This week’s instalment of our new series of holiday hotspot hotel reviews takes a look at the luxury 5-star Hilton hotel in Amsterdam.
Situated directly on one of the city’s picturesque canals, the Amsterdam Hilton is conveniently located close to the action of the old city centre, but a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag. It provides a great base to explore Amsterdam’s historic city centre, but is also a haven to escape to when the cosmopolitan Dutch capital gets a little bit too much.
The hotel was made famous in 1969 as the location of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous ‘bed-in for peace’ demonstration, but has enjoyed several extensive refurbishments since then. Today the building is equipped with a modern health club and fitness centre in addition to a bar and restaurant.
Although some might consider the Hilton a little far away from Amsterdam’s main attractions, it’s only a ten-minute ride on the No. 16 tram into Centraal Station or Dam Square, and it is unlikely you will wait more than a few minutes at the station. There’s also a park located just a short walk away from the hotel where you can relax on sunny days, and you’ll find several traditional Amsterdam cafes in which to enjoy a quick meal within strolling distance. Nearby attractions include the internationally renowned Van Gogh Museum, and Concert Hall.
As you would expect from the Hilton brand, the rooms have been created with traveller comfort in mind, and offer a spacious environment in which to relax after a day of sightseeing. The bathrooms in particular are larger than you’ll find in many European city hotels. It’s well worth requesting a room with canal views so that you can watch the world go by on their bicycles! The hotel also comes with the bonus of free WiFi in all public areas.
Food and Drink
The hotel offers both Continental and American breakfasts, with the option of enjoying your meal from its rooftop lounge with 360-degree panoramic views. Drinks in the hotel bar, the Half Moon Lounge, are expensive in comparison with other Amsterdam venues, but the award-winning Roberto’s Italian restaurant is well worth a visit.