XO Hotels Blue Square, Amsterdam

Slotermeerlaan 80 Amsterdam Netherlands 1064 HD
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2017 British Travel Awards Winner

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
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3.5

Recommended for

  • Great service
  • Quiet
  • Family friendly
  • No frills

Hotel Info

Overview

The XO Hotels Blue Square is located a mere 15-20 minutes tram from Amsterdam. All the rooms are spacious and comfortable offering all the modern facilities guests can expect with free wireless Internet access, satellite TV, hair dryer, radio, air conditioning, tea-coffee making facilities and a safe. The hotel itself has a bar and breakfast room as well as a lounge area for guests to unwind of an evening. For more business orientated stays there is a complimentary business centre available to guests of the Best Western Blue Square.

At a Glance

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

  • Nearest airport
  • Time zone UK + 1 Hour
  • Currency € Euro
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Facilities

Hotel facilities

Wifi

  • Internet access - wireless
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wired (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Coffee in lobby

Services & Shops

  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Tours/ticket assistance

General Info

  • Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
  • Multilingual staff
  • Elevator/lift
  • Photocopy machines
  • Number of floors 3
  • Television in lobby
  • Check-in time ends 11:30 PM
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Number of buildings/towers 1
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Minimum check-in age 18
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Suitable for children
  • Smoke-free property
  • Total number of rooms 175
  • Early departure fee charged
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Smoke-free property (fines apply)
  • Eurocard
  • Check-out by noon
  • Shoe shine
  • Check-out from 7:00 AM
  • Pets not allowed

Parking

  • Self-parking

Room facilities

Room Amenities

  • In-room safe
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Alarm clock
  • Clock radio
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Hair dryer

Internet, TV & Phone

  • Phone
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Pay movies
  • Satellite television service
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Television
  • LCD television

Rooms & Comfort

  • Climate control
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Wake-up calls
  • Non-smoking only
  • Cribs/infant beds available on request

Bath & Shower

  • Bathrobes (on request)
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Bathtub only
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Slippers

Housekeeping

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Nearest airport
  • Time zone UK + 1 Hour
  • Currency € Euro
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Why book With AlphaRooms?

  • No booking fees
  • Includes taxes and charges
  • Proudly operating for 18 years
  • 500,000+ travellers away in 2016
  • 'Best Hotel Booking Website' 2016 & 17
TTA Protection
ATOL bonded
2017 British Travel Awards Winner: Best National Travel Retailer 2017 British Travel Awards Winner: Best Hotel Booking Website
2017 British Travel Awards Winner: Best National Travel Retailer 2017 British Travel Awards Winner: Best Hotel Booking Website

2017 British Travel Awards Winner

2017 British Travel Awards Winner: Best National Travel Retailer 2017 British Travel Awards: Best Online/Call Centre Travel Agent - Silver 2017 British Travel Awards Winner: Best Hotel Booking Website
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 2023 Reviews
3.5

Recommended for

  • Great service
  • Quiet
  • Family friendly
  • No frills
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 2023 Reviews
3.5

Recommended for

  • Great service
  • Quiet
  • Family friendly
  • No frills

At a Glance

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

Location

Attractions Nearby

  • Sloterpark and Sloterplas 0.89 miles
  • De Meervaart Theater 1.48 miles
  • Rembrandt Park 1.53 miles
  • World Fashion Centre 1.89 miles
  • Ten Kate Markt 2.13 miles
  • Foodhallen 2.14 miles
  • Westergasfabriek Culture Park 2.34 miles
  • Vondelpark 2.40 miles
  • Boom Chicago 2.50 miles
  • Electric Ladyland 2.55 miles
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Resort Info

Amsterdam

The historic centre of Amsterdam plays host to a huge number of visitors each year. The list of reasons to visit this beautiful city is long and varied. The relatively compact centre is packed with historical buildings, picturesque canals and cultural hotspots. From the wonderfully quirky, laid back Jordaan in the west to the old centre and Nieuwmarkt in the east, Amsterdam is a great city to walk around.  If you arrive via the vast Centraal Station, the city spreads out in front of you. Follow the mighty Damrak down to Dam Square and beyond towards Vondelpark and Museumplein in the south. The canals will either confuse or guide you. The centre of the city extends as far as the fourth canal in the inner ring – Prinsengracht. The four main canals sweep around the old city before colliding with the River Amstel to the east.

Leafy Vondelpark

Art and history lovers will be spoilt for choice in Amsterdam. See the work of Dutch Masters including Van Gogh and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum before paying an emotional visit to the Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht in the heart of the Jordaan. If you are in Amsterdam on a sunny day you should head down to the leafy Vondelpark. There is a lovely café and restaurant but you could just pick up some food and find a little patch of shady grass to stretch out on. Fully recharged you can head into the centre of Amsterdam and take advantage of the wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs.

 

Things to do in Amsterdam

 

Eat and drink in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a large, international city and you can eat what you want, when you want. The main streets running through the centre of the city are busy with a wide range of restaurants and bars. For a more intimate and authentic experience, head west into the Jordaan. This area of the city has resisted the excesses of modern life and held onto a more independent, artisan approach to living. The bars on every corner are cosy and welcoming with simple menus and drinks on offer. Local restaurants and cafes are tucked away on the little lanes leading across the four main canals. The Spui is home to larger grand cafes where well-dressed locals mingle with visitors to the city. The food and service is more polished with the added benefit of some excellent people watching opportunities. The area around Nieuwmarkt is home to a good range of great value restaurants.

Top Tip:

Try the local speciality - Rijsttafel. A colonial inspired Indonesian feast consisting of a huge range of small dishes. Make sure you are hungry – there can be as many as forty separate dishes served up!

Amsterdam nightlife

The city is busy with bars and clubs and you will find somewhere that plays the music you like on most days of the week. The bars are open late and very busy at the weekend. Head down to Leidseplein for a drink. The square is lined with popular bars and a mixed crowd. The area offers a bit of late fun for all – you will find several large live music venues including Melkweg and the Sugar Factory as well as the casino and a wide range of theatres. Nearby Rembrandtplein is a good alternative and perhaps better suited to visitors looking for a late night clubbing experience. You will find a good range of large, popular bars as well as large clubs including Escape and Studio 80.

Shopping in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is great city to shop in. The picturesque streets leading through the centre are lined with both large department stores and boutiques selling more exclusive goods. The Magna Plaza in Dam Square is worth a visit. This former main post office building is a beautiful piece of architecture from the outside. Step inside the ancient walls and the interior is a multi-level shopping paradise. Beyond Dam Square, Kalverstraat is home to a wide range of large brands and local specialist stores. The ‘nine streets’ district (Negan Straatjes) nestled between the canals is home to jewellery and vintage goods specialists. If you love antiques and art then you should head down to the Speigelkwartier.  The area is busy with little specialist dealers and markets. High end fashion followers need look no further than P.C. Hoofstraat, the ultimate in exclusive shopping.

Top Tip:

Amsterdam has some amazing flea markets – look out for the weekly market in Nieuwmarkt.

Things to see in Amsterdam

Start with a long walk along the canals, explore the flower market, and admire the gable fronted building dating back to the 17th century. Art lovers should make a point of visiting the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum down in Museumplein. The Artis Zoo out beyond Waterlooplein to the east is a great place to visit with the family. For a water level view of the city and historic canals, consider taking a boat cruise. The options are seemingly endless and a weekend trip will not seem enough. Make sure you leave time for some people watching from the windows of a grand café.

Top Tip:

Try an evening cruise. Once the sun goes down the bridges and canal side houses light up giving the canals a magical feel.

 

We Recommend

 

Café Hoppe

This ‘brown café’ should be top of your list of bars to try during your visit to Amsterdam. The old part of the bar was established in 1670 and is pretty much unchanged due to the listed status it enjoys. Take a seat at the bar and soak up a little bit of old Amsterdam. The bar is on the edge of Spuistraat which sits on the Singel canal.

Daalder

This amazing little restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Jordaan on Lindengracht. From the outside this is just another quirky little corner café but step inside and you are greeted by a top class restaurant serving fresh, exciting food that draws on both local and international influences.

King’s Day – April 27th

Prior to 2014 the whole nation would come together on the 30th April to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday with a huge party that spreads across the city with live music, parties and impromptu bars and food stalls. Queen’s Day has now become King’s Day as Willem-Alexander, the Queens oldest son has taken over the throne. The party is no less enthusiastic!

 

Fast Facts

 

  • Currency – EUR
  • Time Zone – GMT + (1)
  • Travel Time – Amsterdam (AMS) - 1 hour 20 minutes (London)
  • Transfer Time – 30 minutes (Taxi)
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XO Hotels Blue Square Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 2023 Reviews
3.5

Recommended for

  • Great service
  • Quiet
  • Family friendly
  • No frills

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8/10 Great

04 May 2016

Great value- comfortable with superb breakfast

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights. The rooms are big enough and the bathroom was very clean. The breakfast was superb ( really good selection of the good quality food). It takes one bus ( no 69) to get to the airport and the trams to get to the City Centre and Museum Quarter are on your doorstep. It is about 30mins tram journey from the City though.

The best thing about my stay was...

Breakfast, Clean rooms/Bathroom
10/10 Amazing

20 October 2015

Great hotel

Quick check in. All staff pleasant and extremely helpful. Good location. Quieter part of Amsterdam, but short tram to centre. Tram stop outside hotel.

The best thing about my stay was...

Lovely room and great selection at breakfast.
6/10 Good

18 August 2010

Blue Square Amsterdam August 2010

Very clean hotel. Our quad room was spacious, quiet, well laid out and well made up each day. The downside to the hotel is that it has virtually nothing other than residential rooms and a restaurant. No lounge, no games room, no gym and no bar to speak of (unless you count the reception area as a bar). Getting into Amsterdam took about 20 minutes on tram 7 and 14 which pass the door, or tram 13 which is about 200m away and links directly to Central Station (about 25-30 minutes journey). Journey's became a bit tedious after the novelty wore off!

The best thing about my stay was...

Anne Frank Museum for the adults, the canal bikes for the 12+ children.