- Reviews: 438
Hotel-Restaurant Nautisch Kwartier: nice, but could be better
Hotel-Restaurant Nautisch Kwartier is one of the many Fletcher hotels in the Netherlands. These hotels VERY often have affordable packages. We booked also one: 2 nights stay, breakfast, one 3-course dinner and some other features for € 115,- pp.
The hotel is beautifully located at the old harbour of Huizen with nearby some restaurants, a couple of offices, an old wharf and the historical ‘Kalkovens’ (Limekilns). Hotel and surrounding buildings are built in the more or less traditional style: coloured wooden buildings with a nautical flair.
The hotel itself consists of a main building with restaurant, lounge and some rooms and three separate - two storey - buildings with most of the rooms. The hotel is ideally located for exploring the region (‘t Gooi) with towns like Blaricum, Laren - a shopping paradise - and Hilversum. Even Amsterdam is not too far away by car or train (what we did from the railway station Bussum).
We had a room in one of the separate buildings with lots of windows and a great view. It was not very spacious; bathroom was OK. Breakfast in the main building was very good, tasty and extensive.
We were quite satisfied, but it could have been better on some points:
- using their own website it is not possible to make a choice between twin and double bed
- reception desk was very unprofessional: telephone seemed more important than guests, we had to ask for the features of the package, again nothing about the beds, so we had to move to another room as we prefer twin beds
- quite a lot of discussions about the included 3-course menu
- pillows are not very comfortable; no other ones available
- the floor of the rain shower is very slippery/dangerous.
- Reviews: 5523
Hotel Plantage: Just a Room Somewhere
Like so many hotels in central Amsterdam - this is just a series of dingy rooms in a tall old building. Did I mention grotesquely over-priced? Should a dark, musty smelling attic room really cost $150 or more? At these prices you would think you would get breakfast and maybe some paint that was not 30 years old. You would think, but you won't get either. On the plus side, my room was very quiet, the bed was sleepable and it was a reasonable walk to most sights. It was even near the Resistance Museum (excellent place). My interaction with the 'staff' was to be given 2 keys. One is to the outside door.
The surrounding area was originally designed in the 17th century as a garden called "Plantage" - hence the name. There is a small green park nearby. One of their 'neighbors' is the Amsterdam Zoo.
Please note: Prices do NOT include the 5.5% city tax.
Between 5 and 15 minutes’ walk from Central Station, Dam Square, Rembrandt Square. Good and frequent tram- and boat lines nearby.
- Reviews: 438
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: 438
Noord Holland - Texel (Den Burg): De Lindeboom, old charm and hospitality
Hotel De Lindeboom (The Lime Tree) is located in Den Burg and situated on the Groeneplaats, the square just in the centre of this ‘capital’ of Texel. Therefore a perfect place if you are not on Texel for the beach and the sea and during off season periods. The hotel has a car park (€ 6,- a day) and it also possible to rent bikes at the front desk.
De Lindeboom does exist from 1895 and even now it has in my opinion a lot of ‘old charm and hospitality’. Rooms are renovated and do have all modern amenities one can imagine (bathroom, air-conditioning, floor heating, internet access, colour TV and really nice beds).
It has a couple of restaurants; we did like most the so called Café Brasserie with a warm interior (a little bit like an English pub), serving tasteful diners. The oldest part of De Lindeboom is Het Schoutenhuys, which dates back to 1611) and is a well known restaurant on Texel (we missed it because it was open from Wednesday till Sunday). The excellent breakfast buffet was a great start of the day.
De Lindeboom has a nice sunny terrace and even early February we could drink our cappucino enjoying the sun and watching Texel's streetlife.
The charm and hospitality of a family owned hotel.
Perfectly located in the middle of the nice village of Den Burg.
It offered very interesting special deals.
- Reviews: 31
van der valke: hotel
very beautiful hotel!sets in a beautiful sourranding near edam and volendam!
hotel is modern and well served!
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