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Historic 17th century canal house in Amsterdam city center (Jordan)

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 3 nights


Grachtengordel House Rental Photos and Description

Self catering 1 bedroom apartment in canal house with canal view (city center)

Our traditional 17th century canal house offers you a wonderful taste of authentic canal-side living in a quiet part of the city center in Amsterdam. Thanks to its original details and central location this apartment is the perfect base for your stay.

The house has 3 floors. The kitchen and dining room are located on the ground floor. The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, oven, dishwasher, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine and everything to prepare a nice meal.

The living room is on the first floor and has a high quality sofa bed, a built in flatscreen TV and DVD player and a small workspace. On the top floor you will find the bedroom with a comfortable double bed, soft pillows and duvets and crisp linens and the bathroom with a sink and bath. Fluffy towels, soap, shampoo, hairdryer, iron and ironing board are provided.

We offer free wireless internet, flat screen TV with international channels, Bluetooth music system, books and guides about Amsterdam.

Please note that the stairs are rather steep.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Chris & Martine
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, dutch
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2016

About Chris & Martine

We are Chris and Martine. Chris is an interior designer from German origin and Martine owns a catering company. We love living and working in the Jordaan, the most beautiful part of Amsterdam. We also love to travel and share our place with other interesting travellers from all over the world.

Chris & Martine purchased this house in 2002

Why Chris & Martine chose Amsterdam

The house is a former warehouse for one of the many breweries that where located on the Brouwersgracht (which means Brewer’s canal). We are in the middle of the Jordaan quarter, the most famous and popular neighbourhood in the Netherlands where you can still hear the bells of Westerkerk just as Anne Frank described in her diaries.

What makes this house unique

We love living and working in this beautiful and historic part of Amsterdam and we love to share a bit of the Amsterdam way of life with you. So please feel at home and get inspired by our selection of guides and books about Amsterdam and the Jordaan, plan a bicycle trip, visit the best restaurants & bars or just stay in and enjoy the views on the most beautiful canal right in the heart of Amsterdam.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Historic 17th century canal house in Amsterdam city center (Jordan)
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Great property for our short stay, owner really helpful and good location

  • 5 of 5

The property is very nice, just as shown in the pictures. Great for two people. Good location, many places to eat nearby and close to the central train station (10 min walking). Owner was very helpful upon check-in. There are many steps which would be a problem for people with mobility issues, but otherwise great.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute house in pretty neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the canal house this June for our honeymoon. Martine was very friendly and met us when we arrived to give us a run down on the house. Very cute and clean. Great location and view. Lots of stairs so not for anyone with disability. Can rent bikes from the house on a daily basis which is great to help you get around. Within walking distance to Dam square, Red light and Ann Frank. Pretty close to Central Station, maybe 10 min walk. Everything you could imagine, Martine has provided in the kitchen (except toaster). Wifi is pretty weak on top floor in bedroom. Toilet is on different level as tub (no shower here) which took some getting used to. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure having you :)
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A Wonderful Canal Nest

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Martine's canal house for 8 nights. It was a great vacation! The house is exactly as pictured except for one thing- there is not a lofted bed above the master as the pictures might indicate- that is a storage area now.

Martine met us at the house as we arrived from the airport via Uber (really easy and straightforward), oriented us to the house and all the amenities and reassured us she was a text or phone call away if we needed anything.

Jordaan is a wonderful, quaint, residential and historic part of Amsterdam. The house is in walking distance to a lot of sights. We walked 15 minutes to Centraal Station for our 2 day trips out of town. We ended up either walking or using the bikes to get to other parts of Amsterdam. It is a 15 min bike ride to the museum district.

The bikes available to rent were great- we ended up only using them one day because of the weather so we were grateful that the rental was a per day charge.

Martine has a great folder with restaurant, grocery and sightseeing recommendations. We ate at several places she recommended and they were all fabulous.

Some things to keep in mind- the stairs are very steep- especially going up to the bedroom on the top floor. If you have any sort of disability or difficulty in climbing stairs this will be a challenge.

