Hotel Paleis Het Stadhouderlijk Hof

Hofplein 29, , Leeuwarden, Friesland 8911 HJ
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Hotel Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof -a bit royal style

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by written on February 15, 2013

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.

Directions: In the city centre of Leeuwarden. opposite the town hall (follow signs for 'Stadhuis').

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Comfort in a palace

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by written on March 14, 2004

I stayed here for a rather long time, over 2 months, so was given an apartment room on the top floor. Mind, on one weekend when the hotel was full and I needed to extend my stay, I was moved to one of the Bridal suites, with 4 poster bed and jacuzzi in the room, very nice.

The hotel location is right downtown, and I think, has the best access to all the best restaurants and bars that Leeuwarden has to offer.

Unique Quality: Check out the Bridal Suites, Roms 3 or 8.

King suite in the middle doesn't have a bog jacuzzi!

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Former Royal Residence

by written on April 16, 2003

This hotel is truly beautiful, it has so much grace. When I was a student I worked here for three years cleaning all the rooms in the weekends. The main bridalsuite was a nightmare to clean. It has a jacuzi surounded by mirrors.

The hotel used to be a residence for the royal family, and the suites on the second floor are all named after members of the royal family. The rooms on the thirth floor are named after the 11 cities in Friesland (the province).

If you go to the website you can read the whole (interesting) history of the Stadhouderlijk Hof and all its former residants.

Unique Quality: If you go stay here (or even if you don't) ask if someone can show you around the ground floor. There is a beautiful ballroom, and a few other rooms in old style.

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Leeuwarden's best hotel

by written on January 28, 2003

Right in the city centre is this beautiful 4* hotel with a rich cultural history. This hotel used to be a palace, and many important Dutch people actually lived in this building what is nowadays a hotel. All the rooms are unique and and very cosy decorated. To take a look at them I recommend visiting the web site. Prices start at EUR 90.00 (roomrate)which is quite something for Leeuwarden, but very cheap compared to Amsterdam.

Directions: From Nieuwestad, cross the canal and walk into the street called Herenwaltje. At the end you will find the Hotel.

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Address: Hofplein 29, , Leeuwarden, Friesland 8911 HJ

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