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 "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.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

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 your bedroom with your king size bed 2m/1m80, satin bed linen and overhead window for watching stars.

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


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

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
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


Free Parking

Pets Allowed

Small Pets Allowed : ask to your host.

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
Horse Riding





9 km


0 km


15 km

Golf course

4 km

Motor way

2 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

0 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 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.

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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. Bernice N - Canada

    29 Sep

    Not good at all

    We were looking forward to a houseboat with unique décor.  Instead we got an old boat with every surface loaded with junk, dark, blinds that wouldn't work to allow more light, stuff absolutely everywhere so no place to put, much less unload, our suitcases, old worn furniture etc. etc. etc.  We left after one night losing our 3 day deposit.

    Response from the owner:

    We are really sorry to hear that you have not had the experience that you expected to have, and that hundreds of previous guests have had. However, I do have to say that you did make a mistake: arriving the day before your stay. Bernie called us and we went to meet the couple asap. Obviously, the houseboat was not ready since we expected you to arrive a day later. However, we did our utmost to ensure that the guests could sleep there. We prepared the bed and did a first cleaning. We then proposed to come back the next day, at noon to complete the cleaning. Sure Bernie's mistake had to spoil the couple's first night. They left the boat before us coming back and we have not had the chance to arrange things for them. We sent the emails to the booking site explaining our position and efforts we made so that the guests could start their stay rather. Thank you Bernie for your review recalling it is important to respect the check in on the right day. About the stars, there are visible through the zenithal window of the bedroom for the night ;-) Best regards, Lionel.

  2. Lukas K - Germany

    06 Nov

    Great location, nice stay

    First thing to say is that the host is very nice and the location of the houseboat is perfect. You are right in the heart of the city and still get to rest in a quiet place. Everything you need (supermarkets, shopping districts, cafés etc.) is within 10-15min walk radius.

    The interior might not be everyones thing during the day but once the night falls and all the lights inside are on, the magic and the beauty of this place unfold. You'll find yourself relaxing in cozy armchairs. The nice stereo and computer (both on board) create a smooth ambience. The bathroom is fully functional with constant warm water supply. The kitchen provides everything one needs.

    Why not 5/5? The door hinges need to be fixed since the door jams a lot making you feel like you are breaking in :D The bed is pretty big and a new mattress should make it perfect. The electrical system is fully functional but requires some adjustments as well.

    The check-in and check-out was going smooth and straightforward.

    We enjoyed our stay a lot and will definitely book again.

  3. ERIC L - France

    19 Jul


    Nous avons passé 1 semaine complète sur le Houseboat de Lionel qui s'est mis en 4 pour nous rendre service et rendre notre séjour plus agréable. Le houseboat est très bien équipé et décoré avec beaucoup de gout. Il est situé sur un canal paisible dans le centre d'Amsterdam (ce qui est plutôt rare), très pratique car nous étions près de tout à pied ou à vélo. La station de métro Nieuwmarkt est à 1 minute. Lionel, qui parle parfaitement le Français, a également accueilli notre petite chienne à bras ouvert. Nous avons prévu d'y retourner lors de notre prochain voyage à Amsterdam.


    We spent a whole week in may in with our little dog who was more than welcome aboard. Lionel's boat is cosy, well equiped 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.

  4. Jessie P - England

    06 Jul

    Wonderful 3 night stay

    We 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!
  5. Nick H - England

    26 Dec

    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!..
  6. Benjamin D - Germany

    24 Jun


    We had four wonderful days and nights in the beautiful city of Amsterdam!


    Our houseboat was in an absolutely quiet place, in the Raamgracht. Only few steps from the old city away, but totally quiet and green! Every morning there were ducks and geese to say hello  :-)


    The houseboat is not the newest, but that does't matter! It has everything you need and we slept very good and long in the big and cosy bed! There is a window over the bed, where you can see the tree above you! That is so awsome!


    Thanks to the owner, who waited for us and told us everything we had to know.


    We had four great days in Amsterdam! 

