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Top 10 Airbnb Péniches And Houseboats In Amsterdam - Updated 2020

Top 10 Airbnb Péniches And Houseboats In Amsterdam - Updated 2020
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Amsterdam will mesmerize you with its Golden Age canals and irreverent atmosphere. It will excite you with its fervent cultural scene and lively nightlife. It will enchant you with its narrow lanes, lined up with quirky buildings and it will seduce you until you kneel before its beauty. Now imagine what it would do to you if you made sure you had a different experience than anyone else’s, by sleeping on a boat like a true adventurer.

Oh, you didn’t know you could do that? Of course you can! There are so many surprising options of accommodation in boats and houseboats in Amsterdam you won’t even believe us. Maybe you’ve already been recommended a great hotel, but who says you have to do what everyone else does when it’s YOUR holiday?

Take a look at our suggestions of the best Airbnb accommodations in a péniche or houseboat, in the capital of the Netherlands.

1. Volharding Amsterdam (from USD 95)

This lovely houseboat is set right in the centre of Amsterdam, perfect for when you want to be where everything happens. The houseboat has a separate entrance for guests, so you’ll have your privacy, even though you’ll be sharing the accommodation with the owners. The bedroom area has a double bed, overlooking the canal, where you can fall asleep whilst taking in the view. How dreamy does that sound?

Volharding Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
139 reviews
Private room in boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the barge is lovely very cosy plenty of space excellent shower tea and coffee making facilities
the room was so cozy and the bed is amazingly comfortable
cute wee room a mini microwave oven would have made it 200% amazing
comfy bed we loved the windows by the bed and having them open with the water right there
the room and bed were very comfortable and such a treat to wake up on the water
Cleanliness:
really pleasant and clean airbnb
the accommodation is clean and uncluttered
the space is clean modern and stylish
it is clean and the bed is extremely comfortable
it is warm and cozy and very clean and modern
Host:
great host very helpfull
very friendly host too
she is helpful friendly and open minded a great host
great spot great host
mirjam is a really lovely host definitely would recommend this for couples
Location:
the location is also great- a 10 minute walk max to central amsterdam
miriam’s place is in a great location next to the train station and downtown areas
the location of it was just perfect
i highly recommend it 15 min walking distance to the center and 5 to the central train station
lovely location in the west dock
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2. Houseboat with garden (from USD 116)

This romantic houseboat has a lovely garden overlooking the river and the skyline of Amsterdam. It features a quiet bedroom with TV, minibar, and WiFi, as well as a shared bathroom. You’ll be staying in a cosy but spacious houseboat, seconds from the centre of Amsterdam, where you will be able to enjoy the peacefulness of the city and, at the same time, be close to all of the main attractions. If this sounds exactly like what you are looking for, don’t hesitate and book it!

Houseboat, Centre, Spacious Garden, Breakfast
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
539 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable convenient location breakfast coffee and conversation included
great breakfast and it’s only a couple minutes walk to the ferries too
the houseboat had plenty of room for two and had a very charming old-fashioned vibe
we also loved the breakfast such a nice touch
a delicious breakfast is served on a mezzanine just outside the room
Cleanliness:
everything was spotless and clean
very clean and the bed was comfortable
wonderful clean houseboat in a nice and quiet neighbourhood
the style was modern/clean but was not without its charms
it was extremely clean with all the extras and so easy to get into the city
Host:
reinhardt was very helpful and a good host
reinhart was a great host
lovely man very kind informative and welcoming
reinhart was a gracious host
reinhart was a very welcoming host
Location:
very nice location to downtown
perfectly located quiet and central
good location and close to the city
close to center beautiful place
perfect location: peaceful but just a quick ferry ride away from central amsterdam
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3. Studio in a spectacular houseboat (from USD 139)

Now, there’s no way you can be expecting this: a modern studio in a spectacular houseboat! This nautical boutique-style studio is a private space with an en-suite bathroom, which only you and your partner will use. You can see the sky through the window above the bed and sip a drink whilst enjoying the sunset on the private deck.

The owners will provide you with two bicycles, so you can really have a true experience in Amsterdam and free parking if you’re travelling by car. You won’t find a better money-for-value ratio, anywhere else!

