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 "decor boheme" and "style boudoir la francaise", 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.
Living on a boat has a price, that of permanent maintenance, including painting, wood treatment and corrosion, punctuated by regular visits and docking the boat at the shipyard without forgetting the specific taxes.
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
Michelle M - the United States
What a wonderful place to stay in a perfect location! You provided so much helpful information for what to do and where the best pastries were! Thank you! Your houseboat is so unique and charming. I loved it.
Eleonor T - the United States
Charming and quirky 5-star houseboat
Lovely quiet canal, charming and quirky houseboat, delightful warm welcome from Hans. Will definitely want to stay again!
Lewis G - England
We didn't want to leave!!We had such a wonderful time staying on Lionel's boat that neither of us wanted to leave. We found ourselves forsaking museum visits so that we could simply "hang around" on the boat and just take a few walks around the city. We can't recommend staying on Lionel's houseboat enough... we'll definitely be back.
Alex M - the United States
Excellent Amsterdam Experience
We loved staying in Lionel's houseboat and felt that it provided a unique and authentic Amsterdam experience! Everything was cozy and kitsch and perfect for what we were looking for. We rented bikes a 5 min walk from the boat (note that the Mac Bikes in the area has relocated a few blocks from it's original locale!) and took the metro at the station 3 min from the boat to take in an Ajax FC game. As noted in the listing, the boat is on a quieter canal, but very close to all of the action. We were greeted by church bells and swan visitors in the morning--a lovely way to wake up!
Sarah S - Norway
We really enjoyed our 5 nights at Lionel's houseboat.
It is situated right in the heart of Amsterdam, however the street Its self is very quiet and peaceful, so it is very relaxing.
Lionel met us when we arrived and was very friendly, informative and helpful.
What we loved most about the houseboat is the thoughtful designs and decorations. There was a lot to discover, we noticed mirrors butterflys or photos placed in the perfect spot. Very unique and original touches that really adds to our experience of Amsterdam!
Hope to return again one day!
Per Roger and Sarah