River View Houseboat Apartment

Charming apartment on a traditional ship, right in the city centre

Good 4.4/5 (11 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Cozy and characteristic houseboat apartment
  2. Amazing location in Amsterdam city centre
  3. Wheelhouse with panoramic views
  1. Sleeps four in comfortable double beds
  2. Excellent host
  3. lots of bars and restaurants

Houseboat summary

Be the captain on your next houseboat holiday in Amsterdam. Enjoy the panoramic views from the wheelhouse of this traditional, yet renovated houseboat apartment. Sleeps four and offers a great terrace right in the city centre.

Houseboat description

The interior of the boat is cozy and authentic, with wooden painted walls that follow the shape of the ship. This contributes to the nautical feeling aboard. However, the most ship-like experience you will get in the wheelhouse, that offers amazing panoramic views over the Amstel river. This is an inspiring place to sit back, relax and make new plans for a brand new day in town while ships, ducks and swans swim by. 

Inside you will find one master bedroom with a large double bed. This room has an authentic roof and a window that contributes to the light and bright atmosphere. The central heating ensures a comfortable temperature all year round.  

A second large and super comfortable double bed is located in the hull of the ship. This is without a double not the highest sleeping area around, but it has lots of character for sure and actually a lot of people love sleeping here. You will sleep like the sailors that lived on this ship almost a century ago. A unique and authentic experience!

Next to the bed you will find a cozy dining area with four chairs and three charming cabinets. The open kitchen enables you to prepare a meal for those nights that you want to have a laid back night at home. Don't fancy cooking during your stay? Not the least of a problem! You will find loads of great bars and restaurants within walking distance. 

Previous guests really appreciate the unique location and the atmosphere this houseboat has to offer. Since the apartment is located on a houseboat, the space is kind of limited and the stair is quite steep, but this is largely compensated by the amazing views, the charming terrace and the fact that so many points of interest are found within a stone's throw distance.

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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 11:00.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1
Number of single beds: 2


The bathroom is small but convenient with a shower and normal toilet. 


Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Hair Dryer
Dining Table & Chairs


Music System / CD Player
WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

The terrace at the back of the ship, just behind the wheelhouse, offers a unique panoramic view on both the water and the streets. What a great place to sit back, relax and watch the world pass by.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Room Fans


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops



Pets Allowed

Note the steep stairs, narrow corridor and smaller doors: kids in general love it but for older people it might be a bit too steep.

Activities Nearby

Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking




10 km


0 km


20 km

Ferry port

20 km

Motor way

3 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

1 km

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Houseboat owner


Look forward to welcome you aboard on my houseboat!

Response time
Normally within 4 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English, German, French

11 Reviews - River View Houseboat Apartment

Good 4.4/5

  1. Jon

    30 Aug

    Best and most unique location in Amsterdam

    Among the absolute best and most unique locations to stay in Amsterdam, a city I have spent about 40+ nights so far over numerous trips, and this accommodation was favorite. Not only close and convenient to anywhere you want to be, but just sitting on the top of the boat relaxing and watching the endless Amstel river scenes unfold is an experience by itself. This is the second Amsterdam houseboat I have stayed in, and I will say this one is typical for amenities but way on top for the location. Tips for you: know what to expect. It is tight quarters, not like a flat or hotel room, and you have to climb down into the berth just like the families that lived on these boats did. Everything is miniature expect the beds - they were full size and super comfortable slept great! We had myself, my wife, and 13 year old daughter. We were very comfortable. I would say max 4 people to have a good time; couple with 2 kids or maybe 2 couples. The hosts genuinely care about a positive experience, communicate constantly and quickly, no problems at all. No hesitation on 5 stars, great time- again just set your expectations on the size and entry/exit and if you're good with that you will love it!

  2. Cristina B - Italy

    24 Jun

    great stay!

    Siamo stati benissimo! Ho fatto una sorpresa ai miei nipoti e ne sono rimasti entustiasti! 

    L' unica cosa che posso dire è che forse è il caso di dire che questa barca non è proprio per tutti....la scaletta di accesso al piano inferiore è molto ripida!

    Per il resto....bellissimo!!!!

    Consiglio a tutti una vacanza in una houseboat!


