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Little Nelly - waterfront view and roof terrace!

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

Excellent! 5/5 (38 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


Satellite / Cable tv
WiFi / internet

Internet access

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Heating / cooling

Central heating

Electric fans

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


Panoramic views
City views

Close to the shops

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
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

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

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Beatrix H - Germany

    24 Feb

    Little Nelly

    We had a very comfortable weekend on the boat. We'll recommend Stijn and his lovely boat further! Thanks for such an experience.

  2. Xiaowen - England

    31 May

    First houseboat rental in Amsterdam - And I did not regret!

    Great experience, it was my first time staying on such a nice living space. The location is perfect (close to Central stations-transportation and other places of interests) and I can enjoy the night time on the river in Amsterdam looking through windows. The welcome from Stijin and his friend just made my trip.

  3. Nicole G - Germany

    30 Jun

    Beautiful & authentic houseboat / top location

    Stijn's boat was beautiful. We really enjoyed our time on the houseboat and had a great host. Everything was very clean and very cozy. We’ll come again. ;) x nicole & maria

  4. Howie - the United States

    14 Jun

    Months ago when I was searching for a spot in Amsterdam to stay, I recall a reviewer of the Little Nelly writing that his only regret was that he didn’t stay on the boat for his entire stay. That hooked me in, and he was right. FIVE STARS all around! My stay on this houseboat was all I could want and more. From the coffee on the deck in the morning to the peaceful nights on the water, I could not imagine a more unique and memorable experience in Amsterdam. (I’m also convinced that the very gentle rocking of the water helped cradle me soundly to sleep at night). Stijn was a most gracious, thoughtful and helpful host. If you want a unique spot close to the ‘action’ of the city, but not too close, then try the Neeltje. You will not be disappointed. You will however be enchanted.

  5. 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

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