:00.

Check out before 11:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of single beds: 2


The sleeping hut is 1.25 m high. There are two seperate beds.



Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City



Fully Equipped Kitchen
Linen Provided

Towels Provided


WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Sun Loungers

Heating / Cooling

Electric Fans


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops
Close To The Ariport

Good public transportation to the airport


Pets Allowed
Smoking Permitted

Long Term Rent Available




18 km


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Golf course

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Night club

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Super market

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Train station

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How to get there


Amsterdam’s airport, Schiphol is located 18km (11min) southwest of the city. The airport includes a train station – right underneath the main hall. Every 10 minutes there are trains to Amsterdam Central station.


From Amsterdam Central is a 10 minute walk to the Amsterdam Lounge Boat. From the central exit of the station go to left, walk straight and cross the street. The Amsterdam Lounge Boat is on the first doc you will see. It is right across the Hilton and the Chinese floating restaurant.


Walking upon the doc you will find the Lounge Boat at the end on your right hand side.

About the area

The old Amsterdam city center is full with highlights and there is always something exciting going on! Museums, clubs, bars, sightseeing and many more.

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Houseboat owner


This boat has been a big project for many years and still ongoing.
With limited resources we made an authentic place that is unique in many ways. The front half of the ship has become a lounge.

Response time
Normally within 5 hours
Language spoken
English, Dutch

41 Reviews - City Centre Houseboat Liberty with free bikes!

Excellent! 4.6/5

  1. David M - England

    28 Jul

    Great Stay Amazing Location

    My Son and I had a great stay at the liberty houseboat, great location 5 mins from Central Station. The boat was a great place to relax in the evening, it had everything you need and very cool. Will be booking another stay at Liberty Houseboat. Thanks to Otis who was a great host and very helpful.
  2. Kathleen H - the United States

    31 May

    The Real Deal

    If you love old boats, you will love this boat!  This is real.  Perfect location.  Waves in the wind slightly rocking.  Cozy cuddy.  Don't come expecting the Ritz.  Tall people can deal pretty well.  

  3. Silvia G - Germany

    24 Jun

    Very good located

    We liked our stay very much! The boat is nearby to many attractions. But you are better fit and not tall when you want to stay here.  For example the ceiling of the bedroom is only about 1,30 m. The other rooms are of a normal high. There is almost no noise of the traffic although the dock is very close to central station. But you must like the sound of water splashing. 

  4. Gabriela K - the Czech Republic

    20 Jun

    Lovely boat

    I spent 4 days on this amazing boat with my cousin and we couldn’t make any better.    We would love to be there even more. Thank you Otis for taking care and lovely stay.

  5. Moses L - Australia

    03 Jun

    Great Location

    Absolutely loved the house boat, it was in a great location not far from the action yet far enough for some peace and quiet. Loved sitting on the deck watching the world go by. The boat itself was charming and rustic, loved the shower. 

    The host was fantastic, very chilled even let us have a late check out.

    Going to miss Amsterdam..

  6. Shona F - Germany

    08 Oct

    Cool boat, bit chilly

    I enjoyed a long weekend on this lovely houseboat in Amsterdam.  The highlight was the living room with the glass roof, which lets lots of light in and the space is really cool.  The boat is located really close to the centre and really close to the train station, couldn't have been a better location really.  It was still really quiet at night and it is cool to be on the water.

    One drawback was that it was still pretty cold there despite having the heating on. It is probably perfect in summer!

  7. Hailey C - the United States

    16 Oct

    Loved it!

    Loved staying on the houseboat! Just as described and in a great central location!

  8. Tommer G - Israel

    06 Jul

    An excellent and unique experience!

    We had a short but wonderful time on the 'Liberty' lounge boat. Otis the Owner has done an amazing job transforming this 1930 cargo boat into a well designed and organized place. It is not luxurious but has everything you need. On top of that, Otis and Daphne (who is in charge of guests) are both very friendly and helpful. Although we booked the place for 2 people, we ended up being 3 which wasn't a problem with them and wasn't too crowded as well. Docked in a prime location, this stay is highly recommended! All the best Otis & Daphne!
  9. Graham M - England

    09 Apr

    A week on the Liberty

    Really enjoyed our stay on this couldn't-be-more-centrally-located old-style houseboat right across from the floating Chinese restaurant and less than 5 minutes walk from the excellent Voyagers coffeeshop.
    The provided bikes were invaluable though the canoes proved too adventurous for our rainy week.
    Excellently 420-friendly.
    Shower is strong, entrance to bedroom low (crouch) and although it got cold at night there are heaters under each bed.
    Would definitely stay again.

  10. - the Netherlands

    29 Aug

    Attention: Owner recently cancelled a 3-night booking.
  11. Fabio M - Italy

    07 May

    Very good experience

    We stayed 4 nights and enjoyed it very much, very friendly owner and very central location, perfect for visiting the city.
    Very special experience.
    Thanks for everything

  12. Frances K - England

    02 Jun

    What a location - cool houseboat!