Studio on Spectacular Houseboat
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
431 reviews
Private room in guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there were some beautiful flowers in the room when we arrived
the bed is super comfy there is way more space than it seems from the photos
we really appreciated the kitchen area and sonja provided us with some breakfast things
the welcome drink coffees tea fruits biscuits tv with netflix and youtube
there was a map on the table when we arrived which was very helpful too
Cleanliness:
very clean and thoughtfully presented
clean tidy quiet and excellent value
the place was spotless and decorated beautifully
the place is super clean and very cozy
the room is very cozy clean and modern
Host:
absolutely amazing host went above and beyond to make sure our stay was extra special
sonja is a brilliant host and the boat is spectacular
a wonderful host amazing room and she even left us wine bread and breakfast items
the hosts were lovely frequent trams which take you to the centre
book you won’t be disappointed amazing boat and lovely hosts
Location:
location was great too
we also loved the location
easy to get around and pretty close to transit
very nice house boat very well located in amsterdam only 10 minutes walk from the city center
a truly magical location close to every transport system and easy walk distance to retail heaven in hallemerbuurt
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4. Unique studio on cutter 'Rosita' (from USD 106)

Stay in a boat dating back to 1948, which has been converted into a comfortable yacht for two people. Moored in the centre of Amsterdam, this yacht will let you enjoy the city to its fullest and give you an authentic experience. This houseboat features a bedroom area, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom, as well as a terrace with a table and chairs, where you can have dinner whilst admiring the view.

Unique studio on cutter 'Rosita'
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
307 reviews
Private room in boat 0 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed nook was so cozy would highly recommend
it was so much better than a typical hotel or room
pretty good little shower as well for a little room
Cleanliness:
the rosita was very clean and comfortable
Host:
the host is so friendly too
our host was very helpful and friendly
friedrich was a great host
the host is also friendly and fluent in english
friedrich is a welcoming host
Location:
easy walk to central station
ideal location from centraal
close to all major attractions
easy walk from centraal station
warm comfortable and ideal location
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5. Houseboat Nova (from USD 106)

Enjoy Amsterdam’s tradition of living on the water and stay in the Houseboat Nova, a beautifully designed houseboat, moored in the southern part of the city. The whole boat will be yours for a few days and the price includes four bikes, so you explore the city to its fullest the way locals do.

The houseboat features two bedrooms and one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a roof terrace and you won’t have to share it with anyone except your loved ones! This is one of the best options for a houseboat rental in Amsterdam.

HOUSEBOAT NOVA 80m2 + FREE BIKES
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
612 reviews
Entire apartment 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rooms were comfortable and the amenities met all our needs
we enjoyed the comfortable and peaceful nature of the houseboat
we couldn't get the tv to work but used our laptops as the wi-fi was good
there is a ton of space the patio is lovely and the kitchen is nice to have
Cleanliness:
house - clean warm and tidy
it was clean and quiet
the houseboat is clean and nicely furnished
clean comfy stylish home
it is immaculately clean and spacious
Host:
the owners were very good about responding to our questions
the host is communicative and friendly
the host is very responsive if you have any questions or concerns
great place very nice hosts
the host was responsive as gave great tips about the transportation
Location:
good location not too far from city center
the location is nice and quiet away from the busy central area
great quiet location just outside the main center of the city
good location and handy having bikes to get around
cute place away from hustle and bustle of the city
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6. Cosy, comfortable houseboat in the city centre (from USD 62)

This cosy houseboat is located in a quiet area, close to restaurants and supermarkets. It has a private entrance and is great for couples or solo travellers. It features a bed area and a bathroom, however, there is no kitchen, so if you don’t mind not having one, this is a houseboat to consider for your visit to Amsterdam!

cosy, comfortable houseboat, close to city centre
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
182 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is wifi (plenty strong for streaming video)
the bed was comfortable and there’s a small couch and a small table you can sit at
the bed is large for one person and quite comfortable
the cabin is very cozy and two people can comfortably stay there
ths cozy houseboat was perfect for a weekend getaway
Cleanliness:
very clean elegant and warm
allart runs a clean ship
everything was clean and cosy
the shower and bathroom were very clean
clean and nice houseboat comfortable and memorable stay
Host:
allart was the perfect host
allart was a wonderful host and excellent communicator
allart is a fantastic host
allart was a good host kept in touch prior with solid directions and advice
allart was super helpful
Location:
close to the city centre yet located in a quiet and pretty neighbourhood
fantastic location; off the tourist trail but so close to everything
it’s in a great location 10 min cycle to amsterdam central
location is great because the train stop is right downtown street from the docks
100 metres to the tram and bus station so it is super convenient for traveller
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7. Romantic, stylish B&B houseboat (from USD 144)

This stylish houseboat is located in a historic area and has amazing views of the canal. This traditional Dutch barge has all the modern comforts you’re used to. There’s two bikes and a Canadian canoe available, so you can explore the city like a true local. The owners will make sure to help you get anywhere you want to visit and offer you a great stay and extraordinary experience in central Amsterdam.

