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“Good hotel but weird WiFi policy” 4 of 5 stars
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Bilderberg Grand Hotel Wientjes
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Stationsweg 7, 8000 AM Zwolle, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Zwolle
Amstelveen
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good hotel but weird WiFi policy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This hotel is conveniently located between the railway station and the attractive old city centre of Zwolle, a 5-minute walk away.
Rooms are fine with good beds and the breakfast is OK. As so often in hotels, the position of the showerhead is such that people in access of 1.80 have to kneel to catch the water when washing their hair. It seems that small people, which are rare in Holland, are still the standard when designing bathrooms.
The weirdest aspect is the WiFi policy, which is the same in several other 4/5 star hotels: you have to pay for WiFi in your room, but WIFi is free in the lobby and the restaurant. When even ordinary campsites and 2/3 star hotels offer free WiFi in your room, this policy is really out of tune with modern practices. The price of 12,50 Euro for 24 hours is even more outrageous as at home you can have free access to WiFi, telephone and TV for about 60 Euro per month. Even weirder: when you are in certain rooms you can easily access the free WiFi hotspot!
This being said, the hotel is still a good option for staying in Zwolle.

Room Tip: When you want free WiFi access in your room, 118 is a good choice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Don't expect much from this hotel. The decor is very, very simple and rather old, not even a hint of any deliberate design at all. Facilities in the room as well as the entire hotel is just basic. Fortunately we had a bigger room at the end of the hallway with sitting area and study table separate from the bedroom. However, the TV is placed in an odd location which you can neither watch comfortably or fully from the bed nor the siting area. The staff is friendly all around but the service and facilities that the hotel provide is very basic.

Although the location is a mere 5 minute walk from the train station, it is 15-20min walk from city center.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Warfield, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Lovely hotel. Rooms comfortable and staff really friendly. Two mins walk to station and 5 into town. Stay here for business and would use again. Have facilities to print off boarding pass, always useful!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Super friendly and spotlessly clean. Only down side was the lack of free wifi in room and was not able to access on lobby. But staff very helpful and hote convenient to station and town. I would absolutely return.

Room Tip: Only down side is no free wifi on room and it didn't work well in lobby
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This was an unexpected and delightful find at the last minute. I was not anticipating staying in a hotel in Zwolle but when the opportunity presented itself I jumped at the chance for a clean, friendly hotel with good beds and excellent room service. I can't say enough good things about the Bilderberg Grand Hotel Wientjes. Yes, I stayed here during the heatwave in July but the staff truly tried to help people cope. I put the fan in the window and it did indeed cool the room down. The front desk gave me a double room at no extra cost. The internet is free in the lobby but not in the rooms (there is a small charge which should not be the case in the 21st century). This hotel was very clean, staff was friendly & extremely helpful and the restaurant was superb. Ideally located hotel is within walking distance to the train station. There appears to be a lot of people who stay here for meetings so the staff are are service oriented. I splurged and had room service twice for breakfast and the selection was incredible. They served me enough food for the day and that was the classic continental selection. The bar is great, classic, old style and restaurant is truly fantastic. Excellent wine selection at the restaurant. Room has a fridge, coffee and tea for morning. I would stay here again!

Room Tip: Rooms in the back are quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

For business stayed at the Zwolle Bilderberg 5 nights in August and had a very nice stay... we weren't in the room very long with work and out to dinner, but the time there was good. Just be aware that there are several things you might expect that aren't there... no air conditioning in the rooms, no pool or workout space... and the room reminded me of a large dorm room... Very comfortable double bed and very nicely furnished, but small... nice size shower. Seemed to be a good number of English speaking people working there, many English TV stations and right around the corner from the trains and buses... if you like to bike I would plan a trip... biking is the national means of travel... nothing like I've seen anywhere in the world!! Bikers have their own roads, stoplights and parking... Anyone who can rides a bike to work... great visit and plan to go back! Internet is chargeable in the room, but free in the lobby.

Room Tip: Street side can be noisy and if warm you need to open the windows
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Meppel
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have no experience sleeping here, however I've had the pleasure of dining in the restaurant of the hotel. Good menu, exellent winecard, great food and great service . The hotel is situatie in the hart of Zwolle . Only a 2 minute walk from the train station. It is situatie in a building of great architecture .

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Stationsweg 7, 8000 AM Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > Overijssel Province > Zwolle
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Zwolle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bilderberg Grand Hotel Wientjes 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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