The shower is precisely as pictured- you have to sit in the tub to bathe and there is no place to hang the hand held shower head, nor is there a curtain. It was manageable for a week and with some effort you can avoid getting water everywhere.

The toilet is on the middle level without a sink, so hand-washing after use requires going up or down.

The wifi was strong on the ground level but pretty weak by the time you get up to the top floor bedroom. My son slept in the room pictured as the living room one floor below and was able to use it fairly well.

The street can be noisy until around midnight with bikes and motorbikes and people but nothing unmanageable.

Overall the property is a beautifully restored canal house with all the amenities. We cooked a few times and the kitchen was well stocked. I would recommend this rental and hope to return someday!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated canal house in a great area of Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Amsterdam, made all the better by choosing to stay here for a couple of nights. I've stayed in apartments before when visiting this city but this authentic canal house topped them all. A good mixture of character and modern touches, combined with the perfect location.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

This place is just darling and in a great location! First visit to Amsterdam and we made a great choice. The owner Martine is fabulous with great taste (or at least similar to ours!) haha. She had a book of suggestions for places, events, food, shopping etc. that were spot on. Some great meals to be had just a short block or two away. One caution, if you are handicapped in any way, the narrow steps up the 3 levels could be a challenge, but if no,t go and enjoy - you will not be disappointed!! We loved every second, there - rain and all!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us - it was a pleasure having you!
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Prachtige Huis en Locatie!

  • 5 of 5

This is an ideal house and location. You can pretend you are living in an authentic Amsterdam canal house during your vacation. The house is modern, organized and very clean. Martine has provided lots of maps, bike routes and information on restaurants and stores in her folders. She is also willing to help with any other information needed and responds promptly to all correspondence. The bikes Martine rents are comfortable and well-maintained. The Jordaan is a cozy, artistic and safe neighborhood with many restaurants, bars, stores and art galleries. We had a marvelous dinner at the Daalder and enjoyed our walks around the house. I would definitely return for a visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you Kellie, it was a pleasure having you :) Hope to welcome you back sometime!
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Nearest Airport
16 Kilometres
Schiphol Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Cafe Thijssen
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Central Station
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Golfbaan Amsterdam
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Central Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Zandvoort aan Zee
Car: not necessary

The house is situated in a quiet part of the historic center; the Jordaan quarter. The Jordaan is famous for notes eclectic collection of shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Maze-like streets sacrifice hidden courtyards, great restaurants and cafes -both traditional and trendy- and art galleries. There are a host of wonderful ook markets to visit - in Particular the North Market flea market on Monday mornings and the organic farmers' market on Saturdays.

The Brewers -elected most beautiful canal or Amsterdam- in the quiet southern area of ​​the Jordan, with close access to all the highlights of Amsterdam Has to sacrifice. Close by Central Station and Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk, elected best shopping street in the Netherlands, host a variety of specialty shops and lunchrooms. The Anne Frank house, Dam Square, Central Station, the 9 streets (for some more great shopping) and the North Market are within walking distance. The Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh museum, FOAM and Vondel Park are easy accessible by foot, bike or tram-which stops close by on the Haarlemmerplein.

If cycling is your thing, then we have bikes for you - a great way to get an inside view of the city! Gladly we'll inform you about the possibilities. The most attractive park in Amsterdam (Wester park) is within walking distance at ook. Here you can enjoy events like The Rolling Kitchen (for the foodies amongst you), concerts, movies or just chill and have a coffee or a drink. Check out our personal guide for more insider tips about Amsterdam!


Rates & Availability

Grachtengordel House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nazomer 2016
Aug 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
Najaar 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $46 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Eindschoonmaak $54
Refundable damage deposit $272
Tax Rate 6.0%
Stay tax 5.0% per night. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival.

Please note that the stairs are -as in all old Amsterdam houses- rather steep.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Grachtengordel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • - toilet , Separate toilet on first floor
    - tub , Bathroom with bath tub and sink on second floor
  • There is soap, shampoo and conditioner at your diposal, plenty of towels and a hairdryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib
  • The bedroom is located on the 2nd floor and has views of the canal. The comfortable double bed has goose down duvets and pillows. A cot is available. There is a sofa bed in the living room.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • 2 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • roller blading

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