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“Goes out of its way to be uncomfortable”
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Amstel Botel
Ranked #169 of 367 Hotels in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
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“Goes out of its way to be uncomfortable”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

I like to sit up and read in bed. Alas, the moron who designed these bedrooms thought it would be a nice addition to put a sharp-edged shelf just at head height making it impossible to sit up in bed without the top of your skull pressing against the shelf's edge.
The bathroom is a death-trap. The floor is very slippery when wet and the area is tiny and cramped. I slipped once but fortunately caught the towel rail - amazed it didn't come from the wall. An elderly person may not be as lucky.

Room Tip: I imagine all have the same dreadful design so, it's pot luck.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Great view, marvellous buffet breakfast, perfect location and good service.

Our room was on the top deck giving us a beautiful sunset view every day.

The breakfast is an all you can eat continental buffet with cereal, boiled eggs, toast, rolls, beans, beverages etc.

A free ferry takes you to and from the city centre. The service is available from early in the morning to midnight. It's a 10 minute ride and runs every half hour. After midnight, a hotel bus shuttle runs throughout the night.

Everyone is helpful and speaks English.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Resh M
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Oxford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2014

Lovely stay in the botel! Staff were fab, especially the receptionist Jose...! It was definately an experience... If anything a bit out dated! We will stay again without a doubt. The cheese toasters were good too

Room Tip: Go bottom floor! Ducks come to say hi in the morning
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Nice stay, friendly and helpful staff, cheap drinks, good breakfast! It was good at night and a weird but cool experience sleeping on a boat. Rubbish soap in the bathroom and stains on sheets, but apart from that a decent place!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Radcliffe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2014

Stayed here for a weekend back a-in Aug 2006 Great staff friendly Staff. The rooms were nice and and clean.
About 15 min walk from train station.
The city centre was not far from the Botel
We all had a good weekend staying there.
The breakfast was good

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Stayed a night here as it was the cheapest rate we could find in the nearby area. Small, but decently clean rooms and ok service. Breakfast wasn't bad either.

The fact that this was a boat didn't really add or detract from the experience as a value hotel.

If you find a decent rate here, go for it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

7 of us went to Amsterdam for my birthday. We got off to a bad start as the receptionist was rude and one couple were put in a twin as they had no doubles available. They had also booked us extra rooms but we didn't have to pay for their error. Apart from this it was fine! It is what it is basically. The room size for our double was fine. There's enough room to walk comfortably around. The bathrooms are like a washroom but again fine. The room is cleaned daily with fresh towels given. The bar staff are friendly and the drinks are a decent price! Breakfast has a range of croissants, cereal, fry up, yoghurts etc as well as orange juice and hot beverages. I've read reviews of people complaining that you have to get a ferry to Central Amsterdam. Yes this is true but they come every half hour and you'll be surprised how quick that goes! At night after the ferry stops there's another ferry that goes straight across and then a FREE shuttle bus that picks you up when you get there. It's a brilliant service. If you need a place to sleep, wash and get ready it's perfect! We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed February 2014
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4 Thank Lucyscruv
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Property: Amstel Botel
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:
#5 Best Value Hotel 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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