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
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 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 - 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.
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).