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 la francaise", 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 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 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. Drei Engel F - Germany

    20 Jun

    The best location in Amsterdam! Show original

    Lionel's houseboat was absolutely clean and very cozy. We found the location to be definitely the best in Amsterdam. It was quiet and yet it is in the middle of the city! We had a super nice vacation. Thank you Lionel!

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  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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