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“Amsterdam Ahoy!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Botel Zebra
Ranked #264 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
1 review
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“Amsterdam Ahoy!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I had a great time staying there. The staff were polite, friendly and helpful. There was a wide selection for breakfast from cereals to meats and cheeses with some stuff for the veggie as well. The room was fit for purpose, basically a place to recharge for a few hours, change and then go back on the town. It is really close to central station or close to the red light area and coffee shops if that is the intent of your visit. I've seen some of the other comments from others but I don't think their expectations were realistic. It has all the basic amenities and wi-fi, yes the toilet is a bit smelly but as it is pointed out it's a working boat and not a cruise ship and more than adequate for what we used it for. I'd gladly stay there again. I'm 6 foot tall and I fitted with a couple of inches to spare so be careful around the 6' height range .

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Tula, Italy
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed there from 29 oct to 4 nov...the cabin was really small and cold!only one small towel per person and when we requested onother one they asked why????they never change the sheet and once the towels...breakfast quite boring Mrs Chin was always polite and nice...This place has a very nice position but maybe we were too old for this kind of experience!if you are young and dont want to spend too much is the Perfect place for you:-)

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Gothenburg, Sweden
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Staff was not very welcoming. Room was very small and a little bit smelly. Toilet/shower was not hygienic (mould on shower curtain). Floor was cold and moist. Every piece of textile exposed in this room went damp and it was impossible to dry towels and such. Breakfast was ok, but the bread was boring and dry. The only real plus was the location (around 15 min. walk from central station).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Inte-Ingemar-A
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 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
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4 Thank Caroline U
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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
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1 Thank Zielistka
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Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
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Thank Jean-Pierre C
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Property: Botel Zebra
Address: PO Box 2430, 1000 CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied) , Binnenstad
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #264 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 12
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