We were a little concerned about the location, however, a short transit from Leiden Central (train station) to the nearest bus stop left about a 5 minute walk to the hotel. It was the first stop on the bus route to Lisse. We quickly got into the mode of walking to the central station, about 20-30 minute, but then again, we enjoy walking.
There are not any places to eat in the near vicinity, so we often purchased groceries in town (fruit, yogurt, wine, snacks, etc). We enjoyed the grocery shopping experience and were introduced to South African wines.
The room did come with a small refrigerator. The hotel does have a fine restaurant and a variety of menu selections, but was a little pricey for our budget. There is also a small, well stocked, 'take and go' pantry with many items. It included beer, wine, and, and microwave.
The room was spacious and clean. It came with a safe and free wireless. It was very comfortable. Housekeeping was very efficient, did an excellent job, and, was attentive to our requests. Coffee in the room consisted of instant coffee in small packets (as did the cream & sugar).
The service at the front desk was OUTSTANDING and very friendly! We arrived early in the a.m., well before check-in time, after a long flight. They accommodated us by giving us a room immediately. Very gracious,given the same situation at other 'major chain' hotels who refused to do so. The front desk was very helpful in answering all of the questions that tourists tend to ask. They were always very professional, provided change, and, were up-to date on bus schedules.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would very definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Garden Inn Leiden is ideally located near the A44 highway, which connects the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) region to the city of Leiden and The Hague. Conveniently situated next to the Corpus Congress Center and Museum. This brand new hotel(August 2012)is nearby the Bio Science Park Leiden and Leiden City Center. Unwind in a spacious guest room and enjoy the latest technology and conveniences make the most of your stay. Relax with homelike surroundings including refrigerator, coffee maker and complimentary high-speed internet access.Indulge in a delicious meal at The Restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the convenience of dining within your room, grab a quick and snack from the hotel’s great value, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry or order a meal from room service. Stay active with an energetic workout in the fitness center. The Hilton Garden Inn Leiden also offers a variety of flexible meeting space, for up to 80 guests, ideal for meetings, seminars and presentations. ... more less
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