  7. Rowan U - Canada

    25 Apr


    My husband and I absolutely loved our stay. The house boat provided a cozy, bohemian setting for the ultimate Amsterdam experience. Lionel (who could not be any sweeter) went above and beyond to make sure we were settled in despite our delayed arrival with a thorough orientation and invitation to help ourselves to anything In his (well stocked) kitchen, computer, library and bathroom (toiletries included)! Only a 5 minute stroll to Rembrandt's house, morning markets and city centre, yet perfectly situated In a serene, beautiful canal complete with ducks and the occasional swan! We cannot wait to return and wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

  8. Melissa S - the United States

    01 Sep


    We absolutely loved our three nights on Lionel's houseboat. Our stay there was definitely the best part of our European vacation, and we truly hated to leave. The houseboat is on a beautiful canal in a peaceful neighborhood, yet it's just a very short walk to museums, shops, open air market, and restaurants. We went on one of those guided canal tours, and our captain highlighted this canal as "one of the most beautiful in all of Amsterdam". We pointed out the houseboat and told him we were staying there, and the captain said, "You are very lucky to be staying on this canal!". Lionel was the perfect host. He welcomed us warmly, even though we were late. He told us everything we needed to know about the boat and the neighborhood. I accidentally left something behind when we left, and Lionel was so gracious about sending it to me, even though I know it meant a lot of extra work on his part. He is a wonderful host -- a true gentleman. We hope to visit Amsterdam again in a year or two, and we will definitely stay on Lionel's houseboat again. It made our entire stay in Amsterdam very special.

  9. Anna H - England

    26 Jul

    A Fun Adventure in the Heart of Amsterdam!

    My husband and I had a great time at this canal boat which is in a great location for walking all around the bustling city of Amsterdam. Lionel personally welcomed us at the canal home and gave us a thorough orientation of the house and the surrounding eateries. The furnishings are eclectic and not fancy, but thoroughly comfortable. I am so glad we chose this home for 3 nights. Dank u wel, Lionel!
  10. Nigel K - Norway

    04 Feb

    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.

  11. Christopher B - the United States

    11 Mar

    Exactly what we wanted

    From my initial booking enquiry to comprehensive information via E-mail, Lionel was an absolute gem. The information he gave us, even down to the link to print train tickets at home, was invaluable. He was available to us if we needed to contact him at any time. Lionel is a fantastic welcomer, taking time to show us around the houseboat and its gorgeous little quirks! We couldn't have asked for a better location to explore Amsterdam from walking distance to all the attractions, Rembrandt's house literally only around the corner! It was lovely to sit eating breakfast while watching the ducks swimming by the window, and seeing the canal tour boats pass at the top of the canal. We loved the decor, the slight roll of the houseboat, and just the idea of such a different way to experience Amsterdam. Lionel really offers a great alternative holiday destination and we were delighted to have wi-fi access on the boat. We would love to return to the Raamgracht again some day, in the meantime, if you are looking for a break with privacy, convenience, ambiance and just that little bit different, I would definitely recommend contacting Lionel. Thank you so much for your help and advice before and during our stay Lionel, it was all we could have wished for.
  12. Jacob C - the United States

    06 Dec

    Bohemian Kitsch

    The location of the houseboat is fantastic, conveniently located in the city center and tucked away on a quiet side street. We loved waking up in the morning to the eager neighborly swans and we appreciated the opportunity to stay somewhere unique. The inside of the boat can best be described as bohemian kitsch. Numerous individual lights and lamps are scattered throughout, many of which have different color options and a couple of which have a strobe setting. To be honest, it feels quite tight with all of the furniture and decorations (slightly different than in the photos) and would be much more comfortable for guests if the owner would simplify the space by reducing the clutter. There was no convenient place for us to put our suitcases, for example. The inside of the boat was rather musty, and we woke up in the morning feeling congested. This may be common for house boats, but it seems as though all of the clutter may prevent the boat from being thoroughly cleaned. The water was hot and shower pressure was firm, a pleasant feature. However, the bed was very uncomfortable. It has two twin/single mattresses pushed together that are extremely soft. We are fit young adults and found ourselves with aching bodies and back pain every morning. Moreover, the boat leans to the right - most likely due to how it is docked, which means that anything round rolls off of tables, and we rolled to the right every night in bed. The one of us on the left ended up in the crack of the two mattresses, while the other on the right nearly rolled off the bed completely.

