Jan282016

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station SkyLounge views

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station is currently the largest hotel in city center Amsterdam at 553 rooms. The hotel is a five minute walk from the train station and provides a convenient location for city tram transportation since all lines run to and from Centraal Station.

DoubleTree bikes

DoubleTree bicycles available for rent.

The hotel is 11 floors with the SkyLounge on the top floor offering one of the best views of Amsterdam. The hotel has a unique shape creating room types with city views to the south and views of the Ij port area to the north.

DoubleTree

The hotel lobby holds the reception desk and also on the ground floor are the Eastwood Beer & Grill restaurant.

Eastwood signEastwood Beer&Grill

The Hilton HHonors Executive Lounge is located on the ground floor and a good place for people watching as pedestrians and bicyclists pass by the large glass windows. Breakfast is served daily from 6:30-10:30am Monday-Friday and 7:00 to 11:00am Saturday-Sunday. There is also a two hour evening drinks and appetizers service from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Monday-Sunday.

DoubleTree lobby lights

Lobby chandelier in reception desk area.

Amsterdam’s central library is located about five minutes walk from the DoubleTree. This area east of Centraal Station was developed in the past decade. The library has 10 floors and 600 internet accessible computers. The library is open 10am-10pm seven days a week.

Amsterdam central library

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Public Library Amsterdam) is the building in distance with vertical lighted sign. DoubleTree is nearest building. The ship shaped building in distance is the NEMO Science Center, one of Amsterdam’s many museums. I was told the pagoda building is a good Chinese restaurant.

The reason I mention the library is the public lounge in the DoubleTree has a library partnership and there are shelves of books guests can access in the hotel. This area of the hotel was so popular that I could not take a photo without a crowd of faces.

Fitness Center is located on Floor –1. There is no natural light, but the sizable room offers a selection of equipment.

Standard Guest Room at DoubleTree Centraal Station

First thing that caught my eye walking into the room was the Mac computer on the desk.

DoubleTree Amsterdam Mac

Nice feature to have a computer already in the room. The city view is another great feature of the room.

Beneath the lamp is the refrigerator. It is only stocked with two bottles of water, leaving the space open for guest use. I find that commendable. There are also ice machines on guest floors.

DoubleTree bed

DoubleTree desk  DoubleTree frig

The bathroom only had a shower stall. Small, but adequate.

SkyLounge

The 11th floor SkyLounge has the WOW factor for the hotel. The bar was packed on a rainy day at 5:30pm. The views looked great, even in the rain. There is a large outdoor deck during better weather days.

DoubleTree SkyLounge Amsterdam

DoubleTree SkyLounge sign  DoubleTree SkyLounge deck

The empty room behind the SkyLounge sign is for private rentals. There were probably 100 people behind me filling the rest of the SkyLounge bar space.

Even if you don’t stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, I think a visit to the hotel SkyLounge is worth an excursion.

DoubleTree Amsterdam Centraal Station

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

Hilton HHonors category 7: 40,000 points Jan-Mar 2016; Jul-Aug 2016; Nov-Dec 2016 and 50,000 points April-June and Sep-Oct 2016.

Lowest room rate I saw for February is 135 EUR per night, but that is only available one date. A few dates are 152 EUR and many dates are 200+ EUR per night.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Definitely looked at staying here for our Europe trip this year, but I was able to snag a free night at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam with one of my Citi Hilton Hhonors certificate.

  2. I visited the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam and that hotel impressed me with its interior design. Not many places you can touch a 325 year old magnificent wooden handrail as you walk the stairs.

    “Boasting a historical exterior comprising six monumental 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces and featuring a unique grand staircase built by the architect of Louis XIV, Daniel Marot, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam hotel offers sophisticated comfort and unparalleled service in a setting characterized by a long, rich history.”

    http://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/netherlands/waldorf-astoria-amsterdam-AMSWAWA/about/index.html

    I thought that was old, then today in Leiden I was invited to sit in a chair built in the 1200s. Amazingly solid and sturdy chair after 700+ years.

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