My wife recently took me to Amsterdam for my Birthday and arranged everything. My wife made a small faux pas by booking the wrong best western hotel (if you want to be in the City Centre then this ISN'T THE ONE) after an initial shock of seeing how far this was from The Dam we settled into a pleasant room on the ground floor looking out towards the rear carpark and canals. Although we worried this could be noisy and have privacy issues it really wasn't a concern after the first night.
The staff were welcoming and friendly and the breakfasts were tasty and we have a vast choice, often going back for seconds. This really is needed as your trip into The Dam every morning will take the best part of 40 minutes (you often have to wait 15 minutes for a tram) but the journey is straight forward and we grew to enjoy it. The best tip we had was to by a city pass for 72 hours for around 15 Euros each, this lasted all weekend and we simply hopped on and off a bus or tram.
The area isn't on first impressions the "nicest" area and compare's to a market area which initially was a bit intimidating but again after the first day we settled in and it became our running joke by singing "in the ghetto". But seriously don't let this concern you it was just not what we expected. This hotel is equal distance to to The Dam and airport making it a fairly convenient location.
My verdict is that if you don't want the noise and potential stag parties screaming outside your hotel door at night then being further from the center is actually a good choice, if we returned to Amsterdam we would happily stay here again (and plan to do so) so that should say it all.
I think it was the no 16 tram that went to the dam. (Ask for a tram map from the conductor ) you will need it for day 1 but the tram system is so easy to pick up you'll be a pro within 24 hours. Westermarket is a good stop to get off (near the Ann Frank museum )
A good value hotel, good staff, great breakfasts but will have a commute. If you don't mind that then book away.
- 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:
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