XO Hotels Blue Tower, Amsterdam

Leeuwendalersweg 21 Amsterdam 1055 Je
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Based on 1899 Reviews

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  • Proudly operating for 18 years
  • 500,000+ travellers away in 2016
  • 'Best Hotel Booking Website' 2016 & 17
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1899 Reviews
3.5

Recommended for

  • Quiet
  • Great service
  • Family friendly
  • Good for shopping
  • Romantic

Hotel Info

Overview

Best XO Hotels Blue Tower is situated at the edge of the centre of Amsterdam. With a parking garage, together with easy accessibility both by car and public transport, it is the perfect hotel to stay to discover Amsterdam and its surroundings.

The historical centre of Amsterdam, the Congress Centre RAI, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, train station and business park Sloterdijk, Zuid - As and WTC are all within 10 minutes by car, bus, tram or train. The hotel is located next to market square and shopping centre, where you can taste the atmosphere of multicultural Amsterdam.

All guest rooms are equipped with individual air conditioning, a bathroom with bath or shower, toilet and hair dryer and have telephone with direct outside line, flat screen television, safety box, coffee and tea facilities and free Wi-Fi. The Best Western Blue Tower Hotel is a completely non-smoking hotel.

The friendly and professional staff will do their best to make your stay at the Best Western Blue Tower Hotel a pleasant one.

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

  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Room service
  • Banquet facilities

Services & Shops

  • Concierge desk
  • Technology support staff
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge services

General Info

  • Eurocard
  • Smoke-free property
  • Total number of rooms 188
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pets not allowed
  • No rollaway beds available
  • Check-out by noon
  • Check-out from 5:00 AM
  • Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Elevator/lift
  • Television in lobby
  • Photocopy machines
  • Multiple large conference rooms
  • Number of floors 11
  • Number of meeting/conference rooms 5
  • Multiple small meeting rooms
  • Minimum check-in age 19
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Check-in time ends midnight
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • One meeting/conference room
  • Number of buildings/towers 1

Parking

  • Parking nearby

Room facilities

Room Amenities

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

Internet, TV & Phone

  • Television Internet access
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Cable television service
  • Direct-dial phone
  • LCD television
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Television
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Pay movies
  • Phone
  • Satellite television service
  • Plasma television
  • Internet access - wireless

Rooms & Comfort

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

Bath & Shower

  • Shower only
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Bathtub only
  • Complimentary toiletries

Housekeeping

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Nearest airport
  • Time zone UK + 1 Hour
  • Currency € Euro
  • Plug

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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1899 Reviews
3.5

Recommended for

  • Quiet
  • Great service
  • Family friendly
  • Good for shopping
  • Romantic
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1899 Reviews
3.5

Recommended for

  • Quiet
  • Great service
  • Family friendly
  • Good for shopping
  • Romantic

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

  • Rembrandt Park 1.04 miles
  • Foodhallen 1.23 miles
  • Ten Kate Markt 1.24 miles
  • Westergasfabriek Culture Park 1.31 miles
  • Boom Chicago 1.47 miles
  • Electric Ladyland 1.50 miles
  • Anne Frank House 1.63 miles
  • Westerkerk 1.67 miles
  • Prinsengracht 1.67 miles
  • The Movies 1.68 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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Reviews

XO Hotels Blue Tower Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1899 Reviews
3.5

Recommended for

  • Quiet
  • Great service
  • Family friendly
  • Good for shopping
  • Romantic

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1/10 Okay

26 March 2017

Would never stay at this hotel again

We arrived at the hotel to only be told our room was cancelled and didn't receive any information of a cancellation they could only give us a room for one night and we had to find a different hotel for the other 2 nights the staff were so rude when asked for a Manager we were told that there would be nothing a manager could even do for us in booked with alfarooms and there was nothing they could do we had to pay extra money for the other hotel our hoilday was ruined we came to Amsterdam from Dublin

The best thing about my stay was...

Nothing
10/10 Amazing

07 August 2016

Great hotel

Lovely staff,lovely room quiet area but still close to city centre

The best thing about my stay was...

Lovely room very clean hotel decorated lovely
10/10 Amazing

04 May 2016

Good value for money

Clean hotel, staff is very friendly. Breakfast with big choice of food. Recommend.

The best thing about my stay was...

Friendly staff
8/10 Great

12 May 2015

Blue western

Clean rooms, nice staff

The best thing about my stay was...

Quiet and clean room
8/10 Great

05 April 2015

Best Western Hotel

We had a lovely 3 night stay. There were a couple minor snags that were sorted out straight away. Our room was very clean with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Reception was very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast every morning. Our only complaint is the Breakfast Staff were not very friendly or approachable.

The best thing about my stay was...

Very comfortable beds, warm room and a very peaceful atmosphere. Very close to Supermarket and shops.
10/10 Amazing

02 April 2015

grreat place to stay

Had a fantastic stay, everything went very smooth and the service from the staff were excellent, also very helpful and imformative, i also like the fact that they allow you to keep your luggage when you have checked out and can return to collect it before leaving for the airport, looking at the map it looks far from the city centre, but actually closer and easy to get to by tram or bus, ask staff for tram passes do not buy from the train station or airport. we have had a great stay at this hotel and are planning to return very soon and i look forward to another pleasant stay, see you soon :D

The best thing about my stay was...

everything really could not fault it
8/10 Great

14 January 2015

great place

Couldnt of asked for anything more great place would definetly go back

The best thing about my stay was...

great location
4/10 Average

05 January 2015

Pleasant Stay

Hotel was nice and clean the staff were very friendly and attentive. The hotel is slightly outside of the city centre so a taxi or a tram is required. There is a tram stop right next to the hotel that will take you to Dam Square. The only negative was that when visiting the hotel bar they advised that they did not serve alcohol! As a base to explore the city I would definitely recommend it to friends.

The best thing about my stay was...

Free room wifi
8/10 Great

18 October 2014

Blue tower hotel review

Me and my partner had a lovey stay at the blue tower hotel. When we first arrived the room we were given had a strange smell coming from the bathroom. This seemed to improve but after a day sight seeing the following day we were greeted by an awful smell to which I went straight to reception to overcome the problem. The receptionist assured me she would send somebody up to clean the shower as we could not change rooms that night. Although I was slightly annoyed they could not move us that night we were given a beautiful room the following day which we were very happy with. We decided to have breakfast on our second day in the hotel but unfortunately we were rather disappointed. There was not much of a selection especially for a hot breakfast and we felt slightly rushed.

The best thing about my stay was...

Our second room
8/10 Great

08 August 2012

Nice hotel, further out than we thought

Helpful staff Further out than we thought. Didn't want to be right in centre as we were travelling with kids but took about 20 mins to travel in by tram. Good choice for breakfast Didn't use restaurant for anything else. Could be noisy as it's right next to a motorway. We faced the other way over some buildings with air con units on the roof which were noisy but would be ok if our windows were shut (we went in summer)

The best thing about my stay was...

Breakfast