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Hotel Reviews: Hilton Rotterdam and Radisson Blu Amsterdam

Posted on: June 9, 2011

I stayed in Hilton Rotterdam and Radisson Blu Amsterdam during my trip to Netherlands. Generally I was more pleased with Hilton Rotterdam eventhough it gained so-so review in Tripadvisor and in fact Radisson Blu got high rating overall. Perhaps our reviews were varied by different factors and personal preference.

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── ∞   Hilton Rotterdam   ∞ ──

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I booked the room through Lastminutes.com and I must say I was very intrigued by what was the “Top Secret Hotel” in the hotel search refined list because the “secret hotel” offered very attractive low price for a 4-star hotel in strategic location. The only disadvantage of booking “Top Secret Hotel” was you only know the hotel name after you made the payment. I did a search and of “Top Secret Hotel” online and guess it might be Hilton since the provided hotel info was very alike Hilton’s, and I recalled Hilton was also partner of Amazing Race reality game show. Obviously I was right after the hotel name had been revealed in the end. Haha… I was so proud of getting a great deal in Rotterdam, the price was cheaper than special promotion of Hilton but breakfast was not included. Why bother the breakfast when you can get abundant great choice around the train station?

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Liked the Hilton Rotterdam ….(during the 4 nights)

+ only 10-15 minutes walk from/to Rotterdam central train station

+ The nearest metro station is Beurs

+ Strategic location. Very near to Zuidplein shopping district with many popular retail chains (I bought Zara, Mango and H&M stuff here) , restaurants (Indian, Italian, Indonesian, Chinese… and fast food),  De Bijenkorf department store and Albert Heijn supermarket.

+ Holland casino is next to the hotel and Luxor theater just at the back of the hotel

+ Spacious and clean room with city view

+ Fast and prompt service upon request

+ Friendly staff (mostly staffs by the way)

+ Crabtree & Evelyn hair and skin care kit, which has strong frangrance but please to use. The body lotion wasn’t moisture enough for dry skin.

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Some may not like it …

–  no bell boy helping you carry luggage

–  no free Wi-Fi service

–  boring room interior design

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── ∞   Radisson Blu Amsterdam  ∞ ──

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Radisson Blu Amsterdam is 4-star hotel and ideally located at Rusland with only 5 minutes walk to Dam Square. The surrounding environment of the hotel was quiet and nice, with old buildings and canals.  Compared to Rotterdam, the food price around Dam Square was more expensive but also more variety on the other hand. The hotel has two building blocks which opposite to each other, we were stayed in the main block (left in below picture).

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Liked the Radisson Blu ….(during the 4 nights)

+ 10-15 minutes walk to/from Amsterdam central train station

+  Very convenient location. You can reach many main tourist attractions by foot, by bicycle, by tram and by boat.

+  Clean and comfortable room

+  Fast service upon request

+  Very nice of the floor heating in bathroom

+  24-hour free Hi-speed internet/Wi-Fi

+  Excellent food quality at the breakfast buffet (though everyday same menu)

+  Hot chocolate drink (also de-caffeined coffee) provided additionally instead of plain coffee and tea.

+  The Anne Semonin hair and skin care kit smelt good but way too light for my skin in Spring weather.

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Some may not like it …

–  Different staffs were making small mistakes few times for one request

–  The twin room was slightly narrow and sunlight was shaded by next building

–  Room heating wasn’t warm enough

–  The bed was too soft

–  Noise and sound from outside/above my room everyday. I guess the noise was from housekeeping when they made up the room. In other words, the sound-proof effect of  hotel room was poor.

–  No “Do not disturb” sign in room. I seriously need this since I had been disturbed by housekeeping supervisor? (to check if the room keeping is done)  in afternoon. That was once I was sleeping because of not feeling well, they just simply assumed no body in the room in the afternoon (!!)

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