Your Amsterdam Ship For Two

Super central, spacious and light houseboat apartment, only 3 min from Central Station!

Excellent! 4.5/5 (11 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Very spacious houseboat apartment for 2
  2. Super central, 3 min from Central Station
  3. Full privacy
  1. Near red-light district, Nieuwmarkt, Waterloo Sq etc
  2. Fully equipped kitchen and separate bathroom

Houseboat summary

I'm proud to present my newly renovated ship that I want to share with you, only 3 minutes walking from Central Station. Although the location is super central, you will experience a world of tranquility in our harbor. The ship is docked along they quay and is therefore easy to reach. You will be staying in a separate part of the ship with an own entrance, so you have all the privacy in the world. The place offers a fully equipped kitchen and a separate bathroom with a large bath and shower, sink and toilet. 

We warmly welcome couples. To people who want to party and/or use drugs I kindly ask not to book my houseboat. I have a great relationship with our neighbors and love to keep it that way. Thanks for understanding!

Houseboat description

After a short walk from Central Station you reach our harbor, the oldest in Amsterdam. This will be your safe haven during your stay. From the quay you set foot aboard the ship and walk round the wheelhouse where you will find the entrance to the apartment. During the renovation of the ship I have tried to use as much high quality recycled materials and furniture to keep my carbon footprint as low as possible. I think this adds to the character of the ship, hope you like it!


The living room / bedroom 

Descend via the stairs and enter the living room with the large double bed at the far end. This space is about 40 sqm large and is surprisingly light thanks to the many windows, both in the side of the hull and in the roof. You can chill out on the super comfy couch and enjoy the unique 'tree trunk sofa' (that actually sits surprisingly nice) and watch television. The ceiling of the living room is approximately 220 cm high.  

Open kitchen

On the right side of the entrance you have access to the fully equipped open U-shaped kitchen. There is a 5-stove burner with oven, fridge, water cooker and coffee maker. The kitchen has a roof window that lets in lots of light. Please note that for some tall people the roof in the kitchen is quite low (180 cm). For most guests this is not a problem, but I wanted to mention it anyway to give you the best possible impression of the place.  

Comfortable double bed

In the far end of the living room you will find the large and comfortable bed, measuring 180 x 200 cm. Note that this is a real double bed, so it can not be taken apart. 

Bathroom with bath

The bathroom is located in the front of the ship, with the entrance next to the bed. I have chosen to use a great load of marble I could lay my hand on, creating a kind of mid-century luxury atmosphere. In the bathroom you can use the large bath with shower if you want to relax to the max. Furthermore there is a toilet and sink for your convenience. Note that the ceiling of the bathroom is also quite low (approximately 180 cm).

Central heating

I'm glad to provide central heating so you will be comfortably warm all through the year, even on the coldest winter nights.

Outside space

Simply sitting on the deck with a fresh cup of coffee or a cold beer is the favorite pastime activity for most of our guests. Enjoy the views over our harbor and the historical buildings on the , have a smoke if you like. Just take it easy and feel what it's like to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam with the one you love!

Some general notes

I am the kind of person that likes to recycle materials and choose unique objects to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. If you want a regular apartment with IKEA-design, air conditioning and new top-notch amenities, I think this is not your cup of tea. However, if you like a personal touch, lots of space and a cozy atmosphere, this is just the place for you. 

Since the apartment is aboard a former freight ship, some things are different than in a regular apartment. Taller guests may need to duck a bit when entering via the stairs. And note that you can only throw regular toilet paper in the toilet to avoid damage to the pump. Furthermore You may see me walking over the deck when I'm there. But furthermore you have all the privacy you want of course. 

As said above, I can not tolerate the use of any drugs and/or partying aboard my houseboat. You will be more than welcome to be a part of our houseboat community, and in return I ask my guests to show respect to all the members of this community. I thought it would be good to make this clear and avoid disappointment after booking this place. 

Well, I hope to have given the best possible impression of what you may expect. And don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions - always glad to help!

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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.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1


You will be sleeping in a large and comfortable double bed in the far end of the living room. Next to the bed there is an entrance to the separate bathroom, offering a large bath with shower, as well as a sink and toilet. The ceiling in the bathroom may be experience as quite low (180 cm) by taller guests. 


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

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Linen Provided

Towels Provided


Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating


City Views

Close To The Shops

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking


Tour Guide

There is a tour guide and bike rental company around the corner




25 km


0 km


25 km

Ferry port

0 km

Motor way

3 km

Night club

1 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

0 km

How to get there

From Central Station, it's only a few minutes walking to reach the boat. I will send you exact details after the booking has been confirmed.

