This little pension is quite possibly the best accommodation I have ever experienced ! It is hard to put into words just how good this B&B really is for a stay in Alkmaar, because words alone can't fairly describe just how wonderful and accommodating the owners of this property are and how lovely the place really is, but I'll try...
We made our reservation on-line at bookings.com, with ease. We stayed for three nights, arriving on a Saturday morning, having taken an early morning train from Amsterdam. It was our first time to Alkmaar and we weren't quite sure what to expect. We wanted to see the city and enjoy the AZ Alkmaar soccer match that weekend. Staying at the Pension Onassis was ideal for both !
From the time Teny opened the door to welcome us in, until our early morning departure 3 days later, we felt like we were staying with family or old friends.
After unpacking and settling into our spacious upstairs apartment, we took our first of many walks around the city of Alkmaar. The entire area surrounding this hotel is clean and safe and quiet. The peaceful neighborhood and city park await you just outside the front door and make for a very pleasant stroll. The inner city of Alkmaar, with all it's Dutch charm, is only minutes away by foot.
On Sunday morning, our host Peter offered to allow us to accompany him on a short drive to the beach at Egmond to walk his two dogs. We graciously accepted the ride to the beach and had so much we fun there that we almost lost track of time and found ourselves running a bit late for our soccer match that afternoon. Not to worry though, Peter drove us to the stadium saving us the 20 minute walk. By the way, the home team won that day;-)
Our accommodations included a kitchen with a sink and a stove, refrigerator, coffee maker and a cupboard with glassware, knives, forks and spoons, etc. Basically, we had everything we needed to enjoy meals in our room, but we chose to eat our lunch and dinner out on the town. Of course, we enjoyed the wonderfully fresh breakfasts prepared by our hosts Peter and Teny downstairs each morning.
Our room was clean and spacious. Each area of the apartment is heated by individual gas radiators, which can be easily adjusted for perfect climate control. The beds were comfortable. Our bathroom was large and clean with a shower (no bath). We enjoyed the nice selection of cable T.V. channels available and the free WiFi in the room, as well. However, it was the very relaxing and refreshing indoor pool and sauna that really helps to make this hotel unique among B & B experiences. And if you are looking for a romantic getaway, I'd suggest booking the Honeymoon suite. Peter gave us the tour and it is truly fantastic !!
The price we paid for our room was in line with all the other B&B's and hotels in Alkmaar, for the time that we stayed there. We feel that we got an excellent value for the price.
We really can't wait to return. We will be making our reservation again with Peter and Teny, at the Pension Onassis, for our future visits to Alkmaar.
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