This is located in a quiet "recreational" area. There are some nice walks in the vicinity and quite a lot of leisure activities (e.g. indoor skiing, golf, canoing).
The bedrooms are of a reasonable size, but very cheaply furnished. The television is an old CRT screen, connected to an analogue signal. Only Dutch stations and most of these unwatchable due to the poor signal quality. But WiFi works well.
We had taken the dinner option, which is a a fixed three course menu, without choice. The main courses (steak on night, hake fillet the next) were fine, but the first courses (chicken salad one night, pasta salad the next) were unpleasant. Service was OK.
Breakfast buffet was very limited and the service chaotic. Everything, even the plates, ran out at one stage. Coffee and water for tea came in vacuum jugs, which isn't a good system.
The hotel advertises a wellness centre, but this wasn't satisfactory. The pool is OK, but both the steam room and infra-red sauna was broken. My wife had a massage, but they didn't have a proper massage table (with a hole for you face) so found the experience uncomfortable. The sauna area is bit scruffy and run down.
In general this hotel really needs a face lift. It is a shame as the location and facailities could make it a good hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spaarnwoude Resort is a hotel in Velsen-Zuid in the middle of a recreation area. Only 30 minutes from Amsterdam and 15 minutes from the beach in IJmuiden. You can relax in our beauty centre, swimming pool, sauna and steam bath or rent a bike at our location. In the surroundings you can hire boats and canoes. ... more less
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