We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A little gem”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
XO Hotels Blue Square
Ranked #164 of 372 Hotels in Amsterdam
Reviewed March 20, 2014

I was doubtful about staying outside the city but this hotel was worth the additional travel. Take the number 69 bus from the airport about 30 mins transfer and it will drop you about 2 mins from the door, you can't miss the hotel it is what it says it is, Blue and Square! A lovely welcome from staff in a really clean, modern bright reception area and our room on the first floor was at the back overlooking a small lake. A good size with a large bed and very clean. Not a large bathroom but again really clean and had a fantastic large walk in power shower.My only negative would be the uncomfortable pillows which are more like cushions and very lumpy and the duvet was a size too small. Breakfast in the dining room was a good hot and cold buffet offering a really good choice including local cheeses and hams. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and I cannot fault the cleanliness at all . Take the number 14 tram at the top of the road into Dam Square running every 10 mins during the weekday and running back to the hotel until just after midnight. Buy an OV Chipkart which gives you unlimited travel on the GVB network including buses and trams just remember to check your card in and out. We paid €16.50 each for 72 hours but definitely got our moneys worth and so easy to use. Cards can be bought at reception as well as other attraction tickets and staff more than happy to give advice plus maps.If I was to go back to Amsterdam I would definitely consider this hotel again.However if you are into clubs and nightlife then probably not for you due to the location.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back, much quieter away from the local shops and road and a much more pleasant...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Angeo46
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (1,993)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

847 - 853 of 1,993 reviews

Reviewed March 19, 2014

Just come back from a pleasant 3 night stay, and we could not fault this hotel. We new it was not central but planned accordingly. as per T/A advice we purchased our 72 hour bus and tram tickets at the airport for .16.50 euros and got the number 69 bus down to the hotel. about every 15 mins during the day and 30 mins after 6. Doing it this way you effectively get your transfers for nothing as you can use the pass straight away, and you will normally be coming back to the airport before the 72 hours are up. As it was dark we told the driver where we were going and he said he would tell us when we got there. I had noted on google earth the bus stop was called lodewijk van deysselstraat, and when we got there he had not said anything, but when I queried it he said he was dropping us off at the door, which he duly did, even though it is between stops. What service! The hotel is very good with excellent staff. our bathroom was a bit cramped but lovely fittings and big shower with plenty hot water. the bedroom was fine with comfortable beds. tea and coffee, and a free safe. We had breakfast included, and it was very good. No fried eggs but lovely scrambled, boiled , bacon, sausage, and a good selection of cereals and fruit with delicious bread. The bar area is quite small and not used an awful lot. The no 14 tram passes the hotel and goes by Anne Frank House on its way to Dam Square and Rembrant Square, which we found to be one of the main places for eating and drinking. We made very good use of the tram system to get around and up and down to the hotel, especially as we cant walk as much as we used to and had a very pleasant visit indeed

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank JACKNORMAN
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 14, 2014

I stayed at this hotel in January and thought it was brilliant. The airport new exactly what bus we needed to take to get straight the the hotel and it's no more than 3 euros. It's about a 20 minute ride. The hotel itself is very clean and tidy and the staff are extremely helpful. If you simply ask them where u want to go they will show you best route to take and give u a map of where to go. Very helpful. You can get the tram or bus straight into dam itself which takes 10/15 mins but doesn't seem that long. Hotel provides discount travel cards for as many days as you need at very good prices. The rooms are kept clean and tidy and are also very roomy. Breakfast is good a wide range available including full English breakfast. Would recommend anyone to stay here

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank Daisy W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed here last May for 3 nights and found the stay good. The room was comfortable and clean and the staff at the reception desk were very helpful. The hotel is not close to the city and the main sights but the tram links are good so that was not too much of a problem. There is a bus connection to and from the airport which was helpful.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Roux72
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 7, 2014

Stayed 2 nights at this excellent hotel. It is a tram ride (13 or 14) away from the centre, but only takes 15 mins.
All of the staff were attentive, informative and very professional.
We had an evening meal at the hotel and we would fully recommend the food - it was truly excellent and the carafe of wine was the cheapest we paid all weekend.
Breakfast was very good with lots of choice depending on your taste.
Thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms at the rear of the hotel overlook the lake
See more room tips
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank stevemahr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 1, 2014

A 20 minute tram-ride to Dam square, but good value. Clean rooms, very good breakfast and helpful friendly staff members.
It's worth while to pack up for day trips into the city, as the ride to the hotel and back is not a simple skip, but the city is very easy to get around, so that proved like a lot of fun any way!
A good place to stay if you want to save some money :)

Room Tip: Any room is good here.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank linis_trip
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We got this hotel as part of an Easyjet package & we were pleasantly surprised. Good size room & facilities, and staff were great, very helpful & approachable! Only downside is location. It's about 25 mins on tram to centre of Amsterdam and about the same to the airport. But travel passes can be picked up fairly cheaply & used on all transport which is quite regular so we were happy.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
2  Thank AnnaRH23
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Amsterdam hotels
1.1 mi away
XO Hotels Blue Tower
XO Hotels Blue Tower
#180 of 372 in Amsterdam
1,855 reviews
2.1 mi away
XO Hotels Couture
XO Hotels Couture
#45 of 372 in Amsterdam
1,901 reviews
2.6 mi away
Dutch Design Hotel Artemis
Dutch Design Hotel Artemis
#109 of 372 in Amsterdam
1,496 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.1 mi away
Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport
Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport
#125 of 372 in Amsterdam
2,304 reviews
1.2 mi away
XO Hotels Park West
XO Hotels Park West
#62 of 372 in Amsterdam
3,946 reviews
1.1 mi away
MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to XO Hotels Blue Square? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about XO Hotels Blue Square

Address: Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Best Western Blue Square Hotel)
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: $79 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — XO Hotels Blue Square 4*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our XO HOTELS BLUE SQUARE hotel takes its name from the striking building in which it is located. All, in 2017 renovated hotel rooms are spacious, soundproofed and equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and free Nespresso 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, Orbitz, Hotwire, HotelQuickly and getaroom.com so you can book your XO Hotels Blue Square reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Best Western Amsterdam
Amsterdam Best Western

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing