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“Great Location, Dark Rooms” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle

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Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Stationsweg 9, 8011 CZ Zwolle, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Zwolle
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“Great Location, Dark Rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Many reviewers have noted the dark rooms. The problem is a lack of lighting and wattage. The rooms are too dark to comfortably read a book at night. During the day, the light from the windows solves the problem. Our room had a few other oddities, like a mirror leaning against the wall, no luggage racks, and a climate control that either did not work, or we did not understand. Even so, the room (one grade up from standard) was large and very nicely appointed. Our room looked out the front of the hotel onto the main street and was up the staircase from the bar, but noise was not a problem.
The location is outstanding. It is short walk from the train station and a short walk to the old central city where most of the tourist attractions are located. Staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was acceptable to good. The breakfast room doubles as the restaurant and tearoom and is pleasant.
If you have any balance issues, the bath tub/shower are a problem. The lip of the tub is quite high and there are no grab bars. The large bathroom included heated towel bars.
We thought the Pillows provided reasonable value.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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MirandaBouwmeester, General Manager at Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear Southwind3,
Thank you for you review and feedback on this site. Good to read all your tips. The ones for us will be used to improve service and give better information in the future. Checking the lights is one of these things. So thank you for that. We hope to see you again in our hotel in the future someday! Enjoy your day for now.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Hi all,
Stayed here a few times on business trips and on personal trips. Hotel is well appointed with some lovely rooms. It's location is very close to train station so very easy access. There's a car park so drivers are well catered for too.
Breakfast is continental (which is very different to Irish and English breakfasts) but is very good indeed. Staff are very pleasant and there is a nice little bar too.
My only concern is the climate control, it is very poor in hot weather in some rooms so ask when booking.

Room Tip: In hot weather specify a room with climate control.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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MirandaBouwmeester, General Manager at Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Dear Mister BarryMcIreland, thank you very much for your review. Good to read you enjoyed your stay. Next time if you come to visit Zwolle and stay with us, it is an option to book a Royal de Luxe room or junior suite. In these rooms you can arrange the temperature yourself. All other rooms are connected to a central air handling system. We hope to welcome you back as our guest soon!
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went here for the second time for a romantic weekend. Everything about this hotel is amazing. The building is gorgeous (an old police office), the decoration is very tasteful and the staff is always ready to help and very friendly. The airco was working again, so it wasn't warm or anything. We liked the breakfest very much, not as extensive as say a Hilton, but for a smal boutique hotel very nice and fresh. I would defenitly recommend this hotel! Also very nearby the lovely center of Zwolle.

Room Tip: Choose a room in the old building, very high ceilings and more space. You will love it! I think they...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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MirandaBouwmeester, General Manager at Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Thank you very much for your review and your feedback about our hotel. Enjoy your day and more than welcome back as our guest again!
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I've stayed both here and the Bilderburg (spelling?) hotel a lot. In terms of the rooms to sleep in, the pillows hotel is much better. However - the air conditioning is a joke. It doesn't work so if it is warm outside, so is your room (and the staff don't seem to do much / anything about it). My phone (a galaxy s4) is claiming the room is 35 deg C - from the way I feel, I can believe it.

terms of other stuff, the hotel is clean, quiet and well appointed. The in room inherent is ok but can be a little floor flakey.


Summary - generally, I'd choose to stay here but socialise in the livelier Bilderburg. However, if you think it might be warm, be careful....

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MirandaBouwmeester, General Manager at Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your review and feedback on both hotels in Zwolle. Off course I rather have you as our guest in Hotel Pillows than as a guest in our also very good neighbour! Hotel Pillows has unfortunatly experienced some problems with the climate control. Our supplier is working really hard to make sure the system will function for 100% as soon as possible. If you ever intend to stay in Zwolle again, please do not hesitate to contact me via pillowszwolle@sandton.eu. I would love to give you a good offer to show you that we are able to make your a stay a good one like it should be without the temprature issues.
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We arrived at the Sandton Pillows easily, it being located just steps from the Zwolle train station. Our room had high ceilings, large windows, and was beautifully decorated. The bed was comfortable. However, the room had one MAJOR flaw: the windows did not open, the climate control did not work, and the hotel staff were unwilling acknowledge and address the problem. At first we thought it was a fluke, until we discovered that all of the other hotel guests had the same experience. After being told that there was no problem (the room was clearly 30* Celsius / 85* Farenheit), we were first told that "nothing could be done about it", until the manager finally capitulated and called a repair company that failed to fix the problem. As of our departure, it still had not been resolved. The manager offered us a small discount on our rate and didn't charge us for the tasty breakfast, but I would gladly have paid more for functioning climate control and good service.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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MirandaBouwmeester, General Manager at Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. I am very sorry to read that your stay was not a stay we would have wanted you to have. Hotel Pillows has unfortunatly experienced problems with the climatcontrol lately. For now 95% of the issues are solved. If you ever have the intention to visit Zwolle again, please do not hesitate to contact me via pillowszwolle@sandton.eu. I might be able to give you a good offer to make sure you will experience a stay in our hotel as it should be.
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Buenos Aires
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stayed here for a couple of days during a business trip. The hotel is modern and very nicely furnished. Rooms are really big for dutch standards. The bead was really confortable and you had a selection of pillows at your disposal. The hotel is conviniently located, 2 blocks away from the train station and about 8 blocks from the city center. The staff was very kind and the breakfast was top quality.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I spent just one night at Sandton Hotel Pillows in Zwolle and have to say I was pleasantly surprised! The entrance and restaurant are very nicely decorated and the staff very helpful when I checked in.
My room had huge brown velvet curtains and head board; all very funky! I'll stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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MirandaBouwmeester, General Manager at Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your review, we hope to welcome you again as our guest in Zwolle!
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Address: Stationsweg 9, 8011 CZ Zwolle, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > Overijssel Province > Zwolle
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Zwolle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandton Hotel Pillows Zwolle 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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