We stayed at the Golden Tulip Lion D'Or Hotel for 2 nights before we started our river cruise in Amsterdam. Due to a conference being held in Amsterdam, we were unable to find a hotel there and settled on Haarlem - a suburb approx 15 minutes from Amsterdam.
We arrived at the Schipol Airport and took the Bus to Haarlem. I would highly recommend this as it is easy to find, and only 4 euros (which you can pay right to the bus driver). Simply walk out of the main entrance of the Schipol Airport and cross the street, look for bus Number #30 that says Haarlem. Its RED and you can't miss it. The bus has its own lane so you never have to deal with traffic. We got off at Haarlem central station.
From the bus station, we walked 2 blocks to our hotel which is situated across the street from the train station and just up the road from the main shops & restaurants. It was a beautiful city with friendly people and great shopping!
As for the hotel, it was a typical European hotel... lots of stairs (small elevator) and overall much smaller than an American/Canadian hotel. Our room included a queen bed that was very comforable. A small TV with approx 25 channels (some English, some Dutch). The bathroom was comfortable with a stand up shower. A wardrobe which included a safe was also there. Overall, it was very clean. Their hotel room keys are really BIG... So everytime we left, we just dropped them off at the front desk.
The hotel had a restaurant which we ate at 2 mornings from breakfast. Breakfast included toast/danishes, make your own egg station, yogurt, cereal, small fruit, and typical stuff but no sausage, bacon, or pre-made eggs... which was fine for us. I believe it was 15 euro but ours was included with our room. There are plenty of small cafes close that would probably be a much better deal.
Wifi cards were available for purchase at the front desk. We bought one for 9 euro which gave you one hour use (minimum 10 min though everytime you login).
The hotel is on a fairly busy street, so it could be noisy but it didn't bother us. Hotel staff were very friendly..we would ask for food recommendations, directions, etc and the front desk staff would always help us out.
If you have never been to The Netherlands, BE CAREFUL FOR THE BIKES!! Make sure that you watch out for them, I think they have the right of way and if they don't, they definitely act like they do.
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