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Houseboat In Old Center

72 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Binnenstad 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'.


  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2016

About Lionel

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.

Why Lionel chose Amsterdam

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.

What makes this house boat unique

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.


based on 72 traveler reviews

Houseboat In Old Center
average rating of 4.75 based on 72 reviews
Kennebunkport ME

Perfect location for a most enjoyable vacation

  • 5 of 5

Lionel's houseboat combines both the charming, laid-back setting reminiscent of the late sixties "flower power, free love" days coupled with an ideal central location to all important things to enjoy in Amsterdam. We spent a memorable & relaxing time on his lovely boat watching swans & ducks swimming by. Great fun.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our three nights on Lionel's houseboat. Our stay there was definitely the best part of our European vacation, and we truly hated to leave. The houseboat is on a beautiful canal in a peaceful neighborhood, yet it's just a very short walk to museums, shops, open air market, and restaurants. We went on one of those guided canal tours, and our captain highlighted this canal as "one of the most beautiful in all of Amsterdam". We pointed out the houseboat and told him we were staying there, and the captain said, "You are very lucky to be staying on this canal!".

Lionel was the perfect host. He welcomed us warmly, even though we were late. He told us everything we needed to know about the boat and the neighborhood. I accidentally left something behind when we left, and Lionel was so gracious about sending it to me, even though I know it meant a lot of extra work on his part. He is a wonderful host -- a true gentleman.

We hope to visit Amsterdam again in a year or two, and we will definitely stay on Lionel's houseboat again. It made our entire stay in Amsterdam very special.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melissa and it was a pleasure to support you after your warm stay.
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Washington, District of Columbia

Wonderful bohemian houseboat--quiet yet central

  • 5 of 5

The owners made finding and staying at the houseboat easy and wonderful. Excellent location on a quiet canal easy to everything. The week we were there is rained a lot and the houseboat was a nice cozy place to getaway. In the sun it was cheery and fun--opening the windows to have the ducks come by. I totally recommend--especially if you have been to Amsterdam before and want something other than a hotel or house experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cool, funky houseboat for a unique experience and a good location

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very accommodating and pleasant. Directions to the houseboat were easy to follow and the owner was waiting for me when I arrived to show me around. The houseboat was interesting and a great place to hang out. Located off of a main street but quiet. Easy access to grocery stores, etc. and to the city by bike walking or the Metro. Good choice for a single traveler or couple. Neighborhood felt very safe without being too crowded with tourists. Wonderful city and a great place to visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mansfield UK

Great houseboat in the centre of Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

Fabulously tucked away near the Rembrandt museum, this boat is the perfect getaway if you want to be in the middle of it all but still want a good nights sleep. The boat was clean and maintained okay and we were greeted with a warm welcome. If you like thai food there is a great restaurant nearby (but watch out for the chillies!) and plenty of good food and drink close by. Feeding the ducks and waving at the tourists as they pass by is a must!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great start to Amsterdam visit

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful and accomodating host who greeted us with a pot of coffee, restaurant recommendations, and neighborhood orientation. He was very responsive to our emails before our stay, and continued to be at our service during our stay. The houseboat was conveniently located to anything you might want to see in Amsterdam. we covered the city on foot. some walks longer than others, but an enjoyable way to see the city. Self-catering supplies readily at hand. All sorts of restaurants and street stalls. Comfortable bed and good shower.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam Centraal
Amsterdam Canals
The Grand Amsterdam Sofitel Legend
Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)
Amsterdam Centraal
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

Binnenstad House Boat Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak season 2016
Mar 15 2016 - Nov 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Low season
Nov 15 2016 - Mar 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak season 2017
Mar 13 2017 - Nov 15 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $55

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.

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Binnenstad House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
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
  • non smoking only
  • 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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