Vermeer - Super Central Houseboat

Comfortable houseboat apartment aboard a former freight ship - 3 min from Central Station

Excellent! 4.5/5 (16 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Super central and spacious houseboat apartment
  2. Two bedrooms, each with a shower cabin
  3. 3 Minutes walking from Central Station
  1. Perfect for friends and families
  2. Full privacy

Houseboat summary

When visiting Amsterdam with friends or family, I love to welcome you aboard my spacious houseboat, built in 1907. You will be staying aboard a former freight ship, completely renovated and now a very comfortable and spacious holiday home with a nice terrace in front of the boat. During the extensive renovation we made sure to insulate the boat properly. And we installed a brand new heating system, so you have a warm and pleasant stay during cold days and winter time. We're docked in a charming harbor just 3 minutes walking from Central Station. Although lots of main attractions are around the corner, you will be surprised about the quietness that this area has to offer!

Houseboat description

The houseboat is docked right along the quay, so you can step aboard right away. Once you enter the ship, you will see that many nautical details are still visible. For example the original roof elements that give the space a very cool and rustic ambiance. Also the portholes add to the 'ship experience' that we offer. Although I live on the same boat, you will hardly notice I'm there. The place is very well insulated and you have all the privacy you want. In the front of the ship you will find a nice terrace where you can sit and enjoy the scenery of our harbor.

In the apartment you have two bedrooms, each with a comfortable double bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower and sink. The bedrooms are adjacent to the living room. We have a separate toilet next to the living room. 

The open kitchen is fully equipped and enables you to make a proper meal. At least, if you can resist the many restaurants that are found within a few minutes walking. Of course I will share my personal favorites with you. Furthermore there are many bars just around the corner. Just a few more steps away and you will hit the famous red light district, the Dam Square, Zeedijk and the Nieuwmarkt. 

Walk a bit further and you will find the Jordaan Area on the West side, and the Waterloo Square and Rembrand Square to the South. All the other parts of town are very easy to reach with public transport, and of course by bike. There is a bike rental just around the corner. 

Note that the boat is fully equipped with central heating, so you are assured to be comfortably warm all year round. Your apartment has a private entrance and you don't need to share anything with anyone. 

Please note that you can check in until 19.00 for sure. And if you want a later check in, we kindly ask a service fee of 20 euro, to be paid in cash on arrival. 

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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.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2


Each bedroom has a comfortable double bed with an en suite bathroom with shower and sink for your convenience.

The double beds consist of single beds that can be both put together and apart, according to your preference.


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

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities

Our houseboat is perfect for those who want to get everything out of their visit to Amsterdam.


Fully Equipped Kitchen

Linen Provided
Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs


WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities


In front of the ship you have a nice garden table, where you can relax an watch the city life pass by.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Room Fans

The boat has central heating so you will be comfortably warm - even on the coldest winter days.


City Views

Close To The Shops

The boat is docked super central, yet you are assured to have a good night rest thanks to the quiet location. A unique combination!

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
Horse Riding

Cycling / Mountain Biking




25 km


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25 km

Ferry port

1 km

Golf course

5 km

Motor way

2 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

0 km

How to get there

Just walk 3 minutes to the East and you will see our harbor right away. Could not be easier!

About the area

Our harbor is one of the oldest in Amsterdam and you can still feel the rich history thanks to the many old ships and the wonderful houses across the street. Although we live pretty much in the middle of town, you will be surprised by the quietness our quay has to offer. The reason it is a dead end where only people who live here come. 


The following places are located within a few minutes walking:

* Central Station

* Zeedijk and Red Light District

* Nieuwmarkt (great bars, restaurants and terraces)

* Hannekes Boom (unique bar with amazing outside terrace, great bears and good food)

* Pollux (really laid back bar, right across the street)

* Nemo Science Museum

* Maritime Museum with a replica of the VOC Ship 'Amsterdam'

* Dam Square

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Houseboat owner


I live on one of the most wonderful location in Amsterdam, and love you to stay here too!

