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“Central hotel, great value” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN Dam Square Inn

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BEST WESTERN Dam Square Inn
Ranked #140 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
York, UK
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41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Central hotel, great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

Stayed here mid December for 2 nights, it is a very central hotel less than a minutes walk from Dam Square. Hotel was very clean and our room was good, with bath/shower and tea/coffee making facilities. Breakfast was ok. The ladies on reception were very pleasant and helpful. Of the many other hotels we have stayed in in Amsterdam, this is by far the nicest for the money. About 15 minutes walk from Centraal Station. Will definitely be back again soon. Note, the lift is currently being updated, so you have to use the stairs (not steep and not many), but should all be fixed by the New Year.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank redjockey
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St. Helena, California
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103 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

I want to start off by stating that the staff here were extremely nice, helpful, and friendly. They procured a taxi for us to go to the airport, gave us helpful hints about places to eat, and let us print advance tickets to museums. We stayed in a triple, where as indicated in a previous review, the third bed did come out of the wall! The bathroom was large, as was the shower, although the water pressure was poor. It was quite dark in the room, but there were plenty of outlets (something that seemed to lack in some of the other places where we stayed) and enough space to fit our big suitcases. Also, they had electrical adaptors we could borrow, and an average hairdryer in the bathroom. We stayed on the first floor (which is really the second floor), and we had no problems with noise issues. It probably helped that the hotel was just expensive enough to deter partiers, but not so expensive that you could be near Dam Square. The breakfast was below average European style, with cold cuts, bread, cereal, some fruit, coffee, and orange juice - it gets the job done, but if you want taste, you need to go elsewhere. The location was very convenient - in an alley, squeezed between Dam Square and the main road leading down from the train station. We arrived Friday evening, so it was super crazy on the main road - it took us about 15 minutes to walk to the hotel while lugging our huge suitcases and looking for the road signs (which are located high on the sides of buildings). Overall, we were happy to stay there for the location, but you should definitely liken it to a Best Western in the U.S., which usually rates at a 1-2 star level.

A couple of other points: we saw a sign indicating that the elevator is being worked on from December 5th through Christmas (I think), so you may want to call/e-mail to see if it's working again. Also, it's a $45 flat fee to take a taxi to the airport (which takes about 1/2 hour), but you could take the train for a lot cheaper (which takes about 1 hour); however, after coming from the train, we just didn't feel like lugging our suitcases back to the train station, looking at the schedules, buying the train ticket, getting to the right platform, and getting off at the right stop (which is actually the next stop on a Thalys train, but could be a different stop on a local train - which again, you would have to figure out). The charge was worth it to take a taxi for us, and he came to the door. Also, if you need to pay with a credit card, make sure you ensure that your taxi driver will accept it when you book the taxi.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank sleepyplants
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Preston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2011

Stayed in the Best Western for the weekend in November. The service we received was excellent, very helpful and friendly receptionists. The rooms were clean very nice and lots of space considering majority of hotels in Amsterdam can be a bit poky. The hotel on a little street off dam square so you are away from all the noise but still accessible to everywhere. Plus there is a pizza shop and a lovely little bakery right across from the hotel, and a couple of coffeshops for those that require them. If I go back to Amsterdam I wouldnt hesitate to go back to this hotel, I really couldnt fault it!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Mikaela S
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Celje, Slovenia
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59 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

We stayed in hotel for 2 nights on end of September. Hotel is on gr8, peacefull location, only a few steps from Dam Square and first shopping street. Hotel staff was friendly and helpfull (we rent bikes for 24 hours). Brakfast was O.K.- continental, enaugh healty food.
Room was clean and realy old poor decoration in it.
Coz the weather was just fantastic, we didn´t spend more time in room as necessarily. Othervise it will be very inconvenient.
But the bakery a cross the street was very pleasant, with good coffee and mint-tea :-)

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MojcaV
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Orlando, Florida
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

This hotel is in a very convenient location - friendly staff and great breakfast. We will be staying here again!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank eurotraveler32
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PDX
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57 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

We stayed here for 1 night at the beginning of September on our bi-annual family trip. The hotel is within short walking distance of most things you would want or need in Amsterdam.
Yes, it is tucked a way in a small alley, however so are most of the great places to visit in Amsterdam. If you have a map with you, you can locate the hotel with the greatest of ease.
The rooms were exactly what you would expect from a Best Western - clean, comfortable and generic. This was ideal as we got exactly what we were expecting. Though I can't recall if there is air conditioning, sorry, we stayed in another 15 or so hotels after this one!
There were 3 adults in the room - the single bed folds down out of the wall. The room had tea and coffee facilities, a safe, free wifi, standard TV stations (including BBC1) as well as a clean bathroom with a decent sized shower (certainly a plus in Europe!!) and there is a bar in the lobby, though we didn't take advantage of it while we were there.
We arrived early and stowed our luggage (they were more than happy to do this), though we did have to wait a while as there is only 1 front desk person to deal with almost everything!
The lady who checked us in was extremely helpful with directions, maps, transportation and other questions we asked. She also recommended a variety of places to eat dinner that evening.
Yes, the hotel is a little spendy, but then again, so are most hotels in Europe - and this hotel is right in the center of beautiful Amsterdam.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kylie S
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Arizona
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43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

This was my first time visiting Amsterdam, so I wanted a hotel that put me in close proximity to shops, eateries, etc.

We initially had some difficulty locating this hotel, it is tucked away in a alley way, so you may not find it the first time driving down the street.

The clerk was very nice, spoke English and was helpful. She even mentioned that she gave us a "special" room with upgrades. Our room was a twin room, it was clean but fairly small. I'm not sure what she meant by a special room, this was a very typical room. It was located over the alley way, so you could hear noise of the nit until the shops closed down.

What I liked about the hotel: it was within walking distance to most tourist sites, bars and eateries, as well across the way from a "coffee shop". The staff was friendly and helpful.

What I didn't care for: the only parking available is public parking about 2 blocks up the street, it is undrground. This city is not car friendly, so if possible, avoid coming by car. It cost about $140 usd to park for 2 days. The linens in the bathroom were very cheap, I could see across the room Throu my towel. The room is a bit small. If you're looking for luxury, keep looking, it is amazing the difference between a 3 and 4 star hotel. While this is listed as 3 star, I would tend to go more with a 2 star.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Azbobbie0962
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Property: BEST WESTERN Dam Square Inn
Address: 12-16 Gravenstraat, 1012 NM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #140 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Dam Square Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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