About This Listing
The Romantic Houseboat is an antique boat converted in to a small but very comfortable apartment. Designed as a studio, it has a bathroom with a shower and a '' climb in to'' bedroom on the front end of the boat. The style of the house can only be discribed as uncluttered 'old amsterdam' style and it has a kitchen to relieve you from hunger.
Located only ten minutes walk from Dam square, the boat is surrounded by many restaurants, cafes, bars and markets. Rembrandt plein, Waterloo plein market and Amsterdam's Stopera (the principal opera house) are all in view from the apartment which means that even a spontaneous stroll through the nighbourhood could turn most exiting. As its a boat you get to see Amsterdam from a very unique prespective and truly enjoy the canals in a romantic way. Street musicians do choose to perform near the market due to it's creative nature so it is possible you would find yourself waking up to the sound of violins.
Lydia was a perfect host, she is really welcoming, smiling and friendly! The house boat is charming and comfortable ! The location is absolutely perfect: central and quite. Thanks again for the birthday cakes and the bottle of wine ! I hope we'll have the chance to come again !We had a perfect week end !!!
Prima ontvangst, gastvrij en behulpzaam. Bijzondere manier om in Amsterdam te verblijven. De ruimte is klein maar erg knus. Hier en daar wat spartaans, maar de perfecte locatie maakt dit goed.
Lydia was a great host. Really friendly and welcoming - with a bottle of wine and fridge full of breakfast items. Also gave us a lovely surprise birthday gift! She really goes the extra mile. Boat is in a great location - central but also quiet!
Best holiday house in Amsterdam!
This houseboat is beautiful with a comfy cave bed and a smashing shower; the entire place has been modernised really well but still has the cutest of original touches. Even with a thriving flea market just across the canal the street is really tranquil. The deck is like having another room to enjoy a drink, people-watch and wave as the tour boats go past. The location is excellent; Centraal station is about 15 mins walk, the red light district is close enough to walk to on a whim, but far enough that you'll never hear a stag party go by. There's a supermarket and off licence less than 5 mins away, a nice friendly coffeeshop (Bluebird) even closer and lots of adorable (not touristy) shops about and most of the must-see attractions are within easy walking distance .
Lydia could not have been a better host, leaving us lots of yummy supplies; a bottle of wine and an Easter tree with lots of little eggs. Even aside from these treats her welcome was so warm it's very clear that she loves having this space to rent and wants people to really enjoy their visit (and also lets her guests know about giant pillow fights :). She also supplies lots of handy holiday bits; an alarm clock, 2 umbrellas, a hair dryer, mini sewing kit and shower gel, as well as a great book with tips on the area and places to see (check out the Phrases to know in Dutch - she thinks of everything ;)
If this boat is available for your dates, stop looking right now and send a request, you are not going to find a better spot.
It was already my second stay on the boat and I definitely will try to come back again as soon as possible. Personally I don't think there's any better way to live in Amsterdam, in particular with the welcome package (Wine, food, sweets...) from Lydia.
The neighborhood is also nice: little bars and restaurants, small shops, supermarkets (even an organic one) an most of the interesting places are just one hop away.
I already miss the sitting on top of the boat, watching city life and boats pass by while drinking a glass of wine and listening to the tower bells chiming nearby... hope to be there soon.
About the Host, Lydia
My name is Lydia and live in Amsterdam now for 20 years.
I have my one video production company and love traveling and meeting new people.
I'm lucky to travel for my work a lot :)
Hope to see you soon