Discover Utrecht's Canals: Top 10 Airbnb Houseboats - Updated 2021

airbnb houseboat utrecht

Utrecht is a historical city in the center of the Netherlands and has been captivating visitors with its Medieval Old Town, peaceful canals, gothic cathedral, and 14th-century bell tower. You could choose to stroll through the botanical gardens, visit the Dom Tower, or even explore one of the many local museums. For a truly unique experience, we recommend staying on one of the waterways in a houseboat. We’ve selected the top ten houseboats available on Airbnb in the area so you can book today and start planning your ideal holiday. You can thank us later!

1. Sunny houseboat and motorboat (from USD 296)

This popular and sunny houseboat is only available to rent for certain weeks of the year. As it has been featured in magazines, it is extremely popular, so be sure to book early to avoid missing out. This stylish property includes three terraces and a garden space, ideal for relaxing in after exploring Utrecht. The living room space is open plan to the well-stocked kitchen. There is an additional studio space that is ideal for working and full Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Or, you could completely ignore work and instead take advantage of the hot tub, large ‘vlet,’ which can fit ten people, or take out the small sailing boat.

Sunny houseboat (incl small boat!) Utrecht/centre
Utrecht, Netherlands
26 reviews
Houseboat 0 Beds 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the houseboat was roomy and comfortable
thanks to natascha and her neighbor hosts for ensuring we had a smooth and relaxing stay
the proximity to the central station shopping and the centro was perfect for me and my husband
what a fantastic stay the houseboat is a gem in a great location in utrecht
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2. Romantic and cozy houseboat (from USD 514)

Located right next to the Jaarbeurs, this centrally located property is a 10-minute walk from Central Station. This listing has one bedroom which is ideal for two people, a living room with beautiful wood stove, and a well-equipped kitchen. It is a simple kitchen but comes with a Nespresso machine, fridge, and microwave and oven combi. For an additional charge, you can borrow the dinghy to sail through the canals of Utrecht.

Romantische en gezellige woonboot!
Utrecht, Netherlands
67 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed was fantastic and the interior design of the houseboat was so cute and cozy
it had a nice bathroom proper kitchen
nicely decorated fully equipped very comfortable
the cleanliness was pretty good overall but the carpets and floors could have been a little cleaner
very responsive hosts and very cozy home
hosts were very nice and helpful too
annemiek was a nice host and had some good suggestions for utrecht
she was very friendly and took some time to explain everything and make sure we were settled
christiaan and annemiek were wonderful hosts
very peaceful and yet close to town
all in all super the boat is conveniently located - about 15 min walk to central station
in a great location close to the station the houseboat is equipped with everything you could need
we would absolutely recommend this place to anyone we will be back again in the summer
this houseboat is absolutely beautiful and lovely perfect location pretty sunsets and stylish deco
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3. Great stay on a houseboat in central Utrecht (from USD 211)

Nestled into the Kromme Rijn, this boathouse is situated just 300 meters (984 ft) from the Ledig Erf and a 10-minute walk to Twijnstraat. There are three bedrooms at the property, one with a double bed and two with single beds. There is also a well-equipped kitchen on-site, full Wi-Fi, and laundry services. This property is really spacious, ideal for friends and families.

Great stay on a boathouse in centre of Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands
12 reviews
Houseboat 4 Beds 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
kitchen also leads onto small balcony perfect for enjoying breakfast in the sun
the house is wonderful bright and spacious with a fully equipped kitchen
very good friendly and helpful host
that's what one would definitely call 'kids friendly' place
walk to where you enter the old city is perfect
bike ride and all great places for kids
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4. Unique houseboat (from USD 272)

Surrounded by nature yet in the heart of Utrecht, this spacious houseboat is ideal for six guests. Within just 15 minutes you can walk to the Jaarbeurs, the station, and downtown Utrecht. This property has two floors; the upper levels contain the living room and spacious open plan kitchen-dining area. The bedrooms and office space are located downstairs alongside the full bathroom and separate shower. There is plenty of space for all guests and we particularly like the two covered terraces.

Unique houseboat, near the centre and Jaarbeurs
Utrecht, Netherlands
13 reviews
Houseboat 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
great main bathroom with a shower as well as a tub
a very comfortable place to stay
it is a wonderful houseboat very spacious and furnished in a nice and modern way
els was the perfect host
good beds great service of the host who came inmediately to help out with the washing machine
our hosts els bert and tess were so helpful and friendly they made our stay even more enjoyable
els is the best host you can imagine everything was taken care of from start to finish
located in a beautiful and quiet park on walking distance from te city center
the neighbourhood was perfect the location is super a supermarket near
very safe to walk around in
in the city centre but yet so quiet and beautiful
an amazing park all around
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5. Floating house near city center with free parking (from USD 211)

Staying in this newly renovated houseboat in the center of Utrecht, behind De Jaarbeurs, you can enjoy the peace and quiet. The property can comfortably host two guests. The living room area has a traditional wood-burning fireplace, large dining table, and easy access to the outside areas. The open kitchen is well-equipped and even has a smoothie-maker, coffee machine, and spices for use. The bedroom has a double bed and is connected directly to the shower room. It is worth noting that this property has a friendly pet cat and that the hosts kindly offer continental breakfast for the first morning.

