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“decent enough for no-frills stay” 3 of 5 stars
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West Side Inn Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Voorburgstraat 250, 1059 VD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly HEM Hotel Amsterdam)   |  
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Ranked #272 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“decent enough for no-frills stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

My colleagues had several complaints with their rooms (too cold or too stuffy), but the one I am staying in was quite alright (Room 401), could be because the top floors were just refurbished, we heard. The small lift that goes up is rather claustrophobic and slow though. My biggest complaint is that my room couldn't get the wireless internet signal, and I had to go down to the lounge to do my work. Don't expect too much from the room, there was no safe, no hair dryer, no iron, etc. and the hotel had no gym, no business centre, etc.

Bar had a pool table which we played a few games for 2 Euro each, but we didn't try the drinks. Breakfast was good enough, basic european fare but i have had hotel breakfasts with really limited choices (just hard bread, cheese, ham and boiled eggs). This one at least had more variety, such as scrambled eggs, bacon, nice croissants, etc.

Distance to the city centre is about 25 mins by tram no. 2, which may be a put off to some.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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    3 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a good little hotel if you are travelling on a budget and just want somewhere clean with a comfortable bed to sleep. The staff were really helpful and offered lots of advice of how to get to different parts of town.

Some reviews have complained about the distance of the hotel to the City, however the the tram into the City is quick and cheap. Plus you get to see parts of Amsterdam you wouldn't see if staying centrally.

Overall I would say that this is a nice little place, with friendly staff and clean rooms.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HemHotel, Guest Relations Manager at West Side Inn Hotel, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Thank you for writing this review. We are glad to read you have enjoyed your stay in our hotel and that you are very positive about our staff, transport options and the rooms. We hope to welcome you again in our hotel in the future!
Kind regards, West Side Inn Amsterdam
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I stayed at the West Side Inn and was not impressed at all! First, the parking area was a bit scary to be walking through. Had I been alone, i wouldn't have been comfortable. Upon reaching the hotel's entrance, there were a group of young adults smoking a not so legal substance (I know it's Amsterdam, but right at the entrance of a business and they aren't doing anything about it??). The room was acceptable at first site - nothing very nice about it but it would do for one night. However, the next morning I woke up and my legs were COVERED in bed bug bites. I've stayed at several inexpensive hotels around Europe for work as my company's daily allowance isn't that high, but never have I had to deal with bed bug bites as a result.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Clean rooms, very friendly service. However, very expensive bar and we did not have electricity power for all night. The location is not bed little bit far from the central but you can reach the Dam square by tram (20 min).






  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night on a weekend break. Located 5 minutes walk from the tram stop, which takes 5-10 minutes to get into the centre of the city. We arrived before check in and we were allowed to store our luggage in the luggage room which was locked. The room was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The shower was great too. No complaints at all and would definitely stay again for a night or 2. A very highly recommended standard hotel that makes a great base for a city break in the city. After a few too many drinks a taxi was needed back to the hotel as the trams stopped running and too far to walk. This is no different to being at home so not a problem at all.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Voorburgstraat 250, 1059 VD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly HEM Hotel Amsterdam)
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #272 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — West Side Inn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 232
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
West Side Inn Amsterdam is perfectly situated in the South West part of Amsterdam, next to the main highway the A10. Schiphol Airport, World Fashion Centre, World Trade Centre and RAI Congress Hall are only 15 minutes away. West Side Inn Amsterdam can easily be reached by public transportation or by car, which you can park in our own parking lot. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Amsterdam Hem Hotel
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