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“An Experience” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #235 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
Jerusalem, Israel
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“An Experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Nice concept of converting ship into hotel. Breakfast was really poor...
they had everything we needed,clean room, the bathrooms are really small but almost complete ( no hair dryer ) . It's only 10 minutes away from the city center by ferry, so you barely notice you're all the way across the river.

I just have to say on the last day we asked the lady in the reception to check our flight time if and she told that its not part of her commitment

Room Tip: High Floor
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

-Friendly receptionists
-Free ferrys, and free ferry and taxi service all the way through the night
-Only 10 minute ferry to centre
-Good breakfast
-Rooms weren't very big but was fine for short stay
-Quite a few T.V channels avalible
-Very cold outside hotel- take coats in december

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Galway, Ireland
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

we went to A'dam .. my wife and I and as young and easy traveller we love to find cool and affordable accomodation .. plus coming from a navy and maritime family .. what a better hotel than the botel in Amsterdam ..
we loved the rooms.. the bar.. it s the perfect mix of a hotel and a youth hostel . Breakfast was OK and it was OK for the price we paid.. it was affordable and really ticked all the boxes.
The ferries connecting to the city are often and the view from the botel and during the crossing is worth staying there... there s a little naval museum and greenpeace ship there too ..
staff were friendly and we enjoyed staying there.. 3 nights..and we loved everysingle sec of it.
We ll be back ..

Room Tip: any room to the bay ... enjoy
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Unusual location, out in the old dockyard but right next to the free Ij Ferry to Central Station so a river trip to start and end the day....bonus.
Simple but pleasant cabin with amazing views down the river [and potential sunrise/sunsets]
Good breakfast, certainly enough selection
Great value in an interesting setting surrounded by historic vessels.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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united kingdom
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stayed for two nights and enjoyed our stay. It has (as expected) small rooms but they are clean and quiet. The staff were friendly and helpful. The ferries that run between the dock and the station are regular and reliable.

Room Tip: rooms on the dock side have a view of and old sailing ship.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Welwyn Garden City
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71 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I enjoyed my stay here for 2 nights. There is ample space for car parking literally 3 mins walk, its no longer free but still very cheap for amsterdam (11 euros per 24 h). If you are driving and arriving late in the evening please email the botel to ask if there any events nearby as it is now quite popular for concerts/festivals and some roads are blocked. There is now a few bars nearby some of them are also boats. Shower is very small but rook ok size, views are great across the river or across the harbour to other boats. Breakfast included, spread is not bad at all with bacon, sausages, croissants, youghurt, cereals, toast, coffee, orange juice etc
The only drawback is the rooms looking old, no coffe/tea making facilities, no issues with noise but rooms are not very soundproof, breakfast can get very busy, they need to add another toaster or ideally an additional area for food. I would recommend for the experience but especially for the price!

Room Tip: its now non smoking however email the hotel and ask to be placed away from the bar because of noise...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I noticed another review that said you get what you pay for........well I'd actually argue that you possibly get less than you pay for.

I'll start with the negative so that we can leave on a high. I think the ship, rooms, restaurant and whole location is very tired and in need of refurbishment, especially as it has the words "luxury rooms available" displayed right down the side of the ship!

The cabins were very small and very basic. However in fairness, they were clean and very warm with great hot water for showers and a safe that works out at only 3 euros.

The staff are all very friendly, welcoming and go out of their way to make your stay as nice as it can be so a big thanks and special mention to them.

The breakfast was very basic but it did the job. You're not going to find a top chef coming to cook here, but you do get what you pay for. It'll keep you going until you get out and find somewhere more suitable to eat.

There's a free shuttle ferry that runs regularly throughout the day, until 3am, at which point I think it's replaced by a free shuttle bus service that goes from the pier to Centraal Station.

So if you are just looking for a basic hotel with a little character, then I'd certainly stay again, but I'd have a good look elsewhere first before I went back, but I would.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Botel
Address: Oosterdokskade 2-4 1011 Ae ., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum
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Ranked #235 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
Number of rooms: 345
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