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5 star - by whose rating?!
Having stayed in many 4/5 star hotels, we were extremely disappointed with the Bilderberg Garden Hotel - expectations were far from met. Yes, we understand that it was purchased at a discounted rate and that it was a very busy weekend (Easter). However, after being told that an early check-in was possible, to be told 'i don't think so' on arrival, it was not a good start. The outside clearly needs some investment and wasn't at all welcoming. There were no bathrobes, the jacuzzi was pathetic, the movie channel cut out half way through our pre-paid time and the double bed was two singles thrown together - not perfect for a romantic weekend! Location was OK - outside the centre, so no bussle and quite a nice walk or easy access to nearest tram stop.Best bit about it was the free chocolate eggs!
Just returned from a superb break in Amsterdam. Bilderberg Garden exceeded our expectations. Upgraded to an executive suite with private lift, jacuzzi whirlpool bath and fresh fruit left in your room each night, luxury. Staff were extremely helpful recommending great places to eat. Made our stay more enjoyable. Out of the hustle and bustle of the city with easy tram access. Will definately be back.
Decent and not as bad as it sounds
I had only a few days to book a room for my wife, baby and myself. Came across a bingo deal, a toss between Bilderberg garden or Bilderberg Jan Luyken. Got the former. Upon reading the reviews, I kinda hoped for the latter but we held our breaths.
As mentioned, taking the no.5 tram from outside the Central station was a breeze, they only go 1 direction. Took about 20 mins, due to the mandatory stops but it was an interesting ride, it takes us past the major sights and streets, which was a good overview and mentally prepared us for what was to come.
The newer trams will announce or display the names of tram stops, so drop off at Apollaan stop. Otherwise, sit near the driver or ticket guy for help. From the stop (which is on a bridge), turn right at lights, straight down <100m and you will see the hotel on the right.... easy.
Exterior did not look a hotel, more like an office building.
Surroundings were residential and upmarket. Lobby was big and like a real hotel (I'm saying this based on previous experiences with >3 star hotels in Europe so far). Check-in was quick and helpful.
Room was big (compared to many hotels stayed in Europe so far) and on 1st floor, facing the main road we walked on... but no noise at all.
Clean and decent overall. Some might say old or dated, but I think it was still well kept and clean enough for me to walk barefooted on the carpet without a conscience. Heater was not warm enough though. Hotel lobby has cute discount mini cards for shopping and sightseeing.
Overall, satisfactory and professional. If not worried about the min.15mins travel up and down to central, this is the place. But take note, not all sights are at central though and trams are convenient anyway.
Nice, but not 5 star
If you like your hotels in a very quiet area of Amsterdam, this is the one for you. Upgraded to an executive room, but to be honest, the Bilderberg isn't really a five star, although still pleasant and comfortable. Tram trips into the busy part of town were a bit of a nuisance, so in our opinion the hotel was a little too much out of the way. Didn't eat in the hotel either, as it was on the expensive side.
Staff were friendly and polite.
Enjoyed our stay
We have just stayed at the Garden Hotel and cannot see where some of the other comments have come from. The standard of service was very good and we found all the staff to be very helpful and friendly.To get to the hotel using the tram from Central Station was easy and the tram drivers are helpful. Apollo is the name of the stop you want which is on a bridge. Walk off the bridge turn right and take second turning on the right to find the hotel.
Will visit again!!
We were very impressed with the hotel....the location (close to 3 tram stops), the conceirge/receptionist service, the cleaniness of the rooms and all the amenities. I liked the fact that I was able to pick the decor color of my room beforehand. The marble bathroom was very clean and provided all the necessities, including white soft bathrobes and slippers! The best part was the bed. I think it was the most comfortable hotel bed I have slept in. When we visited, it rained everyday...but the hotel provided all the comforts to almost forget about the bad weather. I would definitely visit again.
A retreat from the Leicester Square mob!
