The Best Houseboats to Book in Amsterdam

Kapitein Anna: once a paddle steamer, now your floating home-from-home
Kapitein Anna: once a paddle steamer, now your floating home-from-home | Courtesy of Kapitien Anna / Booking.com
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13 October 2021

Amsterdam has plenty of water – but not much space. Therefore many people have set up their homes on the city’s canals, converting boats into full-fledged houses. Many of these vessels are available to rent, offering travellers a unique Amsterdam experience. To help you choose, we’ve compiled a list of the best floating accommodation in the Dutch capital – bookable on Culture Trip.

Houseboat Schellingwouderdijk

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Houseboat Schellingwouderdijk
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Despite being only an 11-minute drive from central Amsterdam, Houseboat Schellingwouderdijk feels a world away. Set in an up-and-coming area near the eastern docklands, it offers several different houseboats. Each are named after one of the city’s landmarks – Jordaan and Schiphol, for example – and all come with ultra-modern decor, espresso machines, kitchen hobs, a double bed and bunk beds. Best of all, they boast spectacular views of the marina.

Houseboat Havana

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Houseboat Havana
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Plonked on the waterfront in Zuideramstel – a residential suburb just outside of the Binnenstad – Houseboat Havana is a lovely, compact option for your Amsterdam city break. The modern floating house has two bedrooms – one with a double bed and one with bunk beds – a living area, kitchenette and sun-soaked private patio. It’s the perfect spot to sip your morning coffee.

Houseboat Tante Piet

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Houseboat Tante Piet
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Houseboat Tante Piet came to fruition in 2016 when the owner bought a former cargo ship with dreams of turning it into a B&B. Fast-forward a few years and you’ll find its two large guest rooms, decorated with exquisite Scandi-style touches. It’s perched on the edge of the Binnenstad, meaning everything in central Amsterdam is within walking distance.

Houseboat PrinsHeerlijk

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Houseboat Prinsheerlijk
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It’s easy to live your Amsterdam canal-life dream with a stay at Houseboat PrinsHeerlijk. The very modern floating home has a light-filled living area, fully equipped kitchen, cosy bedroom and sleek bathroom. Found in the Binnenstad canals – equidistant between Bloemenmarkt and Rijksmuseum – we think you’ll spend most of your time on PrinsHeerlijk’s rooftop. However, lounging on the comfy sofas and hammocks while watching locals and tourists wander the streets is just as blissful.

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  • Kapitein Anna

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    Kapitien Anna
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    Why book into a regular hotel when you can book into a floating one? Kapitein Anna dates back to 1911, when it was built as a paddle steamer. Later, it was transformed into an adults-only hotel and moored next to a ferry terminal, offering 12 slick rooms. Be sure to book a table at its mahogany-panelled à la carte restaurant to dine on dishes like veal sirloin, tuna tartare and fresh lobster salad.

    Houseboat Jupiter

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    Sitting on the Amstel, with excellent views of the Magere Brug as its lights illuminate the dusk, Houseboat Jupiter is one of Amsterdam’s most romantic places to stay. The two bedrooms include one lovingly referred to as the honeymoon suite, where a well-placed skylight above the bed allows you to stargaze as you snuggle.

    Houseboat Saturnus

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    Nestled in the heart of the Binnenstad, Houseboat Saturnus is a luxe option for any Amsterdam city break. With two bedrooms, a modern bathroom, cosy living area and well-equipped kitchen, this houseboat has everything you need for a relaxing stay. There’s a private terrace, too – enjoy your home-cooked breakfast or stroopwafel from a nearby bakery while soaking up some Dutch sunshine.

    These recommendations were updated on October 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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