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.
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.
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.
Its very spacious rooms; we were staying in a hotel, but had an appartment for our accommodation.
The hotel does often have very attractive offers.
Near the Swimming pool Vitaloo, close to the centre of Bolsward, there is a small campground.
But for the occasion, there is also the possibility to camp on the sport grounds next to the campgound. In fact you are camping on the Football fields.
The advantage is that the grass is very green and soft, and there are no rocks or stones.
You can use the toilets and showers at the football fields. The showers were ok, with plenty of hot water, bu there were only two toilest, so that was a matter of cueing in the morning.
very near the city centre, and also along the route of the 11 cities cycling tour, like this it was possible to go back to campground to eat something and to refill your drinking bottles after the first lap of 140 km.
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