The Great Wide Open

Enjoy the wonderful views over the harbor and the famous Hotel Jakarta. Close to Central station.

Excellent! 4.5/5 (11 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Large houseboat with wide views over the harbor
  2. Close to the city centre, yet quiet at night
  3. Comfortable and cozy interior
  1. Fully equipped kitchen
  2. Cool wheelhouse with amazing views

Houseboat summary

The unique thing about this newly renovated ship is that she can accommodate larger groups - up to 8 guests - very close to the city centre. The Great Wide Open Houseboat is docked along the quay of a large city harbor with amazing architecture. So you are sure to have wonderful panoramic views from the wheelhouse. Minutes away from the busy inner city, yet nice and quiet at night. The perfect starting point for exploring Amsterdam!

Note: this boat can only be rented for a maximum of 5 days!

Houseboat description

We are proud to share this houseboat with you, perfectly suitable to host 4 - 8 guests comfortably. When renovating this ship we kept in mind that we wanted to offer a true -from-home. So although you are staying at a real big freight ship, once used to transport goods all through Europe, you will enjoy all the amenities of a modern apartment. We specifically welcome friends and (larger) families because it can be a nuisance to find a proper houseboat for over 4 guests. 

All through the boat we offer a pleasant combination of comfort and coziness. Natural light enters the ship via the roof windows and charming portholes. We have used lots of natural materials, such as wood for the floors and large kitchen table to create a warm and homely atmosphere. The open kitchen is fully equipped and enables you to prepare a wonderful meal just like at home. And for those with cold feet: no worries whatsoever, we offer comfortable modern central heating all through the houseboat. 

Next to the open kitchen there is a comfortable lounge corner with a large couch, flatscreen tv and a fauteuil to relax when coming home after a nice day in town.

There are three bedrooms, sleeping 6 persons in total (one bedroom with 3 single beds, one bedroom with a double bed and one bedroom with one single bed). In the living room we offer a comfortable sleeping couch that can be used for a possible 7th and/or 8th guest. 

The bathroom offers a shower and sink. The toilet is separated. 

Now something more about the area. This has been transformed from an industrial harbor into a modern and versatile neighborhood. Not only the architecture is truly striking, combining old warehouses with contemporary designed housing, but also the many restaurants, bars and hotels around are true eye catchers. 

Within minutes walking you will find a Bagels & Beans coffee place, Burgers 'n Ribs restaurant, the famous Jakarta Hotel, Asian restaurant Happy Happy Joy Joy, a shopping mall, Nightclub Panama the wonderful Hanneke's Boom restaurant with large outside terrace, the Amsterdam Cruise Terminal and much, much more to enjoy.

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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.


3 Bedrooms, 8 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1
Number of single beds: 6


The bathroom offers a shower and sink. The toilet is separated. 


Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside


Dining Table & Chairs
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven

Linen Provided
Towels Provided

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking




25 km


0 km


25 km

Ferry port

1 km

Golf course

5 km

Motor way

1 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

1 km

How to get there

Simply take the bus from central station and after only 2 minutes you can hop off again. From this stop it is just a 2 minute walk to your own Amsterdam houseboat. 

About the area

The quay where the boat is docked is the edge of a former industrial harbor area. You can still feel the rugged atmosphere, but now with a more comfortable touch to it. There are many restaurants, bars, a night club and shops around. And across the bridge you will find the Java Island with superb architecture, and the famous Jakarta Hotel (make sure to drink a cocktail at the top floor bar!). You can easily walk into town and along the way you pass numerous cool things to see, do, eat and drink. Just to give you an impression, let's have a look at the points of interest you will find here:

  • Burgers 'n Ribs Restaurant
  • Amsterdam Cruise Terminal
  • Bimhuis Music Building with awesome water view terrace
  • Delerium Beer Café
  • Powerzone Disco Bowling and Laser Gaming
  • Restaurant and Bar Hanneke's Book with awesome outside terrace
  • Nemo Science Museum (especially for kids)
  • Amsterdam Maritime Museum
  • Sea Palace floating Chinese Restaurant

And this was just the beginning: from here the Amsterdam City Centre is laying at your feet. The Zeedijk, Nieuwmarkt, Redlight District, Waterloo Square are waiting for you!

