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“not bad - basic but clean and comfortable” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Amstel Botel
Ranked #166 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“not bad - basic but clean and comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

stayed for a rugby weekend. not a bad base to visit Amsterdam. frequent free ferries into the centre of Amsterdam make it very accessible. the hotel is basic but is clean and comfortable. bathroom is a bit small and the shower is a fine balance to have at a decent temperature. and the advertised free movies are targeted more toward the adult market!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

this is the second time we have stopped here so it cannot be that bad. bathroom small but what do you want to do in a bathroom on holiday ! breakfast has a good selection just not enough tables to eat at, the party of people i was with we never managed to eat together. waterside rooms tend to be less noisy. a big disappointment for us this year was the bar was never kept open for us. the ferry service is fantastic and just around the corner.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

I stayed there for three nights in April 2014. It's located just a short ferry ride from Amsterdam Centraal.
The staff was quite helpful, rooms small but clean. The botel wasn't by far fully occupied and that was probably a good thing, because you could hear a lot from neighbour rooms (people talking, TV, WC...). I had a waterside room, so I had a view on a submarine and that's something you don't see in every hotel :)
The bathroom was very small, two people would be too much for it. It was quite clean but no miracle. Maybe it was problem with just my room, but the shower was working really bad. Sometimes there was a really strong stream, but few seconds later, there was almost no stream at all... Quite annoying, it took me some 15 minutes to take a shower first time. Then I learned how to work with the faucet to get at least some decent stream so it was better, but still far from good.
If you don't expect luxury and just need a place to sleep, go for it.

Room Tip: Rooms on the waterside are quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Nelson, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Stayed here five nights. We booked a double room 2 months in advance but when we arrived we were given a twin with 2 tiny beds. Tried to change rooms but rude staff wouldn't do anything. Room very dirty and mould all through the bathroom. Got woken up at 6am by reception one morning. Overall a terrible experience.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed for four nights last month and had a ball. It's just a ten minute ferry ride from centraal station. Our room was on the forth floor and was spotless and very quiet. Great choice for breakfast with something for everyone.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hersham, Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Just returned home from a lovely long weekend to Amsterdam. My daughter and I stayed on the Amstel Botel. I would definitely stay again and so would my daughter. We both enjoyed our stay. The bathroom was small but we managed. People seem to forget it is a boat you are staying on not in a five star luxury hotel you pay for what you get. Our room was clean, beds were comfortable and the breakfast was adequate. I found the staff polite and helpful. The ferry connections over to Central Station was really good. Sunday they don't run until after 9:30am. If you need to get over early ask Reception to arrange for the shuttle bus which takes you to the Station. I personally found it better to stay the other side of the pier you were away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. We were peckish in the evening at the Botel Bar you can purchase Toasties / Chips. The Amstel Botel was very easy to find. From Schiphol Airport get the train direct to Amsterdam Central only a few stops. Signs for the ferry are easy to follow basically come out the back of central station (walk through the turnstiles) turn left and you go to the last Pier 4th on left the ferry you need to catch is "NDSM" which signposted on the front of the ferry. It takes 10/15 mins ride over to the other side of the Pier and the Botel is a five minute walk you can see it as you get off the ferry its on your left. Saturday was a bank holiday in Amsterdam "Kings Day" if you do not like masses don't go. I think the whole of Holland descended into Amsterdam it was manic. Shops and Tourist things to do were shut, so we missed a day. If you like to Party go for the experience. Everyone was dressed in the National Colour Orange it was all day / night of parties. I have to say the Dutch were lovely and very friendly.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

The room stinks when first came in. The toilet and bathroom area was really tiny. Don't think it could fit one more person in the bathroom. The holder of the shower was not working so the water would just direct to the wall but not you. The towel looks clean but saints as well. The bed lining was broken. I'm in a room next to the road people walking to the botel. It is very noisy not just hearing people the carrying luggage sound and talking on that road but also from water dripping from somewhere, people showering in the next room, people walking on top of your room and people walk past your room, basically hear everything.

Since it is a botel so it is surronded by the sea. But stop the romantic cruise imagination, it is a way to experience rubbish smelly sea. The sea water outside the room has loads of rubbish which brings flies into my room! Now the flies are flying next to my ear which makes even nosier then everything mentioned above!

So if you do not mind having a lower class botel experience, i guess it is the cheapest accommodation in amsterdam you could have.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Amstel Botel
Address: 3 MT Ondinaweg | NDSM-Pier 3, 1033 RG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Amstel Botel 3*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Amstel Botel is Amsterdam's floating hotel. Stay in our hotel with unique design in appearance. We are located in the center of Amsterdam just 3 minutes walk from the Central Railway Station and 18 minutes ride from Amsterdam Airport, which offers a splendid opportunity to discover Amsterdam's history, culture and beauty. The Amstel Botel has 175 rooms, smoking and non-smoking rooms available, all with toilet/shower, hot/cold water, safe, AM/FM clock radio, writing desk, telephone. ... more   less 
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Amstel Botel Alkmaar
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Botel Amsterdam

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