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“Clean, comfortable, on the outskirts hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Spaarndammerdijk 302, 1013 ZX Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #55 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
Chelmsford, Essex
2 reviews
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“Clean, comfortable, on the outskirts hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

We had a smoking room in the glass corridor connected annex. This is a novelty in itself in Europe these days. The room was clean and the bed very comfortable. The lights had a strange configuration and were a bit too bright over the bed (my husband says I am being picky). Tea and coffee facilities for first thing, and the free wifi was very useful for looking things up before a days sightseeing.

Transport into Central station normally very efficient (Number 48 outside hotel), but be warned, it slows right down on Sundays-this also includes the trains out to the airport, we almost came unstuck by not leaving adequate time. Tram system magic! We didn't get a tram map which would recommend as we had to keep going back to Central to get the next one. We hadn't been sight seeing in Amsterdam for over 25 years so found the 53 Euro 76 hour pass terrific as it gave us two cards, one for buses and trams, the other for entrance into museums and galleries free, plus a canal trip. Next time we will opt for the transport only card having done the major sites this trip.

On the whole it was a nice place to stay, reduction in bus service on Sunday did cause a bit of stress but now we are aware of the problem wouldn't have any reservations about staying in this hotel again.

The breakfast at 17 Euro seemed excessive, full English if that is your choice available for at little as 5.50 Euro near Central station.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Satun, Thailand
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84 hotel reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

Room small but adequate, very friendly staff, two pools, two good restaurants and fast, free wireless Internet. The only thing I didn't like is the location. Situated outside of the downtown area, I didn't anticipate this being a problem since it was on the #48 bus route but the route is unreliable and found myself waiting too long for a bus that was supposed to run by every 15 minutes. On my date of departure I waited at least 35 minutes for the bus. Maybe I am nit-picking but I wasn't the only one who found this annoying. If you have your own transportation I'd recommend it, but for the rest of us I say get something closer to Centraal.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Constable Country, England
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2010

This was our second stay at this slightly out-of-town hotel. Just get the number 48 Bus outside Central Station, and within ten minutes you are there, just outside the main noise and bustle of Amsterdam. This hotel is clean and quiet. If you can, opt for a room at the rear of the hotel, with a view of the community swimming pools behind. The rooms are fairly small, but the beds are very comfortable and bathrooms modern. We didn't see anyone in the Restaurant all the time we were there, it was rather expensive. However, the Bar (or Terrace in good weather) offers good burgers and steaks. Do not be tempted into having the the very expensive breakfast. As there are tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms why not have picnic on the bed as we did.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

I stayed one night during a business in this hotel as our office is located near the immediate vicinity of the property. I stayed in the newer part of the hotel. Price was ok for Amsterdam eventough the hotel is very good at charging overpricing services (garage 22 EUR, ncessery if you want to be sure you have tour car the following morning), internet at 20 EUR and a very basic breakfast at 17 EUR. At the end of the day, you end up paying more than for an upscale property. The staff was very rude and lack basic training in welcoming and informing customer. We were indicated the wrong direction to our rooms and been yelled at to have taken the wrong way ... Same, check out process was very slow, the cleck taking phone calls and dealing with other people while delaying our check out. rooms are ok but organized in a not very practialy way, the transparent door/walls for the bathroom being a very strange feature. But hotel was silent and bed was ok. I would recommend not to take breakfast there, orange juice is very poor, cake was dry and no staff available to serve you coffee. But if you it yourself you are yelled at ...

