Historical Traveller Reviews of Hilton Amsterdam Hotel
This is the second time I've stayed at the Hilton and will always go back there in future. The staff are friendly, the service superb and the rooms comfortable (wonderful linen) and spotlessly clean. I can recommend the room service breakfast - eventhough it's a bit pricey, there's tons to eat - and you'll find you won't be wanting lunch.
The only slight drawback is the location...it's a bit far from the city centre. However, a short walk to the tram takes you into the heart of Amsterdam - about a 10 minute ride. You wont be disappointed by staying at this hotel.
An out-of-the-way gem in Amsterdam
I really liked my stay here at the Hilton Amsterdam. After all of the negative comments about the location, here it is in a nutshell: The hotel is a 10-minute walk to Museumplein (so about 15 minutes to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, and the Liedseplein). But to walk to the Centraal Area near the train station would take more like an hour. However: There is a tram stop about a block from the hotel, and the tram comes along every 10 minutes--even on Saturdays--and it costs about 1 Euro per ride if you buy a Stripkaart in the hotel gift shop. So as long as you plan your days, and don't need to keep going back to the hotel, this is a great place if you can get a good rate. Nice room with bathroom amenities, several English cable channels, and it's about 10 stories high, so if you get up high you can see really far.
I actually got this hotel on Priceline, so I didn't choose it--it chose me. Still, as an HHonors Gold member, I was upgraded (even though it was a Priceline stay) to the Executive Floor, including evening cocktails and snacks, as well as a breakfast buffet (mostly continental, but really quite nice). The Executive Lounge is a glass-walled rooftop room with great views over the city. Lovely!
The Health Club requires a fee and a reservation (because it's also open to the public, so apparently gets busy at times). I was given a free voucher as HHonors Gold, but I guess you have to pay otherwise. But it looks really nice. I didn't use it, because I ended up being busy with friends.
Bad location, but a nice hotel
This was a very nice hotel, but we didn't like the location at all. On a previous trip, we stayed within easy walking distance of Centraal Station, and when we go back, we'll stay closer again. At the Hilton, you had to walk a couple of blocks and catch the tram to go to virtually any of the sights. While it was a nice hotel, the lack of convenience will keep us from going back.
Loved the Amsterdam Hilton
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband & I usually stay in 5 star hotels. This one is right up there!
It's located about 5 minutes from the nearest Tram and is situated in a quiet suburb of Amsterdam. Our room faced a canal which was breathtaking. We arrived about 10:30a.m. and check in is 3pm. We were exhausted from our flight. I mistakenly booked a room with two twin beds. Upon arrival I requested a queen bed. Without hesitation the registration desk was more than accomodating. They sent us away for 1/2 hour while they contacted housekeeping. At 11am we were in the room with the queen bed, beautiful view of the canal and the bellman saw how exhausted we were, he suggested we put the "do not disturb" sign on the door. We took his advice, slept a few hours and awoke, ready to begin our trip.
The breakfast was included and it was amazing! A real European buffet.
The staff in the hotel were courteous, accomodating and very helpful with directions.
We started in Amsterdam and completed our trip in Paris. This hotel was the most memorable of all the hotels we've stayed in. You will not be sorry!
t raving about this hotel?
I stayed for just one night at this hotel. I stay in Hilton's regularly and for me this hotel didn't hit their usual high standard in terms of decor and design. After reading all the other posts I am thinking that i had a room that is due to be renovated. My room was overlooking the car park at the front and was decorated circa 1975. Lots of old wood, floral carpets etc. The air-con was ineffective and the room was stiffling. The area seemed really boring, i was on a business trip so the location was no problem for me but as a tourist i'd rather be in the centre of the city. This hotel appears to be in a suburb, surrounded by appartment blocks.
Right - the good stuff; very friendly staff and concierge. Great room service - prompt and tasty. Maybe I'm too fussy but i'd stayed in 3 hotels already that week and i just didn't enjoy my surroudings. Perhaps it should just be a case of avoiding room 322!
