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The Morning Star - city centre houseboat studio

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

Excellent! 4.8/5 (56 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

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.

Houseboat description

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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Registration number

0363 48F4 0942 0247 54BF

Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

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

King size 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.

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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.

Indoor facilities


Outdoor facilities


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.

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

56 Reviews - The Morning Star - city centre houseboat studio

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. Paul J - the United States

    13 Oct

    Great place to stay

    Maarten is a great host, attentive and helpful without hovering.  The room on the Morning Star is well laid out and comfortable.  The location is an easy walk from the train station and is well placed to explore a myriad of different areas and neighborhoods.  Definitely check it out!

  2. Melissa P - Ireland

    26 Feb

    The perfect weekend get away

    Maarten's houseboat was the perfect place for a "city-break" weekend.  Location was convenient and quiet.  The room clean and bed comfy.  A real find!

  3. Martha H - Ireland

    10 Mar

    The Morning Star

    Just back from 3 nights on the Morning Star where we really enjoyed our stay. Spotlessly clean and lovely and warm. It got great natural light and shower was great. It is really central to everything and only a short walk from central station. Would highly recommend staying here.

  4. Eric G - the United States

    18 Apr

    Weeding Anniversary

    We decided to spend our 34th wedding anniversary in the heart of Amsterdam and Maarten's houseboat was perfect for our needs.  The newly-renovated cabin was cozy and very comfortable.

  5. Rebecca M - England

    21 Mar

    What an amazing time at The Morning Star!

    My friend and I decided to have a belated birthday get away and where better to go... Amsterdam.

    I somehow stumbled upon Bookahouseboat and thought "why not".

    Before we arrived Maarten, the owner of the boat was absolutely fantastic. He emailed me with all the necessary information and couldn't be more helpful or attentive.

    When we arrived Maartens' boat was easy to find and its location was so central.

    The Morning Star has been done to a very high spec and has everything you would need. As well as being very comfortable, it was lovely and warm.

    I will definitely be staying again.

    Thank you very much Maarten you made us feel very welcome.

    Take care, hopefully see you soon x

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