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Board basis explained
...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.
...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.
...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.
...means that breakfast is included in the price.
...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.
...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.
Amstel Botel is a unique 3-star hotel moored at the NDSM Wharf on the Northern banks of the River IJ. This colorful dockside area houses workshops and artists' studios, hip cafes, restaurants, exhibitions, and performances. To explore the exciting city, this is a perfect place to stay. A free 10-minute ferry service to Amsterdam Central Station runs twice every hour to keep guests connected with the world outside.
This modern and luxurious floating hotel offers a unique experience, with all the facilities onboard. You can relax in the bar area and have a game of pool, darts or pinball. Car and bike rental services are available so you can explore more of Amsterdam. It has 24-hours reception, sundeck terrace, wheelchair access, shuttle bus service and a breakfast restaurant overlooking the waters of the river. It serves delicious breakfast buffet to start your day in a perfect way. They also have a multi-lingual staff to help understand needs of guests from different parts of the globe. They have 175 rooms.
Rooms of Amstel, Botel come in two options; Standard non-smoking rooms and 5 uniquely designed loft letters. Loft letters are the conceptual stay options decorated by international designers. All of them feature either land or views over the River IJ. They are decorated to ensure a comfortable stay and feature air conditioning, satellite TV, hot/cold shower, attached toilet/shower, in-room safe, AM/FM clock radio, writing desk, complimentary in-house films, and a hairdryer. Free WiFi and lift facility is also available.
Please Note: Extra beds for children are chargeable.
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- Internet access - wireless
- Free WiFi - Public Areas
- Free Wi-Fi
- Billiards or pool table
Food & Drink
- Bar / Lounge
- Coffee shop or café
Services & Shops
- Luggage storage
- Currency exchange
- Area shuttle (complimentary)
- Pets not allowed
- No rollaway beds available
- Check-out by 11:00 AM
- JCB International
- No- smoking property
- Multilingual staff
- Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
- Photocopy machines
- Television in lobby
- 24-hour front desk
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Parking nearby
- Iron/ironing board (on request)
- Alarm clock
- Clock radio
- Ceiling fan
- Hair dryer
- In-room safe
- Electronic/magnetic keys
Internet, TV & Phone
- Satellite television service
- Direct-dial phone
Rooms & Comfort
- Blackout drapes/curtains
- River view
- Wake-up calls
- Cribs/infant beds available on request
- Window opens
- Cribs/infant beds available
Bath & Shower
- Shower/bathtub combination
- Shower only
- Private bathroom
- NDSM Werf 0.26 miles
- The Movies 1.14 miles
- Westergasfabriek Culture Park 1.18 miles
- Noorderkerk 1.43 miles
- Noordermarkt 1.46 miles
- Het Ij 1.56 miles
- Herengracht Canal 1.67 miles
- Sexmuseum 1.68 miles
- St. Nicholas Church (Sint Nicolaaskerk) 1.71 miles
- Electric Ladyland 1.75 miles
- Anne Frank House 1.76 miles
- Berlage Stock Exchange (Beurs van Berlage) 1.77 miles
- Westerkerk 1.8 miles
- New Church 1.85 miles
- Red Light District 1.86 miles
- Bimhuis Theater 1.86 miles
- The Old Church (Oude Kerk) 1.86 miles
- Singel 1.86 miles
- at_a_glance_airport Schiphol Amsterdam AMS25m
Amsterdam Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Amsterdam
From 5* canalside hotels to quirky cheap hostels, you can find virtually every type of accommodation in Amsterdam’s variety of districts. And whether you want something in the middle of all the action, or would rather experience the quieter side of the Netherlands capital during your holiday, there’s the perfect neighbourhood waiting for you.
Cultural events, parties and a rich tapestry of history: there are endless reasons why people travel to Amsterdam. Couples, families and groups of friends are spoilt for things to do in this eclectic city all year round, making it the ideal destination for everything from a winter city break to a week-long holiday.
Where to stay
You’ll need your cameras at the ready for this picturesque area of Amsterdam, which is home to quaint bridges and all the artistic vibes. The Jordaan neighbourhood is to Amsterdam what Shoreditch is to London. It’s full of independent shops, quirky accommodation, and chic restaurants - plus it’s handily just a short walk away from all the city centre sights, including the Anne Frank House. Just as you’d expect in this neighbourhood, accommodation is varied and stylish, ranging from budget hostels to upmarket canalside lodging.
If you want to be in the middle of the city on your holiday, the Dam neighbourhood is where you’ll find the heart of all the action, from the after-dark entertainment of the Red Light District to the main shopping centre. Large hotel chains are dotted around the centre, giving you easy access to key sights including Madame Tussauds, the Amsterdam Dungeon and the National Monument.