OK so it is 70s retro - not sure we loved the brass and brown in the entrance but is was in a fantastic location - faraway to be quiet and classy - not
Leicester Square/Soho here! but close enough to be within 15 mins by tram - which were regular and reliable - not like London transport! The rooms are good but not incredible - the service polite and very efficient - a retreat from the centre of Amsterdam without being in the sticks - recommended unless you want truely 5 star
Just got back from 3 rain soaked days in Ansterdam.
This hotel can be reached by tram no 5 or 24 from central station,off at Apollolan stop,turn lert the 100yds left againto Bilderberg Gdns.Tram ride approx 15 mins.
Taxi from central approx 15Euro
All staff polite ,freindly and helpfull,little gimmick additions in room of shoe polish and fruit at about 6pm.
One bath robe and one pair of disposable slippers.
Room was two single beds pushed together,anything more energetic than turning over in bed and one peron will fall down the gap.
One large and one small beer from the hotel bar was 10.50 euro, not much drinking was done in the hotel bar.
Resteraunt at least 50% more expensive than in city,but it is a 5 star establishment
At least a 30 mins walk to Dam square.
15 euro taxi to Dam square
Make sure you have a pack a mack and a brolly, the hotel wiil loan you one if needed.
All in all a good visit but a bit too far out for sight seeing
The service at the Garden hotel is great and the rooms are nice, reached by own executive lift!
But the restaurant is fabulous, best meal i've ever had, and we live in france and eat out a lot! The buffet breakfast is not to be missed either - including champagne and garden hotel cherry crumble among many other fab things.
Have stayed there twice and will deffo return.
Amsterdam - New year's 03
"BILDERBERG GARDEN HOTEL"
We stayed in the above hotel over New Years 2003, very nice and close to everything,
Amsterdam is a fantastic place and defiantly worth a visit, spend time walking the little back streets and defiantly take a trip on the canal to get a good look at the city.
Visit the local cafe and take in the culture that Amsterdam is famous for,
BILDERBERG GARDEN HOTEL
Going to amsterdam for a romantic break with my husband for 3 nights starting on 19th of september,would love advice on a really nice hotel maybe on a canal to make it special.Also is there a market in amsterdam.
Thanks in advance
I stayed on The Botel, which is moored right near to Central Station.
Try that site.
There's a nice hotel offer in the Amsterdam Deals section.
The mentioned Hotel Krasnapolsky is one of the very best in town.
The most romantic (and pricy) I can think of is:
More ideas at:
Amsterdam centre markets:
For the markets, two well-known markets are especially worth a visit:
Waterlooplein market, next to the City Hall "Stopera", a second hand and curiosa market. http://www.hollandsemarkten.nl/markten/?g_id=1&m_id=24. Every day except Sunday.
The Albert Cuyp market, http://www.decuyp.nl/. Between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat. Every day except Sunday.
Several nice ones that I can think of:
- Amsterdam Amstel Intercontinental; that was always one of the more famous luxurious hotels. It's located by the Amstel river and close to a subway station. Their website is: http://amsterdam.intercontinental.com/index.html
- Bilderberg Garden; located by a canal close to vondelpark and tram station. It's in Amsterdam South, a quieter and more residential area than most hotel in the city center - but no worries, Amsterdam is a small city (compared to NYC or LA) so it's only like 10 minutes away from the city center. Their URL is http://www.bilderberg.nl/hotels/gardenhotel/
There are two more luxurious ones that I can think of but they're both located in a very busy area:
- NH Grand Krasnapolsky, located at the Dam square, considered to be the 'center's center' of Amsterdam. url is: http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/nl/hotels/nederland/amsterdam/nh-grand-hotel-krasnapolsky.html
- American Hotel, located at Leidseplein, popular meeting square with bars and restaurants. Their url is: http://www.amsterdamamerican.com/
Have fun in Amsterdam! :)
Try this one, its an apartment on the canals right in the Jordaan: