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Little Nelly - waterfront view and roof terrace!

Awesome light, bright and private apartment aboard our city centre houseboat

Excellent! 4.9/5 (58 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. Private apartment with wheelhouse
  2. Only 5 minutes walking from Central Station
  3. Superb views over the water
  1. Quiet area, yet close to the buzz of the city
  2. Roof terrace

Houseboat summary

A houseboat experience in the city center of Amsterdam, with boats, swans and ducks swimming by. A private apartment with roof terrace overlooking the oldest harbor in the city. Right in the city centre, a few minutes walking from Central Station, yet away from the tourist masses. Yes, you have just found the perfect place to stay for your next visit to Amsterdam! 

Houseboat description

We are so lucky to live on a traditional Dutch cargo ship, built in 1911. A real grand steel lady that used to transport goods all through Europe and now found her final destination in the oldest harbor of Amsterdam. The ship is completely renovated and we have made a separate apartment aboard to host you as our appreciated guest.

We are docked on the outer side of a row of houseboats that are docked along each other. This means that you have to walk over other boats to reach your place, Amsterdam style.

The good news is that you have the most wonderful view over the water: on your far left you see the majestic Central Station, in front of you the iconic floating Chinese restaurant and amazing new architecture and on your right you see the magnificent Nemo Science Museum and the Maritime Museum. And while enjoying this view, swans, ducks and many boats will pass by. We personally think it's the best view in town - especially from the wheelhouse, that is the entrance to your apartment. 

From the wheelhouse you descent to the apartment, with lots of nautical elements still preserved. The bathroom for example has to be entered through the original steel waterproof door. Also we have some nice portholes in the living room. You will be sleeping under the wheelhouse, with the chain of the steering wheel still visible above you: unique, cozy and secluded. 

The many large windows let in lots of daylight and give you a perfect view over the harbor. 

During your stay you can prepare a meal in your kitchen, fully equipped for your convenience. We offer a 5-stove burner, water cooker, coffee maker, microwave and fridge. 

And last but not least you have access to the roof terrace. No better place to sit back and relax, making new plans for the day and experience what it's like to be a local houseboat owner!


The location is super central. From Central Station it's only a few minutes walking before you reach our harbor. This is a surprisingly quiet and relaxed area compared to the buzzing red light district, Waterloo Square and Dam Square that are just around the corner. So wherever you want to go: it's easy to get there and when getting back you are assured to find a safe haven.

Please let us know if you are arriving before or departing after the regular check-in and check-out time. In this case we will see how we can help you with this. 

Look forward to welcome you aboard!

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Registration number

0363 6464 5257 91D6 862E

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 23:00.

Check out before 11:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

King size beds: 1


The double bed is located under the wheelhouse, giving it a very cozy and secluded atmosphere. 

The bathroom is compact but convenient and has to be entered through the original waterproof steel door. 

Note: we use a sewage pump, so never throw anything else in the toilet than toilet paper.

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Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Microwave / oven


Linen provided
Towels provided

Hair dryer
Dining table & chairs
Internet access


WiFi / internet
Satellite / Cable tv

Terrace / balcony

Outdoor facilities

Central heating

Heating / cooling

Electric fans

Panoramic views

We offer central heating so you are assured to be comfortably warm all year round - even on the coldest winter nights.


City views
Close to the shops

Paid parking

General information

No pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Swimminig / watersports

Activities nearby

Walking / hiking

Cycling / mountain biking




15 km


0.3 km


4 km

Night club

0.6 km


0.3 km

Train station

0.8 km

Ferry port

0.5 km

Super market

1 km

How to get there

It's only a 5-minute walk from Central Station to this houseboat. How easy can it be? Arriving by plane? Then it's only a 14 minute train ride from Schiphol Airport to the Central Station and a nice walk to the boat!

About the area

Our harbor is found right next to the Central Station and the buzzing Noordermarkt and the red light district. However, you will be surprised by the tranquility that our little safe haven has to offer. And for a good reason: we as houseboat owners really look after each other and the neighborhood. We love you to be part of our community, even if it's only for a few days.

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Houseboat owner


Hi, I'm Stijn, a houseboater and love to share the experience of living on the water with you!

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
Dutch, English

58 Reviews - Little Nelly - waterfront view and roof terrace!

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Ivan J - Germany

    23 Sep

    Thank you

    Great location, great and friendly host, BEAUTIFUL and clean boat... Thank you so much ❤️

  2. Melisa - Germany

    23 Jul

    A wonderful stay on Stijns' houseboat

    We had a wonderful stay at Stijns Place. It‘s very unique and worth it for a couple of special days. The Boat looks so much better and is more comfy than shown in the pictures! We had Beer and a Bottle of Wine in the fridge, which was really awesome. Thanks for that! The Check-In was very well organized and the communication was always quick. We highly recommend this

  3. Elif A - Germany

    31 May


    The boat is beautiful and we enjoyed every minute on the boat!! It was very central and only a few minutes walk from the train station. Stijn was very friendly and welcome. We loved to be his guests! We would love to come again. Thank you for this experience.

  4. Christophe M - France

    19 Apr

    Great experience! Show original

    We had an excellent stay on Stijn's boat who gave us a very pleasant welcome with little touches...Stijn is a really very nice host. The accommodation is very well equipped, comfortable, and we appreciated the calm and the ideal location close to the station and the city center. Aperitifs in the cockpit with this splendid view are unforgettable moments. It was a very nice, unusual experience, and we recommend Little Nelly as a base for visiting Amsterdam. Delphine and Christophe from Montpellier, France.

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  5. Paul B - England

    22 Mar

    A Gem

    We spent a couple of nights on Little Nelly and were very happy with our stay. Communication with Stijn was easy, he always responded quickly and helpfully. The boat was vey conveniently sited with easy access to the city centre and easy to find from the station. The boat itself had pretty much all we needed. Getting to it needed us to cross four other boats which was a little daunting at first but actually added to the fun of the stay!

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