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“Nice hotel - a short journey to city centre - great city tho !!!” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #172 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice hotel - a short journey to city centre - great city tho !!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

I stayed at the blue square for the weekend with friends. The hotel was lovely and clean. The room was good, however the view was of nothing but we were not in the room for very long we were just pleased there was 3 beds and a shower! The cleaning staff seemed a little lazy as we had to ask for more milk in the rooms and an extra cup on a couple of days - nothing really bad tho!! But overall hotel was good, comfortable and helpful.

There isnt much around the hotel area, a few shops and cafes but the shops in the little shopping centre have strange opening times so check b4 you set out to look round them.

To get to the Amsterdam city centre you can catch the bus or tram. You can catch the number 21 bus or tram 14. It is really easy and I didn't have to wait much more 3 mins for a bus/tram. Get a travel pass - easier and cheaper, rather than having to pay for a single trip each time.

Few suggestions of things to see and do - Anne Frank house -excellent. Boat cruise - interesting and relaxing. Pub crawl - get to see red light district. Sex museum - very funny

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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bradford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

The hotel is very clean staff are very friendly the only problem is the location especially at night it could feel a little intimidating, the tutankhamun restaurant over the road from the hotel was very nice if you like turkish food the 14 and 7 tram take you into amsterdam and take about 20 minutes there are also a couple of buses my advice is to get the train from schipol to central station then get the number 64 bus to slotermeer. it is a good hotel on a budget but the travel costs maybe mean the euros you save staying here might be better spent staying central amsterdam, is the most expensive city i have stayed in, in europe

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

This hotel is really clean, very central - right next to the metro line. Our room was small but modern and neat. There is a supermarket across the street and the hotel is fairly close to all the main attractions. Would recommend it for those travelling on a budget!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

We booked this hotel with our airline/credit card points and it was beautiful! It definitely is a 4 star hotel. The staff is so nice and helpful, and they are proficient in English. The rooms are average in size, but are decorated very nicely. The breakfast buffet is awesome - one of the best I've seen in Europe, so if you're wondering about that, it's probably worth it. The location is a bit far, but it's one tram ride into Dam Square (22-25 minutes), and you catch the tram down the road. There are also night buses that the hotel can help you with if you want to stay out late. It's no problem to transport to and from the hotel. You can also take a bus like the website says from the main station to get there, as if you are arriving from the central station, you'd have to take 2 trams to get to the hotel. Take the bus if you have luggage. If not, you could walk up to Dam square and do only 1 tram. Free wi-fi all around the hotel. It was great!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

The place is clean and roomy but the restaurant is not vegetarian friendly. Management assumes that all guest either drink coffee or green tea and make no provision for people like me who want their cuppa first thing in the morning - not even after calling the reception and requesting breakfast tea bags to be sent to the room!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ypsilanti, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

This hotel is a bit out of the way, but if you get bus/tram passes you can save money on transportation. The rooms are large and the bathrooms huge!! The staff is friendly, speak perfect English and can answer every question you have without hesitation!!

Totally recommend if you are on a budget!!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Hull
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

Great hotel, friendly and helpful staff, fantastically big rooms, clean, well equipped, fabulous shower, incredibly comfy and enormous double bed.....views from the room lovely (canal one side and lake the other), very quiet and peaceful surroundings. Would I stay again? absolutely! Yes it is a little out of town but the trams stop two mins up the street and the staff will give you a map with a list of which trams and buses go where, they run very regularly so you never have to wait long. Get a chip card from tourist information which will give you unlimited travel for 24, 48 hours or however long you want and then you just swipe it when you get on (and off) the tram or bus.
I will definitely stay here again when we visit next, much better than those pokey expensive hotels in town!!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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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 Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#84 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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