We stayed at the Bilderberg Hotel for 3 nights at the start of July. We arrived early in the morning and we faced a rather unpleasant surprise: we were told that we had to pre-pay for our entire stay AND pay a sum of 50 euros/night as an "insurance deposit" for the mini-bar and bike rentals. Mind you, we hadn't rented any bikes and I doubt there are 50 euros worth of things in the mini-bar. The staff insisted that this is "standard in Amsterdam". I had been to the city 3 times before, and was never asked for any kind of "insurance deposit". As we didn't have a credit card with us, we were left with no cash and we had to use our overdraft. That helped set the tone for our stay.
The hotel is not bad per se. The rooms are big and comfortable, the airco worked in the room, the apple every every evening was a nice touch. Still the carpets and the room doors felt dates and in need of refurbishment. The area is a posh, residential Amsterdam suburb - but since Amsterdam is really a small place, it's just 7 minutes by tram (station is 3 minutes on foot) to Leidseplein and the canals.
The price was ok - but I wonder why hotels (including this one) keep on having this absurd charges like e.g. 17euros per day for wi-fi or even a small charge to use the business centre? Really makes no sense nowadays.
A pleasant experience but the deposit issue did cast a shadow...
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