Spacious Rotterdam Houseboat - sleeps 14

This houseboat is ideal for larger groups who want to have a unique experience in Rotterdam

Excellent! 5/5 (2 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Large and spacious city centre houseboat
  2. Two separate apartments with privaten entrance
  3. Perfect for families and friends groups
  1. Unique experience on a traditional houseboat
  2. Nice terrace on the deck

Houseboat summary

I'm the proud owner of this wonderful and spacious historic freight ship, built in 1937 and now docked right in the middle of Rotterdam. Just minutes away from the Markthal, Coolsingel, Maritime Museum, the Cubical Houses and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. From Central Station it is just a 9 minute ride with public transport. When traveling with larger groups, you can book the two large apartments aboard. I live in the third apartment, so if you have any questions I'm there for you. Otherwise you probably won't even notice I'm there.

Houseboat description

Each apartment has an own entrance and private bathroom, making the ship very suitable for friends and families who travel together but still appreciate some privacy. Let me share some information about both apartments to give you the best possible impression of where you will be staying.


The Captain's Apartment is a truly unique accommodation where you will feel like a real captain as soon as you enter the place. With a wonderful panoramic view over the harbor and large steering wheel this will really add something to your stay. In the warmly decorated wheelhouse there is a small kitchenette with sink, fridge, hob with two burners, microwave, coffee and tea facilities, as well as a table with sofa to enjoy breakfast, wining and dining. This part has comfortable central heating, so you will be comfortably warm even during the coldest winter days. And last but not least, here you will find the real captains chair. Yes, the ship is still sailing, however we kindly ask you to leave her docked where she is ;-)

The bathroom - small but convenient - with can be reached from one side of the wheelhouse (please note that if you're having issues using steep stairs, this might not be the best apartment for you). On the other side of the wheelhouse there is a stairway that leads to the very nicely decorated living room with original timber work and a very charming two-person bedstead. The floor has a nice herringbone pattern and the bedstead can be closed with two charming shutters. If required you can use the two sofa's to sleep an extra two persons, making this apartment suitable for up to 4 guests.


The largest of the two apartments is the Ship's Hold. Once this was where the freight was stored during the long journey's over the rivers of Europe. Now is is a very spacious holiday home.

This apartment with central heating has a private entrance, giving way to the large living room with open fully equipped kitchen. In the living room there are three big red sofa's, of which one can be turned into sleeping couch if required. 

A long isle along the side of the hull gives way to the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and separate toilet. At the other side of the living room is a second bedroom, also with en suite bathroom and separate toilet.  Both bedrooms have a double bed, consisting of two single beds that can be separated if required. In total the Ship's Hold Apartment can sleep up to 6 guests.

Note that both apartments are located in a real ship, docked on a real tidal river. This means that it moves with the tide and possibly because of severe winds. You won't get seasick and it is part of the charme, but I think it is also good to be clear about this. 

On top of the deck there is a nice seating area that you can use - a wonderful place to just sit back and relax while having a drink and enjoy with your loved ones.

I hope to have given the best possible impression of what the ship has to offer but don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Always glad to help, and I look forward to welcome you aboard!

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


3 Bedrooms, 10 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 4
Number of single beds: 2


The Captain's Apartment has one bedstead that can be closed with two shutters. In the living room are two sofa's that can be transformed into comfortable single beds.  There is a separate bathroom that can be reached from the wheelhouse. You use small stairs to get in and out of the bathroom, so it might not be the best option for those who have issues using steep stairs. 

The Ship's Hold Apartment has two separate bedrooms, each with a large double bed (consisting of two single beds) and an en suite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.


Number of en-suite: 2
Number of toilets: 3

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs

Coffee (Nespresso), tea, sugar and milk provided.


Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Sun Loungers

The houseboat has a nice terrace on the sun deck with shade in case sun is shining.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Electric Fans

The place has comfortable central heating.


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops
Close To The Ariport

The houseboat is located in the city centre, close to the Coolsingel, Markthal, Maritime Museum and many more cool things to see and do.


Child Friendly

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking
Amusement Park / Water Park




7 km


0.5 km


20 km

Ferry port

1 km

Motor way

2 km

Night club

2 km


0.5 km

Super market

0.2 km

Train station

2 km

How to get there

From Rotterdam Central Station you can just take the Metro and within 10 minutes you are at the houseboat.

From Rotterdam Blaak train station, located next to the Markthal and Cubic houses, it's only 5 minutes (0.5 km) on foot to the ship.

From Rotterdam Airport it takes only 35 minutes by public transport to reach the houseboat.

About the area

The houseboat is docked in a city centre harbor, close to many must-sees and -do's. There are lots of restaurants, bars and shops in the immediate surroundings and public transport, both over land and water (water taxi!) take you to all the corners of the city.

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Houseboat owner


I love Rotterdam and I love my ship. And I love sharing that with other people and make them feel welcome and comfortable.

Response time
Normally within less than one hour
Language spoken
English, Dutch

2 Reviews - Spacious Rotterdam Houseboat - sleeps 14

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Jelle

    21 Jun

    5-stars for this great Rotterdam houseboat

    Unfortunately I  slept only one night in the beautiful boat of Monique, with 5 colleagues during a conference visit. The location is great: a beautiful boat close to all kinds of fun in the city and easy to reach, yet quiet. Ideal as a base for a visit to Rotterdam. Furthermore, Monique's reception was warm and communication was quick and pleasant. Absolutely recommended!

  2. Sylvie - France

    30 Jun

    You will enjoy this houseboat for sure

    Monique was a very nice and discrete host. The houseboat (or péniche as we call it in France) experience was great, cleaned, nice space, nice rooms. You will enjoy!!

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