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Lionel

Speaks french, english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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HOUSEBOAT IN OLD CENTER

Old Center House Boat Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 2 Sleeps

Your houseboat is moored with its South view on one of the most romantic and peaceful canals, surrounded by a 17th Century architecture and the Carillon of Zuiderkerk painted by Claude Monet.

One bedroom with king size bed 2m/1m80 and overhead window for watching stars.

Flat screen cable TV, WiFi, cable Internet and Windows PC.

You will appreciate being located in the historical area of Nieuwmarkt, 5 minutes walking distance from Central Station or 50 meters from the metro station 'Nieuwmarkt'.

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lionel

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2013
Speaks french, english

As both owner of the houseboat and your host, my dearest wish is for you to enjoy your stay and feel at home in your houseboat. I love travelling, but know how difficult is it to find an ideal holiday home. I shall do everything I can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. You can count on your host.

To live in a houseboat in the 'Old Center' of Amsterdam but in the residential part : 'East side'.

To live on a canal which was peaceful and green unlike the more touristy waterways, which are too noisy and prone to all sorts of traffic (cars, buses/boats traffic).

It is the Raamgracht canal : No traffic with narrow/oneway street and canal, with lush greenery shading over all the boats.

The hull (Praam type) and boat were built during 'La Belle Epoque' in 1898 which makes one of oldest boats of Amsterdam. The last complete renovation was in 2010 to the best standards but respecting its historic charm.

A praam is a type of shallow-draught flat-bottomed ship, was particularly developed in the Netherlands in the 17th Century, reaching about 20 m in length. These large praams could be operated with oars but also to sail, with a pair of lateral fins. Their shallow draft (no more than two feet) allowed them to move goods (unshipped from the Harbour) in all canals of Amsterdam.

Why Live In A houseboat ? : I understood that a flat is too noisy, as the walls are too thin with buildings on pilotis in Amsterdam. A barge is too steep-sided.

You are tucked away on your own island in the middle of town.

There is a certain spirit of the people who live there. The cozy 'style boudoir à la française' and 'décor bohème' reflect the love of travel and freedom - and the passion for discovery and fun, which is the houseboat lifestyle. Your houseboat is rich colors and eclectic decor reflect this love of life, which makes one feel free and ready to explore the world.

Only renting the houseboat when I’m in the countryside, a 'polder', which is very closeby. You can count on me if you need my support before, during, or after your stay.

Your houseboat is not merely an impersonal and soulless rental property, as I prefer to welcome my friends and guests in a friendly spirit rather than dealing with business customers.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property Reviews

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Houseboat In Old Center
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
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Houseboat In Old Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p473207vb
Old Center Amsterdam
NYC
5

It was our second stay, always so bewitching !

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
Again, we decided to come back for two weeks. We had again a really good stay. Lionel is very helpful and makes you feel totally welcome. Any comfort in a warm vibes and boheme style. We love very nice opening above bed. You can watch moon and stars lying in bed. Lionel, with his nice home, friendly, will give you lots of tips. We yet booked our next stay in 2014.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you John and Muriel for your trust and coming back for your second stay. Again, I shall be very happy to welcome two of you soon in 2014 for a third stay. I much appreciated your genuine gift coming from NYC ;-)
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Houseboat In Old Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p473207vb
Old Center Amsterdam
Ottawa, Canada
5

Amsterdam Getaway

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
Renting Lionel’s boat on the canal and seeing the tourists float by was very memorable. We lived the Netherlands culture by renting bicycles close by, shopping for groceries or visiting the market a stone's throw away, eating lunch in the park and of course relaxing on the cozy boat with a glass of wine. Upon arrival, Lionel greeted us and familiarized us with the amenities. The computer with internet access was very useful for finding landmarks or communicating with Lionel quickly. Everything listed on the website was available and functional. There were no smoke or animal odours. Visiting in early October meant cooler nights. We appreciated the heaters. Lionel was at our disposal and could easily arrange for horse and buggy ride for a fee but we had other plans.

