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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.
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.
This hotel is non alcoholic
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- Internet access - wireless
- Free WiFi - Public Areas
- Free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
- Bar / Lounge
- Coffee shop or café
- Room service
- Coffee in lobby
Services & Shops
- Tour assistance
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Laundry facilities
- Luggage storage
- No- smoking property
- Suitable for children
- Total number of rooms 175
- Photocopy machines
- Multilingual staff
- Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
- Shoe shine
- Check-out by noon
- Pets not allowed
- Minimum check-in age 18
- Number of floors 3
- Television in lobby
- 24-hour front desk
- Check-in time ends 11:30 PM
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Number of buildings/towers 1
- Complimentary newspaper
- Iron/ironing board (on request)
- Alarm clock
- Clock radio
- Coffee/tea maker
- Hair dryer
- In-room safe
Internet, TV & Phone
- Pay movies
- Satellite television service
- Direct-dial phone
Rooms & Comfort
- Air conditioning
- Cribs/infant beds available
- Wake-up calls
- Cribs/infant beds available on request
Bath & Shower
- Shower/bathtub combination
- Bathtub only
- Complimentary toiletries
- Makeup/shaving mirror
- Private bathroom
- Bathtub or shower
- Shower only
- 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
- Anne Frank House 2.69 miles
- Prinsengracht 2.71 miles
- Westerkerk 2.71 miles
- The Movies 2.73 miles
- DeLaMar Theater 2.74 miles
- Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp 2.75 miles
- Melkweg 2.75 miles
- Cornelis Schuytstraat 2.76 miles
- Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) 2.77 miles
- at_a_glance_airport Schiphol Amsterdam AMS25m
Amsterdam Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Amsterdam
From 5* canalside hotels to quirky cheap hostels, you can find virtually every type of accommodation in Amsterdam’s variety of districts. And whether you want something in the middle of all the action, or would rather experience the quieter side of the Netherlands capital during your holiday, there’s the perfect neighbourhood waiting for you.
Cultural events, parties and a rich tapestry of history: there are endless reasons why people travel to Amsterdam. Couples, families and groups of friends are spoilt for things to do in this eclectic city all year round, making it the ideal destination for everything from a winter city break to a week-long holiday.
Where to stay
You’ll need your cameras at the ready for this picturesque area of Amsterdam, which is home to quaint bridges and all the artistic vibes. The Jordaan neighbourhood is to Amsterdam what Shoreditch is to London. It’s full of independent shops, quirky accommodation, and chic restaurants - plus it’s handily just a short walk away from all the city centre sights, including the Anne Frank House. Just as you’d expect in this neighbourhood, accommodation is varied and stylish, ranging from budget hostels to upmarket canalside lodging.
If you want to be in the middle of the city on your holiday, the Dam neighbourhood is where you’ll find the heart of all the action, from the after-dark entertainment of the Red Light District to the main shopping centre. Large hotel chains are dotted around the centre, giving you easy access to key sights including Madame Tussauds, the Amsterdam Dungeon and the National Monument.
Set a short walk away from the city’s central canal network, the Oud-Zuid area showcases a quieter side to Amsterdam. Check into one of the chain hotels or independent accommodation options and you’ll be on the doorstep of some of the city’s most exciting museums, like Rijksmuseum and the contemporary art of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. You’ll also be close to the 120-acre Vondelpark, perfect for daytime strolls, summer picnics and free open air concerts between May and September.
What to see
Whether you’re in Amsterdam for a weekend or longer holiday, you’ll be spoilt for things to do in this vibrant city. The first port-of-call for many is to track down the Instagrammable ‘I Amsterdam’ letters which move around the city every few months. Once you’ve taken all the photos to fill up your feed, learn more about the city by exploring it from a new perspective: by a boat tour, along its UNESCO protected canal belt. Tours take in the history of the city and provide the perfect views to take in the twinkling fairy lights over the charming bridges.
Culture vultures will love the range of museums available around the city. The Anne Frank House, based in the exact building where Anne and her family went into hiding during World War 2, is one of the most popular. However, there’s everything from Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art to the Museum of Bags and Purses and also Heineken Experience, catering for all tastes. And, of course, no holiday to Amsterdam is complete without visiting Bloemenmarkt. Found along the Singel canal, the world’s only floating flower market sells colourful plants and accessories to brighten up your home. Read more about the top cultural spots in our blog here.
From all-night raves to low-key bars, Amsterdam has it all for every type of holidaymaker. The city has a thriving nightlife scene, with clubs regularly hosting international DJs. Hen and stag parties are a regular sight around the city centre thanks to its influx of bars, pubs and coffee shops - there’s everything from old-school bars to lively clubs.
For quirky nightlife, head out of the main centre towards Amsterdam Oud-West. It’s got much more of an alternative scene, with speakeasys and jazz clubs sitting alongside world-famous clubs and various music venues.
What to eat
The Netherlands is famous for many tasty treats, including stroopwafels, pancakes, Dutch fries and raw herring. A short walk out from the Jordaan neighbourhood is Foodhallen, a site that features dozens of food stalls all under one roof. Pick up some Chinese cuisine, traditional Dutch snacks or some Mediterranean delicacies, and then huddle around the central seating area with your friends.
Amsterdam is a shopper’s paradise, offering plenty of opportunities to pick up gifts for loved ones back home - as well as some treats for yourself. The city centre is home to a number of local and international chains where you can pick up clothes, Dutch delicacies, homeware and souvenirs. For something a little different, head to Albert Cuypmarkt in De Pijp. It’s open six days a week and is one of the most famous street markets in the city. You’ll find everything from food to bags, clothing and flowers.
Fast facts about Amsterdam
- Direct flight time: 1.25 hours from London
- Transfer time from Amsterdam Schipol airport to Amsterdam: 23 minutes
- Time zone: GMT +1
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Dutch
- Average price of a domestic beer: €4
- Average price of a bottle of wine: €6.99
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 1 million
XO Hotels Blue Square Reviews
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04 August 2019
Wonderful Trip - Nice Hotel
We arrived early and our room wasn’t ready which was fair. when it was ready we saw the room it wasn’t how we imagined it so we asked front desk if we could change rooms. and they were happy to do so. the place is quiet and clean which was good. it has good transport links. the tram 7 that would take you to leidensplein and change for any tram to amsterdam central and there’s the bus 69 that takes you straight to the airport which was very useful to us. the only thing that wasn’t great was the breakfast price. for a buffet it was too expensive. it was nice but it should be cheaper.
The best thing about my stay was...Quiet
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
20 October 2015
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.
18 August 2010
Blue Square Amsterdam August 2010
Andrew Bolton, Nottingham, UK
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.
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