We booked the Hilton Amsterdam using reward points. What a great hotel, and even better when you can get it for free. We stayed for 4 nights. We were upgraded to an executive room with a balcony. It was so nice to sip coffee outside each morning. The room was very clean, spacious (especially for European rooms) and stocked with extra amenities like bathrobes, slippers, bath salts, bottled water etc. All the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The location of the hotel is a bit far from the Centrum however it's worth it since the neighborhood is so safe and quiet. There are also some very nice restaurants, pubs and cafe's in the area. My husband and I decided to walk to the Centrum so we could see everything. It took us approximately 40 minutes to get to Central Station at a leisurely pace. If you don't like walking then there is a tram that will take you there, just ask the concierge. Roberto's was having the Sagra del Tonno garden party (tuna buffet) while we were there. They only do it 3 times a year so we were very lucky to be there. We were greeted with sparkling wine and seated on the dock by the canal. We had tuna appetizers and grilled tuna for dinner. They had a selection deserts and wine was included with the price of the meal. It was a lovely evening. The breakfast was a bit pricey, 29 euros for the american breakfast, however it was more than enough for two! One american breakfast consisted of a healthy smoothie, juice, coffee, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, breads/toast, croissants, jams, peanut butter, honey, eggs, bacon, ham, hash browns and a salami and cheese plate. We ordered this every morning and asked for an extra place setting. It was more than we could eat but very delicious. I would definitely stay at this hotel again and probably will next year.
Would definately go back!
from A TripAdvisor Member
As a travel agent, I would reccommend this hotel to anyone who wants 5 star Amsterdam in a peaceful but perfect location. At first I thought the hotel would be too far out of the centre to enjoy Amserdam and from the outside it didn't really look like 5 star Hilton, but it was so easy to get the tram at the end of the road (5), all day until 1am, then a night bus (38) takes you back to the same place, it was very easy and cheap. The hotel itself was spotless, so clean and organised, just what you would expect and more. The staff were extremely helpful, even the cleaners were happy and spoke good English, the service really was 100% and the security was even better. You need your key to get in the lift and to get in the door late at night, you need to confirm your names and show your card key. If you get a good deal here, it is definately worth staying here as opposed to central Amserdam, we were also given some small freebies to make our stay more enjoyable and you may even bump into a few famous faces as I did!
I have been in the Amsterdam Hilton several times in the past and I never liked it. But I can say now that the service has improved a lot! It's up to the standards you would expect from a five star hotel. The rooms are spacious. The restaurant Roberto's is great. The disadvantage is the location far away from the city centre and taxis are extremely expensive in Amsterdam. Tip: take a taxi from the taxi stand opposite the main entrance at the other side of the street, it's cheaper! On the other hand, the residential area where the hotel is situated is quiet and safe and there are several very good restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Great hotel, ok location
Before I write my review I should mention that I typically stay in 4-5 star hotels so you can have an idea of how I rate this. I've read reviews where people ranted and raved about how great a hotel is just to be disappointed later (I think it's b/c they're not frequent guests at 4-5 star ratings). I stayed at the Hilton Amsterdam for 5 days and loved it! The room was exactly what I expected of a Hilton. When I placed the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, I was not bothered at all by room service or staff. They are very proffessional. The rooms are large. I loved the view of the canal! The linen is clean. Concierge and valets were VERY friendly and helpful. The hotel is located in a nice neighborhood, but a little far from the "happening" area of town. There is a bus stop a block away if you want to go into town. I loved the hotel but will stay closer to town next time.
Wonderful service, very comfortable rooms
The Hilton is a joy to stay at from start to finish. The staff are so friendly and can't do enough for you. Our room was wonderful. It had a gorgeous view over the canal and the rest of Amsterdam. It was huge, clean and great to come back to after a day of sightseeing. Although it is not central this does not detract from the hotel. It is easy to get into the centre by tram - only about 10 mins, or you can walk if you are feeling energetic. The included breakfast is also great. There are a few nice restaurants nearby. I would highly recommend this hotel if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the centre and want a comfortable 5 star hotel.
Top Local Tips for Amsterdam
Comedy show we loved
We throroughly enjoyed "Boom Chicago" which has been ongoing in Leidsplein for a long time now. W wanted to see a second show but price prohibited this. You must make reservations in advance. It is fun to see the local crowd and the show is actually put on my American college graduates who are superb. Lots of fun.
forget the center and the redlight district
The center is ugly, old and dirty, the redlight district is sleazy and not nice. Go for the other areas of Amsterdam, much much nicer.
When you are visiting Amsterdam as a tourist use the IAmsterdam-card, available at the hotel!!This card will gain a lot of discounts throughout the city.