This hotel is my favorite discovery on a recent trip to the Netherlands-- beautiful, comfortable, conveniently located, with excellent breakfast, friendly service, and free Wi-Fi that actually works (but no elevator, for those concerned with accessibility).
ROOM: Rooms 6 and 7 are large and lovely, with high ceilings, chandeliers, beautiful clean quilts on comfortable beds, draperies framing french doors to balconies overlooking the canal and with views of Sonsbeek Park. There is also a minibar, desk, and TV. The bathroom has a shower stall, and is overall a good size. Couples on a romantic getaway might find the pretty rooms perfect. The hallways of the 1st (2nd) and 2nd (3rd) floor were also beautifully decorated with flowers and antique-looking pieces, and the rooms there are probably as beautiful as rooms 6 and 7 on the 1st (2nd) floor. The top floor hallway though was plain, and it seems so are the rooms there.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast was served on zero (ground/1st) floor in a conservatory at the front of the building. It's a beautiful and intimate space, with more flowers and beautiful pieces and light fixtures. The food was also a mouth-watering selection of breads, pastries, cheeses, cold cuts, fruit, cereals, juices, coffee, tea, and yogurt.
LOCATION: From Arnhem central station, take the "back" exit (opposite side from the "centrum" exit), cross at the pedestrian crossing light, turn right and walk downhill. Cross the large street at the lights, and take the middle of the small streets, and the hotel should come up on the left side at the corner where the street intersects a lovely canal-side street. Those coming in by car might have to park a block away on the street running alongside the rail tracks.
SERVICE: The staff were friendly and offered suggestions for sightseeing.
DINING AND ATTRACTIONS: There is no restaurant at the hotel, but an easy walk gets to downtown Arnhem and its shopping and dining options. It was interesting, for example, to window-shop at stores that seem to be offshoots of graduates of the design school in the city. The bus toward the Zoo and the Open Air Museum stops right outside the hotel door.Arnhem is also a good base for WWII history exploration, for art at the Kroller-Muller Museum, and the rest of the Hoge Veluwe Park.
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- Also Known As:
- Molendal Hotel Arnhem