Ms Vios, 19th Century house boat in Amstel River
Authentic Houseboat in Amsterdam/the ‘Pijp’ area, situated in Amstel River!
- Close to shops and the main atractions
- De Pijp! A bustling area in Amsterdam
- Terrace boat and swimming outside!
- Classic features, very well decorated boat. Unique!
- Vista's on the Amstel River
A unique experience in the most vibrant area of Amsterdam! Stay in a stylish renovated houseboat and enjoy the best view in the city. Shops, restaurants, public transport, the highway and the major museums are all within a stone’s throw distance. However, waking up while overlooking the water makes you feel you’re away from the city.
Our 100 year old houseboat is situated in the ‘Pijp’; Amsterdam’s heart and action. Tram, metro and train (Amstel Station) are a 5-10 minute walk. If you prefer to explore the city by bike, there are many rental places just around the corner.
The bedroom has a double bed, a desk and many windows so you can enjoy the water view. The living room has a daybed which functions as a full double bed. This way our boat is suitable for 4 adults or 2 adults + 2 kids.There’s a small but fully equipped kitchen, a good coffee machine and wireless internet. But the star attraction of the boat is our water terrace, the perfect spot for sunny days and warm evenings! Join the locals in summer for a swim and dive in the water from the terrace boat, the water is clean and refreshing. An unforgettable experience! On cold winter nights you can turn on the heater or the wood stove in the living and bedroom, it will make your winter stay just that little more romantic.
House rules: No smoking inside, but you’re welcome to smoke outside on the terrace boat.We ask you to not host any parties nor bring friends that are not staying as our guest.
We try to keep the Amstel water clean by using an automatic pump that brings the used water to the sewer system onshore. In addition we flush the toilet with Amstel water. You won’t really notice this, but it does needs a little extra care.
As many other house boats in Amsterdam, we have close neighbors. Our boat is the second of the shore which means that you have to make a little old-fashioned climb over our neighbor’s boat. Heavy suitcases and high heels might be inconvenient. There are two small stairs, one to the living- and one to the sleeping area. This makes our boat less suitable for toddlers and wheelchairs.
A 100 years ago people were built a little shorter than the Dutch are nowadays. Therefor the bedroom has quite a low ceiling. Please be aware if you’re taller than 1.80 meters, you’d have to bend your head a little. The Captain’s Bar (steering hut) and Living have higher ceilings.
Number of double beds: 2
Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
Amusement Park / Water Park
How to get there
Close to Amstel Station and other public transport nearby!
* By car. Directions provided by your gps/satnav or Map apps are very accurate. Generally you can park the car in front of the house, at cost. Parking meters in Amsterdam are not very friendly - they don't except cash, only Dutch debit/credit cards. Probably easier is paying with your mobile phone using the Parkmobile Ap.
* By taxi. Taxis are quite expensive in the Netherlands and certain rates are fixed. From Schiphol expect approx. €40. The trip from my area to Schiphol is fixed at €33. Uber is cheaper, starting at €22. You can also take a train to Amsterdam CS or Amstel station. The last one is walkable.
Be aware that you are sleeping on a houseboat. It is the second boat from the shore, this makes the vosta's unforgettable but it also means you have to make a little climb over our neighbors boat. Heavy suitcases and high heals might be inconvenient.
About the area
The Pijp is located directly south of Amsterdam's city centre and it is part of the borough 'Amsterdam-Zuid'. Most street names in the Pijp are named after Dutch painters, like Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Ruysdael and Vincent van Gogh.
The most famous and busiest street market of the Netherlands, the Albert Cuyp Market, is in the Pijp. It is open six days per week and attracts a lot of tourists. The former Heineken brewery is also a popular tourist attraction. Next to the former Heineken brewery is the Marie Heinekenplein, which has a lot of bars and cafes, as well as the near Gerard Douplein. Along the canal 'Ruysdaelkade' there is a small red light area.
The Pijp has a very diverse population, with a lot of yuppies as well as foreign immigrants (43% of the population is foreign, most of whom are non-western immigrants) and students. Famous Dutch people who have lived in the Pijp include painter Piet Mondriaan, folk singer Andr Hazes, design team Marvin Oduber and Monika Oduber, as well as actress Carice van Houten.
