The former captains' house is now a great apartment.
Key box for your convenience.
Key box to ensure an easy check in, even at odd times.
View from the kitchen window.
There are few places with such a great nautical atmosphere.
View on starboard
Detail in the living room.
Detail in the living room.
The bathroom offers a toilet, small bath and shower.
Detail in the living room.
The houseboat is located in a famous architectural area.
The Spera II in her full glory, offering panoramic views.
Bedroom 2 with a single bed of 90 x 200 cm.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed of 140 x 200 cm.
The dining table gives view on the famous Dutch skies.
The dining area is suitable for up to four people.
View from the living room into the wheelhouse.
A fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave-oven.
The living room is equipped with a tv and a small stereo set
The windows bring in plenty of light into the living room.
This is what a proper steering wheel looks like captain!
The apartment is accessed from the wheel house.

Spera II - Amsterdam East

Charming 35 sqm apartment with great views in Amsterdam East

Excellent! 4.6/5 (32 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Charming and spacious apartment - sleeps 4
  2. Great panoramic views
  3. Bikes and breakfast available
  1. Fully equipped kitchen
  2. Bathroom with shower and bath

Houseboat summary

The Spera II is an elegant lady, built as a cement transportation ship in 1954 and now the home of your loving hosts. They have created a charming apartment under the wheelhouse, designed to give you the best time possible. The location is quite unique: although you can reach the city centre in about 15 minutes, you will be amazed by the tranquility and the wide views all around you. Suitable for 2 to 4 guests. On request we provide breakfast and bikes.

Houseboat description

The houseboat apartment offers surprisingly much space, around 35 sqm in total. The owner lives in the front of the ship, but you are ensured to have all the privacy you can possibly ask for since you have a private entrance. 

Via the entrance in the wheelhouse (shared space) you enter the former captains' house. This area is formed in the shpe of the boat and the hight is limited to 190 cm (consider this when you are tall). In the captains' house you will find the living room  with a tv and small stereo set, a sofa bed (120 x 200 cm) and the open kitchen. The fully equiped kitchen is designed for your convenience and offers a dishwasher, stove and a microwave-oven combination. 

Continue and you enter the bedroom with a double bed (130 x 200 cm) and the second bedroom with a single bed (90 x 200 cm).

In the bathroom you will find a small bath (quite exceptional on a houseboat) and a shower. All the water is heated by a modern heater so the whole family can shower without hot water running out. 

The whole boat has good free wifi connection.

An absolute highlight is the great sundeck on top of the ridge, a great place to watch the ships go by en enjoy the panoramic views over the water. And last but not least: know that the ship is located in one of the most famous parts of Amsterdam when it comes to architecture. These former dockes were used to dock steam ships in the 19th century. Nowadays the steam ships and the docks have disappeard, but the nautical atmosphere s still there. Just like the many references to these long-gone days in the great bars and restaurants you will find here. And many great new buildings attract architecturalists from all all over the world. 

On request bikes and breakfast can be arranged for you. Bus 48 takes you into the city centre in about 10 minutes. 

And one more thing for those who like to swim: know that this area offers great, fresh water during the summer. Just 100 meters away is a large jetty where you can swim safely and enjoy the sun.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

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


The clean and tidy bathroom offers a small bath, toilet, sink and a shower. 


Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside
Sporting activities

Very well suitable for couples and small families.


Fully equipped kitchen
Microwave / oven
Washing machine

Linen provided
Towels provided
Dining table & chairs


WiFi / internet
DVD player

Internet access

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Heating / cooling

Central heating

The houseboat apartment is heated by central heating, offering a comfortable atmosphere all year round. So you're ensured to have a great time aboard, even on the coldest winter days.


Panoramic views
City views

Close to the shops
Close to the ariport

A great place to relax after a exciting day in the buzzing city centre. With a unique naval atmosphere and superb architecture.

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking

Cycling / mountain biking
Amusement park / water park


Houseboat owner


Water birds...are the best.
We live on the water ourselves and love to share this experience with you as our neighbours on board!
Special to us are the soft movements and the always incredible light that floating on water provides.
The SperaII team makes it possible for you to enjoy the former Captains quarters as a B&B.

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

32 Reviews - Spera II - Amsterdam East

Excellent! 4.6/5

  1. Petra W - Germany

    02 Mar

    The best time!

    It was Perfect for Us ! Great Family, Great Boot, we will come back, we have already plans))) 

  2. Daniela C - Brazil

    07 Aug

    Nice and confortable place to stay

    We found Ira’s houseboat very comfortable and it had everything we needed for our stay. The location is nice and easy to move on bike around Amsterdam. We accidentally locked the keys inside the boat and Ira was very helpful even not being there. We certainly recommend Spera II! I would say that only the cleaning could be better.

  3. Gary E - the United States

    23 Aug

    Beautiful houseboat in a quiet and convenient location.

    We had a wonderful stay on the Spera II. The accommodations were clean, bright, and well equipped. In fact, the entire boat shows a level of upkeep that is impressive to say the least. It was very nice to have our own kitchen to prepare our own fresh breakfast. The boat is on a quiet residential street with convenient transit (every 15 minutes!) to central station and all of the city sights. There are two small parks nearby as well as two very good grocery stores and a number of restaurants and cafes that serve the local residents, refreshingly far away from the tourist traps in town. I cannot think of a better place to rest after a day of enjoying all that Amsterdam has to offer.

    Be aware that since it is a real boat, getting in and out of the cabin requires going up & down a handful of very steep steps, similar to a ladder. It was not a problem for us, but might present a challenge to those with physical limitations.

    Overal we were thrilled to be able to simple a bit of a very special lifestyle and Ira was a fantastic host! 

  4. Miriam V - Canada

    17 Jun

    Quiet family-friendly neighbourhood.

    We rented Spera II for 6 nights for our family of two parents and two teenage boys. It was a bit of a tight squeeze, but only because we had one boy in the living room, and teenagers take up quite a bit of space.

    The apartment is well appointed and cozy, it's a great quiet retreat from Amsterdam, which is a very busy city. It's a short bus ride from two excellent museums, the science museum and the shipping museum. As well as a short trip away from Dapperstraat which has the Zoo, the Dapperstraat market and the Museum of the Resistance. We loved staying there and appreciated that it was a charming family friendly neighborhood.

    Thanks so much to Ira for hosting such a great B&B.

  5. Arina V - Russian Federation

    18 Nov

    Very nice stay on the channel

    We stayed for 4 nights and enjoyed it very much. Ira is a very nice host, who gave us good advice about the places to visit. The boat was very comfortable for 4 people. There is everything for cooking, so we enjoyed our breakfasts in the living room.  Beds are comfortable, the bathroom is very neat and clean. The neighborhood is very nice and it's quite convenient to go to the center by bus which is nearby and goes every 15 minutes.  I highly recommend this houseboat for your stay, it's a very different experience from living in the hotel.

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