Romantic, stylish B&B houseboat in canal district
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
210 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the boat had a nice shower and coffee and tea maker
very comfortable mattress and pillows good space very quiet and save good internet relaxed host and good breakfast
residential area beautiful views quiet cozy and clean
the breakfast is amazing and the space is super comfortable
the best part is having the amazing breakfast in the wheel house and enjoying the view each day
Cleanliness:
clean and comfortable stay
great shower and all exceptionally clean
the space was very comfortable and clean
so clean welcoming and in a great location
the boat is nice and clean the breakfast really good
Host:
flip is a wonderful host
flip is a great host
flip was an amazing host
the host answers questions quickly and makes the stay wonderful
flip was a wonderful host who provided lots of great local recommendations
Location:
the location is ideal
great location not far from central station
the location was great (close to centraal station)
wonderful location a comfortable walk north of train station
close enough to the city to walk but far enough away to be peaceful
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8. Modern houseboat with a 360 degree view (from USD 222)

This modern houseboat is our most expensive option but one of the best houseboats you’ll find in Amsterdam. With its modern, functional style, you will even forget you’re in a houseboat at all. The living room has a 360-degree view of the canal and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset as it should be enjoyed.

The whole house will be only yours so that’s another bonus. Featuring two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room area and a kitchenette, this houseboat is perfect for a small group of friends or family.

Houseboat with modern interior in the city center
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
105 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rooms were comfortable and the kitchen area was all we needed
Cleanliness:
very clean and tidy
fun and clean environment
it's very clean and comfy
the houseboat is very clean
great communication clean and tidy boat :) good location
Host:
the host is lovely and stopped by to say hi
host was very helpful and easily reachable
great host who responds quickly to messages
xanthe amazing host and great place
absolutely lovely place and hosts to stay at again any time
Location:
the location is fantastic
location was awesome as everything was close and within walking distance
great location for walking around amsterdam
amazing location to stay in amsterdam easy checkin walking distance from great restaurants and attractions
awesome location and amazing place
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9. Cosy small houseboat

This cosy houseboat is located in the city centre of Amsterdam, near the famous Jordaan. The private bedroom has three beds, so if you’re visiting the city with two friends, this is perfect! There is also a living area and kitchen, where you can enjoy your time in the company of your friends and cook your own meals. You can even ask to go on a boat ride!

Cosy small houseboat

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10. Authentic barge in the river Amstel

Let’s start with the most inexpensive option: this barge is moored in a beautiful part of Amsterdam, surrounded by green, minutes from the city centre. It’s a great choice if you hate being surrounded by tourists and want to wake up in a quiet, peaceful place. The houseboat features a small garden where you can have breakfast, a private bedroom, a bright living room with kitchen area, and a bathroom.

You’ll be sharing your accommodation with the owner who has his bedroom at the backside of the barge, plus his three cats. If you’re a solo traveller and would like to get an authentic experience in Amsterdam, this is the right place for you!

Authentic barge in the river Amstel in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
145 reviews
Private room in bed and breakfast 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the setting is tranquil and beautiful and the private room was tidy and comfortable
the boat was dope beds were super comfy
Cleanliness:
boat is spacious clean and impressive
old- fashioned but absolutly clean thanks for having us we can 100 percent recommend this airbnb
Host:
rick himself is the most helpful host i've ever had
rick was a really nice host and he made us feel very welcome
rick was a great host friendly and helpful
rick was very friendly and courteous host
rick is one of the friendliest hosts you can imagine
Location:
beautiful barge with a good location a short walk from the nearest metro station along the lovely amstel river
great place for an interesting trip
on the way to the metro there's a nice beach area
its a great place to get away
the neighborhood is also very peaceful and quiet
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Have a traditionally Dutch experience in Amsterdam

The point of travelling is to have unique experiences, get to know different cultures and make an effort to mingle with the locals. Staying in Amsterdam on a houseboat is a great way to do these three things at once: you’ll experience Amsterdam’s local way of living on the water, learn about their effervescent culture, and be more of a local than a tourist, throughout your whole visit. If this sounds like what you want to do in Amsterdam, go ahead and book your ideal houseboat. You won’t regret it!

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