- Reviews: 2751
Crown Plaza Centrum Amsterdam: Crown Plaza Centrum Amsterdam
part of the intercontinental hotels chain, this one is a dandy, very nice facilities, friendly service, all clean in top notch condition,and very close to all attractions especially the train station Centraal for easy in and out.
Nver a wrong hotel with this chain, you will be pampered and provide for. The New Dorrius restaurant is also very nice with a wonderful buffet breakfast.
Nearby is the car parking de kolk as well and bus ,tramway service right in front of it.
location was perfect.
- Reviews: 1536
Friesland - Leeuwarden: Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof - royal style
Being interested in the history of the House of Orange-Nassau, it has been a wish for a long time to stay in this former palace of the Frisian Stadtholders. It was built in 1564 and home for several Stadtholders in the 17th and 18th century and till 1971 owned by the Dutch royal family. Since the year of 1996 it is a hotel, nowadays ‘Hotel Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof’.
To be honest there is not much left (or to see) of the original interior. Most striking is the ‘Nassauzaal’, where the hotel’s restaurant ’Us Heit’ is located. In front of the hotel stands a statue of the first Stadtholder of Friesland: Willem Lodewijk van Nassau-Dillenburg. The Frisian did call him ‘Us Heit’ (Our Father).
The hotel has an excellent location in the heart of Leeuwarden; shops and historical sights are just a couple of minutes away. Parking is more or less ‘a problem’; you can park your car in front of the hotel, with only 8 spots and rather expensive (€ 12,50 a day) or in one of the public parking garages. We parked our car in the ‘Oldenhove’ garage, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. We could get a voucher at check-out for € 9.50 a day (February 2013).
Our room (nr. 27) was in a part of the hotel, which didn’t belong to the palace itself. The room was very spacious, but the more or less modern furniture and an awful radiator were quite a discrepancy with the building itself. Our room didn’t have a mini-bar, just a bottle of water and some snacks.
Room and bathroom (also spacious) were very clean; shower had also some heads on the side. Mattress was quite soft, but we slept well. Our room was overlooking the square, but there was no noise at all during the night.
Breakfast is served in a bright sun room, overlooking the garden. The buffet style breakfast offers a large variety of bread, fillings, bacon, eggs, cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, milk and juices. Excellent start of the day!!
Although their website states a lounge full of atmosphere, I would call it a cheerless lounge. I think the hotel could use a café/bar for the evening hours.
We had a great deal due to a last minute booking and paid just € 60,- for our room, inclusive breakfast. For that price we were absolutely satisfied with our stay.
- Reviews: 1536
Friesland - Bolsward: Hotel Hid Hero Hiem - very spacious rooms
For our trip to Friesland we opted for a stay in the city of Bolsward, because it is situated rather in the middle of the province and it turned out to be an excellent base for car and bike trip. After reading a lot of reviews Hotel Hid Hero Hiem was an easy choice: the location looked very nice and – very interesting – they had some attractive special offers.
I highly recommend checking their website (just in Dutch): ‘Arrangementen’, ‘Maand aanbiedingen’ and ‘Last Minute’.
The hotel is situated nearby the center of Bolsward in a quiet neighborhood. It has a (limited) parking space; if taken there is a public car park nearby.
Hotel Hid Hero Hiem is located in an former orphanage building, dating back to 1553, although the main building is not used by the hotel itself. The buildings are surrounded by a a kind of courtyard and an orchard. It is a family owned hotel with just 14 rooms and has it own restaurant ‘Het Weeshuys’ (the Orphanage). Staff is friendly and does add a personal touch to the hotel.
Our room on the second floor was very spacious and looked more like an apartment: a small kitchen, sitting room with couch and dining table, a separate bedroom and a bathroom. It was really nice !!!
Breakfast is served in the restaurant and was always a nice start of the day. Due to our ‘special offer’, we had also a couple of times our diner in the hotel.
All together we were very satisfied with our stay.