  3. Iain M - England

    11 Apr

    Beautiful location, great communication

    We had such a  wonderful stay on Judith's boat.  Pre-arrival communication was thorough and made check-in a breeze.  The overall space actually seemed larger than the photo's suggested and it was impeccably clean.  The location was amazing and its position on the Amstel meant we were spared the shade that would have hit some of the narrower canals so could enjoy the most of the sun.  Surprising how quiet the boat was in the mornings too.  Would highly recommend!

  4. Leonardo M - Italy

    30 Aug

    A positive unique experience

    This is the first time I stayed in a houseboat, and it was a unique experience for me, my wife, and my sons, 18 and 11 years old. Of course, it'not huge, but it's well equipped, beds are so comfortable, the bathroom it's big enough, and the atmosphere is really fascinating. The view from the wheelhouse or the terrace it's amazing; you can have a beer on the terrace watching the boats on the Amstel. The host took care about us, communicating constantly and quickly, giving us all the informations; no problems at all. All the public transportations are so close: tram, metro and bus, but I suggest to walk, because the location is fantastic, and the surrounding area as well. The small fridge could be a problem if you plan to stay many days. All the 4 night we stayed there were so hot in Amsterdam, but 2 fans were enough to sleep well, opening the hatches (on the ceiling of bathroom and kitchen) as well. No hesitation: 5 stars, we will be back for sure!

  5. Melissa E - Australia

    05 Nov

    Great Location

    We are a family of 4 (2A & 2C 12 & 15 years old) stayed on this boat for 3 nights, it was a bit tight for 4 ppl, but a fantastic location & in general well kept. There is a few maintenance things ( nothing huge ) that could be done to make the boat a little more comfortable. Our only down side was this is a shared boat, so there are others that rent out the other end o the boat. (they enter from a different entry, not your side) unfortunately they were very noisy & inconsiderate partying until 2/3 am so we didn't sleep well. If I knew this was a shared boat I would of looked for something else. We complained to the owners & they were very accommodating giving us some money back as a good will gesture. Overall this was a lovely experience & we did enjoy ourselves. 


    Thank you Melissa for your review, aw well as your understanding attitude. In Amsterdam almost all boat are shared because local rules allow only B&B on a boat when we also live on the boat ourselves. We had a birthday party and got carried away. We should have invited you too! We don't party that late on a daily basis.

    Please come back next time so we can make it up with you.

    Greetings Judith and family.

  6. Dominique A - France

    28 Apr

    Fantastic location and view.

    We enjoyed the location of the boat, with a very bright and beautiful view, in the center of the city thus very convenient for visiting the town, and we liked its decoration. The steering wheel room is a big plus with its large view on the Amstel.

    We were kindly welcome by Kapitein Rob and once Arthur fixed the rain dropping in the boat and the electricity the next evening, and we were explained how the heating system worked, we felt more at ease to enjoy the remaining of our short stay.

    For your information, as far as comfort is concerned, a plus would be a little table/type of place in the steeringwheel room to put things on it, as we prefered to eat there instead of downstairs where we had no view.  Also, we did not cook as it seemed to us hazardous to do so as there is very few space between the stove and the roof above. 

    Best regards and thank you.




  7. Kerrie J - Australia

    02 Aug

    Perfect location

    Perfect location that will leave you breathless every time you wake up and step outside. Close to everything but also quiet enough that it’s not too noisy. Host was very helpful and friendly. Boat is small but fine for myself and 3 friends and we spent a lot of time on the deck. The fridge is very small so probably better for short stays or if you plan to eat out more than in. 

  8. Mark - England

    18 Oct

    Fantastic houseboat holiday rental!

    We stayed here for three nights and really enjoyed the houseboat with its charming interior. Not huge, but just perfect for a short stay right in the middle of town. The city is basically your backyard, and you are privileged to enjoy the show from the wheelhouse or terrace. Will be back for sure!

  9. BRIAN C - the United States

    26 Mar

    Holland Advevture.

    Started our Holland adventure with staying in judith’s houseboat.  Great location and well equipped for our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids)   Thanks! 

  10. Christine - Germany

    24 Oct

    Can't beat the view

    You cannot beat the view nor the atmosphere provided by this houseboat. The quarters are a bit tight so it helps to share with friends or family with whom you are very comfortable. It is a very convenient location to restaurants and bars. I would definitely return.

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