Response time
Normally within 6 hours
Language spoken

16 Reviews - Vermeer - Super Central Houseboat

Excellent! 4.5/5

  1. Bud - England

    16 Aug

    Wonderful houseboat holiday in Amsterdam

    The only downside about this place is that you have to leave it at a certain point. Both the location, the houseboat itself and the guest were just superb. Love to be back here one day!

  2. Roland Alois Z - Germany

    04 Sep

    Amsterdam Holiday 2019

    The stay on the Houseboat in Amsterdam was very nice and wonderful! It was very clean and we had a pleasant stay there.We can cook every day in the wonderful kitchen. Also the beds are very good to sleep. Thank you to be our host. 

  3. Tara P - England

    15 Mar

    nice boat, awesome heating, good location

    Awesome houseboat, good size, well maintained compared to other boats in the dock. Beds were comfortable for single beds. Could do with some curtains or blinds in bedrooms. We would have liked an oven and/or microwave made cooking very hard and limited without one. But over all is was a nice stay, very good value for money!

  4. Jesse - Germany

    13 Feb

    Wonderful houseboat apartment

    Despite the bad weather (we decided to visit Amsterdam early February) we felt truly happy aboard the Vermeer houseboat. There are two bedrooms with each a double bed. It was convenient that they could be put apart too since we were with four friends traveling together. The place is very light thanks to the windows in both the ceiling and the side of the ship. REcently the ship has been renovated and this gives it a very comfortable touch. It is basically like a modern apartment on a traditional ship, without loosing the character. We had diner in a Thai restaurant nearby and one night cooked ourself - both very convenient. Also convenient: the location. We arrived by train from Germany and within a few minutes after leaving the station we could see our ship laying along the quay. The lcoation is very central but also very quiet. Walk a few minutes and you are right in the buzzing red light district, Nieuwmarkt and Zeedijk. Thanks for having us!

  5. Tom K - Germany

    22 Jul

    Perfect !

    The perfect location to discover Amsterdam. Super central, very spacey and clean place. 

    We really loved our stay and can't wait to come back. 

  6. Els S - Belgium

    24 Apr

    Very pleasant stay

    We had a very pleasant stay.

    Great location and warm welcome. 

  7. John J - England

    26 Oct

    Nice boat, great location

    We really enjoyed our stay on the boat - booking and checking in was very easy - Casper was there to greet us and explained everything we needed. 

    The best thing about the boat is the location - everything is in easy walking distance - centraal station, the old town centre, the zoo and the museums - which was very useful as we had two children with us. It is also surprisingly quiet given how central the location is. 

    The boat itself was well heated, with good cooking and toilet facilities. We didn’t have WiFi but Casper did offer to come and install a booster which we didn’t bother with in the end as we were out most of the time. It might’ve been nice to have a sofa to sit on but this was a small issue as the dining table was great to sit round as a family, and Nina and Casper very kindly left some tea/coffee/ basic supplies for us to use. 

    We had to be careful getting on and off the boat with young children but we expected this and it really wasn’t a problem. 


    Overall, a great place to stay in what turned out to be a very child friendly city. Thanks! 

  8. Andrea W - the United States

    15 Jun

    Lovely Stay

    My parents, husband, and I had a lovely stay at Super Central Houseboat Vermeer. Perfect location, comfortable and quiet boat, all the amenities needed for four adults. Stairs going down were very steep but that's to be expected. Missed having a couch but the kitchen table was a fine substitute. There was also a very heavy rainstorm that went through and two of the skylights in the main room leaked a little onto the floor, but it wasn't anything major. I would definitely consider staying again next time I'm in Amsterdam!

  9. Joe M - England

    22 Jan

    Lovely boat

    Super clean, warm, great showers, comfy beds and very friendly neighbour and owner who was very accommodating prior to our stay when we had to navigate some personal issues.  

    The only negative I would say about the boat is that it did not have curtains on the skylight windows which means I was awake very early both mornings which just meant we saw more of the great city! 

    If you're the type of people who watch TV when you go away there isn't one but personally, I think this is a great touch.

    Another great stay in the Dam

  10. Tina - Germany

    01 Feb

    Super Hausboot

    We had an amazing time in Amsterdam and loved the Hausboot of Casper. It is very clean, comfortable and nicely located right in the city centre. 

