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Luxury Amsterdam Canal Houseboat

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Grachtengordel House Boat Rental Photos and Description

House Boat, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)


Experience a unique way of life, the freedom of your own apartment, privacy and independence, the typical Amsterdam charm of living on the water. Fall asleep at night to the gentle rocking of the boat, wake up the next morning to the sound of ducks and swans swimming past.

The boat is perfectly located on a small canal right between the old city centre and trendy neighbourhood ‘De Pijp’ in Amsterdam. Just around the corner from the boat is the river Amstel, the river the city took its name from.


Recently the houseboat was completely renovated and modernised. It measures a total of 70 m2, has an elegant modern design, luxurious with some antique touches. It has large windows all around, it is a very bright place, like a bungalow on the water. It has a spacious living room with a fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms with queen sized (box spring) beds and a private sink/shower each. And maybe best of all, right on the water there’s a nice outside terrace from which to enjoy the ships passing by or watch the sunset over the water. The boat is ideally located for sunshine all day long, from a balcony breakfast to a sunset dinner.


Modern kitchen with fridge/freezer, oven/microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee machine. Central heating in all rooms. Flatscreen TV, DVD player, soundsystem, wifi/highspeed internet. Two Bathrooms with private shower/sink, hairdryer. Separate toilet. Safety deposit box. Washing machine and dryer. Towels and linen (Egyptian cotton) provided.


This boat is located on the edge of the canal ring area, the 17th century historical center of Amsterdam (UNESCO World Heritage Listing). This is the area into which you can endlessly wander, discovering historical gabled houses and beautiful hidden courtyards. Cutting all the way through the canal ring is the Utrechtsestraat, a cozy and classy shopping street with great boutiques and a number of excellent bars and restaurants.

To the south the boat edges on ‘De Pijp’, formerly a 19th century working class area but with a recent influx of students and artists this area is often nicknamed the Dutch Quartier Latin with endless shopping, numerous bars and dozens of great restaurants. Cutting right through this area is the Albert Cuyp Market, Amsterdam’s largest open-air food market.

Public transportation is just a few steps away and takes you in a few minutes to the Museum area (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum) or across all canals all the way to Central Station.

Keywords: houseboat, apartment, light, city, centre, center, amsterdam, two bathrooms, kitchen, canals, market, restaurants, bars, spacious, independent, balcony, outside space

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Harm Jan Kinkhorst
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016

About Harm Jan Kinkhorst

I am a free lance worker in the television industry. I love to travel and have tried to make this houseboat a perfect getaway in a unique city.

Harm Jan Kinkhorst purchased this house boat in 2011

What makes this house boat unique

Living on the water is probably the best way of spending your holiday in Amsterdam. Spend the evenings on the terrace, enjoy the swans and ducks in the morning. In short: live like a local in Amsterdam!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hausboot ist sehr schön, relativ zentral gelegen in einem ruhigen Viertel. Das Boot selbst ist für 4 Personen (wir waren als Familie, also Eltern mit 2 erwachsenen Kindern) optimal geeignet. Die Einrichtung ist komplett und ansprechend. Man hat alles was man für einen gelungenen Aufenthalt benötigt. Die Betten waren gut. Das jedes Schlafzimmer für sich ein eigenes Bad hat war optimal. Check in und check out war hervorragend. Wir würden dieses Hausboot sofort wieder buchen und können es uneingeschränkt weiter empfehlen.
May 2016
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Luxury Amsterdam Canal Houseboat
average rating of 5.0 based on 76 reviews

FANTASTIC! Seriously cannot wait to stay here again.

  • 5 of 5

What a amazing find! Carolien, Jan Peter, and Harm Jan were exceptional hosts. The house boat is perfectly located on a quiet canal, yet easy to get to everything. Clean, charming, and comfortable. Loved every second of our stay and will be back. Thank you for everything.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great houseboat in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the houseboat. It is spacious and clean and in a great location for exploring Amsterdam.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Redding, CT

End of Viking Trip

  • 5 of 5

Perfect ending to a Viking Cruise down the Rhine. Houseboat is perfectly located within walking distance to all the must do stops in town - and direct access to the Central Station for out of town excursions. Accommodations within the houseboat quite roomy and very window lit - Using the Digital Concierge App provided by the owner made the directions easy to get to along with most of the good restaurants around. Having the supermaket a block away another plus.

And, the hospitality offered by Carolein with quick response to any questions superb.

Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Detroit, MI

Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location of this houseboat and very much enjoyed our stay. There are convenient tram and metro stops nearby and the layout was perfect for two people. The patio area is large enough to enjoy coffee or wine. Both the owner and manager were extremely easy to work with, I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Dallas, Texas

Dutch Treat

  • 5 of 5

Four of us spent a wonderful four days on the houseboat. It is extremely well designed and comfortable in every way. All the big windows and the patio made it possible to enjoy the canal to the fullest. The location is great with two important tram stops just a couple blocks away and with wonderful places in easy walking distance. It was a treat to live like a native. Rocking was minimal and we slept soundly. Booking was easy and Carolein made checking in a breeze. We would go back tomorrow if we could.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Truly unique

  • 5 of 5

We loved the houseboat. It was convenient to all the major sites in Amsterdam. We enjoyed the little deck for coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening. Carolien was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. The floor plan was great for two couples. The separate living area was wonderful as we all had different degrees of jet lag!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Amsterdam Central Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


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Grachtengordel House Boat Rental Rates

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Grachtengordel House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • swimming
two bedrooms with private shower and sink in each bedroom.

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