Hotelchain: DoubleTree by Hilton
Location: Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official website: doubletree3.hilton.com/…/doubletree-by-hilton-amsterdam-centraal-station-AMSCSDI
As most of you know, I am a Hilton fan! 🙂 I was happy to experience and explore the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station as I heard good things about the hotel and oh boy, it definitely deserves its high reputation! The hotel is perfectly located to explore Amsterdam as the central station is right next to the hotel and the city center of Amsterdam is just a few steps away. Just as I like it, a central location without the hectic city center.
The hotel itself is quite new, it opened back in 2011 as the first DoubleTree hotel in the Netherlands. With 557 rooms, it is pretty large but they manage to provide a personal service which I appreciated very much. As usual, guests receive a chocolate chip cookie (I’m in love with these cookies by the way!) and all the information we needed to know was given. It are those small things like the cookies that make the hotel experience different than the usual. Our keys were handed in just seconds… great!
We stayed in an executive room which gave us access to the executive lounge which I will tell you more about later. The room itself had a good size and had a modern decoration. One thing I never saw in any other hotel was the iMac. Every room at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel Amsterdam Central Station has its own iMac which works as a television as well. I was happy to leave my own laptop at home! No e-mails… no messages… no files… Just browsing the internet! Excellent! Although the bathroom wasn’t too large, it had all the amenities I needed such as single sink, toilet and a good size walk-in shower. One detail: great toiletries including mouth wash … never seen in any four star hotel.
After exploring our beautiful room we went downstairs to explore the executive lounge which is located on the ground floor near the bar. The executive lounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station is one of the better lounges I have experienced. In the morning, guests can enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast. I saw guests ordering omelets, etc. and they were happy to prepare them. I even noticed champagne at the breakfast buffet which is not common at an executive lounge breakfast. From 6pm – 8pm alcoholic drinks such as beer and wine are served. Small bites are offered as well. I suggest and highly recommend to upgrade your room to the executive level. For a small amount, you get so many advantages!
Later that night, we had dinner at the Eastwood Restaurant, also located on the ground floor. This American steak and bbq restaurant was amazing! Let me tell you why … we were welcomed with a great smile! Always a bonus! We were then escorted to our table where we discovered the toolbox… That’s right, every table has its own ‘toolbox’ with cutlery, glasses, napkins, etc. The menu is varied and will please anyone. I chose a steak and could choose from different knifes. Loved it 🙂 The American steak was one of the best I’ve ever had! Oh, do try their homemade dips… they are so yummie. I actually took a bottle home! The homemade ice cream was to die for!
Make sure you have dinner here! It was fully booked when we were there and I can easily understand why so do book your table as soon as you check in!
Before heading to bed, I visited the Sky Lounge, a famous rooftop bar in Amsterdam with a great ambiance. There was a cool atmosphere with lounge music played by a dj and several seating areas. The menu is amazing with several unique cocktails which are prepared in a very professional way! I couldn’t ask for a better view, by the way! The 360° panoramic views of Amsterdam are unique.
Breakfast is served at Eastwood. The breakfast served here is above average with complimentary champagne and lots of hot/cold dishes and several à la carte items. The perfect way to start your day!
The DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station is a top notch four star hotel with 5 star service and great facilities such as a large fitness center, bars and a full service restaurant. After staying here, it became one of my favorite hotels in Amsterdam and would recommend this hotel to anyone! Thumbs up!