This was my first experience of a Garden Inn Hilton - I left very favourably impressed.
It is so new that it is not properly in most SatNav data bases, which can be a problem. If you are driving you really need to exit A44 at junction 8. If you overshoot leave at the McDonalds exit and look back - you will easily see your way back to the hotel. It is set next to the Corpus museum in an area of science park and student accomodation. The hotel overlooks the former Valkenburg air base. I am not used to driving in the Netherlands and I did find all the surrounding roads to be very busy day and night.
Fortunately, the hotel is a tranquil oasis once you have arrived. Parking is free - a pleasant surprise AND free strong wi-fi. Now that really does make a pleasant change.
The public areas have a Scandinavian minimalist feel to them. A small bar area has local beers, which are very good and a range of snacks. The restaurant is quite informal with lots of brightly coloured cosy corner seating arrangements. I did find that the menu was a bit limited and felt the need to venture out after a couple of evenings.
My room was on a high floor overlooking the A44 motorway. No noise penetrated and the air conditioning was effective. The bed was comfortable and linens and furnishings good quality - if a little brightly coloured ! The bright orange corridor carpet must be seen to be believed.I also found the room size to be quite generous. A top quality flat screen TV is provided with a good mix of Northern European channels.
The only minor grumble I would have is noise and vibration from the fitness centre machinery is evident around the upper floors of the property. Perhaps a little more thought should have gone into the positioning of this facility.
Otherwise, all said, a new and very good experience which I would happily try again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Garden Inn Leiden is an award-winning, modern hotel in Leiden, which is home to one of Europe's oldest universities. Our hotel, located in the picturesque birthplace of Rembrandt, is just ten minutes from Leiden town centre and close to Katwijk and Noordwijk beaches. Relax in a spacious guest room with signature Hilton Garden Inn amenities, including adjustable beds and complimentary WiFi. This Leiden hotel features a ground floor bar and restaurant which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pick up snacks and drinks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry(R). Hilton Garden Inn Leiden, located on Leiden's Bio Science Park, offers naturally lit, flexible meeting and event space. The hotel has a private dining suite and five modern meeting rooms for up to 112 persons. Each room has complimentary WiFi access. Free parking and A/V equipment are included as standard. The adjacent CORPUS Congress Centre and Bio Science Park form the unique components for successfully organising large meetings, product presentations or multi-day congresses. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Hilton EMEA, Travelocity, Cheap Tickets, Odigeo, EasyToBook, HotelTravel.com, Agoda and Priceline so you can book your Hilton Garden Inn Leiden reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.