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Houseboat In Old Center

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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'.

LGBT and all origin welcome ;-)

More Details

Your host
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2017

About Your host

As your host, my dearest wish is for you to enjoy your stay and feel at home in your houseboat.

Why Your host chose Amsterdam

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

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.

What makes this house boat unique

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

Only renting the houseboat when I’m in the countryside, a 'polder', which is very closeby.

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.


Grachtengordel House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with 'douche à l'italienne'
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • One bedroom with king size bed 2m/1m80 and overhead ceiling window for watching the stars.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(81 traveler reviews)

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Houseboat In Old Center
average rating of 4.703704 based on 81 reviews
La Mesa

The pictures say it all!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as expected, great location, friendly host..... even the swans showed up..... every day.

That being said, keep in mind, it is an older houseboat, not a hotel. I loved it and would definitely stay again.


P.S. Lionel has a first class collection of Bossa Nova CD's and a nice stereo.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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One more time...

  • 5 of 5

After spending a full week at Lionel's lovely houseboat in 2016, we decided to book it again for our two weeks 2017 trip in Amsterdam.. Lionel and Laurent are the kindest hosts. The canal is quiet and located in the center so it's close to everything by walk or bike. One minute to the metro station too.

Equipment is conform to the ad and kitchen is well equiped.

We had a wonderful time again and never wanted to leave.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eclectic/Fun Houseboat Near Everything

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing trip we had ! This Houseboat is centrally located- the owner is amazing !! Would highly recommend staying here. It completely adds ambiance to your stay in Amsterdam. Loved watching all the boats go by!


  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

I have stayed in hundreds of hotels and vacation rentals and this is my first negative review.

As mentioned by others the place was cluttered, so cluttered that evidently the owner and previous renters had not noticed the dead decomposed frog under the desk tangled in computer cables. As also stated by others there is no place to unpack and you are forced to live out of suitcases that only fit on living room chairs.

The exterior foliage was overgrown with so much debris that the gutters were full. The water had so much debris at the entrance I dropped the keys in the water and they did not sink (luckily). As you would imagine this created a flying bug infestation right at the entranceway. It was so bad a local knocked on the door asking if he could clean the area for payment. In hindsight I wish I would have paid him, we then could have opened the windows in front to get a breeze.

On the positive side, Amsterdam was fun, the location was great and you really do get ducks swimming up to the windows.

I would not recommend this place. I do not like having to provide a negative review as I do not to wish to impact someone's income, however, I feel I owe this to fellow travelers.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: RESPECTFUL Dear David, Your stay and our relationship were perfect. You never expressed your disafection from your arrival until your leaving. The proof is in 5 stars review I addressed to you and which is totally positive: RESPECTFUL. Now when I read yours, I see either an error or an anger or panic following the fall of your keys that you could easily recover. Now you are right : the location is great, floating on water, with an animal life (ducks, etc), some flower beds with bugs and trees around the boat. The City Hall of Amsterdam gave us the price of the most beautifull houseboat garden of the Old Center.
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Ventura, California

Unique Experience and Challenges

  • 3 of 5

My wife was excited that our stay in Amsterdam would require no moving. One week, one place made sense. First of all, Lionel and Hans were great hosts. Lionel was responsive and responsible. When my Garmin watch fell out of the suitcase, he located it and mailed it back to me. As others have said, this is a very good location which is within walking distance of just about everything that you might want to see. Try the little Thai restaurant just down the street. Very good Thai food and non touristy. There is a market about a five minute walk away with beer, wine and sushi! We did find some challenges, however, which are mentioned in other reviews but not as much as I would have expected. Staying for a week, we were hoping to unpack our clothes and put our suitcases away. But, there are no dressers to put your stuff away in. You will pretty much have to live out of your suitcase. And, since the bed takes up almost all of the bedroom, you're grabbing your clothes from the suitcase which is in the living room. Second, as others have mentioned, there is furniture especially chairs everywhere. So the rooms seem cluttered and overloaded with "stuff". The ambience and feel was fine and I enjoyed waving to passing boats. Most of all, we loved Amsterdam!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Edward, Thank you very much for your warm review recalling you were on a boat . Glad to read you much appreciated your host, the very good location and ambience in the boat. After 77 nice reviews, I appreciate to get your feed back . About dressers, there are and I found your lost Garmin watch in one of dressers ;-) I was very happy to support you after your stay and to send to you your lost Garmin watch by postmail. About stars, there are more than 3 stars, visible through the zenithal window of the bedroom for the night ;-) Warm regards, Lionel.
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Warren, PA, USA

Not your run of the mill stay in Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

Quiet but central location in the city; easily accessible by Metro one block away; friendly and accommodating host who made sure everything was the way it should be - and it was. The description online is accurate. Made for a comfortable stay for four days and nights around New Years'. No issues with heat, plumbing or appliances at all during our stay. Would strongly recommend to someone who is looking for an alternative to your typical bricks and mortar hotel room in the city! Give it a shot.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam Centraal
Amsterdam Canals
The Grand Amsterdam Sofitel Legend
Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)
Amsterdam Centraal
Rembrandt House Museum
Amsterdams Historisch Museum
Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)
Waterloo Sq Flea Market
Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Amsterdamse Golf Club
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Centraal Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A10 Exit : Amsterdam Centrum
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
6 restaurants within 100 meters
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Bloemendaal aan Zee
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.


Rates & Availability

Grachtengordel House Boat Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak season 2017
Mar 13 2017 - Nov 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low season
Nov 16 2017 - Mar 12 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $70.4

For your reservations to be considered reserved, 50% must be paid upfront (Via Vrbo with a vrbo service fee of 9% based on total rental price or by Paypal (*) or banking transfer (*), with the balance, paid upon your arrival.

(*) The price quoted is the price charged : No deposit, service fee, hidden charges or bad surprises.

Beyond 3 nights, decreasing rate :

Do not hesitate to ask all information you need before to book. It will be a pleasure to reply and to support you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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