About this listing
Stay onboard at a renovated ship from 1929 on the Amstel river. The boat has central heating, hot water, solar energy, located next to a park, WiFi, outside deck, and a great 360º panoramic view. You have your privacy whenever you want.
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.
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.
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 ;-)
* 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 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.
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 live experiences and having great conversations if my guests are open to that. Otherwise, I'm just a fly on the wall.
* Close to both the old city center, De Pijp, 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
* 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
If you have a Car2Go subscription, bring your card. There are over 250 electrical Smarts.
Other Things to Note
Free access to most museums!
I have 2 cards (aka Museumkaart) that provide free access to most museums in the Netherlands (incl. Anne Frank, van Gogh, Rijksmuseum). You can borrow them and obviously must be returned (as they cost €110). If you need them, please let me know.
There is a Philips SalonDry hairdryer in your room.
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 pumps to get dirty water to the sewer system onshore. Please do not throw anything 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 - 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)
Key: I'll give you a key to the house and obviously, return it
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.
Nous avons séjourné chez martin durant 3 nuits. L'accueil de Martin est très agréable et la péniche est conforme aux photos, donc pas de mauvaises surprises.
Le tram est à environ 10 minutes à pied, ce qui est commode pour se rendre dans le centre ville d'Amsterdam.
Martin échange volontiers avec vous si vous le souhaitez !
En quelques mots, je recommande vivement de séjourner chez Martin. Pour l'expérience de la péniche, pour la proximité du centre ville tout en évitant les nuisances sonores, pour son accueil et ses conseils !
A bientôt Martin !
Martin's house boat is a really fun place to spend time while in Amsterdam and Martin is a great host. It is a boat that was converted to a home years ago. The guest area is separate from Martin's personal space and is as pictured. Everything was clean and comfortable. Martin met us as planned, gave us a key and two museum passes, and explained a bit about town and his area. The walk from tram 4 felt a bit overwhelming the first time because of way too much luggage (long story....) but ended up being fine because it took us past a couple of supermarkets and a very reasonably priced Indonesian take out place that Martin recommended. The shared bath is large by boat standards. The kitchen is tiny but fully functional. martin's boat is hooked up to town water and sewer as are the others so the river is clean. We didn't swim because of rain and cool temperatures. We were at the boat during the August art festival in the park immediately adjacent to the river so there was a good bit of music and sound in the later evening but we were tired and slept well. Between the walk and the tram, it's probably a solid half hour of travel to get to the boat from the Centraal station but those trips gave us a chance to watch the city roll by.
We spent two nights on Martin's boat. Martin's a great host and staying with him is a brilliant way to ground yourself and experience some of the authenticity of Amsterdam. The room is great and the bed was super. The houseboat is a little bit out of the main drag, but it's just a short cycle along the Amstel to get to the centre and the area is well connected to public transport. For the same price you might find something with a bit more luxury, but in terms of experience it's pretty up there.
Thank you Martin for a great stay! The houseboat was accurately depicted on the listing page. It was a fun experience to stay on a house boat in Amsterdam. The bedroom was comfy - albeit a little warm due to the warm weather. Martin was helpful but also let us have our own space. We had a great time
My girlfriend and I had a really time in Amsterdam staying at Martins houseboat. From pictures and deskriptions we had high expectaktions before we arrived and the place lived fully up to that.
Martin ist ein sehr freundlicher aufgeschlossener Gastgeber. Auf einem Hausboot zu wohnen ist eine ganz eigenen Erfahrung, aber er hat alles erklärt, uns bei allen Frage geholfen, z.B beim Erwerb einer Angelerlaubnis für die Amstel, hat stets versucht unser eher durchschnittliches Englisch zu verstehen und wir hatten genug Platz für unsere Sachen.
Everything was nice at the boot.
Martin has a realy sweet cat.
The kitchen and the terrace was great.
the bed is very comfortable.
You have two supermarket their.
You also can swim in front of the boot in the amstel.Martin has also a good music box.
I realy want to come back.
About the Host, Martin
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 12-year old daughter, a 3 year old cat and love to hang out. Music is a big passion, as well as kickboxing, nerdy stuff and art festivals. Maybe you run into me at Burning Man (without the hat).