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“If distance isn't and issue then you won't be dissapointed” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“If distance isn't and issue then you won't be dissapointed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My wife recently took me to Amsterdam for my Birthday and arranged everything. My wife made a small faux pas by booking the wrong best western hotel (if you want to be in the City Centre then this ISN'T THE ONE) after an initial shock of seeing how far this was from The Dam we settled into a pleasant room on the ground floor looking out towards the rear carpark and canals. Although we worried this could be noisy and have privacy issues it really wasn't a concern after the first night.

The staff were welcoming and friendly and the breakfasts were tasty and we have a vast choice, often going back for seconds. This really is needed as your trip into The Dam every morning will take the best part of 40 minutes (you often have to wait 15 minutes for a tram) but the journey is straight forward and we grew to enjoy it. The best tip we had was to by a city pass for 72 hours for around 15 Euros each, this lasted all weekend and we simply hopped on and off a bus or tram.

The area isn't on first impressions the "nicest" area and compare's to a market area which initially was a bit intimidating but again after the first day we settled in and it became our running joke by singing "in the ghetto". But seriously don't let this concern you it was just not what we expected. This hotel is equal distance to to The Dam and airport making it a fairly convenient location.

My verdict is that if you don't want the noise and potential stag parties screaming outside your hotel door at night then being further from the center is actually a good choice, if we returned to Amsterdam we would happily stay here again (and plan to do so) so that should say it all.

I think it was the no 16 tram that went to the dam. (Ask for a tram map from the conductor ) you will need it for day 1 but the tram system is so easy to pick up you'll be a pro within 24 hours. Westermarket is a good stop to get off (near the Ann Frank museum )

A good value hotel, good staff, great breakfasts but will have a commute. If you don't mind that then book away.

Room Tip: My advice would be to ask for a 1st floor room or above..but don't worry too much if not. Rooms...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Just returned from a couple of nights here. Another member of our foursome booked this hotel and it would not have maybe been my choice. However I was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is on a great public transport network, the 69 bus from the airport stops a few metres from the hotel and there are buses and trams about every 10 minutes into Central Amsterdam. The 3 day travel card bought from the hotel was an excellent buy, 17 euros I think.
The hotel was spotlessly clean and our room which was four bedded was very large and comfortable with ample towels etc.
The reception was friendly and gave us lots of info on everything we needed. All in all an excellent value hotel, a bit out of town but with such good public transport we never felt this was an issue.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My Husband and I stayed at this Hotel for 2 nights at the beginning of May 14. The Hotel is 30 minutes from the Airport via Bus 69 and stops outside the hotel and located 20 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam via tram 7 or 14. The hotel is not immediately easy on the eye as it's painted blue although you cannot miss it; but once inside you are greeted by pleasant surroundings and staff who are keen to ensure you have a great stay. We arrive at our hotel 6 hours prior to designated check-in and whilst our room was not ready, we were allowed to leave our luggage securely and returned later that evening. Our room was clean, and provided ample space for two. The bathroom had a walk in shower which was amazing. I have to say that my husband and I both commented that the first night stay was the best sleep we have had whilst in a hotel (this could be due to the amount of walking we had done that day), and we were rested well for day two of our trip. There is a flat screen TV in the room which has BBC1 and BBC2 channels. The breakfast provided both cooked and continental varieties and lovely fresh coffee. Whilst the hotel is not immediately in the centre, this is not a problem at all, the tram journey is enjoyable and allows you to view the less commercial aspect of the city. There are shops/fresh bakers around the immediate vicinity of the hotel but not many restaurants so I would advise to eat when out. TIP: if staying at this hotel I would recommend purchasing a travel pass which can be obtained from reception or the local shop Primera - we paid 16.50 euros each for a 3 day pass ideal if using public transport regularly; but can be purchased in smaller dominations. These can be used on both trams and busses and provided our return bus fare to the Airport. You have to swipe the card when entering the tram and you must swipe on exit otherwise the card will not work on your next journey. Will certainly stay at this hotel again and recommend to family and friends.

Room Tip: We had a room located in the centre of the hotel which was quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Situated around a 25min tram ride from Amsterdam Central Station, giving beautiful sights of the real Amsterdam. The room was perfect even if no milk was provided, but I also didn't ask. Had a relaxing bathroom experience and the bed was so perfect I wanted to stay sleeping longer. Most certainly will return in the future. There are a few local shops and if you walk about 5mins you'll find a beautiful lake with little cafe. Noticed there was a market area next to the hotel. The breakfast was expansive and there was a lot of choice. Will become my hotel for Amsterdam.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Stayed here recently for a three night long weekend. Staff were VERY helpful nothing too much trouble. Room was comfortable and cosy - and overlooked the lake. 5 minute walk the the bus stop - buying a hop on off ticket for three days was great value. 10 - 15 minutes into the town centre so very easy and cheap. Would definitely stay there again

Room Tip: Room overlooking the lake at the back for a great view
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights. Hotel staff not very friendly or willing to help with directions etc. shower was dirty and shower door didn't close all the way, leaving the bathroom floor soaked. I would not stay here again, the area wasn't great and it seemed far from all of the tourist spots. Restaurant was never open, so we always had to step out for a bite to eat. The only upside was the small market in the square next door. I would avoid this hotel.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here just recently on a vacation with friend. Staff were very helpful, the room was clean and well situated to public transportation . Was within a 10 to 15 min bus ride of leidesplein and museumsplein. I Would definitely stay here again as it was just such easy access and so price worthy. The breakfast was plentiful fresh and only 10 euros if u booked the day before. Also good to know is there is a small mall next door with grocery and coffee shop as well as restaurant choices nearby. Bakeries, phone store etc as well. Note the fish market next door also sells fish and chips:)

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#80 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
He BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Blue Square is environmental friendly hotel and has a Green Key Silver status. The building takes it's name from the striking building in which it is located. The building was designed by architect Van Gool and dates from the seventies. Van Gool has undoubtedly explain that the only building in the characteristic blue color can be dyed. All 175 rooms are spacious, soundproofed and equipped with air conditioning, free wifi internet and free coffee/ tea facilities. You will find comfortable rooms with many amenities so that your visit is an experience that you would want to repeat. Whether you are staying in Amsterdam for business, or looking for a destination for a short break, this hotel is the perfect start to anyone visiting the city. We are located near the exit of the A10 S104. In just 15-20 minutes you are in the city area of the centre of Amsterdam. Sloterdijk Station is just steps away from our hotel and SchipholAirport, the RAIConvention Center, the Port and Passenger Terminal Amstedam (cruisschepen) can be reached in 30 minutes. At the BEST WESTERN Plus Hotel Blue Square we strive to provide the facilities you require, with little extras to make you feel at home in a friendly and welcoming environment. ... more   less 
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