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", 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.
Heating / cooling
Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Amusement park / water park
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.
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
John R - Australia
ExcellentExcellent 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
Anna H - England
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!
Jacob C - the United States
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.
RESPONSE FROM THE HOST:
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.
Allegra S - Spain
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.
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.