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XO Hotels Blue Square
Ranked #164 of 374 Hotels in Amsterdam
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We arrived in amsterdam by car and the underground parking is very secure and convenient. Staff at the check-in was very friendly and they gave us good guidance on how to travel from the hotel to the city. The location of the hotel is not good at all. No restaurants whatsoever around. However, it's very easy to commute by tram or bus to city centre and it's only a 15 minute ride. The tram and bus stop is only 1 minute walk from the hotel. We had a twin room and it was spacious enough to put the cot for the baby. Room was clean. The next day, when we came back to our room, it was not cleaned. We arrived at 5:00pm and somebody had eaten our food and taken a cup of tea. We had a clean set of towels but the bed was half done, like if someone had taken a nap in our room and eaten all our food. We immediately called the manager and they apologized. They said they had issues with cleaning staff and that it would never happen again. We were offered a room upgrade along with a free dinner. The dinner was terrible. The cheese on the beef carpaccio starter had blue mold and the beef was frozen. Of course they offered us another starter. The main dish was ok. Overall, the hotel is good, we probably had bad luck on our stay. Parking is great, very good buffet breakfast, nice rooms, friendly staff.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Of our trip to Europe, which includes Paris, Zurich, Stockholm, Venice, Rome, Florence and Amsterdam, the stay in BEST WESTERN Blue Square Hotel is the best and very convenient. This hotel is very much near to public transportation and there is a straight bus to Airport. The rooms are of good size, clean & comfortable and the bathroom and shower are spotless.

The hotel staffs were nice and always ready to help and they offered tips to use the public transportation. We didn't opt for the buffet and hence will not be able to comment on it. And I should definitely say about the WiFi which was super fast and again the best.

Overall a nice and comfortable stay and will definitely return.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

The hotel itself is literally a big blue square, not picturesque and the area it is in is not the nicest. No good restaurants or cafes nearby, either had to make do with the poor quality restaurant in the hotel itself, or go on the tram to the city centre. The rooms were clean, but small. Served the purpose as a comfy bed for the night.
It's location is slightly inconvenient, when we booked we didn't realise it was roughly a 15min journey by tram to the city centre, and working out the way there on the bus was interesting but not too complicated.
No real big negatives, but just not what we were expecting, and the dinner service could be improved.

Room Tip: Not on the ground floor, as the big windows look directly over a public footpath, we weren't sur...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights. It's location is decent as we didn't pay for a taxi once in Amsterdam, we got the bus to and from the airport and the bus/tram in to amsterdam everyday. As for the hotel it's cheap and cheerful really. The staff are helpful and pleasant and the rooms are tidy but a bit dated which really didn't bother us. We paid for breakfast which was basic but as we aren't really fussy, we just had grabbed something we liked from the buffet and got on with the day.

We bought a bus/tram ticket for our duration at reception which probably saved us a lot of money, it cost about 15euros and lasts a week. Just make sure you get the right bus/tram and get off at the right stop! If I can remember correctly the stop for the hotel is something like 'slotenmeer'.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

cool stay thanks. close to puplic transport. next to small shopping center. nice room, but small but ok for the price. WIFI was quite fast. Would come again. Restaurant is a bit expensive , but overall i would come again

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I chose this hotel for its proximity to Sloterparkbad where I was attending an event. As a seasoned traveller, I researched everything from accessibility, distance to city centre, transport, previous reviews and best price via various search engines and websites before booking.

This hotel is a good mid-range chain hotel situated in a residential area with very good transport connections to the city centre (Trams 7 and 14) and the airport (Bus 69 or 369). Tram and Bus Stops are within walking distance. Staff here are friendly and helpful. The bar in the lobby is small and functional. Bedrooms are spacious and clean, showers are a good size and spotless. Free Wi-Fi a bonus! Breakfast is a serve yourself buffet, with a good choice of cheese and meats, sliced fruit as well as cooked fare. Bakery items plentiful as well as the customary do it yourself toaster. Cereals were limited to 3 which was a bit of a let down for someone who likes just simple Cornflakes rather than museli or sugared cereals, which weren't particularly free flowing from their containers.

Plenty of supermarkets and bakeries nearby to stock up with food and drink before heading out for the day. At the end of the day there are a couple of bars and restaurants nearby if not eating in the hotel. Having dinner at the hotel didn't fit with my own plans, albeit the dinner menu looked quite enticing and was competitive with others in the area and indeed in the city centre.

A tip on the transport side - research well the museums and sights you want to see before being lured into buying a combination museum and transport ticket. The museums included may not be the ones you want to see, as there are only a selection not all! Good value are the 24, 48, 72 hour tickets for buses and trams which can be purchased at Amsterdam tourist office at the airport and at the Central Station. Also look at the hop on hop off canal bus which is a relaxing way to travel and see a bit more of the city from a different perspective.

Room Tip: Although I didn't hear any noise, its always good to ask for a room at the back of this hotel fo...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Stayed there a couple nights earlier this month. Did stay a few years ago and that was better. Service was average, room was decent, but far over priced for what it was. Breakfast was a winner though.

Room Tip: We stayed tucked away in a corner room somewhere, it was still quite loud from the cleaners slamming...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Best Western Blue Square Hotel)
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Business Centre 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: £36 - £203 (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):
XO HOTELS BLUE SQUARE 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 
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