    Overall, we found this houseboat to be quite uncomfortable. Hans was friendly during our brief encounter with him, but we would not recommend this accommodation at this price point.


    Thank you Jacob for your warm comment. You are absolutely right when you write "the location of the houseboat is fantastic, ideally located in the city center and tucked away in a quiet street, enjoying the opportunity to stay somewhere unique or enjoying the hot water and the firm pressure of the shower". About the bed, I followed your advice and the mattresses were changed. They are new and very comfortable according to the new guests. Again, I would be very happy to welcome you for a 5-star stay just like the 30 previous 5-star reviews and stays. About the lights, the furniture, the decorations, the space's layout or the boat's alignment, I take into account your opinion as I must also take into account the 30 previous 5-star reviews.

    Booking of a houseboat is an incomparable experience as well as booking of a house in a tree, a glambing or a lighthouse as proposed by the website with bookatreehouse, bookaglambing or bookalighthouse. These are neither hotels nor traditional houses or apartments. It's an invitation to travel through an unique experience.

  13. Catherine M - the United States

    27 Sep

    A Quiet Gem!

    Like to be on the center of it all but need peace and tranquillity at night? This is your place! Walk wherever you need to and come home to a cozy houseboat that has everything you need...especially if you like eclectic,funky art. Internet,microwave and probably the most co.fortavle king-sized bed in all Netherlands! Lionel is the perfect host...communicates early on in the process, very accommodating and though we did not need him, we felt we could reach him if we did...

  14. Anders K - Germany

    06 Nov

    Sounds awkward, but it's very nice!

    We have spend 4 nights in this peculiar and amazing houseboat. The interior is strange with its butterfly theme, its golden ceiling and its carpented walls and the large amount of mirrors. It sounds awkward but is actually very nice - you absolutely feel at home even if it's not your style. We enjoyed every minute of our stay in the boat and preferred to dine at the boat two evenings. The boat is located in a great canal, close to the Waterloo square and the river Amstel. You will find nice restaurants, beautiful lunch places and lovely shops. The boat is very recommendable for 2 persons. Lionel is a very attentive host who takes good care of his guests. Do book this boat - you won't regret it. Thanks Lionel for a nice stay! Anders

  15. Graham

    03 Oct

    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.

  16. Roby H - Australia

    06 Nov

    The right host at the right boat at the right canal in Amsterdam !

    Lionel's houseboat combines both the charming, laid-back setting reminiscent of the late sixties "flower power, free love" days coupled with an ideal central location to all important things to enjoy in Amsterdam. We spent a memorable & relaxing time on his lovely boat watching swans & ducks swimming by. Great fun.
  17. Drei Engel F - Germany

    20 Jun

    Die Beste Lage Von Amsterdam!

    Das Hausboot von Lionel war absolut sauber und ganz gemutlich. Die Lage haben wir definitiv die beste von Amsterdam gefunden. Es war ruhig und trotzdem ist es ins mitten von der Stadt! Wir haben eine super schone Ferien gehabt. Vielen Dank Lionel!

    Die 3 Engel

  18. Yifeng Hengli C - Singapore

    30 Jan

    Not your run of the mill stay in Amsterdam

    Quiet 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.
  19. Manoj D - India

    18 Sep

    Very comfortable and centrally located houseboat

    The stay on Lionels was super comfortable, the boat has about everything you need and is centrally located. You can get anywhere in amsterdam very fast, and the metro station next door is absolutely great! Overall the stay was lovely and I would recommend it to everyone who loves this cosy boat.

    Love, Manoj

  20. John R - Australia

    07 Apr


    Excellent location, very quiet, but close to the exciting heart of Amsterdam Excellent boat, comfortable, warm and well equiped Excellent host, very helpful and with good advice
  21. Steve J - England

    03 Oct

    Lovely bohemian houseboat in Amsterdam centre

    We have stayed in this lovely houseboat for some days and loved every minute of it. The host Lionel was great and the "Bohemian" decoration of the houseboat was fun yet comfy.

