The Morning Star - city centre houseboat studio

Characteristic, classy studio on a superb location just around the corner from Central Station

Excellent! 4.9/5 (40 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Cozy, light and comfortable studio
  2. Just minutes away from Central Station
  3. Lots of outside space
  1. Close to Waterloo Square, Dam Square, red light distr.
  2. Perfect for couples

Houseboat summary

Until June 1, my studio for 2 people can be rented at cost price for healthcare personnel and other professionals who are helping to combat the Corona crisis. There is a private entrance, so no contact is necessary. The room has a kitchenette with sink, kettle, coffee machine and small refrigerator. Due to regulations, there is unfortunately no cooking facilities. Please state with your application for which organization you work. If there is a budget to declare overnight stays, I would like to charge a modest rate of 30 euros / night. If not, you can stay at cost price (cleaning fee).

Until June 1, my studio for 2 persons can be rented at cost for healthcare staff and other professionals who help to fight the Corona crisis. There is a private entrance, so no contact is needed. The space has a kitchenette with sink, kettle, coffee maker and small refrigerator. Due to regulations, there is unfortunately no cooking facilities. If there is a budget to declare overnight stays, I would like to charge a modest rate of 30 euros / night. If not, you can stay at cost (cleaning costs).

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Houseboat description

Welcome aboard on my houseboat The Morning Star! She's a charming lady of well over a 100 hundred years old, yet with a surprisingly youthful appearance thanks to a complete make-over. The front of the ship is now a wonderful studio with a warm, light and cozy atmosphere, a high-end bathroom and super comfortable double bed.


The Morning Star ('Morgenster' in Dutch) is an iron ship, built in 1905. Although she has been renovated completely after I purchased her in 2017, you can still sense the history that is attached to this vessel. Not only because of the characteristic outline, but also inside where I have tried to show the original shape of the hull as good as possible. The wooden walls and ceiling create a genuine nautical atmosphere and the roof windows let in lots of daylight. 

When arriving on Amsterdam Central Station, it is just a few minutes walking before you arrive at our surprisingly quiet pier. Actually this is the oldest harbor in the city, already in use in the 16th century! During this nice walk, you will enjoy the many old ships, and an abundance of plants and trees that characterize our lovely neighborhood. You enter the ship via a wide staircase with a personal door code (allowing you to check in even in case I would not be there myself) and have access to your fully private studio located on the front side of the ship. 

The place is especially suitable for couples, the comfortable double bed is 160 x 200 cm. On the left side of the bed there is a flatscreen tv with Netflix and you will find the compact fridge - everything for your convenience. It goes without saying that we offer free wifi. On the right side of the studio there is a charming bathroom with toilet, comfortable rain shower, a roof window and cool waxed concrete walls. The studio is comfortably heated with high-end electric wall-heaters so you are assured to be nice and warm even on the coldest winter days. Note that the studio has a high ceiling, so it is also suitable for tall people. However we don't offer cooking facilities, but who wants to cook with countless great restaurants within just minutes walking distance? It's holiday, no time for cooking!

The outside space is truly spectacular: the panoramic views from the front deck - a great place for your first cup of coffee - will create everlasting memories. And not to mention my garden where you can sit back, relax, bbq, have a drink and make plans for a brand new day in town. 

The neighborhood offers a unique combination of tranquility and countless great things to do within walking distance. The piers where we are located are home to a tight and friendly houseboat community, warmly welcoming guests from all over the world. From here you can discover the city easily by foot, or use the many good public transport connections within minutes walking. This part of Amsterdam is known for the red light district, but I'm glad to say there are so much more interesting things to see and do. From our ship you see the famous Maritime Museum shining in all her glory, next to the great Science museum Nemo. The Artis Zoo is located about 10 minutes walking and the Waterloo Square, Rembrandt House and the Dam Sqare are even closer by. So I guess it is safe to say that you won't find a better location to discover Amsterdam easily. 

I truly look forward to welcome you aboard soon and share the unique experience of living on the water with you. And please do let me know if you have any questions - always glad to help!

