Reed Travel Features
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Thousands of couples can boast of
getting married by an Elvis impersonator at a drive-through window
in Las Vegas, but how many can say they uttered their nuptials in
the same bedroom where the Beatles' John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged
their celebrated "Bed-In for Peace" in 1969?
The Amsterdam Hilton, where the Bed-In took place, is following
the lead of an American couple who exchanged their wedding vows in
the historic room in the summer of 1996. The hotel made the suite a
24-hour venue for marriage ceremonies. Although the marriage of the
American couple was not an official ceremony, the Amsterdam Hilton
since has received approval from the Amsterdam South City Council
to permit weddings to take place around the clock in the suite. The
first official wedding ceremony took place earlier this year.
The unit, which was known as Room 902/Lounge 904 during the 1969
Bed-In, was renamed the John & Yoko Suite and renumbered
1902/04 in 1990 after numerous inquiries from around the world. At
that time, the general manager of the property, who was British and
a Beatles fan, was inspired by the interest in the historic room
and developed the idea of re-creating the room and using it as the
property's honeymoon suite.
The suite was restored to look much as it did in March 1969,
when John and Yoko arrived at the hotel in a white Rolls-Royce to
enact their Bed-In before members of the international press. The
bed (a new one, of course) even sits in the same location as it did
for John and Yoko, who had every other piece of furniture removed.
The redecoration of the suite, which is fully furnished, was
carried out in the spirit of the couple's rally for peace, love and
understanding during the Bed-In, the property said, and Yoko Ono
advised on and approved the design.
The suite is simply furnished, and wood, stone and glass are the
main decorative elements.
The bedroom's ceiling portrays an enlargement of the cover of
the "The Plastic Ono Band/Live Peace in Toronto" 1969 album and
shows the first five bars of the song "All You Need Is Love."
The suite can accommodate up to 25 people for wedding
ceremonies. The cost to tie the knot in the John & Yoko Suite
is approximately $466 for a daytime ceremony during the week; $621
for a daytime ceremony on the weekend, and $1,553 for an evening
ceremony any day of the week. The cost includes the setup of the
room, flowers, candles, a souvenir gift for the newlyweds and the
official ceremony, which is performed by a registrar from city
hall. If the newlywed couple choose to stay in the John & Yoko
Suite on the night of their wedding, the rate is $361 and includes
breakfast, champagne, fruit, flowers, hotel taxes and service
charges. The rate does not include the 5% city tax. There will be
no charge for the overnight stay in the John & Yoko Suite if
the couple hold their wedding reception at the Amsterdam
In addition to honeymoons, the John & Yoko Suite can be
booked as a regular suite. The nightly rate is $517 and covers
breakfast, a bottle of champagne, fruit, flowers, limousine pick-up
from the airport, hotel taxes and service charges.
For information about wedding ceremonies or other events, U.S.
agents can call the Amsterdam Hilton at (011) 31-020 571-285.