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Rent A Boat In Canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands - Updated 2020

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The canals of Amsterdam in the Netherlands have a rich history that is as old as the city itself. Currently, they are one of the leading tourist attractions in the country, with thousands of visitors trooping each year to get a feel of the epic canal tours. Another way to have a wholesome experience of the canals is to simply rent a boat, which may not only use for the canal tours but also a more intimate contact with these legendary historical structures. If you feel that it will be a good idea to rent a boat in canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands, then here are our top picks for you.

1. Lovely houseboat with a sundeck (from USD 184)

From afar, it looks like a lazy houseboat idling on the canals, but a closer look will reveal to you a gorgeous boat with stylish finishing and a super comfortable interior. The boat has a sundeck from where you get the priceless views of the private flower gardens as well as the 17th-century merchant houses. Inside, you will find one bedroom fitted with luxurious bedding and soft lighting. The sitting area is spacious enough and features a couch, a dining section, and two recliners. Then there is also a kitchenette with all the essentials you will need to fix a quick meal. Laundry facilities are also available for your convenience.

Houseboat Trijntje, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam,
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
176 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we recommend locking the windows at night and just using the fan in the bedroom to keep cool
fantastic location comfortable space (mind the headroom though ) wonderful view
we had everything we needed for a comfortable & special stay
Cleanliness:
it was very clean and roomy
all the charm you’d expect with hot showers clean rooms cozy lounging space and a clean kitchen
place was clean modern and just right for holiday
the house was sparkling clean
houseboat was very clean and enough space for my wife and i
Host:
hosts were really helpful too
wonderful & attentive hosts
great communications from host
thank you for being outstanding hosts
responsive & accommodating host
Location:
the location is perfect
perfect location to walk/bike around town
this fantastic location and great experience
it is located in a lovely neighborhood and within walking distance of everything we wanted to do
great location to walk/bike to the various museums fashion stores and delicious restaurants
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2. Well-appointed houseboat in a favorable location (from USD 156)

It is a cozy and romantic boathouse located next to the Artis Zoo, the Central Station, and is also in proximity to public transportation and great restaurants. It has two bedrooms, with two beds and one bath. The sitting area is spacious enough with large windows to allow lots of natural light and great views from inside the boathouse. Also featured is a small kitchenette with all the necessary equipment for preparing home meals, and there is also a dining area with a dining table for enjoying your home-cooked meals.

Lovely houseboat @ great location in the center!
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
30 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
with stunning views of the canals from every room this houseboat is a tremendous find
cool views of the canals from the living room
the hammock was a great touch too only complaint was very slow wifi but well worth staying here
we loved our stay in this authentic comfortable and spacious house boat
Cleanliness:
it was very clean and well maintained
very clean and comfortable space toilet and bathroom modern and spacious
Host:
the company sjoerd uses iamairbnb i think was helpful and answered all of my questions
thank you to sjoerd his family and the iamb&b team for hosting us in your beautiful city
the management company we dealt with was super friendly and very prompt in addressing our messages
Location:
perfect location (quite and peaceful and yet very central)
great house boat perfect location
central enough to walk everywhere but secluded enough to relax
a very nice boathouse in a superb location
very nice and cozy houseboat in good central location near all the main tourist sites
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3. Houseboat with free bikes and a bar (from USD 239)

Arcadia is one-of-a-kind houseboat where you will find more than just a comfortable space to rest your head at night. The accommodation features a restaurant, a bar, and free bikes to enable you to explore the neighboring regions. It has a total of three bedrooms, a seating area, and one bathroom and a shower. Also included is a terrace, a barbecue, and a children’s play area. From all around the boat, you will be treated to the relaxing views of the canal upon which it rests and a swimming pool where you can always go for a dive.

