We enjoyed our stay, and we would stay at this hotel again. We didn't hear the construction or children, except at breakfast, and the hotel is in a nice fairly quiet area and very near the tram and bus stops.
Pros: The young staff members, including housekeeping, were very pleasant and helpful. Added pluses included laundry, a tasty large breakfast (we didn't have to eat mid-day as the breakfast was filling - make sure to try the cheeses and pancake, which is more crepe-like rather than pancake), Internet, free overseas phone call (although we didn't use this convenience). I booked our our shuttle back to the airport, and the staff members were pleasant about reconfirming later (in Dutch) for me while confirming for another couple.
Cons: The beds were hard, but I rarely find a comfortable hotel bed. The stairs are very steep and narrow, both width and depth; the tiny elevator was appreciated. However that type of stair seems common at the smaller hotels. The hotel seemed expensive, but, when you figure out the lower prices at another hotel then add in laundry charges/stress/time, friendly and helpful staff, and a filling breakfast (food is expensive - everything seems to be much more expensive in Europe), the prices comparable.
Two Pros & Cons together - #1 the shower was fabulous with plenty of hot water (the sides of the tub are high so expect to be agile, make sure to disengage the shower option when finished, and be careful as I had to mop a lot of water as for some reason the spray escaped), but the downside is that the bathroom doesn't have a fan so all of the steam from that lovely hot water makes a person sticky and damp. #2 - I can see the owner Hans rubbing some people the wrong way. Many of the people seemed to love his style - I'm not quite sure if it was just blunt, presumed witty, or downright rude. I just kept my head down and tried not to attract his attention. It could be a cultural thing as he seemed to resemble our neighbor, who is from the Netherlands.
It sounds as though the patrons with the most problems and unpleasant experiences didn't follow the rules. Again, we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.
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