Houseboat city center of Utrecht (free parking)
Utrecht, Netherlands
48 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is a spacious and light-filled home with a very well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable double bed
the bed is super comfortable and the house nicely decorated
marleen's houseboat is very cozy and we enjoyed our stay there
everything was clean and well equiped especially the kitchen
she was an excellent host and the check-in and check-out went smoothly
marleen was a fabulous host very welcoming and quick to respond
marleen is a fantastic host - thank you i would thoroughly recommend a stay
such a nice place such a nice host and such a nice cat beautifull place loved it
the location was perfect for exploring the city and was so close to the station
it's an incredible space located in a calm spot minutes away from the city centre
you're in for a treat if you like being outside when staying in this is the place
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6. Amazing, authentic 'floating villa' (from USD 217)

Located near Amsterdam and Utrecht (20 minutes by car), in a green and natural environment, this houseboat is ideal for four guests. This property has a beautiful garden, two bedrooms with private bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/dining room, and a living room with a wood fire. You can also enjoy the bohemian-style lodge area, ideal for relaxing with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. There is a seven-night minimum stay at this property.

Stunning authentic houseboat near Ams. (20min)
nieuwersluis, Utrecht, Netherlands
Houseboat 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

7. Houseboat (old cargo ship) in Jutphaas, Nieuwegein (from USD 157)

This lovingly restored and fully furnished cargo ship is moored in the old district of Nieuwegein, Jutphaas. It is within cycling distance to Utrecht. Originally built in 1922, this 72 foot (22 meter) long boat is ideal for up to four guests. There are three bedrooms, which are located in the hold of the ship and can be reached by a short but very steep staircase. The first bedroom has a double bed, whilst the second is a single. The property is very comfortable and welcoming; you’ll soon feel right at home.

Houseboat (old cargo ship) in Jutphaas, Nieuwegein
Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands
142 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we enjoyed quiet evenings on the deck and very comfortable sleeping quarters
breakfasts on the deck were especially enjoyable many thanks
perfect for breakfast on the deck
very comfortable beds lots of space well-equipped kitchen
we enjoyed our early morning swims in the canal and the bbq on the deck in the evening
everything was clean and some additional features like a coffeemaker washing machine and netflix were provided
a wonderful clean and stylish houseboat in a lovely part of the city
we loved our stay at this nice clean and well equipped woonschip and would definitely come again
raymond is very welcoming and the boathouse is very cosy and clean
the boat is clean and located in a quiet area
thank you raymond host us
the hosts aperance and hospitality is awesome and one of a kind
raymond and pauline were great host
our time on the boat was amazing raymond was a great host and welcomed us and showed us around
the hosts were extremely friendly and helpful
great location with excellent links to utrecht
shopping and restaurents are close by and by bike it is 15-20 minutes to the charming city center
the bus / tram system is very easy and convenient to use
perfect for the bus into utrecht
everything was nice and clear location was awesome and quiet
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8. Utrecht houseboat near center

In an excellent location, this cozy houseboat is just five minutes away from the center of Utrecht. You can borrow the bikes that the host kindly provides and cycle your way to downtown. There is one spacious bedroom in the property. With a double bed, it is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic weekend away.

Utrecht houseboat near centre

9. Modern houseboat

This comfortable houseboat is ideal for up to three guests and it is located near Central Station. There are two bedrooms at the property; the first is bright and has a double bed and the second has a smaller bed. The spacious kitchen is well equipped and meals can be enjoyed on the lovely terrace area. There is Wi-Fi throughout the whole property for those of you who need to stay connected.

Moderne woonboot / houseboat Utrecht
26 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds

10. Cabin 2 onboard passengership "Ahoy"

This listing is for a private room onboard a passenger ship called the Ahoy. This B&B has a large common room and semi-covered deck, both of which are ideal for socializing. Breakfast is included in the price of the rental. There are a number of different rental options; fourteen cabins are below deck and include: six single rooms and eight double-sized rooms. Note that regardless of room size, all beds are single. Each cabin has a washbasin and access to shared shower and toilet facilities. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

Cabin 2 onboard Passengership Ahoy
Utrecht, Netherlands
181 reviews
Private room in boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room has a private sink that ended up being incredibly useful
a cosy room and a comfortable sleep below deck just mind your head on the stairs
the little cabins were a bit cramped but i loved having my own room & sink
a small room (bunk bed sink wardrobe chair) really neat and clean
really nice and original stay at this houseboat a good welcome good sleep and good breakfast
clean rooms and a unique experience
ayoh is very clean and unique stay
clean and host very nice
everything was super neat and clean
the ship is very clean and comfy breakfast was good and much appreciated
the hosts were friendly
also the owners are very nice people
the hosts were very welcoming and nice
hosts were courteous and helpful
great host kind and helpful people
location is easy to go to central by bus
location is 30 mins walk from central station through some nice neighborhoods
lovely location that is convenient to anything one might enjoy
nice family delicious breakfast and good location
it's easy access to amsterdam central too just two buses
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