Houseboat Amstel river next to park

Apartment - Private room · Amsteldijk, Amsterdam, North Holland 1079, Netherlands

Stay onboard of a renovated ship from 1929 on the Amstel river. The boat has central heating, hot water, solar energy, next to a park, WiFi, outside deck, and a great 360 degrees panoramic view. You have your privacy whenever you want.

The Space

Beautiful houseboat/ship on the Amstel river, 15 minutes from city center by bike or public transport. Boat is located next to the Martin Luther King park - so it's really quiet as there are no other houses nearby (except for neighboring boats). In the summer you can swim in the Amstel, sit outside on the deck in a Fatboy or relax in a hammock.

There is broadband internet (via wifi) and heating for the colder days.

Some notes:
1. Boats were built the move stuff, not people. Therefore the ceilings are not very high. If you are taller than 1.85m, you will not be able to stand up straight everywhere.
2. Streetview: these images were shot during the Parade street festival. This is a 2 weeks festival in August - which is great, fun, but noisy. For the rest of the year, the park is quiet and there are no fences or porta potties either.
3. I can't host more than 2 persons.

Please note that I'm not offering the entire houseboat. It includes the depicted bedroom - and of course you can make use of the living room, bathroom, and the deck. I will be there as well ;-)

Getting there:
* By car. Directions provided by your gps/satnav or (website hidden) Maps are very accurate. Generally you can park the car in front of the house, at cost. Parking meters in Amsterdam are not very friendly - they don't except cash, only Dutch debit/credit cards. Probably easier is paying with your mobile phone using Parkmobile. See (website hidden)
* By public transport. It is a 7 minutes walk from tram 4 (Victoriaplein), or a 15 minutes walk from either train station Amsterdam RAI or Amsterdam Amstel. Check (website hidden) Maps for the walking route.
* By taxi. Taxis are quite expensive in the Netherlands and certain rates are fixed. From Schiphol expect approx. €40. The trip from my area to Schiphol is fixed at €33.

Hope to welcome you on board of this magical boat.

Interaction with Guests

I like to ensure my guests have a great stay in Amsterdam. Helping them out with their questions and needs. I'd love to share live experiences and having great conversations if my guests are open to that. Otherwise, I'm just a fly on the wall.

The Neighborhood

* Close to both the city center, as well as the highway and train stations
* Many shops and supermarkets in the neighborhood, open from 8am to 2am.
* Next to a park
* Quiet at night

Getting around

* By public transport:
It is a 7 minutes walk to Victoriaplein. Here you find busses and trams, bringing you to several locations including downtown in about 10 minutes. There is also a nightbus (#354) that runs every 30 minutes during the weekend and less frequent on weekdays.
* By bike:
Amsterdam is the bike capital of the ... world? Anyhow, bring your own bike or rent one (for around €10 a day) and extend your radius, avoid pain in your feet or being dependent on Public Transport
* Car2Go:
If you have a Car2Go subscription, bring your card. There are over 250 electrical smarts.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $36
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We really enjoy our journey in that houseboat.
    Martin is a very friendly host and helpful . Our welcoming was very nice .
    The houseboat was clean and exactly as pictured.
    The room is nice and the bed is very comfortable .
    My friend and I highly recommended this place .

    January 2014
  • Martin's houseboat is an Amsterdam dream come true! Staying with Martin was one of the highlights of our trip, partly because his home is so novel and idyllic, and partly because Martin is a fantastic person to cohabitate with. We really wanted to stay on a boat when in Amsterdam and we got exactly the experience we hoped to have. The upper floor has a gorgeous panoramic view of the Amstel river on one side, with a lovely park on the other. You can peek out the porthole of your cabin to watch the sun rise. We loved lazing around on the boat with the cat while watching boats and critters float by. Martin's a wonderful host and we really enjoyed getting to know him and talking about Amsterdam and the tech world. He made us feel welcome and at home, like our half of the boat was really "ours" while we were there. The bathroom, kitchen, and laundry were all clean and easy to use, and there's great storage in the room. The hatch to the room might be a little tricky for older guests to use but it was fine for us. The neighborhood near the houseboat is quaint and full of cafes and little shops (we particularly enjoyed the Indonesian take away that Martin suggested). We wish we could have stayed longer and we were so happy with our stay there that next time when we visit Amsterdam we'll check to see if the houseboat is available before we book tickets!

