We stayed three nights and used this hotel as our base for Amsterdam sightseeing. The hotel itself is very nice - a renovated/remodeled older "villa". We stayed in room 10 which was up one flight of stairs. Stairs in older Dutch houses are very narrow and the steps themselves quite small, so walking down, we had to turn our feet sideways. Not really a problem unless you carry something, just an issue to be aware of. There are rooms on the ground floor as well if the stairs are a problem for you.
Our room was very spacious and the bathroom was simply outstanding. It was huge with a deep, deep tub, large sink, a separate shower with glass doors and an enclosed toilet. Just fabulous.
We had a King-size bed and it was simply heavenly. I don't think I've ever slept as well in any other hotel.
The antique mirror in our room was beautiful, but unfortunately had big cracks. A sign by it said that the damage was done by a "sleep-drunken" guest who thought it was the bathroom door. I found it a bit disconcerting to be looking into a mirror with big cracks, but oh well.
We found the breakfast a bit pricey at 10 euros per person for what is basically a continental buffet breakfast, but the items looked very nice and fresh. We did not eat breakfast there, but what we saw looked good. The breakfast room looks very nice and comfortable as well. There is free coffee and tea throughout the day - a nice touch although I am not a big fan of Dutch coffee!
I did not find the "self-service" reception after 11:00 a.m. or so to be a problem at all. We rarely need service once we are settled in. As it turned out, the light bulb in the lamp by my side of the bed was burned out, so I called the number for the reception some time during the early evening on the day we checked in. I don't think it took even two minutes before there was a knock on our door and the owner brought a new light bulb and changed it. Frankly, that's better service I had in many hotels with an around-the-clock staffed reception desk.
It takes about 30 minutes by train to get to Amsterdam. Although the Hilversum-Noord station is a bit closer than the Hilversum Sportpark station, it's a small station and has no ticket counter. We had a heck of a time coming up with 22 euros in change (no change machine) to get two return tickets to Amsterdam and back from the ticket machine. Also, more trains come and go to or from Hilversum Sportpark , so your trip will most likely be quicker.
We really enjoyed our stay and can highly recommend this hotel. We were here by car which made the back-and-forth into the town of Hilversum very quick and easy. It's about a 15-20 minute walk otherwise.
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