The reason for my negative opinion was the gap between expectations and delivery.
I didn't know the Park Plaza brand, had never stayed in one. I read on the website that they are a chain of "luxury, design-led" hotels. This conjures in my mind memories of Radisson Blus, or, even better, of actual luxury design hotels: Clift, Standard, Mondrian, etc. There's also a Park Plaza near where I live (Victoria, London) whose public areas are very nice. I was hopeful.
What we found was basically a Holiday Inn. An honest 3-star hotel with a comfortable bed, a clean bland room, and an acceptable breakfast. No issue with that: I was just expecting something different. It was a business trip and I spent a total of 8 hours in the hotel, for 7 of which I slept.
My colleagues complained that the trains passing by the station woke them up multiple times. They didn't wake me, but that's a personal thing.
Someone else had booked it for me, so I learnt the price only at checkout. It was very cheap. With expectations reset by the price, it was actually OK value for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Plaza Utrecht is a four star property very centrally located; Utrecht Central Train Station, Exhibition Center 'De Jaarbeurs' and the historical city centre are situated within walking distance of the hotel. The 120 guest rooms offer all modern comfort. Free wireless internet is in the entire hotel available. Drinks and dishes of the a la carte menu can be enjoyed in the bar, brasserie or restaurant. Park Plaza Utrecht offers as well a sauna, fitness and (paid) private parking facilities. So the ideal location to stay in during your time in Utrecht! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Plaza Utrecht Hotel Utrecht
- Utrecht Park Plaza