I've been at the Blue Square for three weeks on business, leaving for weekends only and then back on Sundays, and my experience is largely positive.
First thing, this hotel delivers an overall 4-stars experience at 3-stars price if you catch the right offer; it is well served by public transportation; it has a strict non-smoking policy; and it offers free wireless connectivity, which is a huge plus (although signal may become weak and spotty at times in some rooms). Keep in mind the surroundings are not exciting (to say the least).
I've been in different rooms and they were all spacious, comfortable and very quiet; south wing may be noisier due to road traffic, and those featuring big windows require some extra heating (just crank it up a little).
I've had some weird moments too. At checkin time on a Sunday evening I've once been given a room that smelled like an entire army had been smoking inside it all day long, and I've had it changed promptly on request. Later the same week I entered my room in late afternoon only to find out someone had been smoking inside it (!), again had to report to the manager who immediately offered to change it or have it cleaned with a spray (I chose the latter and it worked); still have to understand who the smoker was... I can only assume it's been the chamber maid. And lastly I've been given a room where climate control was broken (fixed the day after) and the desk had no chair (brought immediately on request).
I have to underline the staff has always been helpful and nice while solving those minor issues. Albeit not perfect, this hotel can't possibly be beaten thanks to its outstanding price/quality ratio.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Best Western