- Reviews: 1536
Friesland - Oranjewoud: Golden Tulip Tjaarda: excellent location
We found a nice package deal (3=2) for Hotel Tjaarda and made our reservation. We were absolutely surprised by the excellent location of the hotel in the ‘royal’ woods of Oranjewoud. It turned out to be a great base for exploring this part of Friesland with some bike trips.
Reception desk has bike and walking brochures available and it is possible to rent bikes from the hotel. It also has a spa and swimming pool; we didn’t use both.
The hotel itself, being a four star hotel, is nice although its interior is a little bit outmoded. Our room was nice, quite spacious and had all the amenities of a four star hotel. We opted (and paid extra) for a luxury room, but to be honest I still have no idea what this luxury was.
!!Try to avoid the rooms at the back of the hotel, which are overlooking the back/kitchen entrance and the bicycle shed.!!
Breakfast buffet is served in restaurant ‘De Oranjetuin’ and was always a great start of the day. Sometimes it was little bit overcrowded, but due to the nice weather people were also seated on the patio.
!!Our package was inclusive breakfast, otherwise you have to pay € 16,50, which is quite expensive in my opinion.!!
Hotel Tjaarda has two restaurants; the formal restaurant ‘De Oranjetuin’ and the more informal ‘Grand Café Tjaarda’, where we had our dinner twice. Food and service were good. Just a pity they only have a ‘week menu’ instead of a ‘menu of the day’.
!!Sometimes I had the feeling they just were in for the money: VERY expensive water, charging for a menu change, serving expensive sweets and whipped cream with our tea.!!
We were satisfied with our stay in Hotel Tjaarda (especially its location), although I do have some remarks:
- for me the rates are only acceptable with a package deal;
- disliked this money-making things;
- our bill was not correct and different from our reservation;
- very disappointed, because I didn’t receive ANY reaction on an email with my remarks.
- Reviews: 1561
Hostelle: Ladies only!
This is a very cute hostel, beautifully decorated and clean.
My niece and I spent only 2 nights here this July. We stayed in a standard 6-bed dorm, the walls of which had handmade drawings of fashion girls.
There's an equipped kitchen, a breakfast room where each chair has a different film print on it, a bookcase with different tour guides, board games and DVDs, and a very own Hello Kitty toilet!
- Reviews: 177
Studio Zuid 5: Appartment Hotel
The Appartment where I stayed was just a small nice and well equipt Apartment with very nice, friendly, and hospitable owners. The Appartment is found just 100 meters away from the Beach and 5 minutes walk from the City Center.
The Studio is well furnished. From small Kitchen with all the Kitchenwares: Tea, Coffee Making equipments , Microwave, and Cooking Utensils. Everything you need are completely available. Everything is there Towels and Bed Linens too. The Bed Cushions are very ideal agains Back Pains because they are stable and not too soft(for me it is best for the Spinal Column!)
Breakfast? Well you can do your Breakfast whenever you like. Or Brunch!
I can sleep whenever I like and the area is very quite because it is not the area where regular Vehicles pass by. The Appartment ist just few meters away from the hilly Dunes where you can go walking or strolling besides the Beach. Many go bicycling at the Dunes too.
The Studio Appartment is generally a non-smoker zone Appt.; priceless parking in a short distant Parking Area; with Heater; a Gay friendly Appartment, Free Internet and wireless WLAN inclusive, Fax and Copie posibilities.
- Reviews: 1536
Drenthe - Dwingeloo: Hotel Wesseling, real family hotel
Every now and then we get a newsletter from Hotel Wesseling with often very interesting deals. At last we decided to take a short break and made a reservation in their hotel in Dwingeloo. (December 2011: we paid € 75,- p.p. for a two nights stay, including breakfast and one three course meal).
Hotel Wesseling is a real family hotel - managed for many years by the same family - with a lot of charm and cosiness, still offering rooms with modern comfort. Staff was from check-in till check-out very friendly and helpful.
The hotel has quite a large restaurant (De Juffer van Batinghe) with a view of the Brink. We had our diners in the café, which we liked more. This café has also a sun lounge with great views of the famous St. Nicolaas Church with its onion shaped tower. The café has a nice reading table with a couple of papers and a lot of magazines (I think they were all Dutch).
