Ten minutes spent killing time on Instagram and I spy those famous Rotterdam cube houses. I fall down an internet wormhole and discover that one of those cube houses is actually available on AirBnB. Ten minutes on AirBnB and I’ve discarded the idea of a cube house, and instead I’m struck on a “Romantic deckhouse on a barge“.
“Fancy a weekend on a 100 year old boat in Rotterdam?”
Houseboat Boot & Breakfast Veinard is moored on the tip of Scheepmakerskade, moored at Leuvehaven in the Maritime District. It’s peaceful and quiet, yet still close enough to the bars and restaurants and all the attractions that Rotterdam has to offer.
From the moment you step onto the gently swaying boat, through the wheelhouse where the skipper would have once manned the steering wheel, you know you are stopping somewhere a little bit quirky and a little bit special. Mitsie the cat is on hand to make sure that everything is “ship-shape” – as is human host Petra. The deckhouse is surprisingly comfy and it’s easy to make yourself at home. The double bed is tucked away in a corner, surrounded with billowing mosquito curtains, and there are wicker chairs dotted around the deckhouse so you can comfortably be seated at the table. Sleeping on the boat was fun – we were literally rocked to sleep. The tiny shower room and toilet are basic but suit the style of accommodation – you are on a boat after all!
There’s a small fridge, microwave, kettle and coffee pot with a selection of tea and coffee – and there’s a handy Spar just around the corner for additional supplies. If you arrange with Petra in advance, a breakfast basket can be supplied – something we wish we’d done after our unexpectedly late arrival.
We also had access to a private terrace on the top deck; when I booked for a summery August weekend, I envisioned breakfast taken on our private rooftop terrace, and a glass of wine of an evening, watching the water taxis go by. Unfortunately the unseasonably cold weather prevented us from getting anyone near the terrace for fear of being drenched, blown off or struck by lightning.
It’s a 10 minute walk from Leuvenhaven or Beurs metro stations for easy access to Rotterdam Centraal, and with Rotterdam being such a compact city it is easy to get to the Cube Houses, Market Hall, Erasmusbrug and museums on foot. Local food recommendations include Vessel 11 (a brewery, bar and restaurant on a fire-engine red boat just around the corner), and Bazar and De With, both on the trendy Witte de Withstraat.
Definitely consider this if you’re after somewhere a little different from a boring hotel room in Rotterdam!
AirBnB Listing for Veinard: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1403364
Address: Scheepmakerskade 2 j Rotterdam
Price: From € 79 per night. Breakfast is an additional € 7,50 per person