Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Average Value
Good For Solo
Quirky, comfy and Noisy!
Aside from what my header may imply, I enjoyed staying at the Nieuw Minerva. Yes, my room - the "Nautical" one (they have some theme rooms there) - was so ugly it made me chuckle and yes, it's next to Student Union and yes, its guests just love to slam their doors... But none of this bothered me. I was happy to have a nice sized room, right in town which felt safe, was clean and had a friendly staff. Also, the bed was comfy and it had a nice fluffy blanket under the comforter. VERY important in my book!
A standard room has two twin beds pushed together, pretty roomy and is 75 Euro a night. It's a good deal if there are two of you, you're travelling on a budget and don't mind sleeping that close to one another : )
Oh, and be sure to ask for a room that faces the canal. Not only is it a prettier view, but it's more quiet than facing that student union!
Unique Quality: Some of the other themes that other guests attending the wedding had, were Moroccan, Red and the very special Rembrandt room. Right off the staircase from the 1st to 2nd floors, is the Delft Room which is pretty, blue and well, Delft! And how do I know this? Because it has a glass window curtained with just shears. Well, it just must have an additional heavy curtain on the inside.......right?
Directions: Right on a canal and near everything!
This is a first of a series of Hotel tips that I am going to add, even if I have not stayed in them. I am going to focus on location and opinions from friends/colleagues that have stayed there.
This Hotel is located on the street where I live, so it is very convenient. It is just a small walk away from the station (7-8 minutes), although it might be too much if you have heavy luggage. It is right between the two main shopping streets and within walking distance from almost all restaurants, museums and bars.
Right next to the Hotel, there is a parking lot and a shelter for homeless people, but don't let that put you off as it is still safe. Parking however is paid from 9.00 to 21.00.
I have friends that have stayed there on several occasions and they were happy with both room and service.
Prices range from 75 Eur for a single to 150 for a luxury room. There are also rooms for 3-4 people.
Unique Quality: Good location
THE NIEUW MINERVA HOTEL
this hotel was a pleasant suprise,having been to leiden before i wasted no time finding it as the streets are familiar.
At check in the staff are aproachable and all speak great english so communication is easy and quick.
The rooms are a decent size with shower and tv etc.
The tv had a number of english language channels bbc1, bbc2, cnn ,national geographic plus many native channels showed many familiar programmes in english with dutch subtitles
Unique Quality: the breakfast area was very nice with the usual fare tea coffee juice cereal,plus all manor of brown/white bread, various spreads butter/marg, jam,biscuits,ham,boiled eggs,natural yogurt so there was no excuse not to get a good breakfast.
The hotel sold holiday staples such as toothpaste toothbrushes body spray,suntan creme,all those little things you might run out of are available.
if i was to say anything of a critical nature the only thing i found was in the shower area the wc was so close to the wall and door you had to place yourself at an angle to accommadate lack of room,anyone really tall would have struggled.
Down town location
It's always difficult to recommend a hotel in your own town. By definition, one does't have first hand experience.
All i know is that hotel nieuw Minerva looks ok from the outside, and its location is really central. From there you can explore most of Leiden on foot.
It has 2 or 3 stars, 39 rooms and about 90 beds. The hotel has its own restaurant. Parking could be somewhat of a hassle if you're by car.
Directions: Downtown, looking out over the river Rijn
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