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“my favourite place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 50, 1012 SC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Tulip Inn) (Centrum)   |  
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“my favourite place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

This is one of my favourite hotels in Amsterdam and I have stayed there at least half a dozen times and always enjoyed it.

I'm slightly loathed to write this review as it may become a bit too popular, but they do deserve my recommendation, so here goes.

First of all the good things. The location is excellent. It's a short walk away from Central Station and really well connected. There's a tram stop just outside and 2 bike rental companies just round the corner (the Yellow Bike company in front, and White Bike behind).

A hot tip (for any newbies to the City) is to get the train from the airport to Central Station and walk to the hotel. Use a map if you're unsure, but as long as you go to the right-most exit from the station, you'll be just 5 minutes from your room!

The rooms are small..just enough for one, probably two if you're an intimate couple. I always get the "deluxe" rooms which are modern and funky. Be warned that the bathroom is a frosted glass cubicle, so you'll have to be comfy with your partner possibly "enjoying" the view! By Amsterdam standards though, they are fine and very clean.

One of the annoying things about the rooms is the location of the light switches: they are on the headboard, so if you lay in bed watching telly or reading a book, you'll find yourself playing disco-lights accidentally! ... I've never got used to this (the designer should be rudely told off! ;) ) The other potentially annoying thing is the sound of the council trucks cleaning up in the morning: it pays to get a high-up room to avoid the traffic noise (it is a city after all).

The other thing I've enjoyed about this place is the staff. They aren't hugely outgoing or overtly try to help, just very normal and friendly and cosily, unfussily welcoming. Peter has been there for a while now, and I often see the same faces which is nice. Like any place, if you smile, they smile back :)

The hotel is easy walking distance to the main attractions: the Flower Market, Leidseplein (a little further), Dam Square, and the Red Light district. If you fancy something different, one of my favourite times was hiring a bike; taking the cheap ferry (the other side of the station) across to the North and cycling around all the pretty (old fashioned) dutch dwellings alongside the canals: it's a much quieter and calmer experience than the usual and recommended on any sunny day.

Back to the locality: right outside the back is a smaller red-light area that I prefer to the main drag: it's more humane; a little more for the locals (although in recent years seems to have become less so). You'll find the beautiful Martine: star of the film "Ouwehoeren" there and many other more friendly ladies. If you cut across the shopping streets, you can get to the main red-light area for a wander round. Also to the back (west side) there are some very lovely streets with boutique shops including some nice art shops and cafes, etc: a very pleasant stroll for window shopping or people watching. One time there was an outdoor festival here: just on the canalside - it's the kind of thing that makes Amsterdam a special place and seems to happen quite often (maybe they do it just for me?)

Again, more locally there is a gay cinema round the back of the hotel and some nice restaurants and a gay bar too ("Prik": the names are always amusing to us English speakers!). Also, there's a great music/nightclub just round the back called "Bitterzoet": again one of my favourites (if you're feeling young, fresh and funky, check it out). Back on the gay theme, just over the road is purportedly the largest dark-room in Europe..in the Cuckoos Nest: a gay cruise bar with a downstairs dark area, and for more cruising, there's a fun place on the main Damrak which is a cinema with a viewing/cruising area upstairs. They play loud banging music, so if you're bored and want to sit and watch gay porn with your ears pounded it's great.

Finally, if you're really bored, you might be lucky enough to have one of the rooms overlooking one of the red-light windows; in which case you can while away any downtime watching what goes on: it's a fascinating sociological study, but not anywhere near as interesting as it might sound, but it does at least beat 24 hour CNN if you want a few hours inside.

In summary: a very well connected, easy place to get to, in a prime location, at a reasonable price with clean, well-appointed rooms.

Room Tip: go for the "deluxe" rooms: they have been modernized.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EJBAmsterdam, General Manager at WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear Fetishamuse,

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond extensively on your recent stay with us. The experience you have had in our hotel many times and the way you describe it make me feel proud on you as our loyal guests and my team. I do really appreciate your comments and will share this definitely with my team.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards,

Erik-Jan Bausch
Hotel Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed here for one night on a recent visit to the Netherlands. The hotel is well-located, just five minutes from the station, and about the same from Dam Square. It's in the heart of (what remains of) the Red Light District, and close to lots of nice bars and restaurants.

Check-in took an age as there was only one person on reception and the process seemed to take a long time. When we finally got to our room, we found it was VERY small. European hotels don't often have generously-sized rooms, but this one was so poky it was actually difficult to move around it with two people in it.

That said, what space there was was used well - nice big flat screen TV, desk, small wardrobe, etc. The bathroom was similarly small, with a shower cubicle, sink and loo. I honestly think the bathroom was so small that people who are on the large side might struggle to use it comfortably. I never did find the switch to turn on the light in the bathroom, which made it a bit difficult to put my make-up on in the morning, but perhaps I was just being a bit dense!

