The Houthavenkade Residence

westelijke eilanden, amsterdam
4 bedroom - 2 bath
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€395 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

A smart waterside townhouse with trendy cafes, restaurants and galleries on the doorstep, just a 5-minute cycle away from lively Jordaan. It sleeps 5. Situated on a peaceful, tree-lined street in a relaxed area with wide pedestrian walk/cycle ways, playgrounds and parks a-plenty, the residence is an ideal base for families. The property is on multiple levels, providing plenty of space alongside stunning views of the waterside from the windows and balcony. The primary bedroom is on a floor of its own for extra privacy and peace, and comes with its own rooftop terrace overlooking the water – perfect for an evening glass of wine or morning coffee. There is a fully-fenced garden area with alfresco dining and a mix of patio and lawn so little ones can play outside safely. Adventurous guests can join the locals for a refreshing swim/splash in the canal directly outside the residence. Exploring the wider city is a breeze with ample car and cycle parking on the street.

Why Kids Love it

Kids will love watching the boats come and go along the river from this fun, waterside residence. It has plenty of toys and books for children under 10 and a kids’ bunk room with sleepover vibes. Floor cooling and shutters help keep the interiors comfortable during the warmer months and there’s a safe garden space for outdoor play, and picnics. The residence is a short walk from multiple local playgrounds, with spacious Westerpark a 5-minute cycle away. For those into watersports, the canal outside is perfect for stand up paddleboarding and kayaking. Bike-loving kids will love exploring the city on 2 wheels – or in a family-friendly cargo bike which can be hired nearby. Trams and canal boats offer additional fun ways to get around. The city has lots to offer for kids of all ages with plenty of interactive museums and galleries, a botanical gardens, a zoo and plenty of water based activities.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 nights. The residence has internal stairs but stairgates are provided. There are window shutters and floor cooling to keep the heat out in summer, and floor heating and insulation to make the residence comfortable in the winter. There is a balcony on the first floor with a glass balustrade, but younger ones should be supervised when in use. There is WiFi throughout the residence. There is street parking available outside. Highchairs, kids’ dinner ware, a changing table, toys and children's beds are provided.

About the Location

The residence is located in the peaceful Houthaven neighborhood of Amsterdam, overlooking the waterfront. There is a large supermarket (400 meters walk) as well as bakeries, pharmacies and stores supplying sourdough bread, flowers and cycle rental options. The neighborhood is popular with families and there are plenty of kid-friendly cafes, restaurants and playgrounds within walking distance. For exploring the wider city, there are several bus routes within a 5-minute walk which stop at all of Amsterdam's main areas including the Central Train Station and Jordaan. Alternatively, the city center (Jordaan) can be reached by bike in 5 minutes. Westerpark with its tennis courts, lakes and illuminated art gallery (Fabrique des Lumières) is a 9 minute cycle or 20 minute walk away. The nearest airport - Schiphol - is 20 minutes away by car / Taxi; Central station for Eurostar/international train departures is 15 minutes' drive.

Accommodation Details

The residence has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms over 4 floors. The entrance is on the ground floor where there is an open plan living/dining area which connects to a garden at the back, accessible through glass doors. The garden is a mix of lawn and patio with a bench and an alfresco dining table seating 5. On the first floor is a fully equipped kitchen, perfect for easy-going breakfasts and family dinners with a wine fridge, a dining table seating 5, a breakfast bar seating a further 2 and a dishwasher. A second living space is connected open-plan style and comes with a large corner sofa and access to a bijou balcony with seating. Up the central staircase, guests will find 2 kids’ bedrooms on the 2nd floor – 1 with a bunk bed and 1 with a toddler bed. There is a family bathroom with a shower and a bathtub available for these bedrooms. The primary bedroom is on the 3rd floor with a kingsize bed, a bathroom with a shower and a pretty roof terrace with a corner sofa for curling up and watching life on the river float by.

Style Notes

Contemporary canal house. This residence is bright, light and modern with chic furnishings and a pastel palette set off by dark accent colors. White walls are warmed by powder pinks, gold lighting, glossy metro tiles and bold colored textiles. The kids' rooms are decked out with colorful wallpaper and reading chairs creating an imaginative space perfect for evening stories. The sleek kitchen meanwhile offers parents a sophisticated retreat with marble surfaces, brooding green and grey surroundings, a wine fridge and vintage style bar stools. We love the cool riverside terraces with chic sofa sets, mood lighting and plenty of greenery, providing the perfect place to relax with an evening drink and soak up the waterside views.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 bunk bed
1 toddler bed
Eline T.
Member since July 23, 2019
My name is Eline and together with my partner Anton and our girls (Anna (5) and Emma (2)) we live in Amsterdam city center. We spend most of our free time drinking coffees, meetings friends and doing sports. Amsterdam is my favorite place to live, but love to travel and stay in other cities.

Westelijke Eilanden, Amsterdam

Peaceful walks and classic canal houses

Translated as the ‘Western Isles’, this area of central Amsterdam is set over three islands just south of the IJ and adjacent to Haarlemmerbuurt, just a short walk from the canal belt. They make for an interesting place to stay in the city - quiet and child-friendly with a petting zoo, you might also see movies being shot and shipyards and warehouses along the atmospheric waterfront paths.