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BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel
Ranked #152 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Good Value Hotel..........”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

Located around 20 minutes from City Centre by tram, hotel was modern and comfortable the rooms were large and clean. We opted to book breakfast on our two night stay after reading reviews, slightly disappointed with the hot buffet option simply because it wasn't hot more luke warm however the continental option was extensive so all in all was good value. We have stayed in several Great Western Hotels and they never fail to offer good value for money.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Linda D
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Stayed at the Blue Square Group of friends came with me, had lots of fun; was a boiling hot summer, so AC was good inside with a boiler room outside. Just be careful about some of the stores in the neighbourhood that may try and scam you.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Markus F
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Brisbane
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here as part of a contiki tour in December 2013. Had a single room. Bathroom very modern and clean, bed super comfy and thermostat/air con was great - very important during the winter!!

It seems far out of town but only a 10 min cab ride from the red light district and city centre. Amsterdam is a surprisingly small town!!

Breakfast was great. Probably the best one we had in all of Europe. Serving a full hot breakfast including bacon and eggs is a rare thing on the continent!!

Good security, you must swipe your card to get into the area where your room is and then again to get into your room. Although this was a bit difficult with lots of luggage!!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank celuloiddreamer
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Angmering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

Got a special deal through Wowcher, for a 2 night stay in Amsterdam, staying at the Blue Square Hotel.

Yes, the hotel is out of town, but it literally takes 15-20 on a tram and its nice to sit and watch the scenery as you travel through the various streets. We got tram number 13 from Dam Central which dropped us off just round the corner from the hotel. You can also get tram number 14 from the bottom of the street back into Dam Central. When we left the hotel to go back to the airport, we caught the 69 bus which took about 30 mins.

Check-in was quick and efficient (dont forget you have to pay local taxes when you arrive, but for a 2 night stay, our "bill" was 3 euros!!). Our room was on the first floor, overlooking the canal.

Room was spacious, nicely furnished and the bathroom was huge, clean and the shower was lovely. Hairdryer in the room was also good. The beds were like a memory foam and were very difficult to get out of every morning, they were so comfy!!

We paid for breakfast upfront (it wasnt included in the Wowcher deal) for 10 Euros (I think it was 12.50 Euros if you didnt book in advance)...restaurant is nicely laid out, with a choice of fruit, croissants, toast, continental or hot (bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms). The orange juice was really tasty...like they'd freshly squeezed a load of oranges!

All in all, for the money we paid, the hotel was lovely. If you want a hotel nearer town, then this probably isnt the hotel for you. But we quite liked being a little bit "out" of town.

Would definitely stay again if we return to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank SandraAngmering
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Moncton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

Stayed 2 nights in this hotel, the rooms were nice and fairly standard. The staff were helpful providing direction for the handy tram/bus service to downtown and airport, both about 20-30 min travel. The area the hotel is located in is quite suburban with a middle eastern heritage so good restaurants and there was a market in the parking lot of the small mall nearby

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank George M
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Melbourne, Australia
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77 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at this hotel whilst on a contiki tour. Beware it is a contiki hotel so for families it may not be the most desirable option. Our group was not that loud so it wasn't too bad, but I know some groups can be pretty bad. It was a decent hotel, clean rooms, good buffet spreads for breakfast and dinner. About a 15 minute tram ride from all the action.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Jareth K
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Stockholm
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are huge-ish but are not reached of the free wifi. Other rooms are smaller=normal sized...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank AnnVixen
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Shihotelgroup, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear Sir/Ms,

Thanks for your extensive comments and honest review.
We are glad to read that you slept well, received good service from our hotel staff and did some neighborhood investigation.
I can not deny that our hotel is located outside the city centre which might be partly reflected in the room rates we offer and the size of our rooms.
Nevertheless you might have noticed the good connections with public transport to the old part of town. We sell tranportation tickets and provid free bike maps.
Anyway, best wishes for 2014 and hope to welcome you in any Best Western hotel again in the future :)
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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:
#28 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#87 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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