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Best Western Blue Tower Hotel
Ranked #182 of 366 Hotels in Amsterdam
Dublin, Ireland
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“only blue on the outside .”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Spent three nights here in mid Sept.
The hotel is app .a 20 minute bus ride from Amsterdam Centraal station .
Situated in a nice residential area just a few minutes from the local bus stop,its well served by public transport links and has a number of cafes and bars in the vicinity.
Althiugh out of town its well worth weighing up the hotel price plus your transport costs against a city centre hotel.
The hotel staff are friendly and after a quick check in we took our room on the 6th floor.Nicely appointed room with good furnishings,bath /shower combo ,nice bathroom with complimentary toileteries and ample wardrobe space .Room had a/c and free wifi with a laptop size safe and tea and coffee making facilities.Cleaning and linen changes were satisfactory.
There is a restaurant on the first floor which serves breakfast ,and a bar which opens at 5.30 .
Didnt have the breakfast as thought it was too expensive so cant comment on the quality.
Staff were friendly and helped us stow our luggage on our final day while we did some last minute touring.We were provided with maps and transport links info on check in which was a great help .
A previous reviewer of this hotel commented on the distance between the reception desk and the lifts .,and from a security point of view this could lead to problems .Its not possible for reception staff to recognise all guests at the best of times ,nor should they be expected to do .
A system of checking room passes might be considered.
Really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would recommend it .
Certainly up to the usual Best Western high standard.
Train connection from Schipol airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station.Every 20 mins ,fare 3.90 Euro.Buy tickets in the terminal from ticket machines, cash or card.
Bus no. 21 leaves from Area F in front of Amsterdam Centraal Station ,direction Kruezveld.Fare is 2.70 Euro but there are a number of fare options available ,day card ,or longer passes .Tickets can be bought from the driver .The bus stop for the hotel is Bos en Lommerplein .Check the illuminated display on the bus.
Going into town the 21 will take you back to Am Cent while tram no.14 will take you to Dam Square .A few tram stops down the line will take you to the Anne Frank Museum ,bus stop Westermarkt.,also on the No 14 .Enjoy Amsterdam ,a fabulous city.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ruschberg, Germany
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We enjoyed staying here. We are a family of 3 and were on the 10th floor. The view was great. The hotel was very clean. We were in a room with 3 twin beds. The bed was a little too firm for my taste but my husband and teenage daughter was fine. We loved that the bathroom was all windows. We didn't eat at the restaurant so I can't give a review of that. The only down thing was that they are doing renovations and only 1 elevator was working at the time of our visit. The tram stop is just right around the corner from the hotel. You can buy tickets right on the tram at the GVB window. We had a wonderful time in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Longwood, Meath, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Nice & clean hotel, very helpful and friendly staff, rooms are lovely u have everything u need. A bit of a journey into the centre u couldn't walk in. But the tram & bus service is excellent with the stop just 2 mins round the corner.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the blue tower with five friends for two nights. From Schiphol airport it's a 10 min train, then a 10 min metro and then a 10 min walk. Or a 35-40 euro taxi. In terms of getting into town from the hotel, it's in quite a suburban area. Jump on a 15 minute tram to get to Dam Square. Or get a 20 euro taxi.

Hotel itself is quite tired but the rooms were clean, not too cramped and the beds comfy. Nice bathroom, probably recently refurbished. Free wifi in the rooms is a bonus. Only one of the three elevators was working and it was quite busy which meant we had to use the ridiculously steep stairs all weekend! Didn't sample any of the food on offer.

All in all, in theory I'd probably go back here - it's perhaps on a par with your average travelodge in the uk. But in reality, next time I'll book somewhere more central.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

Checked in to the hotel. Reception was clean tidy the hospitality was brill and very polite. Checked in to room where we had 2 beds instead if a double within 5 mins we had been moved into another room. No fuss what so ever. Clean throughout and well looked after only prob was the shower. Didnt sit in holder proper so had to hold shower whilst showering. Would deff stay here again

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Seen bad reviews on this hotel.. They are just not true, one person moaned about 'no mini bar' and location. It is outside Amsterdam Central but trams and buses stop right outside hotel and drop of at central station. The area is ok with shops, fast food and some cafés. Staff are friendly and helpful, if you go into a hotel with an attitude, you will usually get one back. People leave reviews complaining about staff but I usually find that these people are complaining about the stupidest things, so probably pass this bad attitude onto staff, who will not be very friendly back, and I don't blame them. The rooms are very comfy and clean and we'll decorated so what's the problem?
I have booked to go back in November for my wife's 40th and hope to go back next year. I like not staying in the centre of Amsterdam, you can have a ball, then have peace and quiet when you want to sleep. If you want a hotel more central, then book a central hotel you muppets! Don't book a hotel that is clearly out with the city centre then complain about it!!! Some folk,, jeez!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Just came back. Was attending a conference at RAI. The hotel is so far, in the middle of nowhere. Couldn't find a descent restaurant anywhere near, surroundings so dirty, had to have dinner there. Rooms & restaurant so basic. Rooms are old & so depressive. No minibar, lights in general so dim!! I could hardly see the food in the restaurant. I did not feel safe, at night the door was open & no one from the hotel is there Restaurant staff not very friendly, except Farid. Only positive thing was the grilled sole fish. I wouldn't recommend it & I don't think I'll go there again.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Best Western Blue Tower Hotel
Address: Leeuwendalersweg 21, 1055 JE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#93 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Blue Tower Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The impressive four-star BEST WESTERN Blue Tower Hotel is located next to an outdoor market; the Bos en Lommerplein. This dynamic area, characterized by its small neighbourhood shops and cozy restaurants, is located on the edge of the city center. Due to the excellent public transport system it is easy to reach the heart of the city. Here you can enjoy all the famous sights and attractions Amsterdam has to offer, like the Canal District, our world-renowned museums and our exciting nightlife. BEST WESTERN Blue Tower Hotel offers the perfect starting point to an unforgettable visit to Amsterdam! Eleven stories high and covered from top to bottom in blue glass, BEST WESTERN Blue Tower Hotel is an imposing presence in Amsterdam. The towering hotel has 188 rooms and houses the trendy Chinese-French Restaurant Saffron. BEST WESTERN Blue Tower Hotel is a four-star hotel. This qualification is key to all facets of the hotel, ranging from the tastefully designed, modern interior of the rooms and the varied catering services, to additional facilities like a bike rental service. Our friendly staff will be at your service 24 hours a day to ensure your stay is as satisfying as possible. ... more   less 
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