This wouldn't be my usual choice of hotel but my wife has wanted to stay here for a while so I took her for her 30th birthday.
After looking at some photographs online, I wasn't expecting much from this place. It's quite dated and fairly basic but it's clean and functional, the bed is comfortable and the staff are friendly. The bathroom was on the small side but water pressure was good. The location of the hotel might be a problem for some as it's a little bit out of the city and you have to take a (free) ferry to access it, but for me this was a bonus as it let us escape from central Amsterdam after a long day and night in the city. The boat is every 30 minutes and you can be in central Amsterdam within about 15 minutes of leaving the Botel.
Breakfast was a bit hit and miss - the hot food was not great but the continental selection of meats and cheeses was very good.
All in all, I probably wouldn't stay at the Botel again but not because there was anything wrong with it. On the contrary, I really enjoyed my stay and would definitely suggest that people give it a try if they want something different.
- 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