Food was excellent: first night we had a three course menu and opted for a grilled salmon as main course; the second night we had a ‘highly spiced spaghetti Bolognese’.
Breakfast is buffet style and was very extensive with a variety of bread, every filling you can imagine, yoghurt, fruit, coffee/tea and juices.
Our room (nr.25) was not too spacious, but comfortable enough for a couple of nights. It had a seating area, a flat screen TV and a nice bathroom with shower, toilet and all amenities. Bed was comfortable and we slept very well.
Hotel Wesseling has a great location: in the centre of Dwingeloo at the famous Brink (village green) and next to the church (yes, every half hour the bells are ringing, but we didn’t mind at all). Dwingeloo is more or less situated in the heart of Drenthe and therefore an ideal base for exploring the province.
We were very satisfied with our stay, in spite of the bad weather we had. For sure we will go back in another season.
!!Be aware: the hotel has an annex - Hotel De Brink - in a building just across the road !!
Its charm of a real family hotel.
- Reviews: 67
NH Grand Krasnapolsky: wonderful 5-star hotel but a bit overrated
Before we went to Amsterdam, we had heard a lot of great things about this hotel and we had looked it up on the Net. It seemed like a wonderful 5-star hotel which is, actually. The decoration was splendid, everyone was helpful and ready to serve your every need. The restaurant was fantastic and there are many facilities for tourists. However, our room lacked a few basic things. For example, there were no pairs of slippers for us to use after our shower. For a 5-star hotel, this is unacceptable. We have stayed in many hotels so we know that providing slippers for your customers is not even considered to be a luxury. Moreover, we accidentally spilled coffee on the sheets in the morning so we asked for the cleaning lady to clean our room. However, at night we were surprised to notice that our dirty sheets were still dirty. Last but not least, there was a problem with the water in the shower. While taking our shower, it kept turning ice cold from hot and then from cold it turned to boiling hot. We think it had to do with the fact that various customers in the hotel might have been taking their shower at the same time, still, this is not a problem that we should have had to face, considering how much money we spent on that room. A 5-star hotel should not even have to face these problems. One last thing, paying more than 20Euros for a late check-out is unheard of as well as paying more than 40Euros to upgrade your room, not even for a suite. All the above-mentioned made the hotel a bit overrated.
The restaurant was wonderful.
- Reviews: 3829
A few pointers: Group or family accommodation
http://www.hoevelogies.nl/hvfrkaart.htm (in Dutch but I think you could work out enough of it)
This was in reply to someone asking for a family holiday farm, 4 adults, 4 children, 1 baby.
Do contact me if you need more info.
- Reviews: 146
Nadia Hotel: Hotel in the centre of amsterdam
This is a nice hotel with lovely bedrooms with view on the canal.I didnt eat the breakfast but its includet in the price.Very central and i like it for that.
- Reviews: 1536
Noord Holland - Schagen: Best Western Slothotel Igesz, just average
My mother was born in Schagen and after reading an advertisement in our local paper, we decided for a short break to this little town in the province of North Holland. We ended up booking another -more expensive package (Culinary Castle Arrangement) - than was offered in the paper.
We had to travel by train, which was quite convenient because the hotel is located at the central square of the town, on walking distance (max. 10 minutes). Be aware the hotel doesn’t have a private parking place, so if travelling by car you will have to find a public parking area.
Located in the center of town means shops (included a remarkable large shopping mall), bars and restaurants are very close.
The hotel exists of two buildings: the main building with the reception, restaurant, café/bar and the standard rooms; luxury rooms are located in Slot (Castle) Schagen. Our arrangement included one of these ‘castle’ rooms. To be honest we couldn’t discover a lot of luxury (except the bath in our bathroom) in our room and it looked as an average ‘Best Western’ room. Everything was clean and had the normal amenities, although we personally were not really happy with the box spring mattress.
