Cozy Houseboat

Unique apartment located right in the heart of Amsterdam on one of the most beautiful canal.

Excellent! 4.8/5 (35 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Unique location
  2. Comfortable double bed
  3. Water front view from your bedroom
  1. Espresso machine
  2. Close to central railway station

Houseboat summary

Welcome to our houseboat! This former Dutch barge from 1890 used to sail in the Netherlands and Scandinavia transporting everything from steel to cheese. Now we have a young couple living in the main part of the boat and the former captains rooms is available to rent as a cozy houseboat.

The boat is located in the hart of Amsterdam and this area is great for walking and cycling and one of the most scenic parts of the city canals. We would love to give you tips and directions and you are always welcome to walk in our little office where we are offering private boat tours for any questions.

Houseboat description

Luxurious private apartment in a houseboat located at the Binnenkant, the boat has fully central heated, air conditioning, espresso machine and flat screen tv. The standing height is everywhere a min. of 2.00 meter (6.6 feet) and 2.10 meter (6.9 feet) in the shower area.

In the morning, the sunshine will shine through the original boat windows and be surprised by the fantastic view and beautiful environment.

Located in the citycenter and nearby by attractions as central railway station, China town, Dam square, red light district, shopping area and the Unesco canal ring.  

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 14:00 and 20:00.

Check out before 11:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1


Checkin time : after 2PM
Checkout time : before 11AM


Adres Houseboat : 
Binnenkant 1A1
1011 BG Amsterdam


In front of the main entrance of Grand Hotel Amrath - take the green fence and staircase to the houseboat. 


Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing

Town / City


Linen Provided
Towels Provided

Hair Dryer

- Espresso machine - Fridge


Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Heating / Cooling

Air Conditioning

Central Heating


City Views
Close To The Shops

Close To The Ariport

- canal view




- big parking garage on 5 minutes walking




20 km


0 km


30 km

Ferry port

0 km

Golf course

0 km

Motor way

10 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Ski lift

0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

0 km

How to get there

Adres houseboat : Binnenkant 1A1
In front of the main entrance of Grand Hotel Amrath - take the green steep stairs down to the mooring

Checkin time : after 2PM
Checkout time : before 11AM

About the area

The houseboat is located in the hart of Amsterdam, walk in 5 minutes to several unique areas as Damsquare, Chinatown, Red light district, central Railway station or the Unesco canal ring. 


Lots or restaurants are located in walking distance. 


By train : take the train to the central station and walk to the houseboat in around 5 minutes

By car : park you car along the canal (4,50 euro per hour) or use the Oosterdok parking garage and is around 5 minutes walking to the houseboat (20,00 euro for 24,00 hours) 

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Houseboat owner


Welcome to our boat! This former Dutch barge from 1890 used to sail in the Netherlands and Scandinavia transporting everything from steel to cheese.
Now we have a young couple living in the main part of the boat and the former captains rooms is free to rent as a cozy houseboat.

The area is great for walking and cycling and one of the most scenic parts of the city canals. Only 3 minutes walk from the central railway station.
We would love to give you tips and directions and you are always welcome to walk in our little office for any questions.

Response time
Normally within less than one hour
Language spoken
Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish

35 Reviews - Cozy Houseboat

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. Anthony

    27 Sep

    Great stay on a great houseboat! Thanks Erik!

    I had an amazing stay in Amsterdam and most of that was due to Erik and his staff's warm hospitality. He is very welcoming and even help me with bringing down the luggage. The room is cozy and very brightly light by natural lighting. The decor is simple and elegant. Bed was comfortable. Place is exceptionally close to Centraal Station and all the must see places and things to do are within walking or biking distance. I will definitely stay here again on my next trip. Thanks for everything Erik. You're truly an amazing host.

  2. Frances S - England

    19 Mar

    Great location

    We stayed two nights and absolutely loved it.  The houseboat is so pretty and in a really great location - easy to get to from the train station and a short walk to most attractions.  We had dreadful weather while we stayed but we were lovely and warm inside the boat. Would definitely recommend it.

