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Botel
Ranked #229 of 366 Hotels in Amsterdam
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Avoid at all costs”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed here for four nights, and it was four nights too many. The room was very, very basic and the bathroom non - existent. Breakfast wasn't much either, hotel staff were rude (especially the Chinese girl on reception). If you like back packing and just somewhere to doss then fine, but it is not a cheap way to do it! Plus the ferry didn't run very often at weekends and once in the centre it is a long way to go back! The best bit of the break was leaving theboat!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Crewe, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

BASIC BASIC BASIC. If your going Amsterdam with plans to bring a prostitute back to your room this hotel is perfect. Decor is basic and peeling. Rooms are cramped and confined. Basic room with hardly any space to store anything so travel light. Breakfast was OK but nothing to write home about. Got me through until lunch time. As its a floating hotel the room and ship does rock about a lot so anyone with motion sickness avoid. Only good side was WiFi which only worked in the bathroom surprisingly :/. If you want somewhere cheap and close to the red light district that your just going to sleep in for a night or 2 this is perfect. For anything else id go somewhere else.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed at the Botel for 3 nights, the only draw back that we had was we booked online for a double room and when we got there it was a twin. We asked if we could change but unfortunately there were no spare rooms, this didnt really matter though as we only used the room to sleep in. The weather was quite cold but the heating in the Botel was amazing, I actually had to get up during the night to turn it off as it was too hot!!! Beds and towels were changed daily which was a bonus too!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Save your money, and spend a little more on something better, this place is a nightmare. Small rooms, small shower and for the price I payed. Never again. Can't sit on toliet as everything is ontop another; Also location isn't the best (20 minutes on a boat to the Central Station). No decoration, sways so for people that have motion sickness AVOID.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

My husband and i stayed here as part of a tour group for 2 nights in September.
The room was clean although a little small but i think thats fairly normal for Amsterdam. The bathroom was tiny and when we had a shower there was water all over the bathroom floor.
Bed was comfy though and breakfast was nice. There is also free wifi!
It is a bit out of town however the ferries come pretty regularly which makes it really easy to get around.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Belfast, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Situated across the Amstel river, moored in a dock, the boat rocks gently in the water, which is a bit nauseating if you've drink taken. Cheap prices, warm and an excellent buffet breakfast. My only complaint is that the beds are not very comfortable. But if a cheap place to rest your head is what you're looking for, you should consider the Botel. Transport to the city centre is by free public ferry-boat, which departs every 30 minutes from the jetty beside the Botel.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012

We have stayed here 3 times now. Good value for money. Basic but clean & nice location. When u get off the train u just go to the back door of the station & hop on the free ferry for a few mins. The ferry back & forth was one of the highlights. Only a few mins & u were back in the city centre. It was quite quirky on the Botel. Staff were great. Take plenty bread as the swans swim by your window every day. It's a wee gem. Glad we found it. Wouldn't stay anywhere else.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Botel
Address: Oosterdokskade 2-4 1011 Ae ., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
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Ranked #229 of 366 Hotels in Amsterdam
Number of rooms: 345
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