    The location is simply terrific for seeing the city. We walked about everywhere we wanted and the tram and bus were only minutes away.

    At night the tranquility of the neighborhood was amazing (remember you're in the city centre!) with the cosy rocking of the boat. The ducks and swans drifted by in front of the open windows, that was a treat. The restaurants that were recommended by Lionel were fantastic and overall we had an amazing time in Amsterdam.

    Would come back any time!


  22. Claudius V - Austria

    02 Feb

    Cozy and hearty stay

    The accommodation that Lionel provides in his houseboat is truly one of a kind! The detailed and creatively decorated houseboat made us feel comfortable and homey during our entire stay. It is just the best place to come back to after exploring the city. Lionel is very caring and helpful in giving recommendations for anything you might be interested in and his houseboat contains everything you can think of to feel at home. Big recommendation for everyone who would like to stay in the heart of the city with a tiny garden in front and a great sound system inside!

  23. Vitor B - Brazil

    11 Mar

    Good experience, good host

    Lionel/Jordi was (as one) great host! I received all information about the boat and the city. Everything works good and I had a good and safe experience. The boat is exactly the same you see on internet.

  24. Scotty - England

    08 Jul

    If it's not there, you don't need it!

    The host Lionel has really thought of anything you can imagine. If it is not there, you don't need it.The houseboat is tidy, neat, clean and very cosy. And the location is absolutely great in the old city of Amsterdam with a supermarket around the corner. We will rent this place again during a future trip. Loved it! Scotty

  25. 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!
  26. Sarah S - Norway

    15 Jun

    Fantastic Stay!

    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!

    Best Wishes,

    Per Roger and Sarah

  27. Lewis G - England

    16 Jun

    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.
  28. 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

  29. Eleonor T - the United States

    25 Oct

    Charming and quirky 5-star houseboat

    Lovely quiet canal, charming and quirky houseboat, delightful warm welcome from Hans. Will definitely want to stay again!

  30. Andy M - the United States

    30 Nov

    It was our second stay, always so bewitching !

    Again, we decided to come back for two weeks. We had again a really good stay. Lionel is very helpful and makes you feel totally welcome. Any comfort in a warm vibes and boheme style. We love very nice opening above bed. You can watch moon and stars lying in bed. Lionel, with his nice home, friendly, will give you lots of tips. We yet booked our next stay in 2016.
  31. Matt L - England

    23 Nov

    Cute and Quirky

    Really nice stay on the Boat, lovely and cozy and really good location.

  32. 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...
  33. Mick - England

    03 Jan

    A great and unique houseboat experience!

    Thanks for allowing us to stay on your charming house boat...would love to do it again in the future. We were looking for a more authentic travel experience and I found it! We loved being on a canal boat instead of in a hotel. This brings a new reason to visit Amsterdam Dutch style it’s amazing lionel we love it, the bed is just the best. We can’t seem to get up in the morning that’s all ha!!  You have to have a bit of an adventurous spirit as this feels very different than a hotel. For us, a very good thing! We're in our early 60s and this reminded us of our hippie a good way! You are part of the Amsterdam experience. The bedroom has a very comfy king size bed w/a plexy covered skylight overhead (which can be covered at night) so you can see the trees/sky. You can lay in bed and look out the window and see ducks, swans and boats floating by. The common area "living room" is filled with comfy chairs, lamps and ambient lighting, large mirrors, plants, a table and chairs for eating while sitting at an open window waving to passersby. There's also a computer w/free internet and free wifi. The decor is...bohemian!! Lots of rugs, draped fabrics, every surface is covered. We didn't cook but the kitchen had everything needed including coffee maker, electric teapot, coffee and lots of teas. The bathroom is small but efficient (shower only) and very clean. Most of the windows on the canal can be opened which really enhanced our experience of the canals. You don't feel any movement or rocking. We only felt it very slightly once when a construction barge went by. I brought MEDS just in case and never used them. Staying on this canal boat is as much a part of our wonderful memories of Amsterdam as everything we did there. You can't say that about a hotel room.