The castle is situated behind the main building, which means you have to walk outside about 100 meters, which can be inconvenient with bad weather.
There was one three course diner included in our package, which we had in the hotel restaurant ‘De Gastheer’. The food was good, although for the main course we had only a choice between two kinds of (only) meat.
Breakfast is also served in the main building and is buffet style; it offers a variety of bread, fillings, yoghurt, tea, coffee and juices. Just a pity the bread, as well as the fruit, was not too fresh.
All together we are slightly disappointed (not about our trip) and feel we did pay too much for our stay in this average hotel.
- Reviews: 4848
Out of the ordinary: Special hotel addresses
Check out these non-standard hotels:
Sleeping in a wine barrel
Sleeping in a lighthouse, lifeboat or dockyard crane
Sleeping in a rescue capsule
Sleeping in a sod hut
Sleeping in a watchtower
Sleeping in a train wagon
Sleeping in a tram
Sleeping in an aeroplane
Sleeping in a tree house
Sleeping in a windmill or Zeelandmolen
Sleep in the hay
Sleeping in a Mongalian nomad tent
Sleeping in a circus carriage
Sleeping in a painted caravan on a private island
Sleeping in an traditional grocery store
Sleeping in a Watertower
Sleeping in a Middle Ages setting
Sleeping in a forest cabin
Sleeping in a cube watching the stars
Camping in a tree tent
All these hotels are converted to give you a special experience.
Stay at a castle
Special accommodations start page Dutch.
- Reviews: 1536
Limburg - Vijlen: A gen Kirk, with a 'holy breakfast'
Although not a real B&B, I think it is more a small guesthouse, it was a great experience staying a couple of nights in A gen Kirk. We found it on the internet and after reading a lot of very good (Dutch) reviews we made our reservation. Because it was almost a last minute booking we got a discount on the room price.
The B&B is part of the ‘bike and ride café’ and that is exactly what people are doing in this part of the country.
The four rooms are located in a separate building behind the café and a small patio. The rooms do have different themes like a ‘hunter room – with some not to well stuffed animals – a ‘royal room’, a Mary Servaas room’ with a lot of knick knacks and a ‘Marilyn Monroe room’.
Due to a mistake with our reservation we did sleep in two different rooms – Hunter and Mary Servaas: one on the ground floor and the other night on a room on the first floor (accessible by rather steep stairs). Both were spacious; the one on the ground floor a little more, but the other one has an own little balcony with two chairs and a table. Rooms are basic, with a TV and fan, but are clean and could use a little bit more light in the evening, when one wants to read a book. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, soap and four towels. Beds were comfortable.
From 8.30 am in the morning an excellent breakfast was waiting for us in the café. This is a very remarkable room with its more than 100 images of saints, bibles, holy crosses and other ‘holy stuff’. Your breakfast looks really like a 'holy breakfast'.
(More info/pics about Vijlen)
Quietness of the location and its friendly and helpful owners.
- Reviews: 1
140 Nature camping sites. Ideal camping sites for those who long for a quiet campsite and want to enjoy nature and country life. Nature camping sites can be found in the most beautiful areas in the Netherlands, often near cycling and hiking routes.
They can be found in the forest, near the beach, in old fruitorchards and even on top of old fortresses!
Rest, space and privacy. The Nature campsites are small and cosy.
A spacious spot.
Proper basic sanitary facilities
Most Nature camping sites are open to both campers with tents and campers with caravan or motorcaravan.
For hikers and cyclists places are kept available until 7 p.m. whenever this is possible.
- Reviews: 1349
Motel Mijdrecht, Amsterdam: A budget motel
Motel Mijdrecht is located approximately 6 kilometers west of A2 motorway, approximately 20 kilometers south of the city of Amsterdam. It is a very cosy motel with free parking facilities away from the bustling city of Amsterdam. The family room can accommodate up to four adults with bathroom/WC attached. There is a small reception in the motel complete with café cum restaurant for you to chill out. Nevertheless the amenities are quite basic! The motel is ideal for budget travellers and overnight motorists travelling across mainland Europe.
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