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Botel Zebra Reviews

PObox 2430, NL 1000CK, Oosterdok t/o 4, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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651 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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The cabin has this permanent smell of waste water, and there is nothing you can do about it. Get used to it. Everything else is OK. Good breakfast.


The hotel was really easy to find and convenient. The woman who checked us in was excellent and very friendly. Although the room was small obviously because on a boat it worked perfectly for the two nights we were staying there. The beds were really comfortable and we overall enjoyed our stay. The only negative thing is that breakfast started at 9am which was a little late, and the wifi only worked upstairs not in the rooms, and the doors to the upstairs closed pretty early, so wifi was limited.

  • 7th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good staff! Location, can not get better! Could get cleaner. Over all very happy with my stay at The botel zebra.


Friendly personnel, good location

  • 31st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


We had a fantastic time staying at Botel Zebra! The cool location and the excellent breakfast was outstanding.

  • 25th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Though room's are small, good for a weekend and can use the dining area to chill out. Breakfast fine and staff helpful.


The ambience in general is fantastic despite the size of the private room. I would not expect a huge room but it is really tiny. If one asks me if I would stay there again, my answer would be, Yes.


Situated close to the central station, a beautiful location. The staff are friendly and attentive. Security- average, you do have a room with a key, but the doors and locks seemed very flimsy, possibly typical for a botel. Cleanliness -excellent, staff maintain the boat and rooms well. But be forewarned, it is a boat so you have to put toilet paper in bags as it cannot be flushed. Atmosphere-poor, little interaction past breakfast. Wifi is spotty, lobby only. Good value and includes breakfast.


thanks very beautiful place and excellent experience


We loved Botel Zebra.

  • 28th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


great place to stay for a few days. excellent location, very good breakfast included in price and available internet. room was a bit smaller than on the other botels in the area, but overall experience was very good.


the location is very good, the rooms very small and to hot for sleeping, when it is hot outside. the carpet on the floor was weet in front of the toiletdoor when we arrive and didnt dry for the 4 days, we was there. It was our feeling, that the woman working there is tired of her work.


Affordable for Amsterdam, my roommate and I woke up covered in bites one night however. So watch up for the bugs.


The hostel is well located (a few minutes walk from Central Station). The place is clean and organized. Stayed in a double room with bathroom. The room was quite small but met our needs. I was too scared to get sick, but do not rock the boat!


The weather was so warm that was uncomfortable to sleep without air conditioned...


Rooms/Cabins were as expected in size and facilities - remember it is a boat. Unfortunately it was quite warm during our trip and very little ventilation through port holes........Breakfast was fantastic and staff were very friendly and helpful. Walking distance to city and bike hire. Other visitors on the boat during our stay kept to themselves - boat deck was a lovely place to sit and have a few drinks in the evening.

  • 17th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


The lady running the botel was great, breakfast was also very good. Very unique experience.


Very satisfied with the facilities and rooms-we had our own shower and bathroom which was nice. Great location near the train station. The only complaint was about the manager. She was friendly enough, but she made it very clear that this was her space. Hanging out in the saloon felt like intruding-- won't allow "loud" convo or your own calls. Wifi is limited to this space and she locks the door at 11 and doesn't open it until 9am. She also acted like leaving your bags was an inconvenience.


It was a very clean and nice place, and the breakfest buffet was great! My only real complaint is that the showers were'nt the best and that the toilets required a couple of extrra flushes and sometimes "manual" persuasion.


Had a really nice stay! Chambers are small but sufficient, moreover they are clean and proper. Breakfast was also good (and not too early :) ) and the team is very kind. The city is in walking distance and so is the main station. Still, in the nights it's very quiet and through the sound of the water it's kind of idyllic ;) I would absolutely recommend this!

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