One or two last things. We love happy people, but please note that the Morning Star is not a party ship. So no smoking, loud music and drugs are allowed aboard in any case. My ship is the first one next to the quay and has three more ships next to it, so residents living there have to pass over the Morning Star. That's part of living on a ship in Amsterdam. 

Our regular check in time is 15.00, but on request we can see if it is possible to drop your luggage earlier of arrive later. The regular check out time is 11.00.

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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.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1


The bathroom has nicely waxed concrete walls and offers a toilet, sink and a large rain shower. The ceiling window lets in daylight, creating a bright atmosphere.


Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of en-suite bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside

My houseboat studio is perfect for couples who want to enjoy a truly romantic getaway.


Linen provided

Towels provided

You have access to a coffee maker, coocker and a compact fridge.


Satellite / Cable tv
WiFi / internet

Internet access

We have a flatscreen tv with Netflix and free wifi.

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Sun loungers

You can chill out both on the front deck and the garden next to the boat.

Heating / cooling

Air conditioning

Central heating

The boat is heated with high-end electric wall heaters.


Panoramic views
City views

Close to the shops

The location is nice and quiet at night, yet close to countless attractions.

General information



Activities nearby

Walking / hiking

Cycling / mountain biking

There is a climbing hall just a few minutes away, as well as a bike rental, tour guide and countless other cool things to do. Fishing from the shore is also great.


Houseboat owner


I live on this houseboat and l'm a photographer for both Amsterdam and national newspapers and websites. Last year I have been renovating my ship to create 'the perfect floating home' and I love to share the experience of living on the water with you!

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
Dutch, English, Russian, German, French, Spanish

40 Reviews - The Morning Star - city centre houseboat studio

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Saurav M - Australia

    02 May

    Lovely boat stay in central Amsterdam

    Stayed 3 nights on the Morningstar. Great location near the centre but also nice and quiet at night so got very peaceful sleep. This is quite hard to do in hotels near the centre as they tend to be quite noisy. The bed and room were very comfortable to spend time in.

    The host and owner Maarten was very helpful in sorting out a few minor issues as they arose. Eg it’s a bit difficult to see the boat among other boats when you first arrive on the pier but he was around so a quick call fixed that problem as he came out to collect me.

    He also promptly responded to an email requests like topping up the tea/coffee etc.

    With Netflix also available in the room it was often difficult to actually get out of the comfy bed and go out to see Amsterdam!

    I guess the only possible downside of the boat vs a hotel is not being able to leave your luggage somewhere secure on the last day but this wasn’t a problem for me as Maarten allowed me to stay until 2pm then I had to leave Amsterdam anyway.

  2. Bart A - the United States

    16 Aug

    Unique experience

    We always wanted to stay on a boat and totally loved this experience. The place was very clean, spacious, and close to everything. 

  3. Peter - Germany

    13 Mar

    Wonderful experience on a houseboat in Amsterdam city

    Staying with Maarten was a real treat. He created a very private and cozy place that made us feel very welcome. The space is very well designed and the wooden walls create a very warm atmosphere. Even though it was freezing outside during our stay, inside it was very comfortable thanks to great heating and the very nice big bed. Compliments for the bathroom with the big shower - very convenient. And last but not least: the location. It is just a few minutes walking from central station so very easy if you travel by train (like us). We enjoyed every minute of it and will be back one day or another for sure. Thanks for being a great host Maarten!

  4. Marco - France

    22 Feb

    Very good value for money!

    We had a great time at this floating home and highly recommend it. Just like on the pictures, and maybe even better :-) 

  5. Franziska J - Germany

    08 Jul

    Great houseboat - great host

    We spent two nights on the Morning Star - the room is wonderfully bright and comfortably furnished, the bathroom is very modern and the rain shower is a real bonus. Towels, hair dryer and bed linen are provided, so you have everything you need for a short vacation in beautiful Amsterdam. The location of the boat is perfect, it is a few minutes walk from the main train station and the city center with many sights within easy walking distance. Nevertheless, it is very quiet at night. Maarten is a helpful and very friendly host, at the same time you have your privacy and you don't really notice that he lives on the same boat. We can definitely recommend the Morning Star and would love to come back!

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