Set a short walk away from the city’s central canal network, the Oud-Zuid area showcases a quieter side to Amsterdam. Check into one of the chain hotels or independent accommodation options and you’ll be on the doorstep of some of the city’s most exciting museums, like Rijksmuseum and the contemporary art of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. You’ll also be close to the 120-acre Vondelpark, perfect for daytime strolls, summer picnics and free open air concerts between May and September.
What to see
Whether you’re in Amsterdam for a weekend or longer holiday, you’ll be spoilt for things to do in this vibrant city. The first port-of-call for many is to track down the Instagrammable ‘I Amsterdam’ letters which move around the city every few months. Once you’ve taken all the photos to fill up your feed, learn more about the city by exploring it from a new perspective: by a boat tour, along its UNESCO protected canal belt. Tours take in the history of the city and provide the perfect views to take in the twinkling fairy lights over the charming bridges.
Culture vultures will love the range of museums available around the city. The Anne Frank House, based in the exact building where Anne and her family went into hiding during World War 2, is one of the most popular. However, there’s everything from Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art to the Museum of Bags and Purses and also Heineken Experience, catering for all tastes. And, of course, no holiday to Amsterdam is complete without visiting Bloemenmarkt. Found along the Singel canal, the world’s only floating flower market sells colourful plants and accessories to brighten up your home. Read more about the top cultural spots in our blog here.
From all-night raves to low-key bars, Amsterdam has it all for every type of holidaymaker. The city has a thriving nightlife scene, with clubs regularly hosting international DJs. Hen and stag parties are a regular sight around the city centre thanks to its influx of bars, pubs and coffee shops - there’s everything from old-school bars to lively clubs.
For quirky nightlife, head out of the main centre towards Amsterdam Oud-West. It’s got much more of an alternative scene, with speakeasys and jazz clubs sitting alongside world-famous clubs and various music venues.
What to eat
The Netherlands is famous for many tasty treats, including stroopwafels, pancakes, Dutch fries and raw herring. A short walk out from the Jordaan neighbourhood is Foodhallen, a site that features dozens of food stalls all under one roof. Pick up some Chinese cuisine, traditional Dutch snacks or some Mediterranean delicacies, and then huddle around the central seating area with your friends.
Amsterdam is a shopper’s paradise, offering plenty of opportunities to pick up gifts for loved ones back home - as well as some treats for yourself. The city centre is home to a number of local and international chains where you can pick up clothes, Dutch delicacies, homeware and souvenirs. For something a little different, head to Albert Cuypmarkt in De Pijp. It’s open six days a week and is one of the most famous street markets in the city. You’ll find everything from food to bags, clothing and flowers.
Fast facts about Amsterdam
- Direct flight time: 1.25 hours from London
- Transfer time from Amsterdam Schipol airport to Amsterdam: 23 minutes
- Time zone: GMT +1
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Dutch
- Average price of a domestic beer: €4
- Average price of a bottle of wine: €6.99
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 1 million
Amstel Botel Bv Reviews
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20 August 2018
A great budget hotel that allows for quick access to Amsterdam cental
Tom Edgar, England
The Amstel Botel first of all is a budget hotel, I must stress however their is nothing wrong with it being budget. The rooms are a little basic, shower slightly small and toilet a touch to close to the sink. However with this hotel you are getting a great value for money. The reception and bar area are beautifully done, the jukebox is a nice touch (But could do with filling up with more songs) and the staff are friendly and helpful. Rooms are cleaned every day and the cleaners did a brilliant job We had breakfast included in our stay and consisted of a buffet style breakfast served from 07:30 until 10:30 (A great idea serving breakfast slightly later then usual to allow party goers a chance for a meal) this had boiled eggs, bacon, sausages, beans (I'd avoid the beans if I was you) cornflakes, plenty of bread & rolls for toast, meats, cheeses, yogurts, teas coffee etc. Enough to give you a good fill up before exploring the city. We had a room on the ground floor which meant we was only a few meters away from the water this gives you terrific views of the resident ducks & geece. Nearby the Botel are other boats which have a variety of restaurants and bars on. The yellow boat directly opposite the botel has a 10% discount for those staying at the Botel and the food is highly recommended. The botel is located approx 10 miles from Amsterdam station, however there is a free ferry service that runs from 7am - 3am approx every half hour/hour from the NDSM (which is where the Botel is located) to the station. After 3am you have to get a replacement bus and another ferry but this is still an excellent service provided free of charge. If you are after a quirky place to stay, want good value for money, plan on spending your time exploring Amsterdam and just returning to your room to get changed, have a sleep and a wash then the Botel is perfect for that. A few constructive pointers for the Botel to perhaps consider are as follows - Room décor is a little dated in comparison to the reception so the rooms should be updated just for consistency - 20 euros to rent an Iron is a little steep, perhaps 10 euros is a more acceptable cost - maybe a few breakfast pastry's wouldn't go amiss - Another plug by the bed would be handy
The best thing about my stay was...Loads of things to see and do nearby without having to go into Central, novelty of staying in a boat
06 March 2018
Amanda, United Kingdom
good cheap accommodation, you get what you pay for. Clean and basic. Breakfast was ok, although dont be too excited about the english breakfast, this was over cooked bacon, cold boiled eggs, small sausages and baked beans, but the food was fresh including fresh bread for toast. Other than the over cooked bacon each day, you cant really fault it. I was concerned the rooms would be noisey from previous reviews, but we didnt have any issues, obviously you could hear people in the corridor, but no more than any other hotel. Good comfortable night sleep and clean. location wise, it was a short ferry crossing from central station and once through the station you are in the main hub of amsterdam, so a good convienient place to stay at a good price. Ferry crossings are 24/7 although after midnight and later into the early hours there is a crossing to another port and then a short 5 min courtesy bus ride. The Botel was mainly students on their travels, but mixed families and couples of all ages.
