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Visiting Amsterdam? Stay in a hotel on a boat: a Botel

It’s been called a hotel boat, a boat hotel, a boatel or a botel, but the official name of this unique hotel is ‘Amstel Botel.’ Indeed, as in ‘hotel on boat,’ with ‘Amstel’ referring to the river from which Amsterdam — dam in the Amstel — derives its name.

Please note that the Botel has a new location.

Staying on a boat is not a bad idea when visiting Amsterdam, especially if you have recently watched Al Gore’s documentary on global warming — in which Holland is predicted to become prime snorkeling territory.

Amsterdam hotel on a boat: the Amstel Botel

There are other, more practical reasons as well. The Amstel Botel is a converted river cruiser that if moored just off Amsterdam Central Station. Turn left out of Central Station, pass the bike rental place and the bus station, and you’ll see the hotel floating in front of you. [Google Map]

The Amstel Botel combines a unique lodging experience with unparalleled convenience, and at surprisingly reasonable rates.

Few hotels anywhere could rival the Botel as a base of operations for exploring the city. Central Station, with its public transport hub, is mere steps away, and the historic inner city and its canals, as well as the harbor area, are literally outside your window.

Most major sights and tourist attractions are within walking distance. There’s a choice of canal tours right outside Central Station, where you’ll also find the tourist office and a currency exchange.

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When booking, ask for a canal view. The landview consist of an uninspiring quay — behind which there currently is a construction zone. A canal view costs a few Euros more, but you’ll thank us.

Whether you are in the city for a one night layover (the Botel’s proximity to the station makes it ideal for Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport connections) or planning a leisurely holiday exploring all of the attractions, this unusual hotel gives you a taste of the local way of life – living on the water — A true Amsterdam experience.

For your convenience, you can book the Amstel Botel right here.

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This post was last updated: May. 18, 2011