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Amstel Botel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 MT Ondinaweg | NDSM-Pier 3, 1033 RG Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #188 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Careful!!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2006

Well what can we say about staying at the "wonderful" Amstel Botel? If you look at all of the pictures of the Botel online then what you see in actual fact is a "glossed" up image of the establishment! Situated in the midst of a worksite (which doesn't seem to rest!) it is not very picturesque! - But then again most travellers haven't come to Amsterdam for the panoramic views have they!!

When we arrived, we found out that our rooms were not ready as of yet, and to come back in 2 hours, or spend some time in the bar...which at 10.30am in the morning isn't really an option. When we arrived back at the check in desk two hours later, our rooms were still not ready! After complaining about this, we were told by the "helpful" reception staff that as we were not being helpful then they would not be... After a bit more "gentle" persuasion and pleading from us to they, they told us to sit in the bar and have a drink on them! (Again, after travelling from 4am in the morning, we were a bit tired, it was now 12.30pm!)

When we eventually were let into our rooms, I can only say I was surprised by how well they are presented. We had a "doubleroom" which consisted of a large double bed, but with a thick piece of wood in the middle of it (think of 2 single beds joined together and you get the drift!)It was very clean though very basic.

Don't believe the scary reveiews which say that there is no running hot/cold water as this is quite untrue...though watch out for the pressure in the shower...it is akin to a "jet washer!"

The room is equipped with Television and satelite channels including free "Adult" programmes on channel 31!

The breakfasts are also very nice with a large choice from Continental to Cooked, and to cereals.

The Bar seems to be well equipped also, but don't beleive the closing times t night because Hotel guests are asked to leave half an hour before it closes so that the locals can use it...We were asked to leave by a rather intimitating he/she barmaid/barman.

For the price, it is very adequete though the satff are quite rude and unco-operative....especially Steen!

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2006

If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in Amsterdam,this is for you. The location is excellent,2 minute walk from Central Station,10 mins from Dam Square. There is some building work going on behind the botel,however only during the day,quiet at night.Rooms are basic but clean and have a small en-suite with shower.Having talked to a few of the locals, many of the hotels in amsterdam have no private facilities!! This alone gives the botel an advantage.The breakfast is also pretty basic but caters for all tastes. Across the road from the botel is a brilliant mexican restaurant called the "Guadalupe", this is well worth a visit and is very handy if you are staying in the botel.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2006

my wife and i have just returned from 4 wonderfull days in amsterdam and we both loved this hotel, the rooms are not large but more then adiquit,warm and clean,serviced each day,the breakfast was filling and enjoyable, the staff made our holiday,will we stay here again (YES)11 out of 10,
thank you all
rob alex mckenzie
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  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2006

Just stayed for 3 nights and cant beat it, awsome, friendly staff, great location. Would go again...

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2006

me and my partner stayed at the botel for 2 nights on the 3rd feb and it was abit of a disappointment, when we checked in we asked for a canal view and would pay extra if poss,he said no they were fully booked! so we had a room looking at a building site very noisey. we went for breakfast in the morning, stale bread and very little people in this fully booked botel,we come back late on satarday afternoon to find a cheeky invoice under the door saying we were charged 10euro less for our room and to pay it before you leave.. the room itself is ok the bed was big enough but two thin covers,the carpet was abit worn,the bathroom is small with dampness all over the ceiling,there are also no tea/coffee makers.we found the staff not very friendly and didnt seem bothered about us. the only plus point is your quite central, just watch your back i.e. bikes, buses, trams, cars and people etc. hoped this helps>>>>>

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2006

just back from staying in the botel and it has to be praised! granted the rooms are not going to leave you week at the knees but for €78 for a double room including breakfast for 2 people, that is great! location is quite good, myseLf and my friend did get a taxi home (although the taxi man tried to over charge us by 10 euro, but we sorted it out!:) ahmmmmmm, if yiou do get a landview though the building works are vv noisey! but other from that great hotel and the staff are lovely, receptionist and bar maid were both lovely!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2006

My boyfried and I just returned from a weekend away at the Botel (3 nights) and we loved it! It is a fantastic location, you can walk everywhere. We were in Amsterdam in March 05 and we stayed miles away in an expensive hotel and it cost a fortune for taxis.
The room was really clean, warm and the bed was comfortable. The staff clean the rooms everyday and bring fresh towels etc. If the porn channel isn't your thing there are loads of other channels (at least twenty). The Bathroom is small but not tiny it does the job.
We didn't hear any noisy and the staff were pleasant and helpful. I can't comment on food because we didn't eat there but the Bar was nice and inexpensive. It is also very safe and secure at night.
After reading some of the reviews on this site I was worried but need not have been. This is a great place to stay, really different for your normal hotel. Oh and the view from our front room was beautiful and there is the most amazing chinese restaurant next to the hotel.
We would definitely stay there again...

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 MT Ondinaweg | NDSM-Pier 3, 1033 RG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #188 of 344 Hotels 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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Also Known As:
Amstel Botel Hotel Amsterdam
Amstel Botel Alkmaar
Amstel Botel Hotel Alkmaar
Botel Amsterdam

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