    Love from Frankfurt

  11. Gene O - the United States

    17 Jun

    Roomy apartment with good location

    The Vermeer apartment on the house boat Utopia was roomy and the beds were very comfortable. The apartment has a very modern feel and the kitchen is nicely appointed.  It was nice to have 2 separate bedrooms each with a shower and a separate central bathroom. This really helped our group get ready quickly.  The location is very convenient to Central Station, The NEMO Science Center and Dam Square. The house boat is accessible from a untrafficked access road off the main road and this made it easy for an Uber driver to pick us up a few different times right in front.

    On arriving we felt we had been mislead by the sentence from the houseboat description “On the front of the ship you will find a nice terrace where you can sit and enjoy the scenery of our harbor”. There is not a terrace on the front of the ship. There is a wooden picnic table on the sidewalk next to the houseboat and from that location there is not a view of the harbor. Also, other than the picnic table benches there was no where to sit to relax, enjoy morning coffee, meals or evening drinks with a view of the harbor as we had anticipated.   Inside the apartment there are 4 wooden chairs at the table but no other sofa or chairs.   We spent a rainy afternoon in the apartment and it would have been nice have a place to sit, relax and read.


    Dear Gene,

    Thank you for your review. Always happy with feed-back of guests, it helps improving the service and houseboat experience!

    I am sorry that you felt mislead by that sentence about the terrace. It is indeed a wooden picnic table, that is located in front of the boat, next to the entrance, between a tree and some nice plants. Next to that is the untrafficked access road off the main road that you mentioned. Perhaps it is just a matter of wording. I call it terrace, but you could also call it a little garden or describe it as just a picnic table. However you call it, I am happy to have the spot outside so visitors can use it, because it is pretty seldom to have in Amsterdam. A lot of guests have used it for breakfast, to eat dinner or just have drinks outside. Nice weather provided of course. 

    About the view, I really do not know how to describe the scenery of the old harbor in another way. You see some boats, the old houses on the other side of the street and the modern building
    s across the water. I recently found out that Michiel de Ruyter, Holland's most famous naval hero with the rank of lieutenant-admiral general, actually lived directly across the street since the year 1655 until he died in 1677.

    I chose not to put a sofa in the boat and go for a more open space in the apartment. Most guests use the beds if they want to lay down and rest a little, but if I get this feedback more often I will definitely consider putting one in. Hope you had a nice stay anyway! Greetings Casper


  12. Maribeth M - the United States

    28 Nov


    Wow, everything about this stay was fantastic. The boat is roomy, clean, comfortable, and conveniently located. It is centrally located, but still quiet & cozy. It felt like home, and I will definitely stay there again!

  13. Manfred K - Germany

    02 Jul

    Interesting experience

    Casper is a nice guy. This houseboat is quite spacious (for a boat) and location is really great. Not a great water view (the boats next are a bit shappy).

  14. Janis - the United States

    23 Aug

    Very comfortable houseboat - amazing location

    We were so lucky to stay at the Vermeer Houseboat Apartment during our stay in Amsterdam. When we read that is was only a few minutes walking from the station, we thought it was just so to speak. The truth is that is literally just 3 minutes walking. Casper welcomed us aboard and showed us around, and gave good tips about where to eat and drink. Lots of choice, lots of great restaurants. The apartment is not only very clean and tidy, but also very private so you really feel you have the whole ship to yourself. We felt very safe and the neighborhood was really nice and quiet - like a residential area right in the middle of the city. Very special and highly recommended!

  15. Anita N - South Africa

    12 Jan

    Boathouse experience

    Very comfortable, clean and spacious accommodation with two bedrooms, each with its own shower and basin. Walking distance from the Central station, in a small harbour, ie not a typical Amsterdam canal experience. Be careful on the steep stairs, especially when it is wet. Really nice boat experience!

  16. Jemima J - England

    31 Oct

    A fantastic stay in a beautiful boat!

    We had the most wonderful stay on this beautiful boat. Kasper was a brilliant host, very helpful! Really lovely apartment, doesn’t even feel like you’re on a boat. It’s spacious (much bigger than it looks in photos), clean and very central. We will definitely be staying here again and have already recommended it to lots of friends and family. Thank you!! 

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