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BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel
Ranked #162 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
Ledziny, Poland
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“There are much better hotels in Amsterdam”
2 of 5 bubbles 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)

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

There really seem to be too many people complaining! This hotel is great. When you go to Amsterdam you see Amsterdam the hotel is to sleep in. We where made very welcome from the moment we walked in. The staff told us how to get to anywhere we needed and helped with getting us started. The room was a ok size but for 2 people it suited us well. The rooms are very clean, the beds cosy, ok the view was not great but this is made up by where you are. The locals are friendly but the area the hotel is in is a bit messy with litter flying around. You can get the number 7 or 14 tram into central Amsterdam which can take around 10 mins but with this you get to see other areas. There is a number 69 bus that will take you to the airport in around half hour. If you get time take a day trip to Rotterdam. You can get a direct train and takes around a hour but well worth the day trip.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed for weekend and we had a fab time...hotel staff really pleasant ,very informative.We were given maps Etc and I must say we were realty glad we picked this hotel.The Tram stopped outside and it was only short journey to centre a 24hr ticket was just 7.50 euros.The room we had was lovely,large room plenty of space with Tea making facilities,hairdryer and free safe...also WiFi free.Breakfast was lovely you could take your pick from cereal to full breakfast all really fresh and loads of choice.Great hotel would definitely pick this hotel again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

My room was a decent size though dark coz of the dark wood furniture. Other tour mates complained of tiny rooms and impossible task of opening of luggage. Kettle available. Some rooms with tub, some with shower. Buffet breakfast with hot food like eggs and sausages. 2 supermarkets nearby for conveniences. Reception gave wrong information regarding supermarket opening hours - they open at 830.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Hotel is in bad location requiring to take tram or tube to the city centre. It offers small but clean rooms with just what you need if you spend most of the time out of the hotel. Breakfest in form of a buffet offers wide range of food. Service though was average and was on reacting on rude behavior of other guests, there was a group of spanish tourists who behaved so loudly it was impossible to talk, when we ask staff to address this problem, we were absolutely ignored. Moreover we had to change electronic keys couple of times as they did not work.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel
Address: Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#90 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Blue Square is an environmental friendly hotel and has a Green Key Silver status. The hotel takes its 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 laid down that the building may only be painted in the characteristic blue color. All 175 rooms are spacious, soundproofed and equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi 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. Schiphol Airport, the RAI Convention Center, the port and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (cruise ships) can be reached within 30 minutes. ... more   less 
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