My friend and I stayed at the Best Western Dam Square Inn on July 12, 2014 for two nights. We flew from Berlin Tegel to Schipol, took the 4 euro train to Central Station and walked south towards the square on crowded Damrak for about 10 minutes. The hotel is kind of hidden away in a narrow pedestrian street (Gravenstraat), and if you enter from the square side (Eggertstraat) the street looks like a foreboding narrow back alley. Overall it probably took about 30-40 minutes from buying train tickets at the airport to hotel check in.
I booked this hotel based off the pleasant experiences we had with the Best Westerns in Rimini and Venice last year. I had considered that the close proximity to Dam Square might mean a lot of noise, especially with the final two World Cup games going on during our stay. But as this was my friend's first visit to Amsterdam I thought the central location would make an ideal home base for him to explore the area, which he did on his own in earnest. Check in was very quick and our room was towards the back, so it was a lot quieter than I anticipated. Views outside the windows were literally of the windows of the neighboring building about two feet away. Unlike our hotel in Berlin the room was air-conditioned and ice was only available from the bar, but at least it was available (no mini ice box). Bathroom was medium sized with a shower but no tub and one shower towel per person and a single hand drying towel. Coffee machine, TV and free multi-device wifi (slow) round out the room amenities. The light continental breakfast bar was very typical: bread items, dry cereals, yogurt, and a selection of sliced meats and cheeses. Enough to start your day. Overall the amenities were more than sufficient to serve as home base, as my friend and I were out so much exploring this great city.
Although the amenities are the adequate budget level that Best Western is known for the Dam Square Inn can command higher room rates due to the location. Right outside the doorway you are exposed to the huge plethora of cafes, restaurants, banks/currency exchange, attractions and multitude of various shops that permeate the immediate area. Within a ten minute walk are Damrak, the Red Light District, Anne Frank House, Central Station and Amsterdam Museum. Numerous tram and bus lines conveniently crisscross thru and around Dam Square and will take you anywhere in town.
If you are a first time visitor to Amsterdam the Best Western Dam Square Inn is ideally located in the center of it all, allowing you to explore the city centrum from Dam Square outward to the surrounding canal streets like the layers of an onion. Amenities are adequate, bordering on spartan, but this is a Best Western after all. Prices for this central home base convenience are on the higher side. But after seeing how my friend was able to freely explore the whole city centrum on his own without any problems I think it was worth it. If I were to revisit Amsterdam with a friend who has never visited the city before, I'd probably stay here again. If I were on my own or with friends who've been here before and know the area, I'd probably try to get more bang for my buck somewhere on the outer layers of the onion.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dam Square Hotel Amsterdam
- Tulip Inn Amsterdam
- Tulip Dam Square Inn
- Golden Tulip Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Dam Inn Square Tulip