Amstel Botel is a unique hotel moored at the NDSM Wharf on the Northern banks of the River IJ. This colourful dockside area houses workshops and artists' studios, hip cafes, restaurants, exhibitions and performances.
This modern and luxurious floating hotel offers a unique experience, with all the facilities on-board. 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. A free 10-minute ferry service to Amsterdam Central Station runs twice every hour.
Rooms feature either land or views over the River IJ. Each is simply decorated and features air conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary in-house films and a hairdryer. Free WiFi is also available.
Amsterdam City has a large variety of restaurants with cuisines from around the world waiting for you. There are dozens of unique museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank Museum. A visit to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a canal cruise through the city’s waterways.
Please Note: Extra beds for children are chargeable.
- Internet access - wireless
- Free WiFi - Public Areas
- Free Wi-Fi
- Billiards or pool table
Food & Drink
- Coffee shop or café
- Bar / Lounge
Services & Shops
- Luggage storage
- Currency exchange
- Area shuttle (complimentary)
- Television in lobby
- 24-hour front desk
- Photocopy machines
- Multilingual staff
- Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
- No- smoking property
- JCB International
- Pets not allowed
- No rollaway beds available
- Check-out by 11:00 AM
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Parking nearby
- Ceiling fan
- Iron/ironing board (on request)
- Clock radio
- Alarm clock
- In-room safe
- Hair dryer
- Electronic/magnetic keys
Internet, TV & Phone
- Direct-dial phone
- Satellite television service
Rooms & Comfort
- Blackout drapes/curtains
- River view
- Wake-up calls
- Cribs/infant beds available on request
- Window opens
- Cribs/infant beds available
Bath & Shower
- Private bathroom
- Shower only
- Shower/bathtub combination
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At a Glance
Board basis explained
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.
- 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 1.80 miles
- New Church 1.85 miles
- The Old Church (Oude Kerk) 1.86 miles
- Bimhuis Theater 1.86 miles
- Singel 1.86 miles
- Red Light District 1.86 miles
- at_a_glance_airport Schiphol Amsterdam AMS25m
The historic centre of Amsterdam plays host to a huge number of visitors each year. The list of reasons to visit this beautiful city is long and varied. The relatively compact centre is packed with historical buildings, picturesque canals and cultural hotspots. From the wonderfully quirky, laid back Jordaan in the west to the old centre and Nieuwmarkt in the east, Amsterdam is a great city to walk around. If you arrive via the vast Centraal Station, the city spreads out in front of you. Follow the mighty Damrak down to Dam Square and beyond towards Vondelpark and Museumplein in the south. The canals will either confuse or guide you. The centre of the city extends as far as the fourth canal in the inner ring – Prinsengracht. The four main canals sweep around the old city before colliding with the River Amstel to the east.
Art and history lovers will be spoilt for choice in Amsterdam. See the work of Dutch Masters including Van Gogh and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum before paying an emotional visit to the Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht in the heart of the Jordaan. If you are in Amsterdam on a sunny day you should head down to the leafy Vondelpark. There is a lovely café and restaurant but you could just pick up some food and find a little patch of shady grass to stretch out on. Fully recharged you can head into the centre of Amsterdam and take advantage of the wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs.
Things to do in Amsterdam
Eat and drink in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a large, international city and you can eat what you want, when you want. The main streets running through the centre of the city are busy with a wide range of restaurants and bars. For a more intimate and authentic experience, head west into the Jordaan. This area of the city has resisted the excesses of modern life and held onto a more independent, artisan approach to living. The bars on every corner are cosy and welcoming with simple menus and drinks on offer. Local restaurants and cafes are tucked away on the little lanes leading across the four main canals. The Spui is home to larger grand cafes where well-dressed locals mingle with visitors to the city. The food and service is more polished with the added benefit of some excellent people watching opportunities. The area around Nieuwmarkt is home to a good range of great value restaurants.
Try the local speciality - Rijsttafel. A colonial inspired Indonesian feast consisting of a huge range of small dishes. Make sure you are hungry – there can be as many as forty separate dishes served up!
The city is busy with bars and clubs and you will find somewhere that plays the music you like on most days of the week. The bars are open late and very busy at the weekend. Head down to Leidseplein for a drink. The square is lined with popular bars and a mixed crowd. The area offers a bit of late fun for all – you will find several large live music venues including Melkweg and the Sugar Factory as well as the casino and a wide range of theatres. Nearby Rembrandtplein is a good alternative and perhaps better suited to visitors looking for a late night clubbing experience. You will find a good range of large, popular bars as well as large clubs including Escape and Studio 80.
Shopping in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is great city to shop in. The picturesque streets leading through the centre are lined with both large department stores and boutiques selling more exclusive goods. The Magna Plaza in Dam Square is worth a visit. This former main post office building is a beautiful piece of architecture from the outside. Step inside the ancient walls and the interior is a multi-level shopping paradise. Beyond Dam Square, Kalverstraat is home to a wide range of large brands and local specialist stores. The ‘nine streets’ district (Negan Straatjes) nestled between the canals is home to jewellery and vintage goods specialists. If you love antiques and art then you should head down to the Speigelkwartier. The area is busy with little specialist dealers and markets. High end fashion followers need look no further than P.C. Hoofstraat, the ultimate in exclusive shopping.
Amsterdam has some amazing flea markets – look out for the weekly market in Nieuwmarkt.
Things to see in Amsterdam
Start with a long walk along the canals, explore the flower market, and admire the gable fronted building dating back to the 17th century. Art lovers should make a point of visiting the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum down in Museumplein. The Artis Zoo out beyond Waterlooplein to the east is a great place to visit with the family. For a water level view of the city and historic canals, consider taking a boat cruise. The options are seemingly endless and a weekend trip will not seem enough. Make sure you leave time for some people watching from the windows of a grand café.
Try an evening cruise. Once the sun goes down the bridges and canal side houses light up giving the canals a magical feel.
This ‘brown café’ should be top of your list of bars to try during your visit to Amsterdam. The old part of the bar was established in 1670 and is pretty much unchanged due to the listed status it enjoys. Take a seat at the bar and soak up a little bit of old Amsterdam. The bar is on the edge of Spuistraat which sits on the Singel canal.
This amazing little restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Jordaan on Lindengracht. From the outside this is just another quirky little corner café but step inside and you are greeted by a top class restaurant serving fresh, exciting food that draws on both local and international influences.
King’s Day – April 27th
Prior to 2014 the whole nation would come together on the 30th April to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday with a huge party that spreads across the city with live music, parties and impromptu bars and food stalls. Queen’s Day has now become King’s Day as Willem-Alexander, the Queens oldest son has taken over the throne. The party is no less enthusiastic!
- Currency – EUR
- Time Zone – GMT + (1)
- Travel Time – Amsterdam (AMS) - 1 hour 20 minutes (London)
- Transfer Time – 30 minutes (Taxi)
Amstel Botel Bv Reviews
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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
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