NH Barbizon Palace
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Great day today after a 12 hour sleep. First up was the Rijks Museum with its collection of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters - amazing! Then we had lunch outside on a canal cafe followed by a guided tour through the canals of Amsterdam. Lastly we walked to the Red Light district but we were too tired to stay and enjoy it. Tomorrow we will visit the Van Goch museum before flying to Athens. We loved Amsterdam as it is clean, friendly city and would recommend it to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Barbizon Palace Amsterdam
Nice Hotel But Don't Eat There!
My Partner and I Stayed at the hotel for 6 night from the 8th to 14th augugst. We found it very clean and the room was huge! My partner is6FT 5IN tall, and the bed was wider than his height! We had fresh towels and coffee/tea making facilities every day. On the negative side,we dropped a glass in the bathroom by accident(we used the tall glasses to have cold drinks very day) and it was never replaced by the staff, so my partner wound up drinking coke out of a tiny shot glass!They also seemed to have decided we had use too many flannels so didnt give us any for the last 2 days!The hotel was large and spacious and luckily our room pointed inwards(remember to ask for room 214) so we had no noise at all from the red light district nearby.(good location if you want red light tho, 5 minute walk) The restaurant(when it was open) was Very Very expensive(They wanted 20EUROS EACH for breakfast) Locally you can get an all you can eat for 7.50 euros or a basic english brekky for 5euros. Points to remember: There is building wok nearby so ask for an inward facing room. Eat out: down the left hand side of the hotel is the asian quarter, plenty of chinese/thai/malaysian/cantonese food there cheap. Dont use the minibar unless u rockafeller: we went in a heatwave and it was £4 for a vittel mineral water. Go to the local mini store and stock up cheap and take back to your room. you can also get extra tea/coffee/milk if you need.The room is air conditioned but we was still eaten alive by mosquitoes so take plenty of repellent. A nice hotel, def a 4* in good location for station , eating out, red light district, and canal trips etc.. but use as a base only. the conceierge was helpful in places to see and booked a candlecruise for us with no hassle.
WE spent 2 nights at this hotel. It located downtown near the central station. A great location for site seeing. The rooms had all the amenitites expected for a first class hotel. Staff was knowledgeable about how to get to local attractions. I highly recommend this hotel and will stay there again when we return to Amsterdam.
Not really 5 star
I agree with previous posters that this hotel is not worthy of a five star rating. While the room was large and the front desk and concierge staff friendly, there were several things to disappoint. The furnishings and upholstery in the room were a bit tattered around the edges. There was an enormous cobweb hanging from the ceiling of my room the entire five nights of my stay. 12 euro/day charge to use the mediocre fitness center was quite ridiculous. It seemed the hotel was filled with British lads on holiday, and the corridor often smelled of pot. Also, the metro construction is ongoing directly across the street. One morning I awoke (at 7:30) thinking the construction equipment was in bed with me, it was so loud.
I did have a pleasant stay, but the five star build up left me disappointed.
Stayed at the Barbazon for 9 nights and were very pleased. The room was clean, large and modern. The housekeeping was very thorough and efficient. The attitude of all the staff (including housekeeping) was friendly and respectful ( in fact we were allowed to check in at 10:30AM even though it is posted for 3:00PM). The breakfast offered a wide variety of foods that were delicious (though the coffee was nothing to write home about!) The Barbazon is expensive to be sure and perhaps unreasonably for a hotel room but we found virtually nothing to complain about and everything to be to our liking. The location near Central Station was a definite plus. It's not cheap but it's a very nice place to stay.
Just returned from a stay at the Barbizon. The location was great--right across from the Centraal Station. The room was very nice sized; compared to the other European hotels I have stayed in it was big. However, the room we had was more of a 4 star vs. 5 star caliber. There were some dings on the doors and the air conditioning did not work. Also, there was a sign in the room that indicated a 3.50 Euro charge per phone call made from the room with one's phone card. The front desk verified there was no surcharge, but it seems that in a 5 star operation things would be kept up to date better. All in all a good value for what we paid but not a 5 star.
Not what we expected
For a 5 star hotel, it was a joke! The rooms were hot and stuffy no ventilation, and they were not very clean, we booked on a bed and breakfast rate but when we arrived, the hotel said no breakfast, only I had my booking form with me we would have had to paid for it, it was very embarrassing to barter for breakfast at the reception of a supposedly 5 star hotel. The location was the best thing about it, would not stay there again. I have stayed in better 4 star hotels in the UK
It is OK. Indonesia has better 4 and 5 star hotels than many of amsterdam's best. the staff is acceptable.....as most dutch don't understand how to smile. the best part is the location.
just returned from a week in A'dam, staying at the barbizon palace. Compared to other hotels in the area, this definately rates 5 stars - but hotel was not without faults. Services were very high priced (laundry,fitness,sauna) housekeeping ignored the do not disturb signs on several occassions. positives? nice staff, good room service.
Not up to expectations
For a 5 star hotel we found the Barbizon Palace to be poor. From the bed sheets which had been mended to a high step between the Bedroom and Bathroom ready to trip you up if you get up in the night. There was even a cobweb hanging from the beams when we arrived. We visited Amsterdam and the Hotel in January 2002. The only good thing about the hotel was its position. Not what we hoped.
In January 2001 we visited the Barbizon Palace hotel in Amsterdam. The hotel is in the most perfect location right opposite the Central Station and within 5 minutes walk of the main shopping area.
Our room was both spacious and luxurious overlooking the station. Our three trip was relaxing due to the service provided by the hotel. 100% customer service is provided throughout the hotel and the ambience is delightful.
The breakfast room is buffet style with an abundance to choose from. We did not eat in the dining room but did take a look into it and once again luxurious looking!
So if you are visiting Amsterdam I totally recommend you stay here if its 5 star treatment you want!!