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
43 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
don't let the idea of a houseboat deter you - it is cozy and comfortable
insane view favorite neighborhood comfortable and incredibly relaxing
the bed is probably the most comfortable i've slept in and everything worked perfectly
Cleanliness:
the houseboat itself is clean and in an outstanding location yet private and incredibly quiet
it was clean and hermann put a huge bowl of fruit and drinks which was really nice
Host:
hermann was an excellent host
hermann is a perfect host and is very welcoming
hermann was an excellent host and easy to communicate with
hermann was super friendly and very helpful
hermann was a brilliant host very helpful and he even let us check out late on our final day
Location:
the location is fantastic
great location close to many restaurants and close to central station
great location near anne frank house and not far from dam square
picturesque location to take in life in amsterdam
amazing place in a beautiful location
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4. Adventurous houseboat on a canal (from USD 300)

No electricity, shower or running water, but lamps, heater, charger, and a working toilet is available when you rent this adventurous houseboat on the canal. It features a spacious lounge area where there is a bed as well as a sofa bed enough to provide accommodation for up to two guests. It may not be you regular houseboats synonymous with the canals of Amsterdam, but if you would like to experience camping in the middle of a modern city, then it will be a very good option for you.

adventurous boat in centre of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
16 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Host:
anne’s boat is a lovely budget-friendly way to visit amsterdam
Location:
great location 100 meters to weesperplein metro and trains
carre theater is close by to enjoy an outstanding performance
the neighborhood is also quite nice and a good location for seeing lots of sights
an adventurous place to stay in a quiet downtown area
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5. Boat hostel with triple bedroom (from USD 122)

The Liberte boat hostel has just one bedroom but is well equipped to accommodate up to three guests. It features one single bed and one bunk bed. There is a sink, a shower, and a toilet. And for meals and entertainment, the boat has a communal living area and kitchen shared with other guests on the boat. You will fall in love with the views of the Skinny Bridge from the sitting area.

Triple bedroom, Liberté Boat Hostel, Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
45 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rooms were small and there wasn't much room to move around but it was perfect
we also really enjoyed the breakfast and meeting new people
Cleanliness:
the rooms are very small but clean and comfortable
the beds are really comfortable; the linen is clean; the towels are fluffy and the shower is great
Host:
alex was a great host
amazing place comfy and tidy the host is an amazing guy ready to help at any given moment
the host was very accommodating and the morning breakfast and travel tips were super helpful
will is always there to help or give any helpful advice
the staff are friendly and well educated in whats to offer in amsterdam
Location:
location was convenient/walking distance to both central train station red light district and other attractions
good bed good location and great value for the money
lovely place to stay very close to the city center
the location is near the central station so you can reach anything easily by foot
it was an amazing experience that living in a boat the location was very good near the city center
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6. Gorgeous houseboat next to the Central Station (from USD 287)

This splendid accommodation has two bedrooms which can comfortably sleep four guests. Think of it as a two-bedroom apartment located just a few steps from the Central Station, the Red Light District, WaterlooPlein, and the shopping center. Guest to this space will have access to two double bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen, a bathroom with shower and a sun terrace. For guests’ comfort, convenience and entertainment, there is hot water, central heating, cable TV, kitchen utensils, towels, and bed linen. Spending in this boathouse will also ensure that you get the best of the views from the water.

Amsterdam Center HouseBoat Caro
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
62 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the houseboat is beautiful very clean and very well equipped
it was very clean and stay there was nice
the boat had been beautifully redone and was very clean and comfortable
very spacious clean and decently furnished
fantastic boat clean and very comfortable - all it said it was
Host:
our host was very friendly and helpful
joris was a perfect host
our host was very welcoming and warm when we first arrived
great host great boat great time
caro the host was very welcoming and she tried to help us in everything she could
Location:
the location is an easy 10 minute walk from central station
just 5 minutes from central station the location is perfect
good and convenient location
the location is one of the best everything is within walking distance
awesome boat awesome location loved every minute of the stay
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7. Houseboat ideal for couples in the city center (from USD 194)

If you are traveling with a partner to Amsterdam and you would like to rent a boat, then you have every reason to check out this houseboat next to the city center and Rembrandt Square. It has one bedroom but has a total of three beds inside the boat. The living area has a sectional sofa with comfortable cushions and soft lighting. There is a small kitchen with a microwave, a coffee maker and an electric kettle as well as the necessary utensils to get you going. For guests’ entertainment, there is a flat-screen television and Wi-Fi connection throughout the boat.

