Built very much in the style of the 1960s, the Amsterdam Hilton today seems out of time. Its architecture is a bit lacklustre, to the degree that it is slowly becoming a kind of classic, especially now, when fashion often harkend back to this pop era. Designed by the Dutch architect of great reputation Hugh Aart Maaskant (1907-1977) in a characteristic “V” shape, the hotel opened in 1962, as the first international Hilton Hotel in Europe.
The five-star Hilton is a nostalgic place: it is here in the presidential suite (#902) that in March of 1969, after being married in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent their honeymoon. They received correspondents of the international press in bed, where they stayed for a full six days, their “bed-in” peace protest. Later John Lennon described these days in the 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!”.
Although Lennon meant peace in distant Vietnam, today the Amsterdam Hilton itself provideds a truly quiet, peaceful place to stay. It is located in South Amsterdam, at the elegant Apollolaan Avenue, about 20 minutes’ walk from the most important museums and a bit away from the busy centre of Amsterdam (30 minutes’ walk, 25 minutes by taxi or bus). The only really close attraction is Christie’s auction house, and some very elegant shops of Cornelis Schuytstraat (5 minutes’ walk).
Inside, the Amsterdam Hilton is a comfortable and calm hotel. It was completely renovated in 1998. Its 271 rooms are air-conditioned; it features the good Italian restaurant “Roberto’s”, the informal lunchroom “Issimo” and the relaxed “Half Moon Lounge”, with interior designed by Ralph Lauren and heated terrace overlooking the wide water canal at the back of the hotel. The Amsterdam Hilton also has its own ample parking and even a small marina for visiting yachts. Some of the hotel floors have been made non-smoking. It has also fitness rooms, a beauty salon and a bar.
The Amsterdam Hilton plays an important part in the glamour life of the Dutch capital. It is here that the big parties take place, like the welcoming of the New Dutch herring, or the night party on the occasion of American presidential elections. The John and Yoko suite is still in use and can be rented. It is very popular among newly married and couples in love.
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