BEST WESTERN Leidse Square Hotel Amsterdam Review

Tesselschadestraat 23, Amsterdam 1054, The Netherlands

“Cheap room, nothing fancy but handy for transport and food options”
Just off Leidseplein (Leidse Square), this Best Western is in a nicer area than around the red light district and we got a cheap en-suite at the last minute, which was located in the basement with windows providing views onto people’s feet! The keycard entry room had a TV, comfy twin beds but the lighting was a bit funny – i.e. in order to get decent lighting at night you had to switch on 2 separate room lights and then the bed-side lamps, perhaps it’s supposed to be a romantic feature..?! A selection of decent toiletries was provided and the shower was hot/powerful. Breakfast is €7.50 if purchased in advance or €10 on the day. Decent selection of items at reasonable quality so no qualms for the price. There are lots of takeaways and restaurants around Leidseplein and getting to/from Schipol airport is easy with the 197 bus to/from Leidse Square on the bridge nearby – tickets €4 per person each way. It takes about 30 minutes and saves you having to get a train to Centraal (15 mins €3.70 + 0.50 for credit card) and then a tram (single fare €2.60). Another option is the train to Zuid and then the number 5 tram towards Centraal. A 24 hour tram/metro transport ticket is € 7.50 if you plan to travel about.

Minus point – we were in the basement underneath the entrance so you could hear the stomping of feet through the ceiling at night.



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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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