    December 2013
  • Martin is very welcoming, helpful and easy going.
    The experience of spending the long weekend in his houseboat was unique and pleasant! It was very easy to go places from there.
    I totally recommend it!

    November 2013
  • Wow. What a fantastic way to begin my stay in Amsterdam. I had just moved from New York and, while searching for my own apartment, wanted the authentic Dutch experience of living on a house boat. I definitely got it; Martin's boat is full of warmth, style and charm, and so is Martin himself. I arrived a bit earlier than we had arranged and, still, Martin greeted me with a smile and a fresh cup of espresso. My room was down below, accessible by lifting a hatch (boyhood dream realized). It had round nautical windows, plenty of room for all my stuff (remember I was moving, I had a lot) and a big cozy bed. There was a closet to hang some clothes and Martin even gave me my own shelf in the bathroom, which was quite convenient. Every morning I enjoyed coming upstairs to relax at the large table and look outside at a verdant park on one side and the Amstel on the other (and, occasionally, Caramel the cat would walk by and greet me with a meow).

    If you're used to 5-star hotels this may not be for you, but if you want a unique and authentic experience, free of frills and complications, then you're doing yourself a service by staying with Martin on his boat.

    October 2013
  • It was a nice stay on Martin's boat! I liked the combination of the old boat with modern design!

    The room is in front of the boat right under the shared living space, the bathroom is reachable through the kitchen a bit upstairs/downstairs as usually on a boat, but good to know.

    The price is always a big topic, especially when it's a room with shared space close to the price of a Hotel where you have more privacy and services. But that doesn't change the fact, that this boat is a very special place in Amsterdam with an experience you won't have in a Hotel!

    Of course, Airbnb's own pictures are always shot very bright and wide-angled, for me that was clear before.

    Thanks to Martin for that special place!

    October 2013
  • Martin was an excellent host and a great guy to chat with! He was very helpful before and during our 5 night stay in his houseboat, definitely a unique Amsterdam experience. The room is nice and the bed is very comfortable with clean sheets and towels. Access will be a little difficult if you are unsteady on narrow/steep stairs, but that is virtually the only issue. He was very helpful with tourism info, shopping, and getting around town. The houseboat is about a 20 minute direct tram ride to downtown, and the station is right by the houseboat. It's also at the end of the line, which is extremely helpful so you don't have to pay attention to all the stops in Dutch. Overall a fantastic and very unique experience, highly recommended!

    October 2013
  • Martin was a very gracious host. The houseboat was clean and exactly as pictured. It was a great first AirBnB experience and I am very happy that I chose the houseboat as an option to stay in Amsterdam.

    October 2013
  • We spent two nights on Martin's Houseboat and felt welcome during the whole stay. Martin is a really nice guy. The bedroom is comfortable and the boat is easily reachable by bike.

    September 2013
  • Pretty unique place to stay in Amsterdam. Martin is a great guy with a lot of very helpful tips to enjoy the city. Only two drawbacks: the fact that it is quite a bit away from the center (which is good, too because you have privacy on the deck, which you wouldn't have in the center...). And, although the room is perfectly private, you are not alone and going to the bathroom you have to cross the kitchen and living-room.. The place got character, that's for sure!

    September 2013
  • Staying at Martin's boat was a very unique experience.
    We especially liked that the bedroom was so quiet and the bed was so comfortable. We slept really well. It's also quite conveniently located as the tram #25 is so close. Additionally, it's on a great jogging course which is pretty important for us while on a trip.

    September 2013
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I am born and raised in Amsterdam. Have been travelling extensively and came to the conclusion that Amsterdam is still a fantastic place to live. Besides the beauty of the city, people are generally quite open minded and can express their feelings in English (or at least show you the way to the nearest coffee house). I have very broad interests in live. Currently working hard on my new baby: an internet startup named Toogethr ((website hidden)) - this is a ridesharing service. Who is going to be the first person catching a ride to my place? You get a bottle of champagne! Next to that, I have a 9-year old daugther, a 15 year old cat (won't make it too long) and love to hang out. Music is a big passion, as well as music and art festivals and project. Maybe you run into me at Burning Man (without the hat).
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