Me and my boyfriend picked the botel for a different kind of experience than we have had before in hotels on land. He had also been before, and enjoyed it, so I tried it out.
Quick and easy, although bedrooms were ready sort of late - at 2pm. We arrived a little early and had to wait about 40 minutes to get into our room. Check out was even quicker, and the receptionists were very friendly and helpful. He gave us maps, vouchers and some advice on the ferry, including a timetable.
The room itself is an adequate size. The bed is quite big if you order a double, although there isn't much storage space. This was no bother though, as we didn't have many clothes with us for a short break. The bathroom is titchy - it is literally the size of a large box. You can use the toilet, brush your teeth and wash your hair at the same time. Again, I was expecting this as it's a botel, not a hotel. It has basic facilities in the room, although I was surprised as to how many channels were on the tv available. We also had an alarm clock which was great.
I loved the thought of the botel being away from the hustle and bustle of the main city centre. However, on the two of the three nights, we were woken up by refurbishment on some of the hotel rooms, and people downstairs working by scrapping stuff off the boat which made a racket in our room. I loved the way you need to get a ferry - NDSM Werf for getting to the botel, and the Centraal one to get to city centre. There is a shuttle bus runs at night from the other ferry stop that drops you at the hotel door, which is a great service for the botel to provide, although there was limited seating as a 7 seater, and there was no timetable for it - it just arrived at random times during the night.
Amsterdam is a lovely city, and we saw many couples on holiday here as well, which I wasn't expecting. I thought it would have been all single men. It is a beautiful city with lovely buildings, and eateries and museums. The RLD is a must-see when you come here. It is truly amazing to see a country which is no way like your own.
Overall, good hotel if you are looking for basic accommodation, and something a bit more quirky than usual. If you don't mind getting a ferry back and forth, it's also for you. If not, and you look for luxury, the expected and convienence, then you will be disappointed.
Can't comment on food/bar, as I never used these facilities, only the vending machines on the third floor.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amstel Botel Hotel Amsterdam
- Amstel Botel Alkmaar
- Amstel Botel Hotel Alkmaar
- Botel Amsterdam