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Centrally Located Family Houseboat Close To Dam Square, Museum District, Jordaan

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday house boat in Oud West - Lovely family houseboat

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Have a unique experience of Amsterdam on a spacious and light homely houseboat, situated on a picturesque canal among the real local Amsterdammers of Oud-West. We ask our guests to be aware of this and respect our lovely neighbours.

This neighborhood is without a doubt one of the most authentic and original parts of the city, we are proud to say that this area does not have any tourist traps and you can truly experience great variety, food and shops among the locals.

And yet must-sees such as the Dam Square, Vondelpark, Westerpark, Anne Frank House, van Gogh and Rembrandt museums are all located within walking distance!

Meander to the oldest part of the city called the Jordaan to enjoy boutique shopping and fantastic food, or walk to the theatre district and enjoy the great nightlife around the Leidse Square.

The boat is quite large with its 15 meters length and 5 meters width!

There are 2 bedrooms. One comfortable and spacious master bedroom with a big double bed (180x210 cm).

Adjacent is the second bedroom with a comfortable double bed (160x200 cm). It is a nice room with soft sheep wool carpet.

Next to the second bedroom you will find a stylish Italian tiled bathroom with a bathtub and big rain shower in it.

The kitchen runs across the second bedroom and the bathroom. It is equipped with a professional Boretti gasstove and oven, microwave/oven, fridge, dishwasher and you will find a washing machine and a dryer. Iris loves cooking and you'll find many cookbooks and spices, pots and pans etc. The drawers are fully stocked with all you can think of in order to make a complete diner for your family.

And if you don’t feel like cooking, rest assured, you are surrounded by some of the best restaurants in town.

The livingroom is about a comfortable 25 square meters and filled with natural light through all the windows. We particularly love our natural curtains being the floating garden next to our window where you will find birdlife happily going about their business. Furthermore there is a large flatscreen with digital television, a dvd/cd player with a dolby surround sound system. The great thing of living on a boat is that you live in a free-standing water villa and you won't annoy the neighbors when playing your favorite tune!

We have of course a child-seat and we have a playpen at your disposal.

All rooms have water view and there is WiFi and cable connection.

Not that you would hopefully need it in Summer but there is floor heating all through the boat.

Also the boat has a small terrace and a little settee between the boat and the street level.

We wish to share the great experience of living in this gorgeous part of Amsterdam on this beautiful canal!

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More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Juul Steyn
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About Juul Steyn

Hi there, thanks for visiting our personal page, and hopefully we'll meet soon at our houseboat! We lived on this boat for 7 years now and really enjoyed every moment of it. You can really call us houseboat enthusiasts, with a huge love for the great life on the water. Iris is a child psychologist and Juul is an entrepreneur and fishing guide, and we both love the hospitality business. So be welcome!


Juul Steyn purchased this house boat in 2007

Why Juul Steyn chose Amsterdam City

The Babeth is without a doubt one of the most beautiful houseboats around. The well designed boat with curved ceilings, lovely portholes and huge windows in the living room are just a few reasons why we fell in love with this boat. A few other reasons: it's very close to various supermarkets, nightshops, restaurants, bars and of course the great Jordaan area. Just have a look around and convince yourself

What makes this house boat unique

Perfect location close to bars, restaurants, entertainment and shops. The architecture will make you feel at home right away. And you'll never be bored in this lively part of Amsterdam. Just walk out the door and start walking in any given direction and you will be surprised about the variety of things of interest!


based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

Centrally Located Family Houseboat Close To Dam Square, Museum District, Jordaan
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

A perfect home away

  • 5 of 5

We arrived very early, so used public transport rather than a taxi to get to the houseboat. The directions were accurate and easy to follow. Juul arranged for us to drop off our luggage early which made a big difference, and arranged for us to board by 2PM. Our experience was superb in that it really was a very comfortable home away from home. We could walk to most places and a tram stop very close by was handy when we wanted to go further afield. A large supermarket was steps away. It was lovely to wake up each morning and watch the swans glide by. Unreservedly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Great location, perfect host.

  • 4 of 5

Juul and Iris was great. Perfect location with restaurants and public transportation. Great for two couples and fully furnished.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a Wonderful Family Experience!

  • 5 of 5

It has been 2 years and this remains one of our very favorite trips. We came in the late evening with three tired children, ages 9, 7, and 1.5years old. Juul met us at the houseboat, and upon seeing we had an 18month old, he walked us through all of the toddler-proofing that had been done and warned us which windows were safe for opening and which were not. Such a relief! The children were so excited to be staying on a boat, and it's location made it possible for us to walk and bike everywhere with them. We look forward to returning!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great houseboat and location - a unique way to experience life in Amsterdam!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four loved our stay on the charming Houseboat Babeth! The location on Da Costakade was the perfect spot to explore Amsterdam - convenient to many things on foot and close to the #13 tram line. The neighborhood has a good variety of restaurants along with a market across the street from the houseboat. We especially loved the rooftop terrace; we enjoyed drinking wine while watching the world go by on the bridge and on the canal. Juul was a very good host and met us on arrival. The houseboat was spacious, comfortable, very clean, and offered all the amenities we needed to feel at home. We highly recommend Houseboat Babeth and we will definitely book with Juul and Iris for our next trip to Amsterdam.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location is 15 minutes by Tram from Central Station.

  • 4 of 5

The house boat was a different experience. Well stocked with toiletry items and owners were great! The house boat did require minor repairs otherwise we enjoyed our stay. We will return to Amsterdam as 1 week was not enough time to see everything!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The BEST! The only place to stay when in Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

My hubby and I just returned from 8 great days in Amsterdam staying at this wonderful floating home! It has everything you could possibly need and more to make for a comfortable stay and the location is perfect. Close to restaurants, shopping and public transportation. It's spacious, clean and if it were here in California...we would live on it full time!

The bed is super comfortable! The bathroom was perfect for both my hubby and I to get ready together in! The kitchen is fully equipped! The living and dining room are super comfortable and full of windows and light! We absolutely loved the houseboat!

Now for the owners....they're over the top awesome! I sent many, many, MANY emails prior to our arrival and Juul & Iris responded promptly and with great detail on my many questions. When we first checked in, we felt as if we were already friends and we've known them forever. They're hands on and there if you need them! Such nice people!

Attached to the boat is a floating garden and on there was a Mama goose who laid her eggs and we got very attached to her during our stay and it really made another special experience on our trip. It was hard to leave her as we really wanted to be there when the babies hatched....so, Juul and Iris, please keep us posted on when the babies arrive and how they do.

Honestly, we can't say enough great stuff about this place and the owners! It was a wonderful vacation and place to stay. If we make it back to Amsterdam, we would absolutely stay there again!

Thank you Juul and Iris for EVERYTHING!!

Hugs, Greg & Lorri

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Schiphol Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Du Cap, De Nieuwe Liefde, Azur Bleu, Pastis etc
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Ferry to Amsterdam North
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
The International
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Central Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A10 to Utrecht, Schiphol, The Hague
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Il Fuoco vivo, Burrito, Du Cap, Azur Blue, Orontes
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
City Beach 'Strand West'
Car: not necessary

The upcoming area 'Oud West' is without a doubt one of the hottest places to be right now. No tourist traps, loads of great shops, organic products and fantastic small restaurants at walking distance. Stay with us and experience how it is to live like a real Amsterdam local!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat in Oud West, Amsterdam City

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning £27
Tax Rate 5.5%

Amsterdam charges a 5.5% rate as tourist tax. We are obliged to pay this.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Oud West in Amsterdam area

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
  • All rooms have water front view and a large closet for your convenience.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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