What do you think of when you think of Amsterdam? For me, it’s the stunning canal houses and houseboats. We’ve been doing a lot of exploring our own city, because there isn’t a whole lot of proper travel going on at this point in time. It’s been really exciting, though! We’ve been discovering unique places to stay in Amsterdam and I’m mostly excited that we stayed in a houseboat in Amsterdam!
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I’m all about unique experiences and leveling up your travel memories. But, also, I just thought it’d be cool to stay on a houseboat. Wouldn’t you? There are more than a few different options when looking for a houseboat to stay in. You could rent an entire houseboat, one where you share common areas, luxury ones, old ones, some that feel like a ship, and many that are new.
Like you, I did a ton of research to find the right one for us. That meant, not too expensive, private, great view, and has everything we need. I’m thrilled to say we found it. If you want to see how thrilled and how utterly obsessed I was about staying here, you’ll have to watch our YouTube video (and subscribe! 😉 ).
You’ll find houseboats all over the Netherlands but in some cities there was simply a need for more housing and although the Dutch are famous for making new land, some decided to move onto the water. There are still many actual boats that were turned into homes, but now-a-days, you’ll find new ones built from scratch and were never intended to be boats with motors. They float just the same, though!
Why stay in this houseboat in Amsterdam?
For that matter, why even talk about it? We’ve stayed in a few unique places already (see YouTube playlist) and haven’t written full posts about them. Why is that?
Well, the other places we’ve staycationed in were definitely unique places to stay, but this was the first one that had me crazy excited. It’s in a great neighborhood so there are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants nearby. It’s a modern houseboat and you get your own (decent-sized) room with a private entrance, and private bathroom. The host is a superhost on Airbnb. And this houseboat is on the Amstel River! Yep, that’s the river that gave Amsterdam its name.
Most houseboats (including this one) are completely hooked up to the city utilities, so you have everything as you would on land…but you get this unique view. Tip: Get up early to experience a calm I’ve only ever experienced in a cabin in the woods.
This houseboat in particular has what you’ll need for a few days stay. The reason we booked this one was because of the location, the superhost, and that it was private with a bathroom that isn’t tiny and a little kitchenette area.
I really hate not having a refrigerator or kettle in a room. Don’t you? It’s the little things that impress me…and views. I love views. So, this place definitely ticked my boxes. The only thing it didn’t have was a TV. At first I was a little annoyed because we like to watch TV before bed, but instead, I stared out the window. It was magic.
I feel like I’m trying to sell this place to you, but I’m not. I’m just the kind of person that gets overly excited when I find something awesome. Just ask anyone who personally knows me. If you watch my view from when we stayed in the houseboat, you get a taste of that. Prepare yourself!
What neighborhood is this houseboat in?
I love all parts of Amsterdam, but some get a little too crowded and many visitors don’t see a real version of the city. This houseboat is in de Pijp, a trendy and international neighborhood full of nice walks, cute shops, and tons of good places to eat.
If you’re on a bike, it’s super easy to get to, otherwise, you can take a tram and then a short walk. This neighborhood, as many neighborhoods in Amsterdam, is extremely nice to walk around in. Take the time to take in the feeling of just being there, walking to the shop for a pint of ice cream (yes, we definitely did that), and feel like a local.
Staying on the Amstel River in de Pijp is epic. It’s a one-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. I live in Amsterdam and this was the first time I stepped foot on a houseboat, so I was over-the-top giddy. I hope you get that same feeling.
FAQ about staying on a houseboat in Amsterdam
Did I get seasick in the houseboat?
Nope, not in the least. I hung out in the room right at check-in time (3pm) and stayed much of the afternoon until dinner at 6:30pm, and only one did a boat go by probably going a little faster than they should and I kinda, almost felt it.
How’s the bathroom?
Bigger than expected, but not big. In many places we stay, it feels like the bathroom is the last thing anyone thought about. I guess, since the owner had it built from the ground, up, she thought about what guests might like.
The door swings both ways (which I didn’t realize when I made the video), and that makes things a lot easier! The shower is the size of what I want in our house. The only real difference you’ll notice is the sink may be smaller than you are used to. But in an Amsterdam toilet room, it’s pretty normal.
Is it more expensive than a good hotel?
I did a quick search on an average price for a hotel. It came up as 158, when I checked dates in September for this houseboat room, it was 185. Considering it’s brand new, modern, in a great location, with privacy and space, I’d say it’s a bargain.
Is it loud?
If you have the window open, it could be loud. Because it’s newer, there’s really good insulation you don’t hear much and the wall is sound-proofed to the next room. I asked a lot of questions, while there!
Is it hot/cold?
There’s underfloor heating, so you can totally stay in the winter and the owner installed an air conditioner. That shocked me! We don’t even have a/c.
Should you stay on a houseboat in Amsterdam?
I would say, yes! If you’re visiting, even if you visit frequently, it’s a memory I don’t think you’ll forget.
Wishing you joy and travels!