Dokstroom - our hidden gem

On the edge of the city center, hidden in the green, you will find our authentic red houseboat. A great place to chill out after a busy day in town!

Excellent! 4.7/5 (11 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Cozy houseboat on a quiet location close to city centre
  2. Unique and laid back nautical neighborhood
  3. Close to Central Station, Ferry and Cruise Terminal
  1. Lots of museums, restaurants and bars
  2. Very welcoming host

Houseboat summary

You will be surprised about the tranquility that our neighborhood has to offer: a true hidden gem just around the corner of Central Station and the Cruise Terminal. We warmly welcome you aboard on our cozy houseboat where you will have a private studio in the front of the ship. Enjoy all the comfort of a luxury hotel room, yet with the character that comes with a houseboat. 

Houseboat description

Our guests particularly appreciate the location. There are many great things to - no tourist traps, but genuine interesting highlights - within walking distance. Right across the water you see the National Maritime Museum, the amazingly designed science museum Nemo and within 1 km distance you find Central Station, the free Ferry to Amsterdam North and the Cruise Terminal. 

Not to mention the wonderful places to eat and drink! The famous and laid back bar-restaurant Hannekes Book (with awesome terrace) is literally one minute walking away, and around the corner there is a great cafe 'Delerium' with over 750(!) beers, also with a water front terrace. When you cross the bridge you can enjoy one of the best Chinese restaurants in town - actually also located on a houseboat! And this is just to give you an impression - there is so much to see, drink, eat and to do!

Outside you can enjoy the sun all day long. Since we are located along a dead-end street, there is not much traffic and you can sit outside comfortably. This is actually quiet unique for Amsterdam. Even just walking along our canal is a lovely experience in itself: here you will see a great variety of traditional ships that are well preserved, often over a hundred years.

And now about the studio. You have a private entrance, so privacy is guaranteed. When you enter the boat, you will experience the unique and warm atmosphere that we have created to give you a real -from-home' feeling. The places has a red carpet, a comfortable double bed, a couch, a flatscreen tv, free wif, a dining table, water cooker and a small fridge. Be assured that the houseboat studio is comfortably warm all year round thanks to central heating. 

Linen and towels are provided, as well as a hair dryer. Don't like to go out and fancy an afternoon cocooning? We have a nice selection of books, board games and puzzels too. 

We speak English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch, so feel free to let us know if you have any questions and we will get back to you right away. Look forward to welcome you aboard on our charming houseboat!

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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 double beds: 1


The studio has a comfortable double bed for a great night rest. The bathroom offers a toilet and shower. 


Number of en-suite: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City
Lake / Riverside

Sporting Activities

Our houseboat is the perfect location for those who want to combine a true Amsterdam experience with the tranquility of a nautical neighborhood - away from the tourist masses.


Linen Provided
Towels Provided

Dining Table & Chairs

We offer a fridge, kitchen sink and water cooker so you can make a nice breakfast with coffee and tea.


Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Our houseboat is located on a dead end street, so it is very calm with traffic.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

The boat is very comfortably heated with central heating. This ensures a nice temperature even on the coldest winter days.


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking

During the summer our canal is just perfect for swimming. Furthermore there is a climbing wall at the end of the street and the options for sport fishing are limitless. Not to mention the great cycling and walking routes.




25 km


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25 km

Ferry port

0 km

Motor way

2 km


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Super market

0 km

Train station

0 km

How to get there

From Central Station it is just a few minutes walking, and the Cruise Terminal is literally around the corner. 

About the area

Our area is best described as a nautical neighborhood with lots of unique vessels that are tendered by their owners. We care for our houseboats, as well for each other. You will feel at home right away, yet the 'big city' is just minutes walking away. Yes, it is a true hidden gem, right in the middle of Amsterdam.

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Houseboat owner


Living for over 30 years on our boat on this beautiful spot in Amsterdam city, means there cannot be anything wrong about it.
Often people ask us if we want to tip them if we will ever move out, we are sorry but we what like to do is share the experience of anight sleeping on slightly moving water and the sun reflected through the portholes on the ceiling. We speak English, French, German, Spanish and of course Dutch. We are always close if you need some help and information for that is what we want, you to have a great stay in our beautiful city.

Response time
Normally within 4 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English, French, Spanish

11 Reviews - Dokstroom - our hidden gem

Excellent! 4.7/5

  1. Viv - England

    18 Oct

    Superb stay on a houseboat in Amsterdam

    Great location, great space, great staff. Loved this houseboat!

  2. Héloise - France

    14 Nov

    Great value for money

    The owner is a very friendly and attentive person. The location is really nice, the value for money is simply super. Note that there is a train rail on the other side of the road and you might hear passing trains till around 1 AM. However, the owner offers ear plugs if you want ;-)
    The room on the houseboat is large and very well heated, and you will find everything that you need during your stay.
    The place is located just 10 minutes walk from the center, the way to reach it is very nice. there is a bar at the end of the road which is also very cool.

