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Amsterdam is at the top of many people’s travel bucket lists because of the fun nightlife scene, fascinating cultural attractions, and scenic canals. One of the most authentic ways to get a taste of Amsterdam is to stay in a local Airbnb, and there are some excellent apartments, houses, and even houseboats to choose from. Here are some of the top Amsterdam Airbnbs to start dreaming of your next trip to the Netherlands.
A popular Airbnb option is this trendy loft studio that is in the attic of an authentic 1880 Amsterdam house. It is near the de Foodhallen en daily outdoor market and comes with a double bed, dedicated bathroom, and workspace. There are steps to climb to access your space, which is something to be aware of if you have large suitcases or mobility concerns. The stairway is a common, shared area of the building. When you stay here, you’ll have a mini-fridge, water-boiler, and coffee machine but no full kitchen. There are dishes available for guests to use. The Airbnb host lives in the same building if you need anything during your stay.
Couples and solo travelers enjoy staying in this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with a kitchenette next to Vondelpark. Everything you want to see and do in the city is just five to 15 minutes away on foot. The apartment is on the third (top) floor of a historic building that dates back to 1882. It has a mix of old and new and a deluxe bathtub designed by a leading boat designer in Holland. Other features are central heating, fast Wi-Fi, a laundromat 100 meters away, and local stores in the neighborhood.
As a city on the water, many people choose to stay in a houseboat during their trips to Amsterdam. This is an ideal private room for a couple in a 35×6-meter houseboat where you can experience a slice of the good life on the water. The host couple lives on the other side of the boat, which is named Tasmania. You’ll have your own private space with a private entrance and en-suite bathroom here. Enjoy the private deck to watch the sunset and look up at the stars from bed. Your stay here includes 2 bikes, Wi-Fi, Netflix on TV, complimentary drinks and snacks, a basic kitchen with a small fridge, free parking, and other amenities. Scenes of a couple of movies were actually filmed on this boat!
Consider renting this four-person apartment on Airbnb for a trendy and cool place to stay in Amsterdam. It has lots of natural light, high ceilings, and historic touches. Guests enjoy having all the comforts of home, such as a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, a heating system, and an eco-friendly environment. Stay here to have easy access to some of the best bars, shops, and restaurants in town. The Weesperplein metro stop is a seven-minute walk away to get you to the train and airport. And the Tram 4 Stadshouderskade stop is close by to get you to the Central Station. The space is on the fourth floor with no elevator, so be prepared to climb some stairs.
Up to four people can stay in this rental apartment that is a 45-square-meter penthouse filled with natural light. It has a full kitchen and balcony with a view of the river. Sleeping accommodations are a double bed and double sofa bed. Weekly housekeeping is provided for stays of seven or more nights. You’ll be on a quiet street next to the Central Railway Station here in a building with 28 designer apartments. The canals, restaurants, and shops are just steps away. Children are welcome here and kids under three can stay for free.
This charming houseboat is in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic Jordaan neighborhood. It is a 25-meter-squared suite on a typical Dutch houseboat. Two people can stay in this Airbnb rental with a tastefully furnished interior and private bathroom. There’s a small kitchenette for guests to use too. The Airbnb hosts live on this same houseboat and are next door if you have any questions or need recommendations. However, your space is completely private and has its own private entrance. This one-of-a-kind retreat is perfect for couples and really lets you experience the magic of living on the water while having access to all the beautiful city has to offer.
Built on the Prinsengracht, this condo makes a great home base for exploring Amsterdam. It has one bedroom with a double bed and sofa bed and also a living room with a king bed and sofa bed. The apartment is in the basement of a house and has antique details. Inside the apartment, you’ll have separate living and sleeping spaces. There’s also a small kitchenette with a fridge, magnetron, coffee maker, and water boiler. Park your car on the street or in the garage near the house for an extra fee.
You and two other people can stay in this private apartment in a residential canal house, which is in the center of Amsterdam and within walking distance of the city’s services and sightseeing spots. The home is on one of the widest and most beautiful canals in the city and on a quiet and peaceful street. It is perfect for two or three adults or a family with two adults and two children. To access the rental unit, you will need to climb an indoor staircase. Paid parking is available in front of the house, and a parking garage is within walking distance. The Central Train Station is a 10-minute walk away.
Another Amsterdam option is this 20-square-meter boathouse in a quiet location in the trendy Amsterdam North area. It offers a private terrace on the water and free parking. The rental boathouse has a private entrance, living room, and private bathroom. Inside, you’ll also find books, games, two chairs, a table, a wardrobe, towels, shampoo, a hair dryer, a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee maker, a kettle, and a toaster. You will need to climb steep stairs to reach the beds because they are located in the rafters of the boathouse. The Airbnb host provides free Wi-Fi, and there are two bikes available to rent.
