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Anno van Loenen

Member since: 2006
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Speaks english, german, dutch

Very cozy and affordable Houseboat in Center of Amsterdam

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Grachtengordel holiday house boat

- 1 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 4.

Go for a very special 'Amsterdam' feeling and stay in 'Little Bear on the Water''. This cozy and comfortable houseboat lies in the the center in one of the canals nearby the lively Waterloo Square Market area. The boat is tasteful decorated with a modern design. It consists of a living-room, a romantic bedroom with a big bed, a fully equipped kitchenette and a balcony. There is a simply designed bathroom and toilet. In the living-room is a couch which can be turned into a two person bed. The houseboat is fully equipped, complete with all sheets, towels etc. A staircase leads you from the street to the front door. It's close (walking distance) to public transport (tram, metro), the Waterloo Square (largest flea-market in Amsterdam), The Rembrandthouse, The Skinny Bridge, shops, restaurants, Artis (the zoo), Botanic Garden, the Amstel River and Carré, one of the most popular theaters in Amsterdam. Go to my website linked below.

Everything within reach: By public transport, bike or car it takes only 10 to 15 minutes to go to the Canal Cruise, Anne Frank House, The Rijksmuseum (The Nightwatch), The Van Gogh Museum, The Red Light District, The Vondelpark, the Floating Flower Market, the Dam Square and Rembrandtplein Square. But if you like walking you can also reach these places easily on foot.

Most of the time, when you arrive, the owner of 'Little Bear on the Water' welcomes you on board. The owner was born in Amsterdam and can inform you about all kind of interesting things you would like to know about Amsterdam and / or the rest of Holland. Amsterdam is famous as the Venice of the North. Make your stay unforgettable and something special. Stay in 'Little Bear on the water', a comfortable furnished house on the water in the center of Amsterdam.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Anno van Loenen (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks english, german, dutch


based on 36 traveller reviews

Very cozy and affordable Houseboat in Center of Amsterdam
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews
Peoria, AZ, USA

Wonderful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time. We could walk most places. We went out each day for a walk to get lost and find our way back, this is our favorite thing.

Anno is wonderful, he makes sure you have everything you need. Very comfortable for 2 people and the view of city life is great.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our stay and I have to be honest,you can keep your expensive fancy hotels..this is where you want to be..small but perfectly formed with everything you could possibly need, cosy and comfortable and just 2 minutes from the metro stop and a 20 amble the heart of it all..peace and quiet with the slight bob off the canal..and where else could you have 2 swans right outside you window..will definitely return.Brilliant!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Richmond, BC Canada

A novel experience.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a week in September 2016, during a heat wave. The houseboat was close to everything we needed- transit, groceries, restaurants. Houseboat was spacious, had a nice deck to go outside, relax or feed the ducks, or watch passing boats, and the bed was large and comfortable. It was well stocked and the host was helpful and available. It did get noisy during some evenings, as the canal water caused any noise to reverberate. Would definitely recommend this novel experience of living on a houseboat for a week in Amsterdam.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Robin, Alberta, Canada

  • 5 of 5

Back from our trip and finally time for a review. My husband and I stayed in "Little Bear" prior to going on a Bike and Barge tour. Anno was very helpful and attentive to our needs; he is easy to reach if need be. The houseboat is tiny but quaint, and suited our needs. We loved watching the coots and herons on the canal. You really don't feel like you are on the water. The neighbourhood is relatively quiet and we always felt safe. The descent into the boat would not be easy for anyone with mobility problems. There is a wonderful Italian restaurant (only place open later at night that served food) and a great breakfast place just to the right and down to the main street and turn left. We found it easy to jump on the metro or tram and get anywhere we needed to go. Thanks, Anno! Maybe we'll see you again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty perfect

  • 5 of 5

Although it's not fancy, "Little Bear" houseboat is a wonderful place from which to see the city, as well as a very comfortable home base for relaxation between jaunts. The neighborhood is quiet, but not far from the center. Everything you need is there, and Anno is such a nice guy and very accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very nice experience, very clean, with an amazing view, close to the Rembrandt square (walking distance) and around 30 min from Central station. It is unique to stay at this house boat and to feel the real charm of Amsterdam's canals under your feet. You do not have impression that you're in a boat! The owner is an excellent host with a true Amsterdam spirit, he'll welcome you with a beer and stroopwafels! My strongest recommendation for this experience. Keep doing great job!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Airport Schiphol Amsterdam
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat rental in Grachtengordel, Netherlands

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 420 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • mobile phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Shower only, no tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Smoking on balcony allowed

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