Great value for money.
Having stayed at Best Western hotels before, we knew to expect high standards - and we weren't disappointed. The room was very well prepared, and from the dizzy heights of the 11th floor, the views far-ranging: of course, remember that this isn't a city-centre hotel, so the views were not picturesque! Still, the sunsets were fascinating.
The room had plenty of storage space, not always the case. There were two chairs and a small table, again very useful. The beds were firm but comfortable, and the bathroom beautifully fitted out - it looked as if it had just been refitted. The one niggle with the room was that the aircon didn't function, and it was hot while we were there. Still, a fan was supplied and a different room offered - we decided to stay in our lofty perch, however, as the lack of aircon didn't prove to be a major problem.
Breakfast is recommended - a good choice of fruit, juices, hot and cold items and drinks. This was, unusually, served from 6.30 until either 10.30 or 11, so equally suitable for early leavers and idle layabouts! (Tip - book breakfast in advance, as it's much more economical than deciding to buy it at the last minute.)
The hotel is part of a 60s-built development, which includes an open market and a good selection of shops: there are three good-sized local supermarkets within 2-3 minutes walk, plus a KFC (Should you be desperate...) and an ATM. The bus and tram stop is a 2-minute walk, tram no. 14 taking you to the centre in about 15 minutes, every 10 minutes. You'll need a local travelcard if you stay here, covering buses, trams and the Metro, but you'd need that to get around anyway - despite what everyone says about being able to walk everywhere in Amsterdam, there's more to it then you might think - and, those ruddy millions of cyclists are a perpetual hazard, so use the trams and you'll come off best in any altercation!
From Schiphol, it's easy to get to the hotel - another advantage. Simply take the frequent train service to Sloterdijk (journey time - 11 minutes), which is about a 20-minute walk away - but, it'd be easier to get the No 15 bus from Sloterdijk terminal to the tram/bus stop previously mentioned. (Roughly 5 minutes.) Easy!
So, overall, we had a great time here and would recommend it thoroughly: friendly, helpful staff, everything spotless and a great breakfast - what more would you expect at the reasonable rates the Blue Tower charges? less
Customer-Service-BTH, Front Office at BEST WESTERN Blue Tower Hotel, responded to this review
Wauw, what a very detailed review. I ove it!
So happy to read that you enjoyed staying with us.
Hope to welcome you back in our hotel.