Houseboat Amstel river next to park

Private room

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1 bedroom

1 bed
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Stay onboard at a renovated ship from 1913 on the Amstel river. The boat has central heating, hot water, solar energy, next to a park, WiFi, outside deck, and great 360º panoramic view. You have your privacy whenever you want. No other AirBnB guests in the house.

Boat allows for living both in summer and winter as there is heating in every room.

Shops at 3 min walk (open every day). 15 minutes from old city center by bike or public transport. Close to highway for access to Schiphol airport.

The space

Beautiful houseboat/ship on the Amstel river. 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, and sit outside on the deck in a deck seat.

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. It's not save for small children. I don't host pets, as I have a cat.

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, kitchen, and the deck. I will be there as well ;-)

Getting there:
- By car. Directions provided by your gps/satnav or (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps app is very accurate. Generally you can park the car in front of the house, at cost. Parking meters in Amsterdam are not very friendly as they don't except cash, only Dutch debit/credit cards. Probably easier is paying with your mobile phone using Parkmobile.

- 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. Uber is cheaper, starting at €22

Hope to welcome you on board of this magical boat.

Guest access

Guests have access to:
- Private bedroom
- Living room (shared)
- Kitchen (shared)
- Bathroom (shared)
- Deck (shared)

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 my experiences and having great conversations if my guests are open to that. Otherwise, I'm just a fly on the wall.

Other things to note

You can make yourself some tea or espresso coffee in the kitchen. I don't have milk.

In your room, there is a Philips SalonDry hairdryer .

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room

Hot tub
Wireless Internet

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $31
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price $129 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

Food: we are vegetarian - you can stock meat or fish in the refrigerator but upon your leave, take it with you.
Toilet: the boat has automated pumps to get dirty water to the sewer system onshore. Please do not throw paper or anything else in the toilet except anything that comes out of your body.
Smoking: we are non-smokers - you can smoke outside on the deck, whatever burns.
Shoes: we ain't Japanese, but prefer if you take off you shoes indoor.
Pets: we have a cat (Caramel) - he is young and lively - but not allowed in your bedroom.
Heater: when it does cold, you can switch on the heater (and switch it off when you leave or go to bed)
Other folks: Do not bring in any other people unless we know upfront
Rules: we don't like rules. But at the same time it can help build stronger relationships and understanding - as we all come from different backgrounds.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - To get to your bedroom, climb down the stairs with ±7 flights
Pet(s) live on property - Meow. It's me, Caramel.
No parking on property - You can park in front of my boat, but it's public parking at cost.
Some spaces are shared - Living, bathroom, kitchen and outside deck are shared.
Amenity limitations - Your room does not have a door, but a hatch. I'll show you at check-in how to open/close it. It has a counterweight so it is not heavy to operate.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

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180 Reviews

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Karsten User Profile
September 2017
Martin's houseboat is a very unique and authentic place to stay in Amsterdam. Conveniently located at the Amstel river about 20 mins from Amsterdam Centraal. Certainly a great place to stay you will not find a second time.

Caroline User Profile
September 2017
To all with hesitations—do it! As long as you're comfortable with a boat lifestyle. This was my first time doing something like this, and I did not regret it. It was cozy yet spacious, quiet, and simply adorable. There's also plumbing—score! Secondly, Martin was a wonderful host. He makes sure everything goes smoothly! He was accommodating to the check-in time, and helped with transportation arrangements. Let me tell you, after 14hrs of straight traveling, it was really nice to have someone pick us (my boyfriend and I) up from the airport. I recommend taking the public transit around town (if you're a little nervous about biking like me), and there's a station in walking distance (about 5-7min) away from Martin's home. Hope this helpful! Thanks again, Martin!!

Francesca User Profile
August 2017
Amazing view, area and host!

Rita User Profile
August 2017
Location good in a quite area ,not far from tram station easy to get to the centre. You would love the morning view with a glass of tea on the deck . Martin is very helpful and he gives you all your privacy .thanks for the stay we really enjoyed the stay

Janet User Profile
August 2017
Martin was a lovely host. He was friendly, helpful and had the amazing ability to be present when needed, but also to give us space when we wanted to just hang out. Unique, charming experience! We enjoyed the novelty of staying on a houseboat. You are on a boat, so while it felt spacious for a boat, it is still smaller than what you'd expect in a hotel (hopefully that goes without saying). You'll need to be comfortable with going up and down a few narrow stairs to navigate around the boat. The bathroom was quite modern and regular sized with a full bath tub even though it is on a boat. Toilet paper does go in a bin as it can't be flushed down the toilet. We missed this in his profile and reviews that Martin has an adorable cat. Shame on us for not more diligently reading all the reviews. It was no problem and we were able to work around it, but my friend has cat allergies so it was a little bumpy for her. It was so peaceful to wake up on the water each morning. We stayed in summer and kept the portholes open at night for a nice breeze. We didn't have any issues with bugs coming into the room, but at times it felt a little like camping with lots of night time noises from the ducks and the occasional spider zooming along the wall. Overall something we would certainly do again.
Martin User Profile
Response from Martin:
Hey Janet, many thanks for your detailed review, I'm sure this is very useful for future guests. All the best, Martin
August 2017

Virginie User Profile
July 2017
This house boat is a perfect spot to have a rest after a day in the city, along the river with birds sounds and a very confortable home. However, it will be easier if you have bikes, cause à bit far away from the center. Martin is so kind and it was a pleasure to share his place. Thanks for everything!

Zach User Profile
July 2017
Host was very accommodating and flexible with my travel plans. An awesome place to stay!

Amsterdam, NetherlandsJoined in February 2011
Martin User Profile

I am born and raised in Amsterdam. Have been travelling extensively and came to the conclusion that Amsterdam is one of the most fantastic places 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).

Next to that, I have a 15-year old daughter, a 5 year old cat and love to hang out. Music is a big passion, as well as yoga, nerdy stuff and art festivals. Maybe you run into me at Burning Man (without the hat).

Languages: English, Nederlands
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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