Romantic Waterway with the Spring light
Comfortable King Size with satin bed linen
Breakfast with the early rising sun
Animal life in aquatic environment with swans ...
Entrance with its flowerbed
Kitchen with its Belle Epoque mirror
Bathroom with its douche à l'italienne
Cozy boudoir à la française
Living room / South side with its décor bohème
Living room with its Louis XV mirror
Watch the stars from your bed in satin bed linen
Swan Houseboat with the Winter sun

Houseboat in Old Center

Your best location in the Historic Center

Excellent! 4.8/5 (44 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Host fully available and friendly
  2. Historic center
  3. Ideal for lovers'couple
  1. Safety and peaceful neighborhood
  2. Old fashionable and Vintage style

Houseboat summary

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.


Houseboat description

The cozy "decor boheme" and "style boudoir", 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.

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Registration number

0363 2FB5 9D2A 4C52 A81D

Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 15:00 and 00:00.

Check out before 12:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1


You will much appreciate to sleep in yourbedroom with your king size bed 2m/1m80, satin bed linen and overhead window for watching stars.

You will much be delighted to takeyour warm and comfortable shower with your "douche l'italienne" with a tiled heatingfloor and an electric heater with all thing you need : soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, body creams, cotton swabs, hair dryer, towels, etc.


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

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside
Sporting activities


Fully equipped kitchen
Microwave / oven
Linen provided

Towels provided
Hair dryer
Dining table & chairs


Music system / CD player
Satellite / Cable tv
WiFi / internet

DVD player
Internet access

Outdoor facilities


Small garden at the dock and entrance.

Heating / cooling

Central heating
Oil heaters

Gas heaters


City views
Close to the shops

Close to the ariport

General information


Pets allowed
Child friendly

Small Pets Allowed : ask to your host before booking.

Parkings close by the boat with Q-Park Centraal Station 800 m or Q-Park Waterlooplein at 200 m.

Child friendly only for one child and ask to your host before booking.

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Horse riding

Amusement park / water park




9 km


0.1 km


15 km

Golf course

4 km


2 km

Night club

0.3 km


0.1 km

Super market

0.2 km

Train station

0.8 km

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 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.

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Houseboat owner


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.

Response time
Normally within 24 hours
Language spoken

44 Reviews - Houseboat in Old Center

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. Mya W - the United States

    25 Nov

    Lovely Houseboat Centrally Located!

    We had a lovely week in Amsterdam! We were greeted, very early in the morning, by Lionel at the houseboat. He welcomed us, showed us around the houseboat and how everything worked, and gave us a quick overview of the neighborhood. The houseboat was quaint and cozy, perfect for a romantic getaway! The bed was very comfortable and the bedroom cozy. The living room offered great views of the canal and the passing boats. The kitchen was perfectly outfitted with anything you could need. Lionel had made sure it was stocked with coffee and teas as well as spices, etc., for cooking. The bathroom, a wet room, was large and modern with plenty of hot water. We loved the centrally located yet very quiet neighborhood! We met one of our neighbors a few boats down at a neighborhood restaurant - lovely folks! The neighborhood has lots to offer for shopping and dining. We highly recommend Lionel's houseboat!
  2. Norma C - the United States

    28 Oct

    Great houseboat experience

    Staying here was a great way to spend time while visiting Amsterdam!

    And for single lady visiting Amsterdam, I can tell you that I came and went from the houseboat at all hours. It's in a quiet neighborhood and I felt completely safe alone. It's about a 5-10 minute walk to Dam Square, and the Red Light District. And many more interesting places all around. Lionel takes a great deal of time covering everything on the houseboat and how it works. He also gave me his cell phone number in case I need anything during the stay which again was comforting since I was in a foreign city and I didn't know a soul! Overall, it was a great experience! Norma

  3. Christopher W - the United States

    17 Aug

    Personality PLUS!

    After staying in Lionel's unique, Bohemian houseboat, I actually felt sorry for tourists who choose to spend their few precious days in Amsterdam in a cookie-cutter hotel. Not us! There is no where on the planet like Lionel's place. Do you want to feed ducks and swans out the window as you eat your meal? Do you want a kitchen that is stocked with kitchen ware and spices? Do you love an abundant display of flowers at your front door? Do you want to be 1 1/2 blocks from a large grocery store and wine store? Do like the sound of church bells ringing on the quarter hour (turned off at night)? Do you want to be in walking distance to EVERYTHING? Do you want to stay somewhere with PERSONALITY? This is your place...
  4. Alex M - the United States

    12 Nov

    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!

  5. ERIC L - France

    19 Jul

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    We spent 1 full week on Lionel's Houseboat who went out of their way to help us and make our stay more enjoyable. The houseboat is very well equipped and very tastefully decorated. It is located on a peaceful canal in the center of Amsterdam (which is rather rare), very convenient as we were close to everything on foot or by bike. Nieuwmarkt underground station is 1 minute away. Lionel, who speaks French perfectly, also welcomed our little dog with open arms. We plan to return there on our next trip to Amsterdam.

    We spent a whole week in may in with our little dog who was more than welcome aboard. Lionel's boat is cozy, well equipped and beautifully decorated in bohemian style. Our host was really charming and sweet and made everything possible to make our stay very comfortable. The houseboat is located on a quiet canal in the center of Amsterdam (yes, that's possible!) So we where close to everything. Highly recommended for a unique experience in Amsterdam, we have planned to book it again for our next trip to this wonderful city.

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