The best thing about my stay was...quite and convenient
27 February 2018
Great value clean ample size rooms friendly staff great breakfast Free ferry to take you to mainland every 20 mins and great restaurant next door
The best thing about my stay was...The novelty of staying on a boat
26 February 2018
Budget is budget..... not luxury
The accommodation is clean,minimalist and comfortable. It's cheap and well worth the money you spend. Food is more than adequate, fry up or cheese/meat or cornflakes. Lovely fresh bread too! There are always complainers..... just enjoy it!! ITS AMSTERDAM....have a ball!!
The best thing about my stay was...The price and standard of accommodation.
12 December 2017
Amy , UK
We stayed here for three nights, the location is good as it’s only a short trip on the ferry to the centre. We were not impressed with breakfast, the staff were not very quick at replenishing the hot food so we left a little hungry. When we checked in we weren’t told where our room was or the time of breakfast so this was not helpful! When we booked it stated double/twin but assumed we would get a double being a couple but this wasn’t the case (slight error on our part) we went to reception to see if they had any double rooms avaliable but were told bluntly there were no rooms......not 100% sure they even checked this before saying no! Given the price of this hotel you do get what you pay for. Undecided if we would return.
The best thing about my stay was...Location
04 December 2017
You get what you pay for
Damian Sheridan, Ireland
Quirky idea for accommodation. It's cheap and cheerful. My 127 was very dated and a little noisy as it was under the bar. Breakfast was basic. Location was good and the shuttle boat always on time. If your looking to keep costs down the botel is perfect.
The best thing about my stay was...It was cheap and cheerful
21 June 2016
smeeagain55, West Yorkshire
when i booked I had the option of single or double rooms so I booked a double room for single use.However when I arrived I found that I was assigned a twin bedded room which due to the bookings could not be changed - the reception staff were very dismissive and said a double room could be twin beds or a double. if I had wanted a single bed I would have booked a single room.
The best thing about my stay was...apart from the issue with the single beds the rooms were OK (although no refreshment tray. and only one power socket). Breakfast was excellen
13 May 2016
Claire s, Scotland
Highly recommend. .very different accommodation
The best thing about my stay was...The hotel is something different to try
12 March 2016
A lovely stay
Alison, North East
Stayed for three nights over a long weekend and it was very good. Room was lovely and warm, views were good and breakfast was more than ample. Good location as you can get a regular ferry straight to the station. Lots of hot water, good towels and the TV had English channels. For the cost, would certainly stay again. I took a travel kettle which was good. Enough sockets in the room to use it. Didn't find it noisy at all. Very friendly staff. Great free wifi but that is true for most of Amsterdam.
The best thing about my stay was...Location and views
07 March 2016
Clean & Comfortable
Sarah & friends , Cambridgeshire
Just returned from a 3 night break at the Amstel Botel, the rooms(cabins) are basic, but clean, adding a kettle or the option to hire a kettle would be a good idea.. Reception were very accommodating in all information needed. A shelter outside on the quay would be helpful for the smokers, as they tended to hang around the entrance, which isn't nice for the non - smokers amongst us!! The ferries were great. The hotel can be noisy at weekends, breakfast was ample.. Just a bit congested around 9am .. We had an early flight home - so breakfast was too late for us!! I would stay again, as it was Central, comfortable & Cheap 😊
The best thing about my stay was...Central location - quirky
19 January 2016
4 night stay in January
Basic but comfortable room. Very clean with towel change and room cleaning daily. Breakfast was good - sausages and bacon or continental. Great location with a free 10 minute ferry to the centre of Amsterdam.
The best thing about my stay was...Location
10 June 2015
Birthday weekend 3 night stay
Great stay, great service really nice staff definitely stay again.
