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“Fantastic Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Apollo Mueseumhotel
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Hooftstraat 2, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)   |  
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Ranked #236 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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51 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is the second time I have stayed here. Incredible deals can be found at this hotel and its location is so wonderful. Close to the Rijkesmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Leidsoplein, Hard Rock Café and many many more!
The rooms are small but typical size for Europe, they are very clean and well appointed. I was acting as tour guide for my Aunt and Uncle and they had a standard double room and I had a single room. Just perfect for us. The breakfast is good with many options, not too much on the hot side but what they have is good.
After getting caught in a huge rain storm and returning to the hotel drenched and freezing we did not want to go out to find something to eat. The choices at the bar are not very good but at least we had that option and therefore could avoid more rain!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Armitage Staffs
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The hotel location was perfect, close to bars and restaurants, the bus stop and the canal bus and other boat tours, the hotel itself is a different matter. We were told on arrival that the hotel was full so we had been upgraded for free. We were put in a below ground floor level Twin bed room. The beds were pushed together. The room was freezing. There was no tea or coffee making facility in the room and no ironing facility either. If we wanted tea & coffee making facilities we had to request them in the bar, which we did and were told they had all been given out for the evening and there were not enough for every room. We went out for the evening and when we got back one had been delivered. We had a shower. It was a very unpleasant experience because as soon as you opened the shower door you were frozen by the cold air. The memory foam mattresses on the beds had amnesia and were saggy and uncomfortable so half way through the night we took the mattresses off the bed and slept on th base which seemed to be one of these pull out beds that has a mattress built in. It was a lot more comfortable. One of the mattresses was blood stained. On day 3 we left the credit card type room key in the slot by the door and just took one out with us, we put the do not disturb sign on the door and closed the curtains when we got back in that night the room was actually warm. This hotel is a lot cheaper than some in this area. We overcame the problems we had with the room so knowing the sort of problems we would encounter we would stay here again but I would pay the 25 euro's per night to upgrade to a deluxe room because it would still be cheaper than staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Grafing, Germany
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Last 2 weeks I spend in 2 Best Western hotels in Amsterdam: Blue Square and Apollo Museum.
I'm really astonished how come those 2 hotels which basically cost the same can be rated even close to each other on trip advisor.
I'll put here a short comparison of those 2 hotels.

Exterior:
- Blue Square - this is the biggest problem of this hotel. It looks from outside as a cheap hostel, definitely not as Best Western Plus
- Apollo - nice, old building enlighten in the evening as a tourist attraction

Interior:
- Blue Square - little better than outside but the image of hostel is still present, way too much plastic used
- Apollo - looks just good, not too fancy, not to ascetic.

Room:
- Blue Square - the room is bigger than in Apollo but it looks old (not in good way) and cheap, the bathroom wasn't exactly clean (it was not dirty but it needs some cleaning which you don't do every day - f.e. fugues). I don't know who designed the layout in bathroom but to take toilet paper when you seat on the toilet requires acrobatic skills.
- Apollo - the room is quite small (at least the one I got) but what you can expect from old building. The room design is really nice - you can feel Scandinavian touch in the design here. Bathroom also looks much better than the one at Blue Square. It's equipped with thermostatic shower mixer. The only pain point here is water leaking on the floor from the shower (it wasn't broken it's just made this way).

Entertainment:
- Blue Square - really good internet connection and not-bad TV
- Apollo - the internet was sometimes very slow (you need to pay 8EUR extra per day if you want faster internet), more TV channels than in Blue Square (f.e. Discover or ComedyCentral - both in Dutch version but 99% of the time it's still in English with just Dutch subtitles)

Location:
- Blue Square - you really need to use a public transport to get to the town, it's way too far to walk
- Apollo - basically at the start of old town, few meters from HardRock Caffee

Parking:
- Blue Square - own underground parking for 15 EUR a day
- Apollo - no own parking, you can on the street right outside of the hotel (no problems to find parking places) or in underground parking 300m away. Both will cost you more than 15 EUR for sure (4EUR/h 9-24 during week).

Price:
both hotels costs ~60EUR per night with breakfast paid separately (~10EUR).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, Maryland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Not very far from the Leidesplein and right next to the Rijksmuseum. Clean, quite, great service, I would definitely stay there again. Also there is a direct bus from schipol to Leidesplein. So hotel was very convienient.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hooftstraat 2, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museumplein
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Ranked #236 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Number of rooms: 182

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