Thank You, Lionel, for sharing your lovely little piece of Amsterdam.
Mike and Michelle
Ottawa, Canada
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mike and Michelle, for sharing your feedback about your stay in the boat. You are lovely guests : I very much appreciate your touch coming from Canada with maple sirop, moose teddy in hockey hat and jersey and Royal Canadian mounted Police pin ! I am always warmly affected by these regards. They joined the souvenirs' collection left by my guests ;-) "There were no smoke or animal odours" : With my friends and guests, I take care of keeping a no smoking area and to get respectful about it. Glad to read that you appreciated it.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Houseboat In Old Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p473207vb
Old Center Amsterdam
Bucharest
5

A great experience

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Although I stayed on the houseboat only for three nights, I lived great moments along with my partner. The location was exactly as described: a very peaceful canal, with lots of vegetation and situated in the very center of the Old City. We didn't have to take any means of transportation on our daily walks because all the major museums, exhibitions, parks, restaurants were nearby. For example, the Red Light District was at about 2 min walk from the boat. The photos published on the site were exactly like in reality and the property was very clean and extremely interesting: lots of mirrors, plants, lights and large windows.
About the owner, Lionel is a very friendly, trustworthy and understanding person that will try to make your stay as pleasant as it can be. You have nothing to worry about when packing your bags because on the boat you will find everything you need (cosmetics, towels, books, music, electronics, maps etc).
I totally recommend this property for anyone who wants to have fun and relax in an incredible city like Amsterdam.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Irina about your warm words. " The location was exactly as described ... The photos published on the site were exactly like in reality ... " It is very much important to respect my guests in starting from description and photos of property before their stay in their houseboat. Glad to read you that you very much appreciated it like many other things : " very peaceful canal situated in the very center of the Old City, very clean and extremely interesting property, finding everything you need ... "
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Houseboat In Old Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p473207vb
Old Center Amsterdam
Belgium
5

Would recommend it to everyone

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We booked a long weekend in Amsterdam and were looking for a more original place to stay. This house boat was just what we were looking for and it did not disappoint. It's very central in the city. Big stores nearby to do some grocery shopping. Yet it is still very quiet. The boat itself is pretty big, with a small kitchen, good bathroom, spacious living room and very comfortable bed (including a window in the ceiling to look at the stars) The reception by the owner was very friendly and the small tour very informative. To the people that want a different experience than the standard hotel room, I would highly recommend it.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Houseboat In Old Center
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Old Center Amsterdam
Calgary, Canada
5

Boat Away From Home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
If you are looking for a quiet, romantic getaway in the heart of all the action in Amsterdam, this is the place for you. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed all the personal touches that made this houseboat feel like home. The houseboat was displayed accurately on the website and the owner made himself available in case anything went wrong. Overall, we would come here again and would recommend it to our family or friends.
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Map

Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam Central Station
Amsterdam Canals
The Grand Amsterdam Sofitel Legend
Magere Brug
Vondelpark
Rijksmuseum
Zeedijk
Amsterdam Central Station
Rembrandthuis
Amsterdams Historisch Museum
Nieuwmarkt
Artis
Skinny Bridge
Begijnhof
Waterloo Sq Flea Market
Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
Schiphol
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Centraal Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A10 Exit : Amsterdam Centrum
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Bloemendaal aan Zee
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Amsterdamse Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
6 restaurants within 100 meters
Car: not necessary

You will appreciate being located in the historical area of Nieuwmarkt with its great sightseeing spots. The houseboat is just 5 minutes walking distance from Central Station or 50 meters from the metro station 'Nieuwmarkt,' the first station after Central Station with all lines: 51, 54 and 53.

1 minute walking distance from 5 Supermarkets (open 7 days - from 8 to 22), bicycle rental (open 7 days - from 9 to 17:45), the Flea Market, Museums (Rembrandt House, Hermitage, Joods Historisch, Willet-Holthuysen and Allard Pierson) and the Dutch Royal Opera.

Many great sightseeing spots and 12 restaurants are within 200 meters.

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Availability & Rates

Old Center House Boat Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Peak season
Mar 16 2014 - Nov 16 2014
3 night minimum stay
€160
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€170
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
€130
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning €40.00

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Old Center House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with 'douche à l'italienne'
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • One bedroom with king size bed 2m/1m80 and overhead ceiling window for watching the stars.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • Books
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • parasailing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • fishing
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