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“Don't judge a book by it's cover” 4 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Biloela, Australia
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“Don't judge a book by it's cover”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

When I first found out that I was staying at this hotel as part of my Contiki tour, I wasn't impressed. The bright blue exterior looked horrible and I wasn't sure about the hotel at all.
However when we arrived and checked into our room I was quite surprised. The foyer was very big and spacious that included a hotel bar on the side.

The Room - The room was great. There was enough room to move around and be comfortable with two people. The bathrooms were very clean and looked new. We got a room on the ground floor. It was great for not having to use the lifts but we couldn't leave the curtains open as everyone on the street could see in.

WiFi - Everybody loves free WiFi and this hotel has got it! I was able to use face-time on my iPad so I was really happy with that.

The Location - I found the Amsterdam metro system difficult to understand. I wouldn't have been able to find the hotel on my own. We got someone to help us find the right tram line to jump onto and the tram stopped a short walk from the hotel. If you are still confused just grab a taxi.

Overall it was a beautiful hotel just outside of the center of Amsterdam. The bright blueness of the building actually isn't that bad, as it will help you locate the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Stayed in this hotel at the long weekend "escape" to Amsterdam. I knew that hotel isn't located close to the city center but thought that Best Western 4 star would be warrant for excellent service and standard. Unfortunately disappointed in most aspects: hotel is located in strange suburbian place with nowhere to go. Bus and tram connection is ok with both stations close to the hotel but it takes 20-30 minutes to get to the city centre.
Service was average - our shower got flooded immediately and it required two hours and multiple calls to reception to send somebody to fix it. They haven't removed wet towels (that they used to dry the place) and after we came back next day and called to collect them the whole story repeated - two hours and visit of the reception was required.
Restaurant and food is ok but nothing stunning as you would expect from 4-star and last thing that nailed the rating: windows in rooms are small and you can't open them so it adds to the "cheap" feeling of the hotel.
Definitely won't stay there again

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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Anaheim, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stayed here during a Contiki tour, its an average hotel. Rooms are normal size, not that big but not that small. The bathroom is clean and amenities are somewhat adequate. Breakfast was good and had a nice selection of cold cuts and also hot food.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Actually I was looking for another Best Western, but I was tricked by the slight difference in name ( Blue Square vs Blue Tower). The marketing worked....:)
The entrance is not welcoming at all. Its huge, empty and very noisy. The place feels like a combination of a student house and a mausoleum. Please hire a decent interior designer and turn it into an empathic welcoming space. The lady at check-in, however was correct and friendly. It seems, however, very difficult to focus on your customer, have eye contact and create that welcoming feeling. In most hotels this relationship is privileged to the computer screen at the front desk, the 'system, which tells me that you are Mr......." and the ringing front desk telephone.

Somewhere in the corner of his huge space is what they call a 'bar'. Customers, hanging around, a bit bored. While I was ready to order, a voice came to me from below the counter: the waitress was somewhere down there.....must be a really inspiring place to work...

The room was clean and ok, but a bit old school. Dark furniture and the chair at the desk too low to work properly. The corridor leading to my room, was not really clean, a bit smelly and many laundry bags were hanging on doorhandles. When I first arrived and later when I returned from my evening outing. For dinner and breakfast I have no review, since I went out into town.

All in all, not my kind of place.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Shihotelgroup, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear Rene H,

thanks for your extensive review. We appreciate your effort.
Although the lobby of our hotel is not the Capella Sistina, to compare it with a mausoleum
might be orginal but also a bit exaggerated.
Problably at the moment you entered the hotels lobby there was a large number of guests
standing, about to be picked up by their tour bus. It sure can be a bit noisy at those moments.
Normally this is only during a couple of minutes.
You are so right when saying that eye contact and a smile makes the difference between a good and an excellent service. This is in my opinion the minimum we should do.
The laundry bags hanging on door handles are meant for guests who do not want to be disturbed (DND) It contains a fresh pair of towels.
It is a pity you did not use our breakfast since price and quality are well rated.
Thanks again and hope to welcome you again in the future so we can show you we are capable of giving an excellent service.

Best regards,

Best Western PLUS Hotel Blue Square
Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Just come back from spending a few days in Amsterdam and stayed at this hotel. The Hotel is a little bit out of the centre but easily reached by tram number 14. The Hotel was clean and tidy and the staff were friendly. Breakfast was very good with a wide selection of warm and cold food. The only thing that the hotel got wrong was I asked for twin beds and we got a double - good job I have known my friend for a long time ||||

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Stayed here during our visit to Amsterdam. The Hotel was good, clean and the service was prompt. It is a budget hotel and we had been there on a deal that was available then. I loved the view from the room and the amazing clock bell in its adjacent compound. What was difficult was the fact that it is outside the city centre and that made it affordable though. All the same it was within close proximity of the tram line and bus routes. Will be back.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shihotelgroup, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Dear guest,

thanks a lot for your review.
It is nice to rwad that you liked our 'nest' :)
hope to welcome you again in the future.
For available dates please contact us directly.

best regards,

Best Western PLUS Hotel Blue Square
Amsterdam
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We booked the hotel for a 2 nights stay. Overall the stay was ok. Check in took some time because there were only 1 person at the front desk. Our key card did not work 3 times and we had to go the front desk everytime which was inconvenient. Room was neat. I asked for a double bed during reservation but instead found the room with 2 single beds. Although they were joined, there was still gap in the middle. We were a couple so it was a big inconveince.

There is nothing around the place and its quite far from the city. Connectivity to the city was good. The room had no fridge or ironing. There was a kettle for coffee but the coffee cups were not clean. There was a tv in the room with cable, but it was a pain to operate it. Wifi worked great.

Overall the stay was nice but the hotel is definetely not a 4 star.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#83 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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