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.
The houseboat was very cool. We didn't meet Lydia, but Bernie was very helpful. The accommodations are somewhat rustic but it is a houseboat! On a canal! In Amsterdam! How cool is that.
Absolutely excellent. Such a beautiful place to stay. Lydia was a wonderful host and incredible helpful. Thank you so much Lydia!!
Great and unique experience to stay in Lydia's houseboat. Very romantic, confortable and well located. Lydia is a very able and prestative person. I realy recommend!!
Lydia was very friendly and helpful as was her neighbour Bernie who welcomed us and gave us the mini tour.
The houseboat was fine for a weekend stay. It was as described in a perfect, peaceful spot with lots of passing boats as we were able to sit on the mini deck drinking our breakfast coffee with the local cat saying hello each morning.
The main picture on Airbnb is deceptive as the place is not quite as big or pristine as we had hoped - however it was as I say functional and comfortable as a well located base to explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam and all its varied sights and sounds.
People were naturally and genuinely friendly and helpful, all speaking very good English.
The great breakfast at Firenze's ? on the corner was a delicious bonus as was the food and wine left by our host on our arrival.
Meine Schwester und ich haben uns auf Lydias Hausboot sehr wohl gefühlt. Leider haben wir Lydia nicht persönlich getroffen, aber ihr Nachbar hat uns stattdessen empfangen und uns alle Fragen rund um das Hausboot beantwortet. Lydia hatte uns den Kühlschrank mit Brot, Wein, Saft und Käse gefüllt und sich per SMS erkundigt, ob alles gut läuft. Das Boot sah genauso aus wie auf den Bildern und die Umgebung war einfach unschlagbar. Wir konnten alles zu Fuß erreichen und haben uns rundum wohl gefühlt. Ich würde das Hausboot jederzeit wieder mieten!
Location! Location! Location! If you are visiting Amsterdam and want a romantic, picturesque experience, then look no further as you have found the perfect accommodation!
Lydia's boat is approximately a 15 minute walk from Central Station and in easy walking distance from all the major areas, bars, restaurants and supermarkets.
When we arrived there was a bottle of red wine and two glasses waiting on the table,some food in the fridge and fresh fruit on the side. As Lydia was working the morning we arrived, a friend was waiting with the keys but Lydia was in communication by text from the moment we landed.
As we arrived early and left late in the afternoon, Lydia was very flexible and accommodating on check-in and check-out times as there were no guests checking out when we arrived and the next visitors were not checking in until the next day. This was so helpful to us and was hugely appreciated.
The boat itself was clean and tidy as was the bathroom. I was worried about getting a little seasick but it was stable and moved very little. In addition, there was always hot water and electricity.
The whole experience was 10 out of 10 and we will definitely be staying again!
Wayne and Jason
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