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Houseboat owner


I am a b&B owner already for 11 years, Also I was a nurse for 33 years so I think I know what people need to feel happy. I am a good listner and I am fast when for example the electricity stops on one of my boats.

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

11 Reviews - The Great Wide Open

Excellent! 4.5/5

  1. Björn F - Germany

    03 Jan

    Top Service

    The boat is very nice, the service of the owner via WhatsApp TOP! The tram (N26) is less than 5 minutes away, the interior is also good, although you can see the use of a few pieces of furniture. All in all, I would like to visit Amsterdam again and stay on a houseboat. LG

  2. Lisa B - Germany

    13 Jun

    Great Stay

    I spent a few nights together with my friends at the houseboat. The boat was wonderful and we liked to spent warm nights at the rooftop. Although there had been a few problems with the electricity we got help only a few minutes later. We highly recommend this houseboat and want to say thank you to the owner :)

  3. Adam C - England

    09 Jul


    Such a beautiful boat situated in a beautiful area. More than adequate for our group. Thank you very much for having us aboard.

  4. Maurizio C - Italy

    27 Aug

    Wonderful vacation

    The houseboat is spacious and comfortable. It is located in a decentralized area but very convenient to reach by public transport or by bicycle. Arthur is very kind and helpful. We have never met him but he has always kept in touch with us, also giving us useful information for the holiday. Unfortunately the kitchen and the dishes are worn and not really clean but in our case we almost always ate out so it wasn't a big problem. Amsterdam is simply wonderful!

  5. Dash W - England

    02 Jan


    Cheap for what you get, in a great location near the city, and get help from the owner. 

    Whether your looking for a weekend with the lads or a family vacation the boat is a great idea! 10/10

  6. Sven M - Germany

    02 Apr

    Eine wunderschöne Erfahrung

    Wir waren eine Woche auf dem Hausboot mit unseren beiden kleinen Kindern und drei von unseren Freunden . wir hatten eine tolle Zeit und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt auf dem Boot. Es ist anders als ein Hotel und etwas für abenteuerlustige. Wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen und können es sehr empfehlen

  7. Derek H - England

    20 Jul

    Great for a group

    Enjoyed the stay, comfy and clean and not far from the city center.  Will definitely try to book again in the future.

  8. Florian G - Germany

    18 Aug


    We were a group of seven people and we all loved the houseboat. Really cozy feeling, the beds were comfortable. Everything was cleaned up and at his place. Great view from the houseboat. Can´t find anything bad to say.

  9. Francois - France

    08 Nov

    Wonderful family houseboat

    My wife and kids loved every minute we spent on this wonderful houseboat in Amsterdam. Good public transport connections, but actually we loved walking much more. Very interesting neighborhood and amazing architecture. The boat is well equipped and offers everything for a comfortable houseboat holiday in Amsterdam.  

  10. Marcy - England

    16 Nov

    Spacious, spectacular, superior

    We visited Amsterdam with our friends for our annual reunion and we could not have picked a better spot than this awesome houseboat. Although it is located just outside the city centre, it is very easy to get around. After a great city in the centre, we were glad to get back to our private place where we could chill out. The location is really special, with amazing views over the old harbor. On the other side of the bridge (a piece of art in itself) you will find the awesome Jakarta Hotel with indeed the best cocktails and even better panoramic views from the bar. One night we went to the 90's party in the Panama night club, just 5 minutes walking from the boat (and a few minutes longer on the way back haha): a great trip down memory lane! 

    The boat itself is very comfortable, clean and suitable for larger groups, but still cozy. Love the boat, love the place - thanks for having us aboard!

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