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 the most amazing host! He picked us up in his boat at the train station to take us to the houseboat. He offered us a surprise "ride" into town in the boat the next day. He let us use another electric boat that he docks at the house whenever we wanted. And he was extremely helpful with any questions we had. He gave us a local phone to call him with whenever we need anything, and was super responsive. He had even offered to include us in a group of friends he was taking in his boat to a tall ships festival taking place at the time of our stay, although in the end there wasn't enough room for our family.
The houseboat itself is wonderful. It's located a little beyond the center of Amsterdam, but we liked that because the environment was peaceful and relaxing. The decor is modern yet charming, with plenty of everything you need--dishes, towels, bedding. The washing machine wasn't working while we were there, but Marc allowed us to have our laundry done for us at a local laundromat at his expense.
We couldn't have asked for a better host, and we hope to see Marc again someday.
The houseboat was very comfortable and just as described. It was very convenient to everything in Amsterdam--close to the trams and the bus, but also very easy to walk to the center. Marc was a great and generous host. We very much enjoyed our stay.
This houseboat was the perfect base to explore Amsterdam and not feel like a tourist. We truly felt as if we were staying at a friend's home that had a relaxed and laid back vibe. Marc was a wonderful host. His abundance of easy directions and well-thought out manual helps one feel at home. This spot was a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the center of the city, but close enough to easily rode bikes into town or take a taxi/uber. Using the small boat was a highlight of our trip. The houseboat itself is clean and has everything one would need. The main bed was very comfortable and foam based - we loved it. The secondary bed was a spring type, more firm, and was accessible through a bathroom. One thing to keep in mind is it's on the water so you will get Mosquitos and spiders outside. We didn't have a problem with them inside and I did see some bug spray. Might want to bring your own if you have a special type you use or tend to get bit. We'd highly recommend Marc's houseboat.
Abbiamo appena trascorso 3 fantastici giorni ad Amsterdam, nella Sunny Houseboat.
Marc, e' veramente molto ospitale è disponibile. Grazie al bel tempo abbiamo potuto vivere la casa molto intensamente. Di ritorno dai nostri giro ci godevano il terrazzo e le cene a lume di candela fai da te ! Insomma una bellissima esperienza assolutamente da consigliare e rifare al più presto.! Desidero ringraziare Marc per il bellissimo giro in barca attraverso i Canali e per averci fatto parcheggiare le moto in giardino. La casa e' molto funzionale ed accogliente. Ottima posizione in zona tranquilla ma vicino al centro (consiglio di prendere tram 14 per andare in Centro ed il 12 per il Museo di Van Gogh)
We had such an amazing experience at Marc's home! His houseboat is immaculately kept, and he is incredibly accessible. He communicates well with a very detailed house guide, a cell phone he left for us specifically to call him, and via email. He's such a pleasant person that it almost felt like we were staying with close friends there. While staying there over our anniversary, Marc invited us to use one of his boats to tour Amsterdam's canals. He made Amsterdam feel like our town and we look forward to returning again soon.
Das Hausboot hatte genügend Platz für fünf Personen. Es war ein toller Urlaub und mal was ganz anderes auf einem Hausboot. Marc war äußerst freundlich und immer erreichbar. Außerdem hat er sich für uns Zeit genommen und eine tolle Bootsfahrt durch die Kanäle von Amsterdam gemacht. Die Lage ist sehr vorteilhaft da man zu Fuß in die Innenstadt ca. eine halbe Stunde benötigt, trotzdem hat man auf dem Hausboot die Möglichkeit zu feiern . Die Nachbarn sind sehr freundlich und helfen gerne bei Fragen . In der nähe gibt es auch ausreichend Einkaufsmöglichkeiten die man zu Fuß oder mit Marc's Fahrrädern gut erreichen kann . Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit und werden sicherlich nochmal kommen .
Super Host ! Awesome Houseboat ! And THE nicest thing you can do, go around the Channels of Amsterdam with the Electric Boat which is possible to take by your own (At fair extra charge). I will for sure book again when being in the Area again.
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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!