Just got back from a 1 night stay on the Amstel Botel . my 4th stay over an 8 year period .
i stay here when i have an early flight back to the uk ...
Its different !
Looks like a boat , designed like a boat , rooms like cabins on a ferry , small , functional and clean .
ok its dos'nt float like a boat but it looks the part .
You cannot beat the botels central position .
2 minute walk from central station , the red light district , the damrak etc .
bus and trams on your doorstep .
its not a cheap stay anymore £70 for a twin room - breakfasts steep at 10 euros a head but you can get a cheeses and ham toasty in the bar at 2.50 euors which suffices !
the triple rooms work out better value.
to be honest you aint going to get a hotel much cheaper in the city centre - even the hostels are asking over 25 euoros a night for a bed in a mixed dorm !
bar prices ok on botel...but try and get your cold drinks for in your room from a supermarket as 1.80 for a bottle of water out the machine is a bit steep !
a tip ! stay outside amsterdam city centre - pumerand , volendam , edam etc . plenty of cheaper hotels ith great bus service in and out of the city - you can get a 4 star hotel twin room for £45 a night with breakfast .
word of warning if you have kids with you and stay on the amstel botel be carefull changing over your tv channels as one is hard core porn !
great if your adults alone but try explaining granny lust to a 10 year old !
oh yes and like precvious reviewer said it was extremly hot - temp gauge said 38 in the lobby - no air conditionng but i slept ok with windows open - pay extra for room with canal view but ask for floor 2 and above as floor 1 has view obscured by gangplank .
to be honest its an unusual place to stay - quite funky in a wierd 70's way - brilliant for the city centre and travel - central station etc
but don't expect luxury and be aware that they eask for payment upfront on arrival !
2 many scallies jumpin ship !
would stay again for convenience factor alone .
- 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