Deck terrace
Sunny Terrace
Sunset on the New meuse
Houseboat 88 Rotterdam photo 3
View on Rotterdam
Deck terrace
Bathroom with shower
View from deck terrace
The apartment
The apartment

Loftboat Kralingen

Enjoy Rotterdam the 100% Rotterdam way; on a classic ferry on the river Maas.

Excellent! 4.9/5 (15 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Located near the center of Rotterdam
  2. Fantastic view on the river
  3. Free parking
  1. Spacious, private and comfortable
  2. Large, sunny deck terrace

Houseboat summary

Loftboat Kralingen is a classic ferry (1911). The boat was completely renovated, but is still very much a boat. The comfortable boat apartment is in the front side of the boat and measures 55 m2. It has a private entrance, a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom with shower and a sunny deck terrace (55m2), with a view on the river Meuse and the Rotterdam skyline. There is room for max. 6 persons.

Houseboat description

The apartment consists of a salon with kitchen, separate bedroom with double bed and bathroom with washbasin and toilet. The salon is flooded with natural daylight; there is a dinner table with chairs as well as a workplace with WIFI connection, cable TV, DVD player with DVD’s. In the centre of the apartment is an extra woodstove (chopped wood is present). In the salon 2 comfortable sofa beds can be turned into 2 double beds. All the rooms have central heating.

The deck terrace

The furnished deck terrace (50m2) is completely at your disposal. The deck chairs and tables are waiting for you to enjoy the sunshine and fantastic view on the busy river. At high tide you can see the Rotterdam skyline and when the weather is fine, a beautiful sundown every night.


The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, cooking plates, toaster, pans, plates, cutlery, cups, glasses and a washing machine. Plus: herbs, a little oven, a coffee machine and a water cooker, coffee and tea, as well as cleaning gear and towels.


You can sleep comfortably in the separate bedroom with double bed in the front of the ship. There are cupboards with room to put your luggage. Together with the sofa beds in the salon you can easily create a total of 6 sleeping places.

The bathroom

The en suite bathroom has central heating and contains a shower, a washbasin and toilet. Towels and soap are present.

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Registration number

0599 B70A E638 E5C3 1DDB

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

Please, ask owner


1 Bedroom, 6 Sleeps

King size beds: 3


Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Town / city



Fully equipped kitchen

Towels provided
Dining table & chairs


Music system / CD player
Satellite / Cable tv

WiFi / internet
DVD player

Outdoor facilities

Barbeque / braai

Sun loungers

Heating / cooling

Central heating
Open fireplace

Electric fans


City views

Close to the ariport

General information

Child friendly

Activities nearby

Walking / hiking




50 km


5 km


2 km

Night club

5 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

5 km

How to get there


From Schiphol by train to Rotterdam Central (20 min.). From Rotterdam Centraal by tram (20 min.). By car (free parking)

About the area


The ship is moored in the harbour of the former Rotterdam water company, right next to its monumental watertower. The area is called De Esch, Rotterdam Kralingen. At walking distance (2 minutes) there is a shopping centre with a supermarket, cafe Tomtom and restaurant De Watertoren (in the watertower). The tram to the city centre stops very nearby. You can also take a (very fast) Watertaxi to the city centre, it stops next to the ship.  Also in the area nearby are Erasmus University, business centre Rivium, Arboretum Trompenburg and a nature walking path along the New Meuse. The area De Esch used to be the location where water from the Meuse was filtered and purified for drinking. Around the old industrial buildings a modern residential area was built.

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Houseboat owner


Hello I’m Eric! I’ve lived in Rotterdam for a long time and I love this harbour city. Just like water, Rotterdam keeps moving and changing. In other words, Rotterdam keeps getting better! I can tell you everything about Rotterdam and its attractions.

I love to travel myself, preferably to harbour places. The liveliness in these harbour towns gives me energy. Travelling has inspired me to start my own bed and breakfast, of course, on a boat.

I own 2 classic boats, that have been renovated in authentic nautical style. While being authentic, the boats also offer modern luxury like nice warm showers, central heating, fully equipped kitchens and comfortable beds.

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
English, Dutch

15 Reviews - Loftboat Kralingen

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Stephan and Petra - Germany

    15 Jun

    Top 5 accommodation in the world!

    Dear Eric,

    It's nice that there are people who restore a boat with so much love and let others live in it. We have been traveling around the world a lot, but this boat belongs to the top 5 accommodation places in the world.

    Thank you very much for this beautiful long weekend!

    Stephan and Petra - food

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  2. Anoniem - the Netherlands

    20 Feb

    You will not find a nicer houseboat in Rotterdam Show original

    When reading all the messages in this guestbook, the soul of your floating house comes out nicely: In this wonderfully warm place where wind and water splash and crack you never really want to get out. Plans to visit the city are quickly put away or stoked in the stove. We have lived, floated, made love and ate wonderfully here and would love to come back again. You can be proud; you've turned an old ferry into a place where people feel at home. We felt that too. Thank you!
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  3. Valentin G - Germany

    31 Dec

    Excellent maritime stay!

    I spent very cozy Christmas days with my mother and brother on Eric's boat, and it was a perfect place for the few days. The apartment is very well-equipped and has a very nice and 'gezellige' atmosphere. We hope to come back when its a bit warmer and raining less!

  4. Jef en Katrien - the Netherlands

    09 May

    Quiet location, cozy stove, delicious! Show original

    What a nice gift from the (clean) parents, 2 nights on the boat (without kids)! We enjoyed the quiet location, the nice excursions and the cozy stove.

    Thanks for the friendly welcome and the nice tip trips!

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  5. Koos en de familie - the Netherlands

    27 Sep

    Come home to our houseboat Show original

    It was fantastic on the overnight boat. Wonderful “coming home” after trips in beautiful Rotterdam.

    Great Water Taxi as neighbors. In the evening, the Watertoren restaurant. Good ending to have dinner there.

    Koos, Ineke and the children

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