A November 2003 trip
to Eindhoven by notso62
Quote: I went to Eindhoven on business with Philips Semiconductor/ASML. Eindhoven is one of the cities that had to be completely rebuilt after World War II, so there is not as much historic scenery here as other European cities and towns.
Enjoy a walk around the canals in this historic but greatly changed city. There are many intricate churches and buildings reminiscent of old Europe in Eindhoven, but the bulk of the buildings were destroyed WW2 so modern archetecture has taken over the city in the forms of malls, factories, and even the train station.
Eindhoven (and most of the Netherlands) is a very rainy place. If you're looking for something to do to escape the weather, there is a large indoor shopping area in the middle of the city. Also in Eindhoven (though less practical for buying small souvenirs) is a large Ikea perfect for killing some time.
The three main hotels are the Holiday Inn, the Dorint, and the Mandarin. Any of the three is a nice pick, convenient to the center of town and the train station, and most times a decent price can be found there as well.
Being a business traveller, it is often hard to go shopping for things you need in Europe since every store pretty much closes down by 6pm on the weekdays, but there is an Aldi grocery store between Veldhoven and Eindhoven that remains open till about 9pm that is an added convienience.
Hotel | "Dorint"
The fitness center and spa downstairs were up to date with the latest equipment. The staff there is more than happy to show anyone how to use the treadmills or bikes (since the instructions are in Dutch). The pool and spa area was very luxurious as well.
An added convenience of the Dorint is the parking available to the guests that is under the hotel, so one could avoid the rain in the morning and evening when going to and from their cars.
The restaurant on the first level of the hotel serves a full complimentary breakfast every morning (not the typical European fare of biscuits and tea, but a full spread). The chefs are very attentive to the details of the spread as well, making sure nothing runs low at any time.
The concierge was very friendly and helpful in getting me situated in my room as well as giving directions to the nearest airports and the most convenient routes around the confusing city streets.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005
Dorint Sofitel Cocagne Ein
The Holiday Inn is in the Center of Eindhoven - convenient to the train (within a mile) and easy to catch a cab to. If you drive yourself, be aware that this is a tricky establishment to find (even with a map). The hotel is located between two one-way streets - one of which seems impossible to get to as you circle the block. It was very frustrating after a long trip to try to get myself actually to the hotel parking lot. They should really give more explicit directions in their information. Still, the neighborhood that the Holiday Inn is in seems quite nice (pretty trees line the street, etc.) and seems pretty safe. No complaints about the neighborhood quality.
The Holiday Inn was not the worst Holiday Inn I had ever stayed in, but wasn’t the best either. The rooms were mid-range for hotels in the area. The rooms were nice - newer bed linens and curtains than other places - but nothing too luxurious. The rest of the hotel still seemed to be decorated as it was in the 1970s - everything was very Art Deco and slightly cliché.
The nicest part of this hotel by far is the fitness center and beautiful indoor pool. The fitness center has a treadmill and other equipment which is much more than other European hotels - especially because it is included with the room (some other hotels have extra-charge spas).
The Holiday Inn is convenient to downtown Eindhoven (a little further than walking distance to the center/marketplace, but this area is served by public transportation). There are several nice restaurants in the neighborhood of this hotel as well making a car not completely necessary.
I would stay at the Holiday Inn again if I had to, but only if the Dorint and the Mandarin were completely full. This is an alright hotel, but there is nicer at this price range that is more convenient to downtown Eindhoven.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2006
Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan 1
+31 40 243 32 22
Da Verdi is conveniently located near the center marketplace of Eindhoven, just a ½ mile away from the main train station. Several hotels are within walking distance of Da Verdi, making it the perfect place for tourists. The proprietors welcome everyone - whether you’re Dutch or not - and encourage visitors to enquire about dishes if they don’t understand the menu. I found it pretty easy to interpret without my server’s help (translation of pizza=pizza!), but it was nice to know that they welcomed questions. They even put up with my "is there meat in that?" questions with nary a rolled eye. A refreshing change from other restaurants that couldn’t comprehend the word "vegetarian" without getting upset.
The menu of Da Verdi is not typical Dutch, but rather Italian. The dishes range from pasta and Italian meat dishes to pizza with a variety of toppings. I got a wonderful pasta dish with a pomodoro tomato and basil sauce. The ingredients tasted very fresh in the sauce and the pasta tasted handmade. It was the best meal I had eaten during my stay in Eindhoven. My dining companions split a pizza which they also said was very good - crispy grilled crust and fresh toppings like meatballs, ricotta, and fresh tomatoes. The whole restaurant smelled wonderful with the wonderful Italian scents coming from the kitchen all evening.
The prices at Da Verdi are a little bit higher than other Eindhoven restaurants, but then again I did not have that good of food at the lower priced restaurants so I guess they are not comparable. Dishes were all under about $25 so weren’t awfully expensive in my opinion. The cozy interior of Da Verdi just rounds out the overall enjoyable experience so I would say that the extra expense is completely worth it. Flattering lighting schemes and comfortable booths make this the perfect restaurant for more casual and cozy gatherings. I wish I had discovered more restaurants like this one during my stay in Eindhoven.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2006
The Pathe is Eindhoven's largest commercial movie theatre. Here they get many releases only mere weeks after the American release date. For the most part these movies are subtitled in Dutch- but with the soundtrack still in English. This is the perfect activity for Americans, other English-speaking people, and Dutch natives alike who are stuck in Eindhoven for long periods of inclimate weather.
The Pathe's selections are limited to whatever the American production companies release overseas, but you can bet that most blockbusters will make an appearance here. During my visit they had three different movies showing which had recently been released back in the states. I was surprised how quickly these films had made their way to Holland and had been subtitled in Dutch.
The Pathe itself is a very nice venue to watch movies in. They have all the amenities of modern American theatres- comfortable seating, surround sound, snack kiosks, etc. The prices for movie tickets were about the same as they were back in the states.
The best part about the Pathe is the selection of snacks and refreshments available for your consumption during the movie. They had a large display with bins of gourmet Dutch gummy candy and licorice that customers can scoop out and pay for by the weight. These candies were much better in quality than anything you would find at a typical American theatre. Then there were the beverage options- you could get a large frosty mug of beer to enjoy during your movie. I could think of nothing more perfect!
The Pathe was a great way for us homesick Americans to catch up on movies we hadn't seen and get out of the hotel during days of bad weather. I would highly recommend it if your other sightseeing tours have been put on hold because of rain, or if you're in Holland for an extended period of time and want to experience the full Dutch version of entertainment.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2006