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
Bernice N - Canada
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.
Lukas K - Germany
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.
ERIC L - France
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.
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!..