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“Glass bathroom walls!” 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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Ranked #111 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Glass bathroom walls!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2006

Just stayed at this hotel and a lot of money has been spent on it. It is in the process of being updated but wont be to everyone's liking. There was a bit of noise early morning but nothing too bad. Beds face the wall so that a tv can be placed on the wall with a desk behind the headboard. Very trendy and comfy but not very big. The real off putter for some people will be the bathroom, the walls are made of glass, and although the middle bit is supposedly frosted you can still see in, it's a bit weird. It was a shame because whoever designed the room obviously never stayed for a night, it was a bit impractical.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2006

We went for a long weekend after reading up on the reviews of all the hotels before booking. We stayed fri to tues for £362 including breakfast through 'last minute' dot com.

Unfortunately, the renavation working is still going on through floors 4, 5 and 6. And when we first arrived at the hotel it was in darkness, because the power had been taken down to fix the air con! We were pleasantly told that the builders were only in during the week from 8am to 4pm.

So, we left our luggage and arrived after 2pm.. the official booking time. We were given a room on the 3rd floor, with only a view of other windows of the same hotel. The noise of the workmen was intense, but more importantly it was twin beds !!

We were told there were not other rooms with a double bed. We eventually agreed to change rooms to a room with a view outside on the 1st floor, and they gave us bedding for a double bed to fit over our 2 single beds... it seems you have 2 specify that you want a double bed these days !

Back to the good points
The hotel is in prime position to central station, and the main shopping area. Although there is a tram stop outside the hotel, the noise is not horrendous, but the trams are regular. Which, you don't complain about when your waiting for one !! the only run until 12.30.

if you get a taxi, make sure you ask for the fare to be calculated on the meter, otherwise they will rip you off. Our first night back from the club area 'litesplace' was €15. The next night was €8 on a meter.

Behind the hotel is a street with girlies at there red light windows.... its quite amusing to think there stuck there all night !

Breakfast is good, a nice variety of most things you would want. They only do three choice of hot food each day. Every day was scrambled egg, and then a choice of either bacon, sausage, little pancakes or some garlic potato thing which didn't look like something you would want to consume for breakfast !

we never ate in the hotel, mainly due the vast amounts of restaurants available. There is a nice steak house oposite the hotel, and a fitness first gym across the street.

make sure you bring plenty of money with you, the cost of everything has gone up since we last went, and we managed to spend about €600, and only come back with 2 t-shirts !

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2006

The Amsterdam Ramada has a good location. Near Central station. Public transport right in front of hotel. Lobby and restaurant recently refubished. Modern design. Good italian coffees!
Rooms are small but efficient for 3 stars. The bed I slept in need to be replaced. When you have a room at the back of the hotel than take a look out the window. Surprise! You think you are in the red light district. Youre not, but some of the girls have there "red window" in this street.
Overall OK. Nice breakfast buffet. Not overpriced €10 pp. Book the room on there website. I booked a special offer at an agent and turned out to pay €30 more than on there website.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2006

I chose this hotel because it was within walking distance of the train station and I would be able to save money taking the train to and from Schipol Airport. I was very happy with my choice. The room was not that large but large enough. (My wife and I got the double bed we requested but were warned by the front desk that the rooms with two single beds are larger.) There was both a trouser press in our room and an ironing room on the floor (the 1st floor). The bed was comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. They offer a buffet breakfast for 10 Euros but I can't comment any further on it as my wife and I chose not to partake in it.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2006

My husband and two of our friends stayed at this hotel from the 5th till the 7th of Feb.

I loved everything about it, ideal location and the staff was lovely and friendly. The hotel was clean and everything that we needed and wanted.

Myself and my husband are going back in the summer to the same hotel.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2006

My family (husband, mother and teen-age niece) stayed four nights at the Ramada City Center and were satisfied with it. First the pros: you can walk there from the Central Station; it is very close to the Damrak (all the sightseeing tours leave from this street) and to the pedestrian streets; it is on a street packed with restaurants offering Chinese,English,Indian,Italian, Turkish and Argentinian food; the reception staff is excellent and go out of their way to help you; the rooms have all modern conveniences such as a safety box, a trouser press, a hairdryer, coffe-and-tea facilities; there are two elevators; breakfast is excellent and offers a wide range of food in a very attractively decorated room. Now for the cons: part of the building overlooks a side street which has a mini red-light district so that if you are on the lower floors you get a view of the open windows (now that I come to think of it, some might consider this a pro); some rooms are quite small; the reading light by the bed is insufficient for reading and in general the lighting in the room is poor, as well as the lighting in the sink area, where light is not adequate for shaving; there is an Internet point in the lobby, but you have to pay 6 Euro for one hour after which you are given a slip of paper with dozens of letters and numbers as username and password, but the second time I tried to access it I couldn't get in and I didn't get a refund, since I couldn't show that I had not used all of the alloted time. So, in average, I would say the hotel was OK for the price I paid: 104 Euro on weekdays and 114 on Saturday, per room, breakfast included (remember that the prices shown on the Internet do not include a local tax which is added on when you get there).

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2005

We were lucky with our room, which was on the top floor overlooking the back of the hotel. We had a beautiful view across the whole of Amsterdam and of an annex of the red light district. (which was most enlightening!!!!)

The room was big with a big bathroom. We had a look in at some of the other rooms on our floor when the maid was cleaning with doors open. They looked really pokey and their view was of the lift shaft. I think this was common of all floors. So i would recommend you view your room before you accept it. I think if you had a room at the front of the hotel this would be noisy but i think this would be the norm for most city centre locations. THe lack of air con would be a problem in the summer.

Overall you get what you pay for, it was cheap when you book on line, a place to lay your head which is clean and the staff pleasant. Location brilliant close enough to drag your cases from Central Station.

Amsterdam was brilliant. We were not into the coffee shops and red light district apart from a quick look to see!!! Beautiful parks, canals, laid back pubs, restaurants and clubs. The docks are lovely and the museums good value. Something for everyone. Walk away from the centre and you will love it!!

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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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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Also Known As:
Tulip Inn Amsterdam
Ramada Hotel Amsterdam

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