Hilton Amsterdam *****
where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their bed-in
Big, informal, with very good service and all you need to enjoy your days in Amsterdam. The five-star Hilton opened in 1962, as the first international Hilton Hotel in Europe.
Hilton Amsterdam Hotel with its own marina at the Noorder Amstelkanaal
Although being part of a large chain of hotels, Hilton Amsterdam has no worldwide standard furnishing. All rooms have been completely restyled and refurnished in 2009. The interior of the rooms is no longer minimalistic and no-nonsense, but has now a warm and luxurious appearance.
The John and Yoko suite
Famous for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 bed-in. After being married in Gibraltar in March 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent their honeymoon in the presidential suite (room 902). They received correspondents of the international press in bed, where they stayed for the full six days. It was their "bed-in" action for peace. Later John Lennon described these days in a song "The Ballad of John and Yoko" where he mentions Amsterdam Hilton by name and uses the following words: "the news people said: -Hey, what you doin' in bed? I said:- We're only tryin' to get us some peace!".
The John and Yoko suite is still in use and can be rented. It is very popular among newly married and couples in love.
Good and quiet location
Its architecture is a bit dull. Inside, the Amsterdam Hilton is a comfortable and quiet place to stay. It is located in Amsterdam Oud-Zuid, at the elegant Apollolaan Avenue, about 20 minutes walking from the most important museums and a bit away from the busy centre of Amsterdam. Close to the Beethovenstraat, one of the most exclusive Amsterdam shopping streets.
Hilton AmsterdamApollolaan 138
+31 20 7106000 271 rooms and suites
deluxe room with garden/river/city view, incl. 5% city tax
Hotel Chain: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Restaurants and bars inside the hotelRoberto's authentic Italian cuisine, modern-classic interior, named after Hilton's general manager.
Half Moon Lounge nautical-style Amsterdam bar, based on designs by Ralph Lauren. Nice view of the marina from the garden terrace.
Issimo fashionable Amsterdam espresso bar for breakfast and lunch.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed in the Hilton Hotel (1969) watch the video
Concertgebouw concert hall
PC Hooftstraat elegant shopping street
Rijksmuseum national museum for art and history
Stedelijk Museum modern and contemporary art
Van Gogh Museum world's largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh
Vondelpark the city's largest park, with cafés, ponds and English gardens