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“Met our expecations.” 4 of 5 stars
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Carlton Square Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Baan 7, 2012 DB Haarlem, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Met our expecations.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We wanted to stay at a nice hotel, but couldn't afford Amsterdam prices, so booked three nights at the Carlton Square Hotel in Haarlem. We were pleased with the offer and booked and paid for three nights through ebookers.com. We opted to not have breakfast as we felt that 18.50 Euros, per person was a bit steep (I work at a B&B and we charge £6.00 for breakfast). My intepretation of the location from the train station was a bit off - as it was about a 20 - 25 minute walk (though not unpleasant), or a bus journey costing 2 Euros. On one day we took the bus 80 to Amsterdam city centre, which was easy - the stop was just around the corner from the hotel - a 'day saver' costing 14 Euros for two of us, and on the second day, opted for a return by train (but then it was necessary to walk the 20 minutes to the hotel from the train station), at a cost of about 15 Euros. It would have been helpful to know how long a walk it was from where you get off the bus to the hotel.

The hotel itself was pleasant - very helpful and friendly staff and we had dinner in the restaurant the last night we were there. It was not cheap, however, nothing in Amsterdam was. Our room was clean and was serviced daily. On check-out the reception staff informed us that we owed 337 Euros for the stay (including a two breakfasts we didn't have on the day we arrived and the day before we left) - however full payment had been taken by ebookers. In the end, we paid only the local city tax and let him know we did not have breakfast - that we weren't even in the country the morning we arrived, so couldn't have. Overall - a good experience, but if we had to do it again, we'd probably take all the money/time we spent on travel to and from Amsterdam and book a hotel in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Nairn, Scotland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

stayed there for 3 nights while visiting amsterdam.better than staying in the city centre.good clean hotel.lovely rooms with a great power shower.staff were great.very helpful.close to local bars as well.very friendly place.bed was very comfortable.facilities in the room very good.frequent transport links to amsterdam.only down side was the hotel taking a hundred quid off my credit card for no reason but they are sorting it out.

Room Tip: any room with a balcony so you can sit out when its warm
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at the Carlton Square in Haarlem for 4 nights and loved it. The room was large, nicely decorated and super clean. The bathroom was delightful and the power shower was fab. We had been given a room with a balcony but that was so tiny as to be no use so don't bother asking for that. We had an executive room which came with a complimentary mini bar, but my husband didn't believe that the fridge items were included so he wouldn't partake! I don't think we will stay in Haarlem next time but if ever we did this hotel would be my first choice.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

If you are planning for a nice trip to Amsterdam, this is the place to be, Haarlem is 12 minutes away from Amsterdam city by train and is well connected.
Carlton Square is one of the best hotels, very friendly and polite staff, super clean and furnished rooms, best of all Superior Deluxe rooms come with free bar ;)
They have nice and clean bath rooms and very good beds.
Its very close from the Haarlem city square which has good restaurants and pubs near by.
I enjoyed my stay for the 4 nights i stayed there, I recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask a room with Balcony, the view from this hotel is very good.
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  • Stayed April 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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43 hotel reviews
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Stayed here whilst on a visit to Amsterdam in order to be able to dip in and out of the hub-bub as we pleased. A well appointed establishment with a self appointed "whiskey bar" which whilst at first glance looked a little pricy, the measures were at least three times bigger than a single UK. measure. What was pricy was the breakfast at 18 Euros per person for basically a cold but substantial buffet.
The room we had (206) was large and had all that could be required PLUS a complimentary mini bar which included wine, beer and decanters of whisky and brandy.
Cleanliness was excellent and the sleep quality of the extra large bed (two double together) could not be bettered.
Staff spoke excellent English and were not in the least instrusive. If I had a gripe it would be that we were not told of all the facilities - on our last morning I noticed that we could have used bicycles provided by the hotel. A great deal we had via Expedia at 3 nights for the price of 2. We would recommend this hotel but it is a good 20 to 30 minutes walk from the station but it is not unpleasant. There are up to ten trains an hour into Amsterdam which takes 15 to 20 minutes. There is a bus to Amsterdam from near the hotel but this takes considerably longer. Taxi drivers - like the rest of the world need to be watched and be tol that you know where you are going.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here on a recent weekend visit to Amsterdam. The hotel was around a 30 minute walk from Haarlem train station and about €10 for a taxi. The hotel itself was very clean with robes and a complimentary bar and very central to Haarlem centre with bus stops nearby. The biggest asset to this hotel is it's staff, all of whom went out of their way to make you feel welcome. We ate in the Whisky bar, a home from home, in comfortable surroundings and very reasonable prices. Will definitely make a return visit in the future - good to stay at for day tripping to Amsterdam but if you're really only interested in Amsterdam and nightlife then maybe better staying in Amsterdam. However we loved it!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We arrived late at night and we were warmly welcomed by Irene at reception. Our room was spacious and comfortable, with an amazing pressure shower and luxurious bath to use. There was also a nice desk and bar for additional working space. The room also had a nice warm decor and the bathroom was modern and extremely spacious.

It was a 20 minute walk to Haarlem Central station, but if you could take the bus 50, 140 or a few others on a street just literally a minute's walk away and that takes about 5-7 minutes. Direct bus from here to Keukenhof (bus 50, direction Leiden) and that took about 30 minutes and another 10 minutes walk in that the bus driver was very nice to point out the way for us.

We stayed 3 nights and commuted daily, it's only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam central by the high speed train so we found the location extremely ideal as we also travelled to other parts of the Netherlands. In all, a very enjoyable and comfortable stay and would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Address: Baan 7, 2012 DB Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Haarlem
#1 Romantic Hotel in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Carlton Square Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carlton Square is an intimate 4-star Haarlem hotel in the heart of the charming city of Haarlem, combining international allure with luxurious ambiance and genuine hospitality. As you walk through the front door of our Haarlem hotel you will immediately feel drawn in by the staff, design and interior. The warmth of the cosy lounge and crackling fire in the hearth instantly give our guests that 'home away from home' feeling.Carlton Square, with 122 hotelrooms, is situated in the heart of the shopping district. Only 10 km from Schiphol International Airport and the Amsterdam RAI Congress Centre, the Carlton Square Hotel is located in Haarlem city centre just off one of the main roads leading to Amsterdam. ... more   less 
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