Houseboat city center rembrandt square
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
71 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
electricity worked hot and cold water great wifi and the views from the roof are stunning
Host:
very nice host and place
host was incredibly helpful with directions tips and suggestion
our host was very friendly and communicated well
very nice and welcoming host
the hosts were responsive & available-very kind when we met them
Location:
perfect location walking distance to just about everything
the location was perfect
great location and a beautiful boat
it is walking distance to everything and pretty close to the tram spot
the location is great it’s close to all the major sights
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8. Fully equipped houseboat with elaborate arrangements (from USD 333)

It is a gorgeous 23 meter (75.4 feet) houseboat situated in the magnificent Noordermarkt, just next to the canal Prinsengracht. The houseboat used to be a cargo vessel but has since been transformed to provide a spacious and fully equipped accommodation complete with a lounge area, a sundeck, a living room, a wood burner, modern kitchen and a total of two bedrooms. Its location makes access to amenities and attractions easy, given that the canals, farmers’ market, pubs, the gallery area, and restaurants are just a few minutes away on foot.

Houseboat on Prinsengracht Jordaan
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
117 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
two comfy beds all amenities you need a brilliant roof deck with table and chairs
the master bedroom has a wonderfully large and comfortable bed with plenty of closet space
very comfortable warm boat with all mod cons in a fantastic location
charming comfortable spacious canal boat
main living area with the kitchen is a great place to unwind - comfortable and tastefully decorated
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and organized
in great shape clean
not only is it adorable but it’s clean comfortable spacious and in a perfect location
its clean and cozy and everything you'd need is available on the boat
Host:
our host was delightful knowledgeable about the area and made us feel very welcome
hans was such a splendid host
she was so sweet and helpful
and remco was a fantastic host with great tips
one of the best airbnb experiences ever hands down of any host house or country :)again just amazing
Location:
the location is perfect
close walk to anne frank house and other places of interest
also the location was excellent
great fun great location highly recommended
it is a great location to walk anywhere
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9. Unique houseboat near The Wallen (from USD 144)

This unique houseboat is in a very convenient location, given that attractions and amenities such as the Palace Amsterdam, Science Center NEMO, the Beehive, the Wallen, and the Dam are all within walking distance. It has one bed which makes it ideal for a couple. The interior is clean, well furnished, complete with a small kitchenette with basic appliance and utensils. The views from the place may not be the best, but it is suitable for those who would love to discover Amsterdam from a convenient location.

Unique houseboat in the center
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
45 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stunning views of the water & such a cozy place to stay
the wifi could be a little spotty but everything else was great
the houseboat is super comfy cozy and warm
Cleanliness:
clean and comfortable
it was surprisingly spacious inside and everything was clean and comfortable
it was beautifully clean and comfortable and had everything we needed
place is very unique clean safe & not so loud
the houseboat was very clean if i needed any assistance the host was very prompt
Host:
our host was incredibly welcoming and kind
john and thuus were fantastic hosts very efficient and thoughtful
had a late flight out and the hosts were great with accommodating us
john and truul are great hosts
there is even a great hot shower our hosts were very friendly and communication was easy
Location:
great place great location (close to amsterdamn central)
nice location relatively near the city center and 10 minutes walk from the central station
the location is perfect the hotspots are in walking distance
location is perfect for expliring dam its centrally located yet quiet and private
great location and really enjoyed our stay
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10. Luxury houseboat next to the city

This is a luxury houseboat located right opposite the Hermitage, and just a few minutes on foot from the zoo, Plantage, the shopping area, and Rembrandt Square. This accommodation features one spacious loft where you will find the bedroom, fitted with a toilet and a private shower. There are two sun terraces from where you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Skinny Bridge. It may look very simplistic in design, but it has all you will ever need for a decent boat accommodation.

Luxury house boat city center next to Hermitage
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
29 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there's fast wifi tv netflix great sound system dishwasher and all mod cons
the interior was perfect and it was a very comfortable stay
it has heated floors and a great shower
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
everything was very clean and the decoration was great
the place was clean
great accomodation boat is incredible ( modern clean & novel )
Host:
hosts were very helpful
edward is a super host with nice recommendations and fast response
edward was a wonderful host
they were great hosts and we loved everything about the barge
edward was also a great host checking in on us every so often despite being on vacation himself
Location:
very well located and safe
the location is great and close to all the main attractions
moreover the location is very good
a very nice place on a perfect location
easy to walk to public transit (if you need it) and close to many shops restaurants and bars
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Experience the thrill of spending a night in a boat

Amsterdam comes with unique experiences for visitors, and a tour of the canals is always on the itinerary of most visitors. Don’t just tour the canals, but take a step further to rent a boat in the canals of Amsterdam and experience the thrill of having to spend a night on a boat.

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