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Hotel Papendal
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Papendallaan 3 | Postbus 484, 6800 Arnhem, The Netherlands (Formerly Hotel en Congrescentrum Papendal)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Arnhem
London, United Kingdom
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36 hotel reviews
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“Bargain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Rocked up here on Thursday night after a long drive, easy to find, easy parking, friendly helpful staff all round (all excellent English speakers- puts us Brits to shame), rooms v basic but clean and comfortable. The place has a bit of a campus feel about it but that's ok given you're paying £50 a night for B&B. The restaurant is pretty good for the price and breakfast is extensive. Ideal for a quick stop over or for business purposes.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We live in Amsterdam and wanted a weekend away from the busy capitol. Hotel Papendal is positioned in the middle of the Veluwe, a green oasis surrounded with many lovely small villages with Arnhem as a great shopping city. The grounds of Papendal are huge. See it as a small sport village where many associations like OSF/NSF, training schools, sport unions, etc. are based. The hotel is huge, with many facilities for events, congresses etc. There is a great terrace and bar. Reasonably priced as well as the restaurant (where we did not eat). There are 2 kinds of rooms to choose from. We took the 4* which we found ultra practical. Fantastic M-Line beds, airco, great shower en nothing but quietness. The breakfast was more then sufficient. Lots of choices and a great view (golf course). We rented bikes, did a nice tour to Arnhem (25 minutes). Had a great diner at Mimi's, in a small village called Oosterbeek and hiked a day around Papendal. We also had a great lunch in the restaurant of the Edese Golfclub, next door from hotel Papendal.

Room Tip: The 4* is worth the extra 12,50 a night
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harlingen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This a relaxt Hotel, verry nice and lovely people there, the rooms are excelent. The location is nice and relaxing, the food is also good, toilets are clean. It is a verry nice place for walking and playing golf.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Good first impression. Reception area was modern and the lady at the front desk very friendly. The restaurant was closed but we were able to order a few options from the menu and they served it downstairs at the bar. Quality food and big portions. Restaurant staff was very helpful as well. No complaints there. Unfortunately, the bathroom in room 319 was a disaster. Mold on the walls, floor and shower curtain, pubic hair in the tub and no toilet brush. Bowel movement is actively discouraged at Papendal. Beds were comfortable, service was great and it was ok for one night but we won't go back.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Netherlands
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7 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I booked this hotel for the 'Nijmegen Four Day Walk Arrangement' they offered. Although there were aspects that could have been approved, I wasn't disappointed. The peace and quiet I sought after a day of walking, was more than delivered.
I stayed in a 4 star room. It was modern and clean with a great shower, great bed,free wifi and airco, much appreciated with the 30+ temps during my 4 day stay. The toiletries offered were amusing and generous, so much so I took a few home with me, something I never do, but how can you refuse a hair conditioner called 'the sleek shall inherit the earth'? The hotel itself is situated in a secluded wooded area, about a 30 minute drive from Nijmegen, and just off a major roadway. They offer golf and bike rentals, both of which I would have tried, had my days not been filled with walking the 4daagse. There is also a fitness room, which was also spotless and equipped with the basic equipment, Turkish sauna and dry sauna.
As for the food, it was good, when you ate at the restaurant 2028. As part of the package I booked, a packed breakfast and lunch were included, as well as the main course in the evening.
First off, the packed meals were terrible. Sorry, but there's not much more to say about that. Hotel Papendal is an Olympic Sports Training Centre, so you would expect something better than white buns with a smidgen of butter and a slice of cheese or ham. There was no thought given whatsoever as to the physical needs of a participant in this gruelling walk. This was the consensus of every other person who booked the same package.
The dinners, on the other hand, were delicious and served quickly and with consideration. If you wanted a starter and dessert, that was charged extra. I didn't mind to pay the extra, as the main course itself just wasn't sufficient, but again, many walkers were disappointed that this was not more clearly stipulated while booking the package.
Over all, I would recommend this hotel. I plan on doing the Nijmegen Walk again next year, and if this hotel offers a similar package, I need not look elsewhere. One sidenote--I rated the breakfast terrible, simply because I never experienced the 'normal' breakfast offered by the hotel, only the packed breakfast we were given.

Room Tip: Book a room with airco and shower---clean, quiet, modern and comfortable
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Thought that the locale was very pretty. It was rural, quiet and pretty. The room and bathroom was large, very clean, modern, well furnished and comfortable. Thought that the hotel was luxurious and a bargain.
Breakfast was very good buffet. We did not eat dinner in the hotel restaurant partly because the menu did not have many choices and I thought that the restaurant prices were high.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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helsingborg, sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This hotel have very nice view and located nearby sport events. Official hashtag #papendal. Very good breakfast and nice golf view from restarant. This hotel have very nice view and located nearby sport events. Official hashtag #papendal. Very good breakfast and nice golf view from restarant.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Papendallaan 3 | Postbus 484, 6800 Arnhem, The Netherlands (Formerly Hotel en Congrescentrum Papendal)
Location: The Netherlands > Gelderland Province > Arnhem
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Arnhem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Papendal 4*
Number of rooms: 247
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Papendal is unique, with its lively, dynamic and energetic ambience.Guests at Hotel Papendal can sense the presence of top Dutch sporting talent, although you don’t have to practise top-class sport in order to live the experience. On arrival the expansive site with its woodlands and panoramic views feels like a breath of fresh air. All that space and greenery just on the doorstep! Hotel Papendal demonstrates the importance of light, air and space for a pleasant experience. Papendal has something for everyone, and not just in the field of sport and recreation. Papendal likes to put in a top performance for its business guests, too, offering facilities for training courses, congresses and overnight accommodation. The same high standards are offered to business groups getting together for team-building days or special events – and to all who fancy a weekend break or just want to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning sun. Visit Papendal and experience our hospitality. ... more   less 
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