About the area

Our harbor is the oldest in the city, and although super centrally located, a true haven in the buzzing city centre. From the ship, you will find many great things within walking distance. Just a few to give you an impression:

* The Waterloo Square

* The Rembrandt Square

* The Redlight District

* The Nieuwmarkt

* Café Pollux

* Nemo Science Museum

* Maritime Museum

* Bar/Restaurant Hannekes Boom

* Floating Chinese Restaurant 

* Dam Square

* Central Station

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Houseboat owner


Hi I'm Charles, a happy houseboat owner for 40 years. Time to share the great experience of living on the water!

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

11 Reviews - Your Amsterdam Ship For Two

Excellent! 4.5/5

  1. Jonathan N - the United States

    19 Feb

    Boat in the middle of it all

    The old ship was a nice retreat, looked exactly like the pictures. Having that much space in that location was awesome. Charles was a great host. I haven't slept that good in ages!

  2. Jens Z - Germany

    08 Mar

    We love this boat!

    The boat was just great, clean and very spacious. It was a great experience and we don't regret booking it. Nice central and quiet location. Many thanks again to Charles, very nice and helpful man. Greetings from Bochum from Jens and Jackie

  3. Melanie O - England

    21 Feb

    Mid-Feb visit to Amsterdam

    We had a fantastic visit to Amsterdam. The houseboat is so close to Central and all of the sights are within easy walking distance. It was very cold when we were in Amsterdam but the houseboat was very warm and cosy. It was really convenient and suited our short flying visit.

  4. Cilene - Brazil

    29 Jul

    Unforgettable experience on an Amsterdam houseboat

    I booked this houseboat to surprise my husband for his 40th birthday. And what a surprise it was! Charles had just finished the renovation and he did an amazing job! The wooden interior gives the houseboat (or actually it's a ship) a very warm and cozy atmosphere. I liked the choices he made: cool furniture and nice art all over the place. And it's amazing how much space you have just for the two of you! Next time we stay here we will take bowling balls, haha! 

    The kitchen and bathroom have indeed a low ceiling but high enough for us (I'm 169 and my husband is 185) and we had no problem with it whatsoever. We LOVED the harbor area and really felt part of this wonderful community of houseboat owners. Love to be back one day again. Thanks charles and all the best with your work!

  5. Agnes F - Germany

    11 Jan

    Hausboot Amsterdam

    Sehr schöne Unterkunft -- gemütlich eingerchtet -- eine ausgefallene Übernachtungsmöglichkeit. Zentral gelegen-- Amsterdam ist fußläufig zu 90 % erkundbar -- sehr netter und hilfreicher Vermieter. Wir waren über Weihnachten 5 Nächte da und hatten einen unvergesslichen Urlaub.

  6. Tiarnan O - England

    02 Nov

    Brilliant location in Amsterdam!

    Fantastic stay, Charlie is very welcoming and the houseboat is beautiful. Location is ideal!

    Thanks again Charlie! 

  7. Scott L - England

    16 Aug


    Charles was a great host and the boat itself was cosy and inviting. We only stayed for 2 days but that was enough time to settle in and feel at home. Although there were minor works being done to the boat upstairs, it didn’t cause us any disturbance. We had a lovely boat ride on the last night of our stay that was a magical tour through the canals. We look forward to coming back to Amsterdam and visiting again!

  8. Marc - France

    25 Jul

    Thanks for having us aboard Charles

    We spent two nights aboard this houseboat and it really added something special to our stay. The place is renovated with love by the host. Don't expect a super high end hotel room because it is not. But actually this was just what w were looking for: a spacious and comfortable place that feels like home. The view around you from the deck is superb. You see unique things all around you. We recommend to spend a few hours (or more) in Hannekes Boom, a super cool restaurant and bar with a large outside terrace. Perfect for the summer time. Merci beaucoup from Paris. Marc et Jeanette

  9. Elisabeth M - Austria

    03 Nov

    If you're tolerant.

    If you have nothing against a strong musty smell and not exactly perfect solutions, such as radiators that are there but not connected, then ok. The heating system works for temperatures over 14 degrees. The room certainly has flair, is large and the boat is well situated.

    The owner answer:

    Dear Elisabeth, sorry for some inconvenience ...the main central heater was having problems. I didn't realize that at that moment. So sorry you didn't tell me that immediately. I could took care. I'm still looking what that smell might have been. Well, since we live on the water, it could have been anything floating by as well. I hope it didn't influence all your days in Amsterdam too bad...and I hope you had a nice journey back to your home as well. Best regards Charles
  10. Anne S - Germany

    30 Sep

    Nice stay

    We have had a nice stay at a great location. Everything was in walking distance.

    The boat was clean, Charles really friendly. It is not luxury, but with a special flair and really lovely.

  11. Niamh F - England

    10 Aug

    Lovely boat

    The boat was a great place to stay for a city break. Location is really central just a short walk from the center, but very calm and quiet. Boat itself is lovely, very open and spacious so plenty of room for two people. Would definitely recommend!

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