    Over all we highly recommend this place.

  3. Thomas - the Czech Republic

    18 Nov

    Everything was just perfect

  4. Enrico R - Italy

    27 Apr

    Amazing experience

    Dearest Joanne, you were a very kind hostess, an attentive guide and an ever-present woman, even when the lock on my suitcase had decided not to open anymore :-). Thanks again and if I am in Amsterdam I will surely know where to go. A hug from me and my wife.

  5. Alice H - England

    17 Sep

    Great trip!

    Joanne was a great host, very accommodating! When we arrived she showed us the quickest route into the centre from the boat and gave us a few recommendations. We had been to Amsterdam many times before she she didn't need to spend too much time explaining where we needed to go as we already knew. It was my partner's birthday and she gave him a present which we both thought was very sweet. The only negative would be that there is not a stove so you do have to eat out majority of the time. I would definitely book this boat again! Thanks Joanne for a great stay :) 

  6. Ronald G - Canada

    23 Apr

    Grand time in Amsterdam

    Our stay in Houseboat Dokstrom was a perfect way to recover from 10 days with our grandchildren in Sweden. In spite of the mainline a road away, the noise of the trains was barely noticeable when inside our room. I'm a very light sleeper, but the trains were not a problem. The space was quite adequate, the "kitchen" enabled to have coffee, cereal, and fruit for breakfast. The location was great - a short walk to Tram 26 to get to Central Station, a short walk to restaurants and peace and quiet. And our host, Joanne, were very helpful, buying food for us on her daily bike trips to the supermarket. And to cap off our stay, she drove us to the airport when the taxi failed to show. A wonderful way to visit Amsterdam.

  7. Stéphanie - Switzerland

    18 Sep

    Sleeping on a houseboat is an experience in itself!

    The neighborhood is truly amazing. And sleeping on a houseboat in Amsterdam was an experience in itself. The owners were super nice, and we loved the studio being so close to the city centre and the central station. I highly recommend this floating home in Amsterdam!

  8. Martin d - Switzerland

    03 Apr

    Houseboat hollyday

    All was good

  9. Sabine H - the United States

    29 Jun

    Kan niet wachten om terug te gaan.

     The title of our review is Dutch and it means that we can’t wait to get back there. We had a wonderful time and it was fascinating spending our vacation on the Docstroom. We were greeted by Joanne who explained  everything to us and was able to answer all our questions too.  We had maps available and it was very easy to get around.  About five minutes from the boat we crossed a little bridge to get into the center and from there we could already see part of the city which we very much enjoyed    We found a grocery store not too far away and the transportation is awesome    We had absolutely no problems getting around  We enjoyed the evening in front  of the boat and Jeff very much enjoyed feeding the ducks that came right out of the water to us. They like crackers,so does Joanne’s cat. We  definitely come back. Sabine and Jeff. Tidewater Virginia. 

  10. Catherine B - England

    16 Apr


    We stayed at Dokstroom for a long weekend and it was just perfect.

    It was easy to find from Central station, helpfully Joanne sent me instructions via Whatsapp a couple of days before as there were some construction works nearby. We arrived a little early to drop off our bags and it was all ready for us. Joanne was friendly and helpful, showed us the map and pointed out nearby places to eat as well as the important coffee machine on the boat to use. There was also a little fridge and some snacks laid out. Shower was good and worked well and the bed was comfy. There is a table and 2 chairs outside which was perfect to sit at, sunny spot in late afternoon/early eve.

    It's a good location for the very centre, its an easy 10 min walk to central station or there is a tram stop a few minutes away. We walked from the station when we arrived and got the tram back when we left at 6am on Monday. On our arrival Joanne warned us about a couple of heavy trains that pass nearby during the night but we didn't hear them. Joanne lives on the other side of the boat and there are a few other houseboats very close, we never heard any noise or saw anyone from the other boats and I only saw Joanne once when she was out watering the flowers.

    It was quiet, warm, cosy and the perfect place to retire to after a long day of walking around. There was a coot bird who had a nest next to the boat which was amusing to watch. We also met the resident cat on our last day, which was a highlight (we love cats and had seen other reviews mentioning the cat before we booked).  

    We hope to come back to Amsterdam again one day and definitely would want to stay here again.

  11. Sonia Von Z - Spain

    07 Apr

    Stay in Dokstroom

    1. We are a Spanish couple and we are delighted to stay in the boat, very cozy and clean and is located in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood and very close to the central station. We were very comfortable and we will certainly repeat! We recommend 100%
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