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Botel Zebra
PO Box 2430, 1000CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)   |  
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Ranked #288 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
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6 reviews 6 reviews
“For adventurers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

It is charming and an adventure, no question. Also it is very clean and the owners are friendly and helpful. The rooms are tiny, but with own shower and toilet. But the walls are very thin and you can hear EVERYTHING in- and outside. Still it can be quiet at night. And you should have extra blankets winter - it is freezing cold at night. For a short stay with earplugs or a very deep sleep, a good condition (to climb the upper bed) and a good sense of humor you might love it. It is very cheap and very central. If you are in Amsterdam by train, you can walk. If you are by car, stop in front of the boat to bring your luggage to your room, then park far outside (Park and Ride Sloterdjik only 8? per 24 hours including one 24 hour ticket either for train or for bus). Breakfast is included and is served between 9 and 10:30 o'clock. It is a good breakfast with a wonderful strong coffee, Dutch cheese, marmelade, peanutbutter, cereals and a good selection of different types of bread. We might be booking this again, but never again in winter.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

My sister and I found Botel Zebra when all of the hostels shaped up to be expensive and gross. We were amazed at how lovely Botel Zebra was. It took 10 minutes to walk to Botel Zebra from Amsterdam Centraal-you literally walk out of the railway station and to the left for those 10 minutes and over a little bridge and you're there. It was located incredibly close to the center of the city where all of the fun happens. The lodgings were comfy-don't forget to turn on the heat at night! It was chilly w/o heat, but with the heat on it was home sweet home warm and cozy. The shower was great-far better than the one I used in a more expensive hotel in Madrid. Overall, I am dying to go back!

Room Tip: Ask for the separate suite-it has its own key and makes the place feel like your own.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

There are big advantages: location - close to the central train station and city centre, and reasonable prices.
You have to remember that it is a boat, so rooms are really tiny. Room at Zebra is only a place for sleep, you will not spend there romantic evening with candles. I was a little afraid about cleanliness and moisture after reading reviews, but room was clean and I did not find any mold.
Staff is very helpful. We got a good discount card for bikes rent.
In general I can recommend it for backpackers, just do not expect too much.

Room Tip: Take a room at the outside, not at the quay. Rooms at the quay are darker, as tiny windows are below...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Botel Zebra has the advantage of being pretty close to the Amsterdam's city centre and the Central Train Station (with a great tourist information centre across the street). We did not make much use of the breakfast, as it is only served after 9:00 am, which was an inconvenience seeing as we wanted to make an early start on most of the attractions.

The staff were friendly enough and the size of the room was compensated for by the price. All in all, I would say it is a good stay if you are in Amsterdam for a short while and on a tight budget.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

Botel Zebra is located in the harbour area not far away from the city centre (10min walk?). it is - beeing a boat - pretty tiny and so the beds and baths aren't that big, too. The staff doesn't speak much english, but is friendly and helpful with information about amsterdam (food, parking etc.). the boat is clean and the breakfast is good (continental). there isn't much to complain about, except from the stairs that scare the hell out of you when your drunk or in comparable conditions...
It is - as said in the title - a quiet place so you can step back from partying.
There is a common room which is not that comfortable, but you will be straying around in the city anyway. i liked zebra - it gave our amsterdam trip something special.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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amsterdam
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

Very good for the price you pay.
Friendly and helpful staff,
Small but functionally and clean rooms with private bathroom and toilet.
Very good breakfast
Great location.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011 via mobile

Had a pleasant stay in amsterdam with amsterdam. The botel is located near the Amsterdam Centraal Station, (10 minutes walk) just look the NEMO science center ( the green shiplike building). The space is clean and cozy. Excellent water pressure (had a nice bath!)

They serve excellent selection of breakfast (cereals, pastries, fruits, and different types of cheese!)

The hospitality is very warm and i had a nice time and will definitely comeback here :)

Experience Amsterdam in a unique way by checking in a botel!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 2430, 1000CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Binnenstad
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #288 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
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