For your Amsterdam trip, a popular option is this apartment on the lower floor of a Dutch canal house that dates back to 1665. It is full of character and a comfortable place with two single beds in the bedroom. The apartment has been renovated and has a modern bathroom and TV. The living room is spacious and comfortable, and there’s a kitchenette with a fridge and supplies to make coffee and tea. Guests have access to the whole house with a bedroom, living room, and bathroom, and you do not have to share the apartment with others.
Two people can stay in this private apartment that is 60 square meters and on the first floor of an authentic Amsterdam house. Access to the space is shared with the host for the front door and hallway. The bedroom has a double bed, and there is lots of natural light coming into the space in the morning. The amenities include a kitchenette, dinner table, lounge sofa, flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi, baby cot, and a large balcony with a table and three chairs. You can park in the private parking space here for an extra fee.
Located in the Jordaan area, this houseboat has two separate studios for rent that are 16 square meters. In addition to these rental studios, there is another part of the boat where the Airbnb host lives. This particular rental accommodates two guests and has a king-size bed. There are large sliding windows, a well-designed kitchenette, and a living area for guests. The entrance to the houseboat is used by guests of both studios and the host.
Here’s a classic ship in the center of the city and on a quiet street that you can rent on Airbnb. It is close to Central Station, the ferry, shops, markets, restaurants, and bars. The boat rental accommodates two guests and has a double bed. You’ll be staying in the back of the ship that was once the captain’s quarters, and you enter the space through the steering house. Go down the stairs and enter the light-filled and cozy studio with central heating. Guests have private access to their space on the boat. The Airbnb hosts provide two city bikes with locks that you can use.
Another great private room option is this room in a townhouse that can sleep three guests on a double bed and sofa bed. It’s in the heart of the historic canals and near the Royal Palace, Anne Frank House, and Rijks and Van Gogh museums. Inside the suite, you’ll have a TV and Nespresso coffee machine. You’ll also have your own private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and scenic river views from the basement location. There are outside breakfast options within walking distance.
Another great houseboat for rent on Airbnb is this boat with a sun deck and priceless canal views. Onboard the boat, there is a fridge and freezer, dishwasher, Wi-Fi, cooking utilities, iron and ironing table, TV, and other amenities. There’s a garden outside next to the boat that guests can use as well. Bike rental is available around the corner, as well as a laundromat and supermarkets. The sleeping accommodations are one double bed, and there is a guest bathroom here too.
For a private room in a boat option, you can also book this Airbnb for one or two people. It has a private sundeck and is a romantic neighborhood to enjoy. There’s a double bed with a rooftop window here and also a private bath. You’ll have a pleasant stay in this chill location away from the parties and tourist crowds. The host will advise you about how to properly use the boat toilet and not cause any need for repairs.
We also love this room in a boat for rent for a couple or solo traveler because of how unique and cozy it is. The boat is in a quiet neighborhood with bars and restaurants in the surrounding area. It used to be a cargo ship that was built in 1904 and has historic original details. There’s a nice terrace on top of the boat to enjoy nice weather, as well as free Wi-Fi, TV, and a private bathroom with a shower and separate toilet. The 20-square-meter space has its own private entrance as well.
You’ll be in the city center at picturesque Prinsengracht when you stay at this canal house and have easy access to museums and shops. You can get to Vondelpark, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frank House within a 10-minute walk. Also, the host provides two bikes to use for free here. Breakfast is not provided but there are supermarkets and restaurants around the corner. Parking options are available for an extra fee. There’s a washer and dryer in the building for laundry, as well as a hot tub, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, bathroom essentials, and other convenient amenities.
Built in 1901, this ship has been turned into an Airbnb with two beds and a private bath. The bedroom has a queen-size bed and sofa bed to accommodate up to three people. This studio has its own entrance and is within a five-minute walk from Central Station. It is cutely decorated and consists of a living room upstairs and a small set of stairs that leads down to the bedroom and bathroom. There is no kitchen in the space, but there is a mini-fridge, coffee machine/water boiler, and tableware. Guests will enjoy the terrace with a hammock and Wi-Fi too. To reach this ship Airbnb, you’ll walk over the decks of two neighboring ships, so keep this in mind when packing your luggage.
Situated in the back of an antique barge, this Airbnb is cozy and romantic for couples in Amsterdam. The boat is located in the beautiful and quiet Realeneiland area, just off Jordaan and Haarlemmerbuurt. The entrance of the ship is shared with guests and Airbnb hosts. However, you’ll have your privacy and can watch canal life go by while hanging out around the steering hut and on the deck.