A Look Inside the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

by Janis on August 21, 2016

In July, we enjoyed a 2-night post-cruise stay in Amsterdam at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel.

Hilton Amsterdam HotelLocated at 138 Apollolaan near the Vondelpark in Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel is famous as the location of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 ‘bed-in for peace.’

Today hotel guests may reserve the 538sq. ft. “John and Yoko Suite” filled with memorabilia from the couple’s stay.

We stayed in room 501, a King Hilton Junior Suite with a canal view.

A Look inside Room 501

first view, Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

When you walk into room 501, the first thing you notice is the view.  As you get closer to the windows, you learn that they open (a little) for fresh air.

canal view from Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelThis is the canal view from Room 501 at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel. The suites facing the front of the hotel have balconies, but we would not trade this canal view.

desk and seating area, Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelThe spacious seating area is another nice benefit of Room 501, as well as the desk for computer work.

king bed, Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelWe found the king bed in Room 501 much more comfortable than it appears in the photo above. Of course we appreciated the bedside lights and plugs.

Normally, we try to avoid adjoining rooms because of potential noise, but this room was blissfully quiet during our stay.

bathroom, Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelAs a 1960’s hotel, we didn’t expect a huge bathroom. The Dutch tulip on the shower curtain gave the room a memorable local touch.

bathroom sink, Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelThe bathroom furnishings such as the sink and the shower were up-to-date and functional.

mini-bar, Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelThe mini-bar refrigerator was hidden in the wood storage cabinets. While the door reminded NOT to remove anything that you did not want to be charged for, there was a surprising unique addition to this mini-bar refrigerator.

personal use shelf, mini-bar, Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelThere was one empty shelf in the mini-bar refrigerator for guests’ personal use. Perfect for storing the local cheese and wine we purchased during our food tour in Amsterdam.

view from Executive Lounge, Hilton Amsterdam HotelGuests staying in suites and junior suites, as well as Hilton HHonors Diamond members enjoy access to the top-floor Executive Lounge. While the lounge is compact, it has floor-to-ceiling glass windows for fantastic views of Amsterdam, while enjoying drinks and snacks.

While you could have breakfast in the Executive Lounge, we enjoyed the option of the full buffet breakfast in Roberto’s Restaurant on the first floor.

garden terrace, Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

While the hotel’s nautical-themed Half Moon Lounge was designed by Ralph Lauren, the outdoor garden terrace is the place to be on a sunny July day. Stadium-style seating gives all guests a good view of the canal.

drinks and frits, garden terrace, Hilton Amsterdam HotelWe used beverages and frits with three different traditional dipping sauces, as well as the views from the garden terrace.

evening canal view, Hilton Amsterdam HotelWe also enjoyed walking around the neighborhood of the hotel. The Hilton Amsterdam Hotel glows over the canal as the sun starts to descend.

sunset view from Room 501, Hilton Amsterdam HotelBack in room 501, here is the Van Gogh-worthy sunset view that we enjoyed from our window.

Staying at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel with Hilton HHonors Points

We stayed at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel using Hilton HHonors Points. As a Category 8 hotel, a single night costs 60,000-70,000 Hilton HHonors points, depending on the time of year. Our 2-night July stay required 120,000 points, which is a significant amount of points. We considered the hotel to be a good use of HHonors points.

Our bottom line on the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel:

  • The hotel has a terrific location in Amsterdam within walking distance to the Vondelpark and the key museums, but outside of the most-tourist-crowded area of Central Amsterdam.
  • While built in the 1960’s our room was modern and up-to-date.
  • We loved the canal view from room 501, as well as the spaciousness of the living area in the king junior suite.
  • The breakfast buffet in Roberto’s Restaurant offered many choices, and was well-staffed to handle the breakfast rush.
  • The garden terrace is a lovely spot to enjoy a beverage and a snack or lunch on a sunny summer day.
  • The hotel is a category 8 hotel in the Hilton HHonors program, requiring 60,000-70,000 points per night for a free stay. Still, we considered our stay a good use of points.

Have you stayed in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel? How would you rate it?

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