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! 4.9/5 (47 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

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, enveloped in 17th century architecture and the Carillon of Zuiderkerk painted by Claude Monet.

You will appreciate being located in the historic Nieuwmarkt district, 5 minutes walk from the central station or 50 meters from the metro station 'Nieuwmarkt', 1 minute walk from 12 restaurants, 5 supermarkets (7/7 - 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.), the flea market, most museums and major tourist sites.

A bedroom with king size bed 2m/1m80, satin sheets and skylight to watch the stars.

Flat screen cable TV, WiFi, cable internet and PC.

You can log on to your host's support before, during your entire stay, and after if you need it.

Minimum 3 nights, beyond 3 nights, decreasing rate on request.


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Houseboat description

The cozy "bohemian decor" and "boudoir style", draw the spirit of your host, the love of travel and freedom. The interior is rich with warm colors, vintage leather furniture and natural wood.

You will really appreciate staying in your houseboat in the 'Old Center' of Amsterdam but in the residential part: 'East side'.

You will very much enjoy staying in your canal which was peaceful and green unlike the more touristy waterways which were too noisy and prone to all kinds of traffic (cars, buses/boats).

This is the Raamgracht canal: No traffic with a narrow/one-way street and canal, with lush vegetation shading all boats. Only traffic with aquatic animal life with swans, ducks, coots, herons, gulls and many more surprises sailing around your houseboat!

The hull (Praam type) and boat were built during 'La Belle Epoque' in 1898 which makes one of the 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 flat-bottomed, shallow-draught vessel, particularly developed in the Netherlands in the 17th century, reaching around 20 m in length. These large prams could be operated by oar but also by sail, with a pair of side fins. Their shallow draft (no more than two feet) allowed them to move goods (not shipped from the port) through all the canals of Amsterdam.

Why live in a houseboat? : I understood that an apartment is too noisy, because the walls are too thin with buildings on stilts in Amsterdam. A barge is too steep.

Living on a boat at a price, that of permanent maintenance, including painting, wood treatment and corrosion, punctuated by regular visits and the mooring of 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

King size beds: 1


You will greatly appreciate sleeping in your room with your king size bed 2m/1m80, satin sheets and zenithal window to watch the stars.

You will be delighted to take your hot and comfortable shower with your "Italian shower" with a heated tiled floor and an electric heater with everything you need: soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, body creams, cotton swabs, dryers. hair, towels, etc.

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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

Indoor facilities


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

47 Reviews - Houseboat in Old Center

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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