About This Listing
Spacious, modern houseboat in a quiet canal just west of the city center.
Includes bikes to get around town.
Relax in this modern houseboat.
This is a popular listing, I update the calendar daily. Dates that are already blocked in the calendar are not available.
There is a private garden with bike parking on the land side, and a 4*5 meter (200 SqFt) south-facing private deck on the water. The BBQ can be used to keep you warm in the evenings.
The boat is in a quiet canal with no big tour-boats passing by. I am a skipper myself. During the boating season, I will be charging my electric ships moored next to the living room. I'll probably need to pass your the deck once or twice per day.
Naturally, I'll respect your privacy and I won't need to enter the boat itself.
There is an upstairs neighbor. She has her own entrance. Her charming red cat likes to hang out in the garden.
There is one full-size master bedroom & a small boat-style second bedroom. Both with queen size bed (140*200cm). The small bedroom is equipped with cable TV.
A single folding bed can be put in the living room on request.
All beds include duvet, fresh bed-linnen and towels.
The cozy living room offers free view of the canals. The pellet-heater provides safe, easy heating and the romance of a fireplace.
There are no neighbors in view so you enjoy maximum privacy. Double glazing and hardwood floors throughout.
The downstairs laundry room has a washer, dryer and ironing board for your use.
Equipped with full-size bathtub with shower, towel-drying heater and hair-dryer.
This houseboat has a modern fully-equipped kitchen with gas-stove, two types of coffee machine, blender, oven and dishwasher, but no microwave or toaster.
For your convenience, I have a prepaid phone you can use to call me if you need information, or call a taxi. You can also take the phone into town so I can help you find your way back...
For the so inclined, there is a popular coffeeshop around the corner. My home is smoke-friendly.
Please open a window while you smoke, and please don't use air freshener sprays.
I'm a skipper in the Amsterdam canals. Pickup from the train station and other boat tours may be arranged.
Pets / allergies:
Your dogs are also welcome on the boat and in the garden!
I have no carpets, only hypo-alergic hardwood floors.
All rooms, including bathroom and bedrooms have opening windows.
Whilst I have no pets, the upstairs neighbor does have a cat. It likes to play in the garden.
My neighbor has two small pigs. You may hear them at feeding time.
My houseboat uses only green electricity and recycled wood for its energy and heating. My tour-boat is one of the only solar-powered electric ships in Amsterdam.
Located in a small park in the west part of town (Bos en Lommer), it's less than one mile west of the Anne Frank house.
Food / drink:
There are a few nice restaurants in the area (see guide), a few breakfast / lunch places and a supermarket just around the corner.
For kids, there is a wonderful playground right next-door. I love the zipline!
Take a morning run at the Erasmus park nearby, or explore the city using the included bikes.
INCLUDES 5 BIKES. A 5-minute ride to the Jordaan, any place in Amsterdam can be reached within 30 minutes.
11 minutes by tram from Central Station; 15-minute tram ride away from Dam square.
Also includes transporter bike for families with small children.
If my schedule permits, I can pick you up from Central Station in my covered boat. That's arriving in style!
I'll send a user manual upon booking. This contains wifi password, key code and more detailed info.
Besides the two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and lounge, there is a nice private deck right by the water. Sit in the sun, or even take a swim in the canal!
There is also a shady garden. That's where I park my bikes.
Interaction with Guests
I may be out of town, especially in the winter. However, from April till October I'm a skipper in the Amsterdam canals. I may be able to pick you up from the train station in one of my electric ships!
There are two house keys on the board in the kitchen.
There are five bikes available, each with combination-lock.
Please lock them at all times, even when parked in the garden. There is no deposit, but there is a 85 Euro replacement fee if you lose a bike.
This is a smoke- and pet-friendly houseboat apartment. All rooms have windows that can be opened for ventilation.
As a courtesy to our next guests, please open a window when you smoke. Please don't use 'air freshener'.
There is an upstairs neighbor; she has her own entrance. She will be able to answer any practical questions.
Marc was very helpful and welcoming, he was able to pick me and my friend up from the train station by boat. The location of the Houseboat is brilliant, and the spacious floor plan and decking is just a pleasure to enjoy.
Using the bikes to get around is brilliant and the public transport is very easy to understand.
Marc is very easy to get along with and is more than happy to help with any questions. Would definitely be happy to stay again.
Marc understands the importance of being a great host! He picked us up at the train station and gave us a tour of the canals in his boat! After some fairly hectic days of travel in Italy and France, this was the best part of our trip! Marc was very accomodating - I asked him about craft beers in Amsterdam and he said "there is a place right here!" He pulled over this boat and took me into the craft brewery and offered to buy my two beers! Now that is some great service! His place is very nice as well. The master bedroom is very spacious and the bed accomodated my wife and I very well. My two teenage daughters stayed the other bed - it was a little small for them but they didn't seem to mind. The one thing, that I think others have mentioned, is that the bathroom is between the kitchen and the second bedroom so you have to "aware" when people are in the bathroom. A very slight inconvenience but nothing that had a negative impact on our stay there. Marc has a floating deck outside and it's a great place to hang out and watch the local waterfowl (it rained one night and we had a great, relaxing view of the rain on the water!). Also, there are some very nice places nearby to eat. The other great thing is the availability of bikes. After traveling around France on the subway and buses, the bikes were a most-welcome amenity! We used them everyday we were there and they helped make our stay even more enjoyable.
The houseboat is a perfect location! We had a really nice stay there. There's lot of space, the place to sit outside is stunning! Marc is a wonderful host, really friendly and uncomplicated. The highlight was the boat tour he offered us, it was amazing!! With the bicycles you can reach the city center in 10 minutes. Thanks for all Marc!