    We have been so lucky to be the first guests on the Liberty and we truly loved it! The location is just amazing: only a few minutes walking from Central Station, the red light district, and the great Nieuwmarkt with it's great pubs and restuarants. The boat has lots of charm and is well equipped for two persons. Don't expect high end fancy luxury, but be embraced by the character of the ship. You can feel the history. Very personal atmospere - loved it! 

  13. Lillian C - the United States

    30 Jul

    Awesome location and houseboat

    The hosts were very nice, we were extremely delayed and even mixed up the days but the hosts were still very understanding and great about it. Even offered to meet us at the train station. The houseboat is super unique and vintage feeling with true port holes. It was awesome to shower by an open port hole. The bedroom was a bit stuffy but the fan they gave really helped. The host who is a girl is helping the owner who lives on the opposite side of the boat. There's a private entrance for our side and a bench on top of the boat with a cool bell to ring. The sunroom/living room is amazing, with a skylight and 4 port holes to open for a nice breeze. There were some spiders around the boat but we figure they helped to trap any bugs. The area was right in the town, 5min from train, 5 min from town center, right across the street from an awesome library and Nemo museum. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to family and friends. Hopefully next time we'all have time to use the 2 kayaks that are free to use. :)

  14. Yann B - Switzerland

    01 Nov

    The Boat

    My stay in the Liberty boat went very well, the location is great, the boat is very comfortable. Otis was very welcoming and friendly, she was there for any information. This is an atypical accommodation that I strongly recommend.

  15. Dave M - New Zealand

    12 Aug

    Houseboat liberty

    Hans & Otis 

    We thank you For a great stay & friendly hospitality ! 

    Superb location & a great rustic houseboat,Exactly what we were after. We will  definitely return! 

  16. Ina Nil G - Germany

    01 Oct

    we had a great time!

    we had a very good time on the city centre houseboat!
    Ina & Raschid

  17. Sam L - England

    17 Jul

    Liberty houseboat

    A great place to stay nice boat that stays warm and has everything you need with good views over the canal from the decking. Nice freindly owner as well

  18. Patrick S - Austria

    19 Oct

    Thank you for the stay

    Everything was wonderful.

    The Owners were really nice and we had a good time.

  19. Sandra F - England

    07 Aug

    A dream boat!

    What an amazing 3 day stay we had! The location is top, very convenient for everything, and the decor of the boat is very creative and thoughtfully done. We didn't want to leave the boat for our days out as it was so enjoyable! The lounge is fab, as well as sitting out on the deck, kitchen, shower and loo all great too. Very envious of the owner :)

  20. Steffi R - Germany

    30 Jun

    We can highly recommend the houseboat!

    We stayed for five days as a couple on the houseboat. It is not a luxury ship but the atmosphere of the old boat, the central location and the friendly and helpful support gave us very nice days in Amsterdam.
  21. Jake H - England

    25 Sep

    Such a great experience

    We decided to stay on a boat instead of the normal hotel and made the best decision to do so. 

    The boat is located centrally with good connections to the main sights of Amsterdam. 

  22. Paulina F - Belgium

    01 May

    War ok

    was ok

  23. Morad S - England

    03 Aug

    The perfect place to explore Amsterdam from

    I have been to Amsterdam a number of times and I think this was my most enjoyable. Having such a serene and beautiful spot to retreat to after the hectic city centre has changed the way I look at visiting capital cities. The boat is beautiful, rustically reclaimed with a very cosy feel. My girlfriend and I have already recommended it to friends and I'm sure we will be back.

    Thank you Otis (and Hans)

    Mo and Vanessa

  24. Tracy G - Canada

    19 Nov

    Fantastic location!

    The boat was super cute, really made you feel like you were living in Amsterdam and not just being a tourist.

    It was really unseasonable cold and the boat was to be expected a bit cool but the heater beds were wonderful.

    Really enjoyed our experience

  25. Francesco C - Tunisia

    26 Aug


    Liberty è veramente il massimo dello charme e per due personè che non hanno esigenza di cucinare è perfetto. Le altezze basse non disturbano. lo consiglio a single e coppie che amano questo genere di sistemazione.

  26. Hercules G - Brazil

    22 Sep

    Great houseboat experience!

    The Liberty ia a real house in a real boat. The location is simply perfect. The sleeping room is quite cozy and the glass-roofed living has a special mood! I would stay there again!

  27. Miriam D - Germany

    21 Apr

    perfect & special stay

    I always wanted to visit Amsterdam and live on a house boat. Well, that was awesome!! We stayed for 3 nights and loved the stay. Perfect located, right in the center, you just cross the street and enter old town area of Amsterdam. All you need is on the boat.
    If you are a couple it is good to know that the beds are seperated ;-) but for a few nights it might be OK, too.

  28. Adriana D - the Czech Republic

    08 May

    Unique experience in the Center of the city

    Great place in the center, you get a unique perspective from the river level. Surprisingly quite place in the middle of tourist boat rides. Nice neighbourhood, a boat with charm and all the basics you might need. 

  29. Christina K - Denmark

    05 Oct

    Lovely boat in Amsterdam - close to central station

    My daughter and I had a very nice stay at the houseboat. The boat was exactly “what you see is what you get”. Very close to the train station and very close to the center but without the fuss - actually very quiet. Getting up in the morning to sit on the bench on the front of the boat drinking coffee is just perfect!

  30. Jessica G - Australia

    16 May

    Excellent houseboat - Great Location

    The houseboat was excellent! Both couch and beds were very comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked with everything you need to cook meals and the location was very convenient, Less than 10 minutes walk from Central Station. The host was very welcoming and pointed out some good places too eat and sightsee. 


    Thank you again! 

  31. Julie L - the United States

    13 Jun

    Unique way to stay in Amsterdam

    It was great staying on a houseboat in Amsterdam.  The houseboat was in a great location, getting use to the smaller quarters took a little but we adjusted easily enough. The use of the deck of the boat to hang out and watch the boat traffic on the canal was great. Highly recommend. Super close to the train station.

  32. Philip D - England

    06 Aug

    Fantastic little boat

    This was a very good find the boat is perfect for visiting all parts of Amsterdam. 

    Only 10 mins from the Central station and only 10 mins from the city center. 

    The boat was very nice, clean and very comfortable. 

    Being in an old barge it was very quirky and fun.

    Good facilities, lovely hot shower etc. 

    Owner and his friend, who showed us around was friendly and very welcoming. (even the neighbor was very friendly) 

    Boat has a lovely little outside area to sit out and watch the world and the boats go by. 

    Well worth a visit we will be going back 


  33. Elisabeth J - Germany

    05 Oct

    Great place to be


  34. Monika S - Germany

    22 Oct

    Perfect stay in Amsterdam

    We had a realy great time in on this cosi housboat in october! Everything was nice, clean and perfect!

    The owner, was very very friendly, our flight was late, we arrived at 2 h in the morning, 3 h later as expected and he was waiting gave us the keys and he took the time to show us everything.

    We where happy that we could use the bikes just next to the boat so we could cruise arround and discover this phenomenal city!!!

    We would come again!!! Thank you!

    Diana & Monika

  35. Enrique C - the United States

    20 Sep

    Loved it!

    The location of this houseboat can't be beat. It's so close to Centraal station and a bike ride away from all the tourist areas. The bedroom was cozy. It can get a little warm if staying during the summer but there is a fan that helps. The shower had lots of pressure. The living area is nice place to chill. We enjoyed sitting outside and just watch everyone pass by on their boats. The bikes are a bit beat up so I suggest renting your own. Communication with Otis was great and responsive. I would definitely stay there again.   

  36. Stephen D - the United States

    17 Jun

    Ideal Stay

    Because we had an early train to catch on our departure this location was ideal as it's just minutes walk even with bags in tow.

    The Liberty Boat has an ideal views from the top deck and minutes to the heart of the city.

    It was a pleasure to meet the owner and caretaker both were very courteous.

    I would recommend the Liberty Boat if your visiting Amsterdam!

  37. Jessica G - Germany

    11 Jul

    Houseboat Liberty was the best decision

    Otis and the owner were so nice. It was an amazing experience for us because we never stayed in a houseboat before! 

    The location was perfect for every kind of trip we had in our mind. You can reach everywhere from there on! 

    The living room was so comfortable and I personally loved it to take a shower with a great view!!

    I would definitely book this again!


    Jessi & Lily


  38. Nancy N - Canada

    16 Oct

    Interesting Stay

    This houseboat is in a fantastic location if you want access to the railway station and central Amsterdam.  When booking look at the photos carefully - what you see is what you get - so be sure you like what you see.   We found the houseboat clean if rustic.  You can make coffee/tea and there's a fridge - we didn't try to make meals but you could.   The large central room was bright and cheerful - has a fan for warm weather - the bedroom has a heater.  Note you can't stand up going in or when you're in the sleeping quarters - but it was comfortable.   I'd stay again.

  39. Sandi M - Canada

    09 Apr

    Amsterdam house boat

    This was our first visit to Amsterdam. The houseboat was just what we wanted. It was in a great location. Near the train station & easy to walk everywhere. Otis was a great host. Answered all our questions & was always available. We would love to return

  40. Anne E - Australia

    29 Oct

    Great location!

    We enjoyed our little houseboat, just steps away from the best Amsterdam has to offer. Self-catering was good and we could save money by making simple meals. The best thing was an evening beer on the deck soaking up the view. 

  41. Nina F - Brazil

    09 Jul

    The most amazing experience we could have ever asked for <3

    The boat house is incredible! Hans is such a nice person and Otis did a really great job in arranging everything for us. Me and my boyfriend Juan had an excellent and satisfactory stay, the free bikes, canoes, and the location are also positive highlights. We 100% loved our time there in Amsterdam and we would recommend this exceptional place (=

  42. Mel A - Germany

    19 Jun

    Es war toll!!!

    Wir waren sehr zufrieden mit unserer Woche auf dem tollen Hausboot in dem tollen Amsterdam! Wir kommen wieder! 

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