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

me and my partner decided to take a quick weekend trip to amsterdam. we were looking for a clean/simple/modern and well located hotel, within a budget. after some online searching we found a reasonably good (but not super cheap by any means) deal for this hotel.

it was represented as a modern 'art hotel' located in a 'historic part' of amsterdam, this sounded perfect for a short 3 night stay.

we were dissapointed as soon as we arrived, the hotel was only a stone's throw from the airport and nowhere near the city center or anything 'historical' other than old traintracks. the staff was rude, and insisted on 'blocking off' a certain amount on our credit-card on top of the already fully pre-paid room charge.

the room looked modern and ok. we dropped off our luggage and went right off into town without a throrough room check (really regretted this later!) the bus ride to town took almost 20 minutes (do not even try walking to the center as the hotel is close to some pretty sketchy housing projects). we got back late-ish (after 1 am) after waiting for the night bus for almost 40 minutes (in hindsight should have just taken a taxi, but they are pretty expensive in amsterdam, and not all of them reliable). by the time we arrived the hotel entrance was locked, and the night concierge insisted on questioning us thoroughly via the door speaker (name, room number etc.) before opening the door.

when he finally kindly chose to let us in we went straight to our room. while using the bathroom i realized that the sink was completely busted, and had to use the bathtub tap to wash my hands in, brush my teeth etc.

then came the grand finale, as we unfurled the bed and took off the covers we found a (dry) yellow stain ans short black hairs staring right up at us. i was almost sick. i have never before seen something like this at any hotel (not even road side ones). i called the night porter and half hysterically insisted that he come up right now to see the state of the bedding. this was the same, unpleasant guy that questioned us before opening the hotel entrance, after seeing the (obviously unused but filthy) bed he looked embarassed and humbled and brought some clean sheets right away, changing the bed himself as there was no-one else in the hotel at the time. he apologized, and we retired to bed still seriously disgusted.

the next morning we demanded to talk to a manager to discuss the issue of the sheets, but they wouldn't even apologize. i was shocked with the way the hotel staff behaved and the condition of the bed, it was all the more bizarre as the rest of the hotel was reasonably clean. needless to say i have learned my lesson from this and the first thing i do now before anything else in a hotel room is undo the covers and do a proper inspection of the bed and the cleanliness of any linens present.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

1. this place is not really close to airport. (compare to any other hotels). Since it is not in city center, I do not recommend here for the city travellers. However, if you have a car and wants to stay distant from the city center, then it might be good to stay here. They said that there is shuttle service to the airport, but it coast 15 euros one way. This is not a hotel near airport at all!

2. I reserved the spot for 4 nights and ended up staying for 3 nights because of my flight was available a day before my actual departure. This is during the Icelandic Volcanic eruption period which affected lots of aircraft grounded for a week. So I wanted to get refunded for the last night that I will not be staying, but the hotel refused to refund me.

Other services that you can get from the hotel is average (same as any other hotels in the world... I think this place is worth of 3 stars for the service). The amenity was actually really good. free wi-fi and tub in the room, a tub in the bath room which is rare in the european hotel... I think 3 people can stay easily in this room. However, the policy under a special case like the natural disasters was really disappointing..

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Portugal
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

Quiet and modern hotel with a bus station just outside the door, about 7 stops until Central Station, every 25/30 minutes.
Great breakfast; has a nice swiming pool (I didn't enjoy it).
Staff was very kind, borrowed us free umbrella in a rainy day :)

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Spaarndammerdijk 302, 1013 ZX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#24 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#33 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#39 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#42 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#44 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Art Hotel Amsterdam is on the edge of the old centre of Amsterdam, 10 minutes by public transport. The hotel is on the border of Spaarndammerbuurt which is renowned for the world famous Amsterdam School-building 'Het Schip', making it a wonderful area with much to discover. The hotel is easily accessible by car or public transport (bus 48, stop Hem-point). Art Hotel Amsterdam has 190 modern hotel rooms, all with free WIFI internet. In the public areas is an art gallery of the famous Dutch artist Herman Brood. Also in the rooms you will find art above your bed. The Art Brasserie is open daily for a la carte breakfast, coffee to-go, lunch, drinks and dinner. Next to The Art Brasserie is restaurant The Gallery, also used as breakfast restaurant. Adjacent there is an outside terrace with bar and a public open air swimming pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tulip Inn Amsterdam
Amsterdam Tulip Inn

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