Det var super at bo på Marc' husbåd. Vi blev hentet i båd ved stationen og blev sejlet ud til husbåden. Området er en stykke fra centrum, men dejlig lokalt og med verdens bedste legeplads lige ved siden af. Der var cykler - også en Christiania cykel - så det var let at komme omkring med børn. Marc var meget hjælpsom og meget venlig. Det var dejligt at bo på båden.
The location is a great proximity to the city. You can access everything by bike. We loved hanging out on the dock.
We arrived early to find the previous tenants on their way out and the cleaner getting everything ready for us. After leaving our bags, we hit the town, returning later to get ready for the evening.
Sunny Houseboat is well-stocked with everything you could possibly need - maybe a little too cluttered with 'stuff'!. However, this does make it feel more like an authentic home, and just adds to the personality of the place. For me, this is the essence of Airbnb.
The bicycles are a nice touch, though cycling in Amsterdam isn't quite as relaxing an experience as I might have hoped. There are a lot of bikes and a lot of tourists about, so central city cycling isn't particularly fun. I can recommend the Vondelpark and Westerpark, though, and Mark provides handy tear-off maps for ease of navigation.
Mark was away for the first day of our visit, so we didn't meet him until the following day when he arrived by boat! We did, however, meet his neighbour and her cat, who stopped by for a chat.
It's worth noting that the second bedroom is located through the bathroom.
This host has 9 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
About the Host, Marc
My background is in music technology. I studied at the University of Utrecht and MIT.
During the summer I tour the canals of Amsterdam in my electric ship,
In winter I'm a computer programmer in Valencia, Spain.
I occasionally perform with my electronic instruments. My music style ranges from free-style electro to techno house.
I'm very proud of my city. Amsterdam is perhaps the most special city in the world: Relaxed, scenic and just the right size. Besides the obvious tourist attractions, there is the wonderful architecture and over 40 museums.
I know you'll have a wonderful time in the Netherlands!
AirBnB cannot display my address correctly, this is the location of my home.Willem de Zwijgerlaan Amsterdam NH 1055 RE
Its easy to park in my street. Parking is about 2,50 per hour till 21:00 Sunday freeWillem de Zwijgerlaan Amsterdam NH 1055
The playground next-door was designed with the help of local children. Features zip-line big slide.Willem de Zwijgerlaan Amsterdam NH
This great restaurant has re-opened recently. Well-known for its outside terrace. Now offers both vegetarian and normal menus. Open 7 days a week. (website hidden)Gerard Callenburgstraat Amsterdam NH 1055
Great spot for breakfast and coffee. Free Wifi and relaxed atmosphere.Willem de Zwijgerlaan Amsterdam NH 1056 JM
An Amsterdam-style smoke-shop. Offers a wide selection of hash weed. Sadly, this place may shut down summer of 2014 due to stricter city policies.Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1056
Affordable sports center (phone number hidden) (website hidden)Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1056 BH
Biological fast-food. The first Snackbar of its kind in the Netherlands. Hamburgers, fries and salads with less guilt!Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1056
A typical Dutch fastfood place. Youll find vending machines with hamburgers and deep-fried delicacies, as well as fries, ice-cream and soda. Only 500 meters away. Open 7/7, noon - 21:00.Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1051 KM
Local shopping street with Albert Heijn supermarket, night shop, florists, pizza place, etc.Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1056
French breakfast and lunch. A kid-friendly relaxed place that starts your day French-(website hidden)-Thu 8:30 – 18:00 Fri 8:30 – 20:00 Sat-Sun 9:00 – 20:00 (website hidden)Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1056
Tram 12: Museum plein: Van Gogh Rijks Museum. 13: Central Station 14: Jordaan, Anne Frank House, Dam square, Rembrandt plein. Trams run every 10-15 minutes 08-23 hours.Admiraal de Ruijterweg Amsterdam NH 1055
Takes you to Central Station.Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1051
This convenience store is open till 01:00 AM every day of the week! Great for beer and snack runs!Jan van Galenstraat Amsterdam NH 1056 CE
This newly-opened place offers Turkish pizza for those times you just need a snack.Admiraal de Ruijterweg Amsterdam NH 1055
Nice, friendly place to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Closed on Mon. and Tue.Admiraal de Ruijterweg Amsterdam NH 1055 LV
This coffeeshop (Amsterdam style) is on the way to/from the city center.Gillis van Ledenberchstraat Amsterdam NH 1052 VE
OK, maybe not a first-class tourist attraction but this is a giant windmill (built 1786) within walking distance. Cool destination for a 5-minute bike tour. Sadly, it only operates on windmill day.Amsterdam NH
If you need more bikes or a scooter for a day, this is the place to go. (website hidden) (phone number hidden)e Hugo de Grootstraat 2Van Oldenbarneveldtstraat Amsterdam NH 1052 KJ
Great for an early-morning run!Bos en Lommer NH
This is a new food court, great for lunch! Also has three restaurants, a cinema and a covered market.Bellamyplein Amsterdam NH 1053
This guarded parking lot is open 07:00 - 22:00. Tram 14 will take you right from the lot to my house. Only 8 Euro per day.Leeuwendalersweg Amsterdam NH 1055 EJ
The Jordaan district is a typically Amsterdam neighborhood. it features small-scale architecture, shops, bars restaurants. About one km. east of the boat.Jordaan NH
The world-famous Anne Frank house. This is where the Frank family went into hiding during the WW2. Ive put this one in my guidebook to show the way into the old city.Amsterdam 1000 AS
This is a very special place for brunch or just drinks. George created a lovely atmosphere in a traditional Jordaan bar. (website hidden)Goudsbloemstraat Amsterdam NH 1015