Hotelchain: NH Collection
Location: Amsterdam – Netherlands
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: nh-hotels.nl/…/nh-collection-amsterdam-barbizon-palace
NH Collection Barbizon Palace is a top notch five star hotel and is rated as one of the best hotels in the city! This was my first experience with NH Collection hotels and it didn’t disappoint. I had the best time! The location in Amsterdam is perfect, right across the central train station… near the city center so you can reach the center by foot in just minutes. Excellent!
Right from the beginning we were greeted by the check-in staff and our keys were handed in just seconds. As soon as I saw the stunning lobby area, I knew that NH Collection Barbizon Palace is a high class five star property. The hotel consists of 19 buildings dated from the 17th century. There are a total of 274 rooms and although it is a pretty large hotel, they do treat each guest as a royal. Speaking of rooms, they renovated all of their guestrooms and several other parts of the hotel. The 15th century chapel is now their conference center. Pretty impressive.
The Premium room we stayed in was very comfortable and luxuriously appointed. I just loved it and as said before, they are totally up to date as they were all renovated recently. From the high ceilings to the bathrooms, everything felt right. The beds are amazing… and I was happy to be able to relax in the comfortable chair after a full day of shopping in Amsterdam. The Nespresso machine and comfortable bath robes were appreciated. They seem to be cleaning here all day long and our room has been maintained in an excellent way! A nice touch: they provide complimentary hand cream, how cool is that? Never seen at any hotel so far. I must also highlight the upscale NH Collection toiletries.
I did visit some other rooms as well and all looked very nice. I loved the wooden beams in some of the rooms. They’re gorgeous!
On the lower floor, there’s a health club which is accessible at no additional charges. The large fitness center is great for a work out and why not relax in their wellness center? That is right, next to the gym is a beautiful area designed for ultimate relaxation. The sauna and steam room are a treat, especially now when the weather starts to cool down.
Another highlight of our stay was our dinner at Restaurant Vermeer. Rated with one Michelin Star and 18 (!) Gault Millau points, this restaurant only offers the best of the best. From the moment we entered until we left, everything was absolutely stunning. The décor is contemporary yet elegant with fun twists and interesting art work. Service was top notch. Not too formal, yet professional. And the food was to die for. Each course they served was divine. Head Chef – Chris Naylor – selected the best ingredients to make sure each dish is delicious. From the Mackerel with ginger (this was the first time I ate this combination and I loved loved loved it) to the Pike-perch which came with black Tuscan kale. It was all perfectly prepared and served with style. The wild duck as a main course was the best I’ve ever had. Again, I must also highlight the good service we received during the night and the excellent wine selection.
A dinner at Restaurant Vermeer isn’t just an ordinary restaurant visit, it is an experience. Make sure to book your table upfront as it seems to be pretty busy here all year long.
After a wonderful night, we were hungry again 😊 And trust me, breakfast at NH Collection Barbizon Palace is something to look forward to. The large buffet has something to offer for anyone. Even the kids have their own small breakfast area filled with products they all love. I particularly liked the asparagus, avocado and large selection of pastries. They even offer sparkling wine at no additional charge.
No wonder NH Collection Barbizon Palace is rated among the best hotels in the city. I highly recommend staying here… Rooms are large and luxurious, food is outstanding, the sauna and steam room are relaxing after a day in busy Amsterdam and most importantly, the staff is wonderful! Thumbs up, NH Collection Barbizon Palace!