  3. Lisa M - Australia

    16 Jul

    Perfect experience

    My stay at this houseboat was exactly what I had hoped for. It is in a really convenient location, the staff were friendly on arrival and the space is just perfect, so clean, modern and more spacious than expected. The bed is comfortable and it is a really private and peaceful spot despite being so central. It's nice sitting there watching other boats pass by and chatting to the nice man from the workshop next door :) I highly recommend this cosy houseboat and wish I could have had more time there! Thank you!
  4. Richard

    30 Nov

    Wonderful houseboat - close to centre

    This annex to a Houseboat is perfect for if you want somewhere to stay for some downtime but still close to the centre of Amsterdam. It is very close to Central Station, Nieuwmarkt, Dam Square, and everywhere else is easily walkable. Erik was friendly and helpful, the boat was clean and well presented, and you can make plenty of use of the free wifi and coffee machine. If you have any mobility issues, just be aware there are some steep stairs to get to the decking where the boat is.

  5. Heide N - Germany

    21 Nov

    Very Cozy indeed

    This boat was just a perfect little hideout.

    I was a bit worried that it could be too cold staying on a boat in November and loud being so close to the Prins Hendrikade - but not at all. This room on the boat is just lovely as is the owner. Thank you - will certainly consider booking with you again :o)

  6. birgit h - Austria

    21 Jun


    kindly owener, clean and cozy boat, perfect :)

  7. kim c - England

    14 May

    Way more fun than a boring hotel

    Comfortable and clean. In a great location very close to Amsterdam Central station. Friendly owners. Good Wi-Fi. Lovely shower. Even had some tulip and windmill shaped chocolates on the tea tray on arrival which was a nice little touch. Our canal cruise even went pass the houseboat. Very positive experience. Would highly recommend. 

  8. Lonni T - the United States

    03 Apr

    Amazing experience!

    The houseboat was very easy to find and just a short walk from central station. We were greeted with friendly smiles and a cozy houseboat. Erik and his colleagues were fantastic. He even offered us a ride into town on one of this boats and Mark (the captain) gave us a mini tour as we rode into town. We would definitely stay here again!
  9. Susan J - the United States

    03 Jul

    Cozy Houseboat is Great!

    I stayed 2 nights aboard the Cozy Houseboat and it was great! It's an easy walk from the Centraal Station which means it's easy to tour anywhere in the City. The accommodations are even better in person than in the photos. I am not tall but there seemed to be plenty of head room everywhere. The bathroom/shower are great. I'd stay there again if I were ever to have the chance! One note, as mentioned in some of the other reviews, there is a steep set of metal stairs (almost a ladder) from the street level to the dock. It's no problem if you have normal middle-aged mobility but could be a challenge for some folks.
  10. Cynthia C - the United States

    14 May

    Perfect Experience

    The canal boat was an exciting and unique but comfortable way to stay while in Amsterdam. The location was perfectly situated to the Red Light District, Centraal Train Station and many other areas. Before booking, know that you will have to navigate some rather steep stairs to get to the boat.
  11. Alexandra H - Germany

    04 Oct

    Really cosy

    We spent two nights on the boat and really enjoyed it. It was warm, clean and just in the center.

  12. Louise T - England

    05 May

    Just amazing

    Perfect place to stay in Amsterdam. Great location, plenty space, very clean, comfortable bed, hot water, good wifi and great hosts who were very helpful. Will 100% stay here again. Better than most hotels I've stayed in and amazing prices.

  13. Ilham K - Indonesia

    20 Oct

    Fantastic experience!

    Eric's houseboat was fantastic.  Its an old historic scandinavian boat converted into a very comfy lodge.  Its located in a very strategic location,  near Amsterdam central,  yet enough distance from crowd so its very quite. Everything is just 5-15 minutes walking distance. 

    The inside was a joy to behold,  very clean and neat. Equipped with both AC and heater,  with a very comfy bed with windows facing the wonderful canal.

    Eric was also very helpful and friendly.  I will certainly be back to Eric's place when I have another opportunity to visit Amsterdam! 

  14. Yvonne M - the Netherlands

    29 Apr


    The boat was definitely cozy! Everything you need is there. And very clean. The organization of booking and payment went smooth! Thanks for that! Thumbs up! 

  15. Christian F - Germany

    27 Jul

    Thanks dir all

    The welcome and stay at Erik or on the houseboat was just perfect. We were glad to have booked here. If we travel to Amsterdam again, we would be happy to be able to visit Erik again. Thanks also for the concessions. Greetings Claudia and Christian

  16. Paul D - England

    29 Dec

    Lovely little boat

    We stayed for 3 nights and found it to be perfect for what we needed. The owner was quick to reply to any questions or queries. The access to the boat is very steep but this didn't cause us any issues. A couple of things could have made it better but this didn't ruin our stay. Larger towels for drying after a shower, larger cups for tea and coffee and a larger mirror would have been better. Thanks again Erik.

  17. Lukas B - Germany

    12 Oct

    Great stay right in the middle of dam

    It was a great time on this lovely boat. Clean, cosy and a great spot to discover amsterdam. We will come again for sure :)

  18. Delarche R - France

    30 Jul

    Séjour parfait. Hôte très sympathique. Cadre idéal!! A très vite ????

    Séjour parfait. Cocon sur péniche juste idéal pour visiter Amsterdam. 

    Vue sur canal vraiment agréable. 

    Interieur propre et soigne. 

    La clim nous a bien servi (35degres). 

    Parking 20€ par jour à 5 min à pied. 

    Nous reviendrons. 

  19. Kelly D - the United States

    09 May

    Perfect Location, Lovely Accommodations

    We had a really lovely two-night stay in the Cozy Houseboat--and it lives up to its name! We loved sitting outside on the boat, enjoying a drink and the sunset. For a couple, this is the best way to stay in Amsterdam. We would stay here again and recommend it to friends! Pros: Great location for central Amsterdam sights and central train station; very clean and surprisingly spacious (plenty of room for luggage); Well appointed with coffee/espresso machine, refrigerator, comfortable bed, and towels/linens. Cons: Street noise above bed might be a nuisance for light sleepers; Not really suitable for anyone with mobility issues (steep & narrow stairs, big step from dock to boat).
  20. Noel

    26 Oct

    Unique experience on an Amsterdam houseboat

    Staying on the barge is a unique experience. It can be a little noisy from the street and mosquito repellent is a must! But it is otherwise very well situated and is clean and very well presented.

  21. Jonas L - Denmark

    31 Jul

    Cozy is the right word

    really nice boat.

  22. Georgina M - England

    22 Jun

    Cozy indeed!

    Fantastic location, minutes from the station and a short stroll to all the attractions. The boat itself was clean, spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable. We have stayed in Amsterdam 3 times and this was by far the best accommodation we've had for less money. We shall definately be returning!
  23. Nalina S - England

    04 Sep

    Ideally situated

    A bit small but great for a short stay - the boathouse is walking distance from the central station and all the main attractions.

  24. Ben W - England

    09 Apr

    Cozy Houseboat - 5* Experience

    It was our first time staying on a boat and what a great way to experience Amsterdam. 

    Erik and team are very welcoming and happy to help if need be. The location of the boat was fantastic and short walk from train station. 

    Shower, Toilet, Comfy Bed, Coffee machine and a nice view in the morning overlooking the water. what more do you need.

    Such a shame we had to leave

    Hopefully we will be back in the near future!





  25. Aine K - Ireland

    25 Oct


    We had a lovely stay on the houseboat! It was really comfortable, clean and indeed; cosy! Erik was a gentleman to deal with. Good wifi and nice shower. Highly recommend!  

  26. Alan U - Ireland

    22 Apr

    Weekend in Amsterdam

    my husband and I have just returned from a fabulous stay on cosy houseboat.

    from start to finish our expectations were met as we found the houseboat spotlessly clean spacious and well equipped.

    the location is ideal minutes form central station and within walking distance of all attractions.

