The Morning Star - with private garden - sleeps 5

Traditional ship with private garden the centre of Amsterdam. Sleeps four comfortably.

Excellent! 5/5 (12 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Renovated ship with cool original elements
  2. Quiet location in the city centre
  3. Private garden
  1. Lots of space, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  2. Warm and cozy atmosphere

Houseboat summary

Tot 1 juni is mijn studio voor 2 personen tegen kostprijs te huur voor zorgpersoneel en andere professionals die helpen de Corona-crisis te bestrijden. Er is een privé ingang, dus contact is niet nodig. De ruimte heeft een kitchenette met wasbak, waterkoker, koffieapparaat en kleine koelkast. Vanwege regelgeving is er helaas geen kookgelegenheid. Bij de aanvraag graag vermelden voor welke instantie u werkt. Indien er budget is om overnachtingen te declareren, zou ik graag een bescheiden tarief van 30 euro/nacht in rekening brengen. Zo niet, dan kunt u tegen kostprijs verblijven (schoonmaakkosten). 

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).

Houseboat description

The Morning Star is a traditional freight ship, built over a century ago. Over the past year I have completely renovated her, creating a very comfortable floating home right in the middle of the city centre. The level of luxury is just like a modern apartment, but lots of original elements are still visible. The ship is moored along a wonderful quay and has a private garden where you can enjoy the amazing views all around you. This is truly unique in a crowded city such as Amsterdam!

You enter the boat via a broad stairway. Once inside you will find the large bedroom with a luxurious en-suite bathroom on your left hand side. This is a very special place with high ceilings, warm timber walls, and offers lots of privacy. This bedroom has a comfortable high quality Queen-size bed. The 2-person couch can be transformed into a sleeping couch in case the guests staying in this room want to sleep apart. Daylight can enter this room through the ceiling window.

On your right hand side of the hallway there is the large living room with an impressive original hardwood ceiling, with the original numbers written on it still clearly visible. The large couch in the lounge area is big enough for half a soccer team: a wonderful place to chill out in front of the fireplace after a long day in town. 

Behind the lounge area you will find the dining corner with a rustic oak wood 6-person table and an eclectic set of chairs. Here you can enjoy a home cooked meal that is prepared in the kitchen, equipped with a 4-burner induction stove, a cooker for instant boiling water, dishwasher and an oven. I'm a hobby cook myself so you can be assured to find all the utensils you need for some proper cooking.

The second bathroom has a large rain shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet with sink, and is located at the entrance of the living room. 

On the far end of the ship you will find the second bedroom, also with a very comfortable Queen-size bed and high ceilings. The ceiling window allows some nice daylight coming in if you wish. Above this bedroom you will find one of the coolest places of the whole ship: the wheelhouse. Here you will feel like a true captain, overlooking the harbor and one of the oldest streets of Amsterdam. No better place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning for sure!

About the location: the Morning star is located in the oldest harbor of Amsterdam. You will feel the centuries of naval history when looking at the water, as well as when you look at the old warehouses behind you. Although this is very much the city centre, you are assured to have a good night rest because our area has not been discovered by the tourist masses yet. The famous Nieuwmarkt, red-light district, Central Station, Waterloo Square and Dam Square are all within minutes walking distance. Needless to say that a good place to eat is never far away!

For those who want to discover the city and the surrounding villages by bike: there is a bike rental with guided tours around the corner.

I hope to have given you the best possible impression, but don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

PS I do welcome families with children, but note that this is always at your own risk. Of course there is water around, and I would not advise to have young children playing on and around the ship unattended. 

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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 23:00.

Check out before 11:00.


2 Bedrooms, 5 Sleeps

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


The ship has two bathrooms, each with a large rain shower, toilet and bathroom furniture. Each bathroom has a very special character, just like the rest of the ship.


Number of en-suite: 1
Number of toilets: 2

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities

I think it is safe to say that my boat offers the best of both worlds: it is close to the main attractions, yet it is a very quiet location.


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven
Washing Machine

Linen Provided
Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs

The fully equipped kitchen also has a Cooker for instant hot water.


Music System / CD Player
Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

DVD Player
Internet Access

The cable tv offers loads of international chanels, as well as Netflix.

Outdoor Facilities

Barbeque / Braai

Terrace / Balcony
Sun Loungers

You can sit in the garden, the wheelhouse and on the front of the boat.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Open Fireplace

The boat is heated by high tech electric heaters and in the living room you find a woodstove burner. Firewood is available for free.


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops
Close To The Ariport

You will be staying in the middle of town, yet this is a remarkable quiet location.

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking
Amusement Park / Water Park

Within walking distance you will find: the Nemo Science Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Rembrand Museum, Waterloo Square, Rembrand Square, Central Station, Dam Square, Red-light district, Nieuwmarkt, bar Hannekes Boom with awesome terrace and many many more cool places!




25 km


0 km


35 km

Ferry port

0 km

Golf course

5 km

Motor way

1 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

0 km

How to get there

From Central Station it is just a 5 - 8 minute walk to get to the ship.