The best thing about my stay was...Good location
09 March 2015
Ample For 2 Nights Especially For Price But Obviously Basic
A nice little hotel, got a very good price of around £25 per person night including breakfast so cant really complain about anything for that as was sufficient. However room did really smell of stale smoke, could do with a bit of an update but was clean. Bathroom is very small as you'd expect on a boat but water is nice and hot. Breakfast was very hectic and they couldn't keep up filling stuff up. Staff ok, did forget things and could do with cheering up a bit. Free wifi a bonus. Free ferry to central station. For a 2 night stay I wasn't disappointed. I wouldn't worry about staying here, it's not the best but it's sufficient.
The best thing about my stay was...Cheap
28 February 2015
Two Night Stay
Tom Aherne, Kent UK, United Kingdom
We stayed at the Amstel Botel over two nights from 25th February. The room was lovely, clean, we had a sea view. The bathroom although on the small side was perfectly adequate for our needs, lots of hot water to shower with, basin and toilet what more do you need..? Breakfast was a combination of hot and cold buffet, perfect to start the day..Free ferry to and from Central station, right through the night too.
The best thing about my stay was...Perfect location to tour Amsterdam
14 February 2015
Very basic, poor service.
Alex C, Bridgend
Very basic which is expected for the price. Few things that were unacceptable-Staff extremely rude/unhelpful waiting at the bar for over 20 minutes for the barman to stop playing to fruit machine. Also we asked for extra pillows at 12 o'clock at night, it took until 12:50 then I went and asked again and said he was just getting them. By this time we were extremely tired and still no pillows until 1:20. Breakfast is really a joke waiting over half an hour for a piece of bacon when being told by kitchen staff 5/6 minutes every ten minutes. The showers in the rooms are dangerously hot, one minute there freezing then change to skin scolding temperatures within a split second, We have stayed here 3 times and after the last stay definitely won't be returning.
The best thing about my stay was...Leaving
10 February 2015
I will go back to that botel!!
very nice place to stay for a very cheap price!clean and big enough room,nice staff,easy to reach central amsterdam fro the botel.there is a ferry that bring you there every 20 min,and the trip in the ferry os beautiful...the best has been the driver of the shuttle bus that bring you back for free to the botel at night from the ferry, an Egyptian man really nice and polite. I will deffo stay there again 100%!
The best thing about my stay was...the driver of the shuttle bus at night,the views,the ferry...
08 January 2015
Christopher Read, Glasgow
.All the staff on the 'Botel' were very friendly and helpful at all times and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The Room was comfortable and clean. Breakfast was Continental which is what you would expect, but also offered some hot dishes. Transportation to and from 'Centraal Station' to the 'Botel ' was easy, only approx. 12 mins each way by Ferry which is free, and now runs until 3AM on Friday and Saturdays. This was the fourth time we have stayed on the 'Botel', which in itself says a lot.
The best thing about my stay was...Being Anonymous
01 January 2015
Kate Bennett, Kent
This is the second time I had used this accommodation though the first for my husband and our friends. We were not disappointed. Excellent location with FREE ferry transport into Amsterdam Central. Rooms are adequate with everything you need. Shower rooms are small but perfectly serviceable. Breakfast is good, always plenty there and as much as you want. Better than some 3/4star hotels. Lovely croissants! Adequate bar, drinks and snacks at reasonable prices. Free wifi and use of computer with printer. Staff very friendly and helpful. When I return to Amsterdam I would be looking to book there again.
The best thing about my stay was...Easy access by free ferry to many of the sights in the city. Last year we were berthed in the cruise terminal which was a fair distance away from the city. Particularly for older people.
02 December 2014
Functional but OK for 2 nights
Mark H, Bolton
Easy enough to find from schiphol airport, the ferries are regular but a bit binding to get it each day. Next time we will book city centre hotel. Breakfast, you have to be quick at weekend otherwise it's gone or you're not getting fresh bacon etc, it's been standing a while under hot plates. Bathrooms are tiny and room 346 has distinctly noisy pipe work! Amsterdam is a great city where clearly, anything goes but it was definitely a place we'd return too. Loads of bars and restaurants, great shops and seedy shops. Crossing roads can be an event in itself with all the cyclists and trams.
The best thing about my stay was...Bars and restaurNts
04 November 2014
George Menzies, Scotland living in France
Good accommodation, space to move about. Requested double bed and sea view got both. Limited breakfast selection but perfectly adequate. Ferry to and fro Amsterdam was a novelty but nice, would recommend this accommodation and will use it again, not too fancy but not too expensive either, Parking within 100metres at €11.70 per 24hrs, coupled with free ferries -- - - unbeatable!!!
The best thing about my stay was...double bed.
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