  27. Kathleen &John R - the United States

    02 May

    Cozy houseboat

    Cozy house boat is the perfect name for this boat.  We had a wonderful stay. The location is perfect. Close to Central station, red light district,& the Jordaan.  Yet in a quite and peaceful location. If your looking for something different and far more interesting then a hotel this is perfect. Eric was friendly and helpful. We loved staying here and experiencing a piece of Amsterdam culture. 

  28. Morten T

    11 Oct

    Central, easy to find, welcoming and friendly!

    Very central. Easy to find. Host was there. Very velcoming and friendly. Boat was perfect. I knew it would be small, but still, it was bigger than expected. Heating worked fine. Bed big enough for two. 
    I only have good things to say about staying there. Will definately try to stay at the boat next time I get to Amsterdam

  29. Kevin

    18 Nov

    Coziest houseboat in Amsterdam

    The title should be COZIEST HOUSEBOAT. We loved it. If you are just looking for a very clean bed and bathroom, this is your place. The bed was super comfortable for my partner and I and the bathroom was surprisingly big for such a small space. The space is small, but works perfect. We don't spend a lot of time in the room. It was convenient since it is right in the center of town and on a beautiful canal. It is only a five minute walk from the train station. I can't recommend it enough. Erik, the host, could not have been nicer. He works very near the boat, so he was able to answer any questions that we had. We can't wait to visit the wonderful city of Amsterdam again, and there is no doubt where we are staying. Can't Wait!!!!!!

  30. Martin B - Australia

    30 Jul

    Fantastic find

    This is a fantastic find and a real gem.

    I found the boat to be clean, private,  enough toiletries shampoo, Loo roll,  Coffee, tea, milk,  towels etc. The location is fantastic and easy walking distance with suitcases from central station.. Approx 5-10mins. 

    No issues with head height or the ladder going down to the dock but would not recommend for elderly people. 

    Hope to be back in Amsterdam in the future and would definitely try to book this boat again. 

  31. suzie P - Australia

    26 Oct

    cute houseboat, but lack of communication

    What a shame:(  The houseboat was very cute, but after not hearing back from the owner regarding our check-in time, we met with the cleaner who couldn't contact the owner either.  The cleaner wasn't even sure where the key for the lock was (my husband then found it) and she advised that there was no toilet paper. When we came back later to check in, there was no contact with the owner regarding things in the houseboat.  There were no instructions for the TV or coffee machine and as it pretty much rained the whole time we were there, a mat at the bottom of the stairs would have been handy.

  32. Masie F - England

    04 Mar

    Had a really good time.

    stayed in the house boat for 5 days, cozy comfy and perfect location. The company was really good and sorted everything out for us. Unfortunately we went when it was freezing and the pipes did freeze on the boat and left us with no water. When they realised the pipes had frozen, they imidietly said we could stay somewhere else for free. They work alongside the grand Amarth hotel right next to the boat so it was very convenient. Amazing hosts will probably be going again!

  33. Sandra W - Germany

    23 Apr

    a small and fine houseboat in a prime location

    The houseboat is well equipped for a few days. Everything was clean and nicely decorated.

    Who is over 1.80 m tall, should not book here, as the ceiling height is very low.

    We felt very comfortable on the boat and would book again and again.

  34. Richard A - England

    17 Sep


    Staying on the Cozy Houseboat was a wonderful experience - so centrally located, easy to find and access. The boat had everything we needed for a couple of days in Amsterdam - good coffee, hot shower, a very comfortable bed and views of the canal. Erik was very communicative and helpful. My only (very small) comment would be that a double duvet would be better than two single ones, but that's being very picky. Loved it.

  35. Gemma H - England

    01 Jan

    Blissfully Brilliant

    Just stayed for my 30th Birthday with my partner. Had a brilliant few days in the Cozy Houseboat. The most comfortable bed, lovely and warm, not too noisy to say how centrally located it is. I would challenge anyone to find a nicer place to stay in a better location. Erik is very welcoming, helped with luggage and showed us how to use the facilities. Thank You for a great time :) 

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