About the area

About the location: the Morning star is located in the oldest harbor of Amsterdam. You will feel the centuries of naval history when looking at the water, as well as when you look at the old warehouses behind you. Although this is very much the city centre, you are assured to have a good night rest because our area has not been discovered by the tourist masses yet. The famous Nieuwmarkt, red-light district, Central Station, Waterloo Square and Dam Square are all within minutes walking distance. Needless to say that a good place to eat is never far away!

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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

12 Reviews - The Morning Star - with private garden - sleeps 5

Excellent! 5/5

  1. John and family - England

    06 May

    Very nice family houseboat

    It was a fantastic place to stay. The location was perfect and the boat is ideal for a family like ours with lots of space, and even a private little garden in front of the ship! It’s a very comfortable place which looks like it’s only just renovated. Maarten was a thoughtful host with a great home, I highly recommend staying here. Plus, staying in a houseboat is a very fun experience in itself!

  2. Peter

    20 Sep

    Wonderful family houseboat holiday in Amsterdam

    My family (of 4) and I stayed on The Morningstar for a few days in September. We very much enjoyed staying on the ship. It’s close to the train station and also close to the city center. Maarten was really great to deal with. He was very communicative and quick to respond. While we were there, he was traveling, but he had made sure to give us a local contact’s name and number should we have any problems. The ship had more than enough room for all of us.  It was a unique and fun way to experience Amsterdam. We would definitely recommend!

  3. Mary - England

    11 Apr

    Centrally located and spacious houseboat

    The Morningstar was just perfect. It’s very centrally located walking distance from everywhere. The kitchen works as charm. We loved to be able yo cook a meal ourselves.  Thanks so much!
  4. Janice - the United States

    03 May

    Unforgettable houseboat experience

    Staying on this traditional ship in the city centre of Amsterdam was truly an unforgettable experience. The ship is warm and cozy and there is lots of outside space too. Could not have been any better - 5 stars only because I can't give any more ;-) 

  5. Jea N - Germany

    20 May

    Perfect accomodation if a hotel room seems too boring

    Great location, beautiful boat & rooms, easy and perfect organization. Thank you very much, Maarten. 

  6. Susan S - Australia

    25 Oct


    we enjoyed our time at the house boat. A lot of work has been done to restore this vessel, it was a great spot close to train station, shopping & red light district. Lots of room to chill and a garden to sit in the afternoon and chat to the friendly neighbors. I will be recommending this boat to my family & friends. Well done Maarten 

  7. James B - England

    30 May

    Great Trip

    We (2 couples) stayed on this amazing house boat for 3 nights and all I can say is it was amazing. Location is great as you are close enough to walk to all places but still perfectly relaxing in the evening. The boat was fitted out to a really high spec which meant staying there was just like being at home! Although Marteen wasn’t able to come meet us due to be on holiday himself, he arranged for a good friend of his to meet us there and get us settled in. All in all a great time to Amsterdam made all the better by the accommodation. 

  8. Ruth - England

    16 Mar

    Most amazing houseboat holiday in Amsterdam

    This place offers the best of Amsterdam: a great houseboat experience right in the city centre, around the corner of many cool bars and the red light district. But the most amazing of all is the location, it is really quiet and peaceful and the garden is an absolute plus. Never imagined you can find such a gem. Big thumbs up for Maarten who did a great job renovating his houseboat. Wonderful and very convenient!

  9. Thomas and Elke - Germany

    08 Feb

    Don't tell anyone about this amazing ship!

    We go to Amsterdam about twice a year because we love the laid back atmosphere and museums. Every time it is like coming home again. During our last Amsterdam weekend trip we stayed on Maatens boat. And we loved every part of it. The boat is so wonderful, friendly and well equipped that it feels like a second home right away. Actually I have already said too much, it decreases chances of the place being available next time we come to Amsterdam ;-) Thanks for having us Maarten, and thanks for the late check out! 

  10. Simon - the United States

    21 Feb

    Truly awesome houseboat experience

    It is hard to believe that you will find such a well hidden space right in the middle of town. I have to congratulate Maarten with his amazing renovation, and the fact that he found this wonderful boat on this unique location. We - my wife and two teenage kids - spent four nights here and felt like true locals within a few hours. Although it was quite cold, it was still fantastic to sit outside and suck up the February sun with a fresh cup of coffee. The kids loved the wheelhouse, they sat there for hours just fooling around and enjoying themselves. It has been long time since they left their smartphones untouched for this long ;-) 

    The ship is renovated in a great, stylish way. All modern amenities are there, yet you feel the authenticity all through the boat. I loved the old tarred roof parts with the nrs written on them. The fire place was really a big plus, especially when we got out of town in the freezing cold. If we come back during a summer, this will definitely be our first choice. Hope Maarten is on holiday when we hit this amazing city again. Amsterdam, Maarten and the Morningstar: we love you!

    Rosenbaum family, NYC

  11. Karen K - England

    22 Oct

    Beautiful Houseboat

    Wonderfully well equipped houseboat, really well situated, close to Central station- but quiet. 

    We really enjoyed our stay here, 5th time in Amsterdam but first time on a houseboat. Thoroughly recommend.

  12. Verena U - Austria

    03 Aug

    Very nice stay

    Marteen is a very nice Guy who really cares and the boat is so beautiful. Everything was really perfect ! 

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