Houseboat in Old Center
Your best location in the Historic Center
- Host fully available and friendly
- Historic center
- Ideal for lovers'couple
- Safety and peaceful neighborhood
- Old fashionable and Vintage style
Your houseboat is moored with its South view on one of the most romantic and peaceful canals, surrounded by a 17th Century architecture and the Carillon of Zuiderkerk painted by Claude Monet.
You will appreciate being located in the historical area of Nieuwmarkt, 5 minutes walking distance from Central Station or 50 meters from the metro station 'Nieuwmarkt', 1 minute walking distance from 12 restaurants, 5 supermarkets (7/7 - 8 to 2am), the Flea Market, most museums and great sightseeing spots.
One bedroom with king size bed 2m/1m80, satin bed linen and overhead window for watching stars.
Flat screen cable TV, WiFi, cable Internet and PC.
You can fully count on support of your host before, for all your stay and after if you need.
Minimum 3 nights, beyond 3 nights, decreasing rate on request.
The cozy "décor bohème" and "style boudoir à la française", reflect the spirit of your host, the love of travel and freedom. The inside feels rich with warm colors, vintage leather furnishings and natural wood.
You will much appreciate to stay in your houseboat in the 'Old Center' of Amsterdam but in the residential part : 'East side'.
You will much appreciate to stay in your canal which was peaceful and green unlike the more touristy waterways, which are too noisy and prone to all sorts of traffic (cars, buses/boats traffic).
It is the Raamgracht canal : No traffic with narrow/oneway street and canal, with lush greenery shading over all the boats. Only traffic with animal life in aquatic environment with swans, ducks, coots, herons, gulls and many other surprises cruising around your houseboat!
The hull (Praam type) and boat were built during 'La Belle Epoque' in 1898 which makes one of oldest boats of Amsterdam. The last complete renovation was in 2019 to the best standards but respecting its historic charm.
A praam is a type of shallow-draught flat-bottomed ship, was particularly developed in the Netherlands in the 17th Century, reaching about 20 m in length. These large praams could be operated with oars but also to sail, with a pair of lateral fins. Their shallow draft (no more than two feet) allowed them to move goods (unshipped from the Harbour) in all canals of Amsterdam.
Why Live In A houseboat ? : I understood that a flat is too noisy, as the walls are too thin with buildings on pilotis in Amsterdam. A barge is too steep-sided.
Number of double beds: 1
Heating / Cooling
Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
How to get there
Only 50 meters from the subway station "Nieuwmarkt" EXIT "Nieuwe Hoogstraat" (the first stop after the Central Station: all lines : 51, 54 and 53). You can take the lead car and you're near the exit "Nieuwe Hoogstraat." Taking the escalator or the elevator arrived on the surface, you go to the opposite direction and cross Zuiderkerkhof which is the church yard. After passing the church Zuiderkerk 30 meters and crossed the courtyard, you go straight taking the Moddermolenstraat 20 meters and will see your Raamgracht waterway. Your houseboat is moored on the corner at your right, the most ornate with its two flowerbeds or gardens.
- or five minute walking distance or 800 meters from the Central Station. Follow straight along the 3 canals "Geldersekade", passing through the Medieval gate Nieuwmarkt at 400 meters from the Central Station, then "Kloveniersburgwal" to "Raamgracht" then go to the fourth boat in front of number 35 building), the most ornate with its two flowerbeds or gardens. There are only 5 boats at Raamgracht and on same side.
Direct Rail Link connects Schiphol International Airport to Central Station and is the fastest and most convenient way to get to your houseboat If you take a taxi, you can write your address on paper (Woonboot/Houseboat at Raamgracht 35 G 1011KJ Amsterdam in front of number 35 building) and give to the taxi driver. It will be easier.
About the area
You will appreciate being located in the historical area of Nieuwmarkt at 1 minute walking distance from 12 restaurants, 5 supermarkets (7/7 - 8 to 2am), the Flea Market, most museums and great sightseeing spots.
In your houseboat at your arrival, your host will give you all information about your stay and the neighborhood, with supermarkets, restaurants, museums, etc. everything you need to know with a guests' guide.
Do not hesitate to request more information if you need about your arrival and your stay.
After a life of being a historian, your host decided to live 2 dreams. The 1st was to be in the "Old Center" of Amsterdam ( but in the residential part : East side). The 2nd was to live in a canal but very peaceful and green, unlike the major 'very touristy' waterways (being too noisy with cars and tourists' buses/boats traffic).
It is the 'Raamgracht' canal : No traffic with narrow/oneway street and canal, a beautiful tree-lined canal with lush greenery shading over all the boats.
A flat ? too noisy (As walls are too thin), a barge ? too steep-sided. Your host loves and enjoys the "houseboat". Only renting it when your host is in countryside, a "polder", very closeby.
Therefore, it is not a merely an impersonal and soulless rental property. Your host prefers to welcome friends and guests in a friendly spirit rather than dealing with business customers.
44 Reviews - Houseboat in Old Center
Yifeng Hengli C - Singapore
Not your run of the mill stay in AmsterdamQuiet but central location in the city; easily accessible by Metro one block away; friendly and accommodating host who made sure everything was the way it should be - and it was. The description online is accurate. Made for a comfortable stay for four days and nights around New Years'. No issues with heat, plumbing or appliances at all during our stay. Would strongly recommend to someone who is looking for an alternative to your typical bricks and mortar hotel room in the city! Give it a shot.
Jessie P - England
Wonderful 3 night stayWe had a wonderful 3 night stay in Lionel's houseboat. The location couldn't be better - very close to restaurants, farmer's markets, shops, everything you'd want to see, but off a small canal which is quiet and peaceful. A lot of fun and a different experience from the normal hotel room! Lionel was very accommodating, friendly and helpful, forthcoming with local advice on restaurants and insider tips (he recommended going to the Van Gogh Museum late on Friday night which was accompanied by music and without school children- a nice change from the usual experience!). The boat was clean, safe and had everything we could want for a great stay. Highly recommended!
Nick H - England
All around super rad!!Lionel's house boat is super comfy & super cozy!.. Super relaxing!.. Everything was perfect.. & such a great location.. I walked to everything I wanted to see & do.. My only regret is my stay was too short..! I will definitely stay again & will stay longer next time!..
Nigel K - Norway
Would recommend it to everyone
We booked a long weekend in Amsterdam this Winter and were looking for a more original place to stay. This houseboat was just what we were looking for and it did not disappoint. It's very central in town. Big stores nearby to do some grocery shopping. Yet it is still very quiet. The boat itself is pretty big, with a nice kitchen, good bathroom, spacious living room and very comfortable bed (including a window in the ceiling to look at stars and birds) The reception by the owner was very friendly and the small tour very informative. To the people that want a different experience than the standard hotel room, I would highly recommend it.
Lovely floating home in the city centre
We spent three nights in this charming place ad fell in love with the funny details, quirky design and great view over the water. And most of all the great location: right in the middle of Amsterdam city centre! Highly recommended and I hope it will still be available next time we visit this city. Thanks Lionel.