WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam***
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WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam*** Reviews
Recommended if you're on a tight budget or stuck for choice. Nov 24, 2010
It's only cheap compared to the other hotels we had a choice from in Amsterdam...
The area the hotel is in isn't the best and it faces directly on to a very busy dual carriageway, but it looks decent from outside and the colourful cows are a nice (and rather odd) touch. Once we got inside, the staff on the desk made us feel welcome and speak extremely good English. My friend and I also found out that they were very helpful and polite when he asked to be moved to a smoking room. The hotel is very secure and there are several doors that need to be opened via key-card before you get to your room, which is reassuring. The rooms themselves are quite small and look slightly different than images on the internet we saw previously; most notable was the fact our 'twin room' had, what looked like to me and my friend, just 1 bed - it turns out its basically 2 beds that are connected, which is standard throughout the hotel. There was also a safe, TV and very expensive minibar in the room. The bathroom is quite good, but very small. There is basically no room to move in the bath & shower (which was quite awkward to work and had a pretty weak water stream), but you get a free showercap, soap, shower gel & shampoo.
Lucky for us, the hotel is open to all hours. So you can stay out all night if you wish - this is good, because the city centre where everything interesting actually is is about an hour walk away. There is a bus stop right outside the front of the hotel though and it takes around 20 minutes to get to Amsterdam Central Station. The first night when we came back to the hotel there was a man in the lobby (which is 1 of the best looking I've been to), in just his underwear, urinating in to a bin! There was someone on the desk and they just did not seem interested. This kind of spoiled my opinion of the hotel and I would've gave it a better rating for cleanliness if it wasn't for this, because the cleaners are very thorough and regular. The beds aren't very comfortable, but still welcoming after a long day.
I don't feel we were made fully aware of all the amenities the place had to offer, but we weren't too bothered because we didn't spend much time there. What did know of were fairly good, there was; free internet access, a good bar & restaurant where we watched a few World Cup games, room service & breakfast (which we never used) and I'm still sure there was more, including an outdoor pool that we could see but couldn't figure out how to get to (it might not have been the hotel's though). I don't think there was an airport shuttle, but then it could've just been we didn't know about it. It was about 30 minutes away from Schipol and around €30+ for a taxi, I think.
[I'm sure there's something I've forgot, but this is the first hotel review I've ever done. So ask away in the comments if you want...]
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Jul 17, 2007
I went to Amsterdam with my friend Rich. To be honest, the main reason for us staying at the Tulip Inn Amsterdam Art Hotel was the cow sculptures standing randomly outside, but after getting there it turned out that wasn't the only good thing about the hotel :)
It had reassuring automatic doors (for someone who usually spends holidays in bug-ridden 12 quid a night hostels this was something of a luxury) and was quite a lot bigger than it looks from the pictures. The reception staff were very nice and helpful, and there's a rather large bowl of sweeties on the desk if you like the incessant penetrating smell of fake apples...
We didnt go in the gallery restaurant because it was rather extortionate (i think possibly 30 euros for 3 courses) and it didnt look particularly posh anyway. a much nicer place to go is the cafe bar thing, which sells lovely kip sate (chicken with chips and prawn crackers thrown in for good luck) and a decent toastie. The barpeople were extrememly pleasant and chatty and gave advice of what to do during our stay. You may even consider one of the barmen (i believe his name is Audam, he has brown hair) as marriage material he was so nice. Ok, so possibly you shouldn't go that far but it's worth a proposal if it's raining and the pedalos are off.
Having said all this pleasantness about the cafe, breakfast is also extoritionate (buffet for 15 euros), and 2 toasties and i think 2 cocktails (difficult to remember after a while) came to 38 euros, so not the cheapest of places but the cocktails are rather tasty. They seem to get tastier the more you have, funny that...mai tais are possibly better than they are in Hawaii (again, cant remember much about Hawaii either...)
Watch out for them springing the tax on you as you check out, they do have a small sign in the room, it's something like 5 percent.
Also they've slightly exaggurated the art thing I think - theres not THAT much art, a few smallish canvases in the lobby and the headboard as art idea is quite nice, but thats the only real arty stuff in the room. There are posters on the wall in the cafe bar which is cool and makes it all cosy, and theres the cows (which in real life are a bit scary) but apart from that it's kind of just like another hotel.
The rooms are very nice, quite a good size but for goodness sakes if you order a twin room they just push 2 single beds together and you cant really move them which may create slight awkwardness between friends, for example if they ROLL ONTO YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT RICHARD (its ok i got him back the night after).
You get a bath and a good shower in the ensuite and its a nice shiny bathroom. There's free wi-fi and cable tv which you get BBC1 and BBC2 on along with loads of other english programmes with good films on (not that thats really why you went but still).
Despite what people say it's not that far out from the centre of town, it's fun to rent a bike, they have a bike shed thing just outside the hotel and takes about 5 mins on a bike/bus into the centre.
All good fun, i would definately go there again and recommend to a friend (just make sure you check out the night bus situation beforehand, there are regular buses every 15 mins just outside the hotel, but for gods sake do NOT under any circumstances get in a taxi unless the hotel has called it for you, unless you want to end up in Rotterdam or The Hague, no exagguration used!)
WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam*** Overview
Located at the harbor, the Westcord Art provides guests with access to the attractions of the city center. Guests will find that this Amsterdam accommodation is near to a golf course, the Museum T Schip, the Sloterdijk Business District, the Red Light District, the Canal Cruises, and a casino. Guests will also find a variety of shopping and dining establishments nearby. The Westcord Art Hotel Amsterdam is conveniently situated within a twenty-minute drive of the Schipol Airport, and is within a few minutes of the train station. The hotel also offers on-site parking to guests of the hotel.
There are over one hundred rooms at the Hotel Westcord Art Amsterdam, and each one is equipped with an array of amenities. Guests will find that the rooms include air-conditioning, private bathrooms, and wireless Internet access.
Designed to include fine art works in rooms and public areas, the Westcord Art Hotel 3 Stars Amsterdam offers modern amenities and close proximity to the attractions of the city. Amenities offered by the hotel include an Internet ready station in the lobby, meeting and conference areas, a bar, a restaurant, 24-hour reception, and an atrium area.
WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam*** Amenities