Have you ever thought of spending the night on a houseboat? Of course you can do that in Amsterdam! In the city centre there are about 2,500 houseboats on the sides of the canals. Some of them are (flexibly) rented as a boat hotel. You can book these boats as private accommodation. But beware, this type of accommodation is scarce. So, it’s necessary to book in advance and often you need to book for a minimum of 2 or 3 nights. Now you know this, are you ready for an unique experience? Then discover 10 fantastic opportunities for boat hotels in the article below.
1. Boat Hotel Kapitein Anna
The Kapitein Anna boat hotel is a paddle steamer from 1911. In addition to a hotel, the Kapitein Anna also offers a restaurant and can be rented for cruises. This highly valued accommodation is flexibly deployed by its owner. Because of this, the boat is not always available. When the boat is in Amsterdam, it’s located at the NDSM pier opposite the Central Station. From here you can cross the IJ water for free with the municipal ferry. This boat hotel is located 3 km from Dam Square and offers a unique experience on the water of Amsterdam.
2. Boat Hotel Little Amstel
Decorated in a modern style, this private boat hotel is on the Amstel river on the edge of the historic centre of Amsterdam. From here it’s just a 20-minute walk to Dam Square. Little Amstel offers a unique experience overlooking the wide Amstel river. In good weather you can use the terrace. This boat hotel has two lodgings (Studio A & Studio B) and the well-equipped private rooms have WiFi and a private bathroom. Overlooking the Amstel river, each room has a wooden floor and light colored walls.
3. Canal Boat City Centre
This cozy boat hotel is located in the Bloemgracht in the popular Jordaan district. The canal was constructed in the first half of the 17th century during a major urban expansion. From here it’s only a 1-minute walk to the Anne Frank House and Dam Square is an 8-minute walk away. The Canal Boat City Centre is situated in the real heart of Amsterdam and offers a unique experience. On board there is WiFi, a kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. In short, this is a complete and unique private accommodation on the water of Amsterdam.
4. Boat Hotel PrinsHeerlijk
This boat hotel with private terrace is located in the Prinsengracht on the south side of the centre of Amsterdam. Dam Square is only a 15-minutes walk away. PrinsHeerlijk is fully equipped and offers a unique experience of life on one of the world’s most famous canals. On board you will find free WiFi, a living room, bedroom, modern bathroom and an extensive kitchen. From the boat and certainly from the roof terrace you have a great view over the canal.
5. Prinsenboot Boat Hotel
The Prinsenboot is situated in a beautiful spot in the famous Prinsengracht. From the boat you have views over the canal and the stately 17th century mansions on the quays. From here it’s a 15-minute walk to Dam Square and the Rijksmuseum is 600 meters away. The luxury houseboat is fully equipped, including WiFi, air conditioning, a balcony and an extensive kitchen and modern bathroom. The Prinsenboot is a unique private boat hotel at a great place in Amsterdam.
6. Boat Hotel Prince Royal
The beautiful private boat hotel Prince Royal is located in the Prinsengracht on the west side of the city centre. It contains a private terrace, a luxury kitchen, two bathrooms and two bedrooms. The location offers an excellent base for discovering Amsterdam. Dam Square is only 800 meters away! This luxury houseboat offers a great view over the canal with its stately 17th century canal houses. Thanks to its design, this private accommodation is suitable for up to 4 people.
7. Houseboat Prince Avalon
This private boat hotel with capacity for 4 persons is located in the Prinsengracht on the west side of the city centre, in the middle of the historic Jordaan district. The typical Amsterdam houseboat has a fully-equipped kitchen, a living room and a private bathroom. Prince Avaolon is located in a quiet area, from where you can enjoy the view over the 17th century canal with its stately buildings on the quays. The boat is in a perfect location to explore Amsterdam on foot or by public transport. The central Dam Square is only 800 meters away.
8. Boat Hotel Tante Piet
Houseboat Tante Piet is located on the Dijksgracht, east of the central station. The boat which is dated from 1928 is about a 25-minute walk from Dam Square. At this accommodation you’ll stay with the lady-owner Sietske. Aunt Piet is her house and she likes to share it with travelers to Amsterdam. In this accommodation you will feel like a special guest. The living room, kitchen and shower are shared. This highly rated cozy houseboat is suitable for a maximum of 4 guests.
9. A302 Private Houseboat in the heart of Amsterdam
This is a spacious and luxury private houseboat in the heart of Amsterdam, which is suitable for 4 persons. The boat is located on the Prins Hendrikkade near the central station. From here it is only 800 meters to Dam Square. From the boat you have a view over the canal with in the background the “Basiliek van de Heilige Nicolaas”, the largest Catholic church in Amsterdam. In good weather, the roof terrace provides a great addition. This boat hotel is equipped with all modern conveniences including Wi-Fi and a modern kitchen.
10. A359 Private Houseboat Amsterdam City Centre
This private boat hotel occupies a unique place in Amsterdam, namely the Amstel River near the famous Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug). This spacious houseboat with accommodation for 4 people offers a beautiful view over the water. The boat is perfectly situated with Dam Square at 15 minutes walk, Theater Carré at 200 meters and the Museum of Bags and Purses at 400 meters. Boat hotel A359 includes a living room, kitchen, a family room and free WiFi.