Hotel Review: Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen
Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen is one of the more special Hilton properties in Europe. I had the pleasure to stay at the hotel for a weekend and enjoyed the experience.
In Europe, Hilton mainly offers city and business hotels. Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen is an exception to this rule. The property is located in the South-East of the Netherlands near the city of Amsefoort.
- Classification: Four Stars
- Room Category: Raphaele Suite
- Month of Stay: July
Offering relatively cheap rates, the hotel is a good option for a weekend retreat not fare away from cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam or even Brussels in Belgium or Dusseldorf in Germany.
The hotel itself is a little tough to reach as the bus stopping at the hotel is just operating on weekdays and taxis from the next train stations are relatively expensive (25-30 Euro from Amsefoort). Yet, parking is free, so you easily reach Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen by car.
Raphaele Suite at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen
As the rates for suites were just slightly higher than for standard rooms, I chose to immediately book one of those at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen. The check-in was friendly and efficient, but as our room wasn’t ready by the time of our arrival, we made a quick trip to the dunes (impressive!) first.
After coming back, we were handed over the keys to the Raphaele Suite, which is one of four suites at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen.
It’s worth noting that only this suite and one other suite offer views of the golf course, while the other suites face the parking lot. The Raphaele Suite comes with a very classic design and is relatively outdated (as the hotel in general is).
Upon entering, Anna and I found ourselves in the spacious living room, which comes with a couch and two armchairs in a weird color, a working desk with a basic chair as well as another table with four more chairs.
There’s also a flat screen television and a coffee machine in the living room. The bedroom of the Raphaele Suite is separated from the living room by a proper door and rather basic, too.
There’s a relatively comfortable King Bed with two small bedside tables, another flat screen television, a wardrobe and a second working desk. While the room itself is rather blandly designed, the large balcony with views of the golf course is quite nice.
There are also two chairs with a small table on the balcony. All in all, the suite is okay, yet in deep need of a renovation as the whole interior is extremely outdated.
Bathroom of the Raphaele Suite
The Raphaele Suite at Hilton Parc Parc Soestduinen comes with a spacious bathroom, which as the suite as such is past its prime.
There’s a double sink, a large corner bathtub, a separated shower and a separate toilet. Sadly, the whole bathroom feels rather dark even with the light on. Also, the design doesn’t make it look exactly inviting.
The shower pressure is decent though. As it’s the norm for Hilton properties, the toiletries are provided by Peter Thomas Roth and are decent.
Gym & Pool at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen
Staying at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen, you enjoy complimentary access to the gym and the pool of the property. Located in the basement, both areas are a little dark.
While there is some natural light and even a terrace by the pool, it isn’t exactly a place to spend hours. The pool as such has a decent size and a good temperature and thus is quite nice for relaxed swimming. Thus, the pool is not ideal if you want to swim laps.
There are also a couple of loungers with comfortable padding. The gym at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen is located right next to the pool and must have been refreshed a few years ago.
The equipment is relatively modern and in a good condition. There’s all you need for cardio and strength training including a good selection of free weights.
If you are into relaxation, you may also access the sauna and steam bath, which are located near the changing rooms.
Dinner at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen
There’s not a lot around Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen. Thus, we decided to have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, which offers a casual dining experience.
I was a little surprised by how high the quality of the whole dinner experience was. While the property as such is rather low-end when it comes to the prices, the restaurant comes close to fine-dining.
We opted for a three-course meal, which started with a tasty amuse bouche. As a started, we had the carpaccio followed by tasty fish filet as a main. We’ve also had two different deserts with the hotel even mastering Anna’s dislike of fruit and chocolate.
Both, the service and the accompanying wine were also quite good. The same is true for the quality of the food, which was way higher than I would have expect. All that said, I’d recommend having dinner at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen!
Breakfast at Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen
Breakfast is served in the same (and only) restaurant of Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen. As it’s the norm for Hilton properties, there’s an extensive buffet.
Personally, I found the buffet to be a little above average when it comes to the choice. As I’ve already experienced on the evening before, the quality of the items was very good again.
Yet, it’s worth noting that the service at breakfast wasn’t especially attentive and didn’t even come close to the dinner experience. Nevertheless, the breakfast is quite good for a property in this price range.
Bottom line Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen
The nature around Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen and the Soestduinen as such (a natural phenomenon) are quite a cool place to visit. Thus, I’d recommend a trip to this remote area in the Netherlands.
The property as such offers a decent pool and relaxation, a good gym, nice public areas including things like a pool table or darts, friendly service and a very good restaurant. The rooms (even the suites) are past their time though. Nevertheless, Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen is worth recommendation, especially when taking into account the generally low fares.
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