  34. Luca D - Spain

    15 Sep

    Great location and nice boat

    The stay was just perfect. Lionel is a lovely person and the boat is so cute! The location is just perfect and inside the houseboat you will find anything you need. So I will absolutely come back in the future. Luca

  35. 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!

  36. Diana M - South Africa

    10 Jun

    Amsterdam Getaway

    Renting Lionel’s boat on the canal and seeing the tourists float by was very memorable. We lived the Netherlands culture by renting bicycles close by, shopping for groceries or visiting the market a stone's throw away, eating lunch in the park and of course relaxing on the cozy boat with a glass of wine. Upon arrival, Lionel greeted us and familiarized us with the amenities. The computer with internet access was very useful for finding landmarks or communicating with Lionel quickly. Everything listed on the website was available and functional. There were no smoke or animal odours. Lionel was at our disposal and could easily arrange for horse and buggy ride for a fee but we had other plans. Thank You, Lionel, for sharing your lovely little piece of Amsterdam.
  37. Allegra S - Spain

    18 Oct

    We truly enjoyed staying here

    We greatly enjoyed staying in Lionel's houseboat! His cousin greeted us warmly and showed us everything, and emphasized that we could call him or Lionel anytime with any questions or problems. The boat was a comfortable size for two people, and the kitchen had everything we needed. The decorations were very charming, and the boat was just a short walk from many of the sites we wanted to visit.

  38. Michelle M - the United States

    10 Apr


    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.

  39. Amar S - England

    28 Dec

    Not Christmas 2019

    We stayed for 4 nights on Lionel's lovely houseboat. We were without our children for Christmas so wanted to escape and not have Christmas! It was a perfect location, easy access from the Airport and then really easy to get to everywhere we wanted to visit. Lionel was really helpful in deciding where to go to eat for our Not Christmas dinner. He helped us out with buying a few things for our late arrival on Christmas Eve. All in all a great place to stay, helpful owner, and welcome from a friend. No complaints at all. If you want complete luxury not the place for you but if want to be in an interesting space then it’s perfect.

  40. Alexis L - the United States

    03 Jan

    Quaint and convenient

    The houseboat was a lovely place to stay, just a few minutes walk from all the attractions of Centrum, but also on a quiet and peaceful street. The boat itself was very nice, with an eclectic decor and ambiance, as well as all the modern conveniences. I would highly recommend it as a place to stay in Amsterdam.
  41. Kelly T - the Virgin Islands (U.S.)

    04 Jan

    Comfort in the HEART of Amsterdam

    Perfect location on a quiet canal. Close to everything we wanted to see and do. Felt like coming home after each outing. Lionel was the perfect host and could not do enough to ensure a wonderful stay. Loved sharing the view with the boats that cruised by...and the ducks, of course. A cool and authentic way to enjoy the city!

  42. Kevin O - the United States

    16 Mar

    Wonderful stay on a cool houseboat!

    We just completed an amazing stay in Amsterdam on this incredible houseboat. Checking-in was a breeze, the location could not have been better (right in the middle of everything) and the boat was super cool. Loved it!

  43. Jana D - Germany

    06 Nov

    Unique houseboat at a great location

    The houseboat has a unique and lovely interior and the host is a very friendly guy who thinks about every possible detail. The boat is close to the centre, but at night the area is still very quiet so you can sleep well. The flea market across the street and the shops around are a real treat. We were overloaded with very useful information, and we felt so welcome. Will definitely return when we come to Amsterdam again!

  44. John N - the United States

    06 Nov

    Great stay

    Again, we decided to come back for two weeks. We had again a really good stay. Lionel is very helpful and makes you feel totally welcome. Any comfort in a warm vibes and boheme style. We love very nice opening above bed. You can watch moon and stars lying in bed. Lionel, with his nice home, friendly, will give you lots of tips. We yet booked our next stay in 2014.

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