Free wifi on offer, but this involved a logon through a browser, which meant it worked on my iPad but not on my phone. Assume this would work fine on a laptop.

In all, this place was good value (in a city where value is often hard to come by). Not a hotel where you'd want to hang about and relax, but a good base for exploring the city.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EJBAmsterdam, General Manager at WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear AuntieMabel,

Thank you very much for taking the time to respondon your recent stay with us.

Thank you for your comments. I am sorry that you had to wait a little at the reception and that you could not find the switch in the bathroom. Actually the switch is on the main electricity panel outside the bathroom.

Indeed we discoverd some issues with our Wifi on mobile phones during a couple of days. This has been repared directly.

Again, i would like to thank you for your comments and hope we may welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards,

Erik-Jan Bausch
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Bought as lucky dip on Lastminute.com but couldnt have been better - price, location and rooms. Easy walk from the station, good check in service, rooms pretty standard but had all that was needed inc very comfortable (double) bed with lovely pillows. Positive points - bought canal cruise tickets much cheaper at reception, full ice bucket provided on request, ability to log on to computer in reception, check in for flight home and email boarding passes to the reception for printing - all for free! Just walk across the road for access to all the night life - perfect for adults!
We will be back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view rather than looking into internal courtyard
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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EJBAmsterdam, General Manager at WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear SouthamptonLynne,

Thank you for taking the time to respond on your stay with us. We try to surprise our guests every day and therefore I am happy that you have had a good experience.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards,

Erik-Jan Bausch
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

This hotel has an excellent location with everything on walking distance. The rooms are small but efficient with an excellent bed and a nice bathroom. Breakfast was fine at a reasonable charge.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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EJBAmsterdam, General Manager at WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear Francie v,

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond extensively on your recent stay with us. I am glad to read that you enjoyed your stay and our breakfast.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards,

Erik-Jan Bausch
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Location of the hotel is excellent, very close to all you need. Rooms were very clean and staff very helpful. Rooms are quite small but absolutely enough for two. The only thing was that bed was made of two separate single materaces which wasn't comfortlable. Over all great holet for affordable price.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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EJBAmsterdam, General Manager at WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear Justyna,

Thank you for taking the time to respond extensively on your recent stay with us. We have some roooms with a double bed as well. I hope we can give you this room next time.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards,

Erik-Jan Bausch
Hotel Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Ideally placed in centre of this amazing city. We had a delux room which was fairly spacious, clean and modern.
Reception staff really helpful, no problem giving us a full ice bucket to have with our own drinks that we'd got from local shop. Wifi included and free to use pc in reception with instructions for printing your boarding pass.
Only warning would be about lift, says takes 6 -8 people and it got stuck with 6 of us!
Would highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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EJBAmsterdam, General Manager at WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear Wallad,

Thank youfor taking the time to respond on your recent stay with us. I am glad to read that we able to help you very well. I will defnitely share your positive comments with the rest of my team.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards,

Erik-Jan Bausch
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

We booked a room at the Westcord after we left our previously booked "hotel" due to un-serviceminded treatment. The staff at the reception were very friendly and helpful. They gave us our room right away even though it was only 11 in the morning and they even helped to call the other place after my mother had forgotten her medicines there.

The hotel is a stone's throw from the Central station and public transport is right outside. The room is small, that is true but it has absolutely everything you need. A comfortable bed, TV, great bathroom, chair, desk and excellent wifi free of charge!

I want to give an extra gold star to Vera at reception who helped me out when I had messed up the days in my booking. She solved so that I paid for the nights I stayed even though I was the one who had made the mistake. That to me is true customer service!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EJBAmsterdam, General Manager at WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam, responded to this review, March 25, 2012
Dear Elmazani,

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond extensively on your recent stay with us. I am glad to read that we able to help you very well. I will defnitely share your positive comments with the rest of my team and Vera in particular.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards,

Erik-Jan Bausch
Hotel Manager
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Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 50, 1012 SC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Tulip Inn)
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 Green Hotel in Amsterdam
#84 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam 3*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam is a lively three-star hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. Dam Square, Kalverstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are all three minutes away. The hotel has 106 comfortable bedrooms. There is free internet throughout the hotel, and a computer with internet access is available. The hotel has a warm lobby, where you can drink a cup of coffee. In the morning you can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet in breakfast restaurant Piazza D’Oro.If you’re coming to Amsterdam by car, you can park just outside the door in garage ‘De Kolk’. Trams stop just in front of the hotel, the ideal way to see Amsterdam conveniently. Bicycles. Amsterdam Central Station is five minutes’ walk away. ... more   less 
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