Best Western Dam Square Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Old Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Pros

  • Great location in the center of Amsterdam, close to the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and Madame Tussauds
  • Rooms are well-appointed with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers
  • Guest computer is an Apple iMac
  • Free daily breakfast at the cozy breakfast buffet
  • The lobby bar is a convenient place to grab a drink
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Rooms are comfortable but could use a spruce-up
  • Some bathrooms are incredibly cramped, and the tile grout shows evident water stains

Bottom Line

Easily distinguishable because of its bright red doors, the Best Western Dam Square Inn is nestled on a quiet alley just outside of Dam Square. The comfortable lobby features a bar, and guests can enjoy free breakfast in the breakfast room. The rooms are casual -- which is expected of a hotel of this stature -- but they're well-equipped with standard amenities such as flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Although the decor is a bit dull, the rooms are comfortable and clean; beds are all extra-long. Most bathrooms feature a glass shower, but some rooms have a separate soaking tub as well. For parties traveling with more people, triple rooms have a Murphy bed. It's an affordable option for budget travelers, and rightly so -- guests mainly pay for the attractive locale.

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 Location

Right near the Royal Palace and Dam Square; within walking distance to the tram, shopping, and dining; and an easy tram ride to museums and theaters

Marked by cobblestone roads, street-level canals and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of European metropolises.

In the summer, visitors can enjoy live music at the Openluchttheater, an open-air venue at the Vondelpark, or the Roots Music Festival. The Gay Pride parade also takes place in the summer, and the city's many museums -- including the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during World War 2 -- are popular year-round. Visitors in April can experience Queen's Day, which celebrates the queen's birthday and includes a massive flea market, parties, and outdoor concerts.

Noordermarkt is known for its antiques, and Brouwerij de Prael is a recommended stop for beer enthusiasts. Fun dining spots include the famous sandwich spot Van Dobben, as well as Pancake Bakery, which offers more than 70 types of pancakes and a slew of other breakfast goods.

  • 22-minute drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • 2- to 4-minute walk to dozens of shops and restaurants
  • 2-minute walk to Royal Palace of Amsterdam
  • 3-minute walk to Dam tram station
  • 3-minute walk to Dam Square and the National Monument
  • 3-minute walk to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • 5-minute walk to Nieuwezijds Kolk tram station
  • 6-minute walk to Amsterdam Historical Museum
  • 6-minute tram ride to the Anne Frank House
  • 10-minute tram ride to Hortus Botanicus botanical gardens
  • 11-minute tram ride to the Heineken Experience
  • 11-minute tram ride to Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
  • 12-minute tram ride to Rembrandt House Museum
  • 13-minute tram ride to Artis Zoo
  • 15-minute tram ride to the Van Gogh Museum
  • 16-minute tram ride to Koninklijk Theater Carré
  • 18-minute tram ride to Openluchttheater open air theater at Vondelpark
  • 20-minute tram ride to Vondelpark
  • 8-minute drive to Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum
  • 18-minute drive to Amsterdam Arena

 Bottom Line

Easily distinguishable because of its bright red doors, the Best Western Dam Square Inn is nestled on a quiet alley just outside of Dam Square. The comfortable lobby features a bar, and guests can enjoy free breakfast in the breakfast room. The rooms are casual -- which is expected of a hotel of this stature -- but they're well-equipped with standard amenities such as flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Although the decor is a bit dull, the rooms are comfortable and clean; beds are all extra-long. Most bathrooms feature a glass shower, but some rooms have a separate soaking tub as well. For parties traveling with more people, triple rooms have a Murphy bed. It's an affordable option for budget travelers, and rightly so -- guests mainly pay for the attractive locale.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 38
Pool: No
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Old Center, Amsterdam
Address: Gravenstraat 12-16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1012 NM
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