A true foodie, working in Arts & Culture and love to share tips of favorite places in town: restaurants, bars, shops, markets, parties and museums! I love traveling, visiting new countries and exploring new cities for the week ends. Hence, I am often are not at home and like tot give other people the opportunity to enjoy Amsterdam as much as I do!
6 Reviews - Ms Vios, 19th Century house boat in Amstel River
Amos D - England
Great place with a fantastic owner.
My fiancee and I stayed for a few days in november. Ms. Vios was a great place to stay, away from the hordes of people that are present in Amsterdam (even in late November).\r\n\r\nThe boat is comfortable and well furnished. While it did get a little chilly, there were multiple options to keep warm in the evenings from fancy IR heating pannels to multiple wood burning stoves. We did have some minor maintenance issues (one of the doors got jammed) but our host was there within half an hour to fix it, and as pointed out a 100 year old boat can expect a few little niggles now and then.\r\n\r\nThe only possible detraction I have is client specific - the Vios has a central cabin which lies between the bedroom and living room/bathroom area. If you need to get up in the middle of the night the stairs can present an enjoyable challenge, especially if combined with a few drinks too many!This wasn\'t a problem for us, but I suspect older holidaymakers might find it a bit bothersome. If you can still successfully use a stepladder, you\'ll be just fine.\r\n\r\nThe Amsteldijk area is nice and peaceful, but there are plenty of options for entertainment and dining nearby. The host provides a list of recommendations on his website, and they are well worth checking out. Especially The Butcher\'s burgers. Oh Lord those burgers. I\'d also recommend the nearby Taco Cartel. Looks like a bit of a dive up front, but the food is great for a large lunch or early dinner. Take your burrito back to the boat if the aesthetic offends.\r\n\r\nFinally onto what really made this holiday, the host. Rem is fantastic. The little \"Welcome Aboard\" package of local goodies and snacks was a nice touch, but the almost overly obliging attitude was incredible. Ignoring the 30 minute door repair service (to save us all of a minute when entering/leaving the boat), we decided on our last night we were having just too good a time. As such, I sent what I thought was the entirely unreasonable request to delay our departure from 1300 to 1800 the next day. No issues. \r\n\r\nRem, if you\'re reading this, thank you! You made an already excellent holiday perfect. Hands down the best host I have ever had. We hope to return in a time of warmer weather, as that river is begging for a swim.
Lili B - the Netherlands
We had a wonderfull time at the Ms Vios!! The reception was warm and welcome, the weather was perfect and the 19th century boat a joy to the eye and a great setting. Absolutely a perfect way to experience Amsterdam!
Larisa K - England
What a wonderful time we had !!!!! Thank you, Rem, for letting us stay on your beautiful boat. Miss Vios is amazing, comfortable, stylish and very clean. The location is perfect to explore Amsterdam. The patio area overlooking Amstel is stunning. Spent every evening sitting out having a drink and watching the boats go up and down. Rem is a very attentive, hospitable host and gave us all the tips and information we needed to make our stay perfect. The early chick in was not a problem. Thank you, Rem, for the welcome pack you put together for us. We could not recommend highly enough Miss Vios and our wonderful host Rem. And we would love to stay again, hopefully, soon.
Jessica - England
Warm welcome on highly recommended houseboat
Our stay on the boat was everything we could have wished for and more! The photos on the website really do this boat justice. The very warm welcome and cute little gift pack Remco provided, made us feel right at home. The boat is cozy and spacious with excellent facilities and decor full of character. The lounge area and bedroom are really comfortable and alongside the fires in both rooms make for very cozy nights in. Taking in to account the price, the views, help and advice from our host, the level of comfort and everything else in between we really could not ask for more. We would definitely stay here again and recommend you do too.
Megan T - the United States
One of the best travel experiences I've had!
We had such a great time staying on this beautiful houseboat. If I ever come back to Amsterdam, I won't stay anywhere else. The Ms. Vios has so much character, and it was very cozy and comfortable. Being located on the Amstel was truly amazing, and the boat is in one of the best neighborhoods, just a short walk from everything. Our host was fantastic- a huge help throughout the weekend and very responsive to our needs. I am so grateful to have been able to stay on the Ms Vios and I am already missing my mornings on the boat deck!