This is a new hotel that provides modern, upscale rooms for a good price. It puts on a good breakfast and has good conference facilities. The main issue is the location.
The hotel makes a good first impression. A proper four-star. The reception staff were efficient, helpful and flexible. The décor in the hotel is based on “fashion”, so I guess you could call it “upscale funky”. Lots of bold colours.
We loved the room. Fairly spacious, well lit, modern, new-looking, clean. Big comfortable bed. Interesting fabrics and design. Modern, luxury bathroom, with separate WC. Lots of closet space & counter space. Excellent coffee-making facilities, fridge, ironing board.
Our room did not have an interesting v iew, but then we were on a lower floor. Quiet, even though close to the motorway.
Free wifi. (A huge factor when choosing a hotel, I find.) The TV had a number of English channels, and channels in other languages. However, the TV had an unusual channel-display system that included an annoying slight delay when changing channels.
The breakfast spread was extensive, varied and classy, although not perhaps in the luxury range. Eggs scrambled or boiled. Various sticky buns. OK coffee. Very nice fruit and juices. It’s not cheap if you order it separately (€14 I think) so try to get it included. The cuisine produced by the kitchen here, as you might expect from a “fashion hotel” is quite good. I had lunch here twice, and it felt positively luxurious.
The conference facilities and services are excellent.
The fitness centre is more than a typical hotel gym, but less than a proper health club. It has a 15 m pool and a small facility with about 12 expensive-looking cardio and strength machines. These are free for hotel guests. I didn’t see dumbbells or barbells, but maybe they’re there -- they wouldn’t let me look. The sauna costs €10. When I was ready to go in to train, I was subjected to an off-putting inspection, lecture and serious attitude. Save yourself the trouble: Bring a clean towel and clean your shoes thoroughly before attempting entry -- and don’t look them in the eyes. They’re clearly looking for reasons not to let in the hotel guests. It’s not an extensive, welcoming facility. There is no other gym nearby, as far as I can see. Indeed, there is almost nothing at all nearby (except the highway). So if working out is important to you, find another hotel.
The first thing you notice about the WestCord Fashion Hotel is its location. It’s in a part of Amsterdam that no-one really goes to. It’s about 500 metres from something called “World Fashion Centre”, but that is hardly a site worth a special trip.
The parking was a whopping €25 a night, even though the hotel is located along the motorway in the middle of nowhere. If they are trying to get motorists to stay here, this seems like a strange way to do it.
The location is convenient only in the sense that it’s on the A10 northbound near the S106 (Cornelis Lelylaan). So getting here by car from the motorway is not that difficult. Still, the A10 is hardly an “open road”. The hotel is about 3 kms from the A4/A10 motorway interchange, one of the busiest in the entire country. Come here at rush hour (from Schiphol or anywhere else) and you are certain to be caught in a serious traffic jam. Nor is the hotel particularly close to Schiphol, despite what they tell you.
You might think, well, I’ll park my car at the hotel and take public transport into the centre of town. That is conceivable, because tram 1 and tram 17 do come out this far. However, you have to walk several hundred metres to get to these stops. Surprisingly for Amsterdam, no tram stops beside the hotel. If you plan to come back after a night on the town, you have to rely on Nightbus 353, which stops at Lelylaan Station. From there, it’s about a 500 m. walk to the hotel in what seems to be a relatively safe neighbourhood. I really urge the hotel to issue guests with a sheet of paper with simple and precise instructions on how to get to Amsterdam (and back) by public transport.
When we were there, the hotel was filled with Italian bus tourists. There were others, but it was mostly this at breakfast. Somehow this hotel suited this particular group perfectly.
This hotel is perfect for motorists who want to stay near Amsterdam, but don’t need to go to the centre of Amsterdam at all. The location didn’t work for me personally. While I would definitely recommend the hotel itself (5/5), I would not recommend its location (1/5). My “yes” is therefore a qualified one and my rating tries to balance these two factors.
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