This hotell is just a bit to far off from the tourist areas of Amsterdam to please me. The tram to the central city took 15-20 minutes. I normally wouldn't book a hotell like this when travelling but rather check out Tripadvisor recommendations and then choose but as I was travelling alone I figured that I could afford an experiment when booking this two-night trip. It was exiting!
LOCATION 15-20 minutes by tram to central Amsterdam - don't evev consider walking if you are short of time. The area was like a close suburb with different kinds of appartments and houses. There where three nice parks close for joggers (daytime only) even with nice canals, lakes and playgrounds/petting-zoos open to the public.
HOTELL the hotell is ugly from the outside and the reception looks more like a bearly designed 2nd class reception in a country low BNP. The rooms where nice, clean and a bit old fashoned (opposed to the outer shell of the hotell that was very modern) with some rather old furniture and lamps. Nice, well functioning bathrooms. Free Wifi was promised in all rooms but I had to change rooms as the corner rooms aren't reached by the wifi signals. I would have preferred wooden floors to the carpeted ones.
STAFF Mostly friendly, but not all together proffesional. The receptionists where either very nice and friendly persons (not necessarily proffesional) or the efficient type without manners and the understanding that customers are to be taken care of - both typical for an organization without implemented training or standards or both. I was given some great jogging tips by one receptionist.
BREAKFAST was served in a rather dusty (even though clean) looking room but with really friendly staff - happy and smiling all the time and they went out of their way for guests! The food was not very exciting but good enough.
Would I go again? I think I would prefer trying another hotell next time even though my visit to Blue squares was all right.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Best Western