The Ms Vios.
Our Terrace. Please do not forget those bikini's
The Amstel tower and Amstel Station.
The view.
The bedroom.
The bedroom.
The daybed and/or second two persons bed in the living.
The bathroom.
Please turn on the record if you like.
The kitchenette.
The kitchenette.
The living.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
This is the Captain's bar. Please make yourself some coffee

Ms Vios, 19th Century house boat in Amstel River

Authentic Houseboat in Amsterdam/the ‘Pijp’ area, situated in Amstel River!

Excellent! 5/5 (6 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Close to shops and the main atractions
  2. De Pijp! A bustling area in Amsterdam
  3. Terrace boat and swimming outside!
  1. Classic features, very well decorated boat. Unique!
  2. Vista's on the Amstel River

Houseboat summary

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.

Houseboat description

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.

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Details

Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

$222

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner

Bedrooms

1 Bedroom, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2

 

The bedroom in the pictures is the one that is prepared for the guests and is situated under the steering house at the head of the boat, next to the living room. The other bed is a 2 person bed in the living.

 

* Toilet: the boat has an automatic pump to get dirty water to the sewer system onshore. This needs a little extra care. Trying to minimise spoiling clear drinking water it flushes with Amstel water!

 

100 years ago people were built a little shorter than nowadays. Therefor the bedroom, what used to be the entire living, is quite low. When you are taller than 1,80, be aware off this. You have to bend a little in this area. The Captains Bar (steering hut) and the old cargo part (the Living) have higher ceilings. The boat is situated between the Amstel and a road. As everywhere in a bustling area, there will be some urban sound. We provide earplugs for the light sleepers.

 

Bathrooms

Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Nightlife
Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City
Family

Lake / Riverside
Romantic
Sporting Activities

Amenities

Dining Table & Chairs
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven

Linen Provided
Towels Provided

Entertainment

Internet Access
Music System / CD Player

WiFi / Internet

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Sun Loungers

Location

Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops

De Pijp is a truly unique area. Close to the city and very vibrant.

General

Long Term Rent Available

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Fishing
Amusement Park / Water Park

Location

Distances

Airport

15 km

Bar

1 km

Beach

30 km

Motor way

3 km

Night club

2 km

Restaurant

1 km

Super market

1 km

Train station

2 km

How to get there

Close to Amstel Station and other public transport nearby!

Getting there:
* 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.

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Houseboat owner

Remco

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!

Response time
Normally within 15 hours
Language spoken
English, Dutch

6 Reviews - Ms Vios, 19th Century house boat in Amstel River

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Amos D - England

    28 Nov

    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.

  2. Lili B - the Netherlands

    20 Oct

    Great experience!

    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!

  3. Larisa K - England

    05 Aug

    Amazing experience

    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.

  4. Jessica - England

    15 Oct

    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.

  5. Megan T - the United States

    30 Sep

    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! 

  6. Eva B - France

    17 Dec

    Good time in a lovely and cosy boat

    I spent two nights in Amsterdam and stayed in Miss Vios. I keep a really good memory. Remco has been friendly and gave us many advice about what to do in Amsterdam. He welcomed us with the smile and made our stay on his lovely boat a great experience.
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