Booked this hotel using Avios. Went straight there on the 69 bus from the airport - going towards Sloterdijk Station, get off at Plein 40,45 and walk back - the hotel is on the right and is quite distinctive as its name suggests. You can pay the 2.70 euros to the driver on the bus, or if you get an IAmsterdam card or a transport card at the airport you can use that. Cheaper and less hassle than getting the train into Amsterdam then the bus or tram out again.
The room was surprisingly spacious, and nicely furnished. Twin beds, not doubles, but very comfortable. Only bugbear is that like most hotels, they insist on putting a 15 tog duvet in a centrally heated room, so you're either baking hot or too cold with no happy medium. I wish hotels would give you a top sheet, or a thinner duvet with an optional blanket.
Nice to see tea and coffee making facilities in the room, although next time I'll take my own mugs as they only provide espresso cups. We had to ask for refills as the housekeeping service did not replenish anything.
The breakfast is nice, with lots of choice including English breakfast and continental with lots of fruit, cheese, different breads and spreads. The evening menu is pathetic with nothing vegetarian apart from the soup!
We didn't sample any of the local restaurants as they didn't look too inviting with the exception of the one on an island on the canal at the back of the hotel, but it wasn't open when we went there on our first evening - not sure they do dinner.
Getting into the city is very easy with frequent trams and buses from almost outside the hotel. It's also a short bus journey to Sloterdijk station from where it's a 10 minute ride to Zaanse Schans, where there are lots of working windmills, quaint old houses and various craft museums - well worth a visit, and we were very glad we didn't go for the coach excursion as this meant we had time to enjoy it properly, taking the boat ride and visiting the chocolate factory as well. Definitely a good day out and it's only 4.20 Euros return each.
Overall a good compromise between convenience and cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- He BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Blue Square is environmental friendly hotel and has a Green Key Silver status. The building takes it's name from the striking building in which it is located. The building was designed by architect Van Gool and dates from the seventies. Van Gool has undoubtedly explain that the only building in the characteristic blue color can be dyed. All 175 rooms are spacious, soundproofed and equipped with air conditioning, free wifi internet and free coffee/ tea facilities. You will find comfortable rooms with many amenities so that your visit is an experience that you would want to repeat. Whether you are staying in Amsterdam for business, or looking for a destination for a short break, this hotel is the perfect start to anyone visiting the city. We are located near the exit of the A10 S104. In just 15-20 minutes you are in the city area of the centre of Amsterdam. Sloterdijk Station is just steps away from our hotel and SchipholAirport, the RAIConvention Center, the Port and Passenger Terminal Amstedam (cruisschepen) can be reached in 30 minutes. At the BEST WESTERN Plus Hotel Blue Square we strive to provide the facilities you require, with little extras to make you feel at home in a friendly and welcoming environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Best Western