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Hotel Carillon
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Grote Markt 27, 2011 Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 12 hotels in Haarlem
Reston, Virginia
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“would not stay here again”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed at this property on the last night of our trip before flying home. We had trouble finding affordable lodging in Amsterdam and Haarlem for under 300 Euro a night and with no 2 night minimum for this particular Saturday night, so we took this recommendation from our Rick Steves book. Here were my chief complaints:

-Walls are paper thin. You feel like the guests in the adjacent rooms are right next to you in bed.
-Rooms are TINY.
-Rooms are old and run down.
-I feel like they should charge lower prices more comparable to a hostel given the conditions.

Note that stairs are steep and narrow. Not a problem for me, but might be for someone. Wifi is free, but slow. If you get a room facing the square, you will likely not be able to sleep.

In an effort to not be 100% negative, here are a few nice things:
-Breakfast is included in the room rate.
-The location makes it easy to get to all of the attractions in Haarlem on foot or by bike.
-It is pretty close to one of the bus stops that takes you to the airport. Also, only about a 10 minute walk to the train station.
-Check in staff are friendly and will store your luggage until check in.

Haarlem is a gem, but I would not stay here again if I went back to Haarlem.

Room Tip: Walls are thin, but if you get a room that does not face the square, you will have a better chance o...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Reading some comments and seeing pictures it looked such a pretty hotel, well located and reasonable price. Oh my god! I tried two different rooms. First one so small, no light, smelling smoke and kitchen so strong......bed was like for a kid !... Second one was smelling the same, 20 euros more for a bigger bed but even more dirty, with cigarets on the ground, no light close to the bed just on the ceiling, tv as small as my Ipad, no decoration, looked like old and dirty .....you just want to run.....what I did. Now staying in front in the Amadeus hotel, 10 euros more but much much better....At least clean and nice smelling!

Room Tip: Dont recomend it! Try for little higher price the Amadeus
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I wanted a hotel that would be cheap but of reasonable quality for a 24h layover in Amsterdam. I chose the Carillon hotel in Haarlem - it is ok for the price but there are a few drawbacks... I got there early in the morning (9.30) and I could not check in before 1pm. Amsterdam is only 15 mins by train but the hotel is already 15 mins from the train station so it takes some time to go back and forth. The stairs are not wide at all and very steep. However the room and bathroom were clean and quiet. Breakfast is included and very good (continental). WiFi is also included and quite fast, and staff are friendly. It is a very good hotel if you don't have too much luggage.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The hotel was recommended by two travel books and I don't know why. I would never stay here again. The outside looks nice but the inside is totally disgusting. The bed was tiny and very uncomfortable. There was a lot of noise from outside so I didn't get much sleep. The rooms need a total revamping. This was not a good value for your money. The young Dutch girl at the front desk was very kind and tried to be helpful.

Room Tip: There is no parking near the hotel. It is in a pedestrian zone area.The parking garage is blocks awa...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Great location, good service, breakfast OK but nothing special. The rooms are small and the furnishings old and tired (table was actually broken top fell onto the floor with my laptop on it. I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I was travelling alone for a few days. And this hotel was perfect for me: pleasant stuff, good meal and really clean. I needed a good place to stay and easy to travel around. My choise was correct: few minutes to the train station and only 20 min to Amsterdam! Perfect!
Thanks a lot!

Room Tip: A little bit hard to get on the 3d floor every time,but anyway good for my training.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Carillon_Haarlem, Owner at Hotel Carillon, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Hi Maria,

Thanks very much for your great review. We're really glad that our hotel suited your needs perfectly! Hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Regards,

Victor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I believe we got one of the dingy backrooms mentioned by the previous reviewer. It was clean, but in serious need of an update as the wallpaper was torn in places, and in the en suite bathroom, painted tile was slowly returning to its original color. The stairs were very narrow, steep and there is no other way up, so be prepared to heft your luggage yourself.
That being said, the members of the staff were courteous, helpful and resolved the few issues we had immediately. The hotel is on a busy square and the quiet back room was a bonus to weary travelers. We only returned to the room to sleep so basic was all we were looking for. Breakfast was continental in style toast, cereal, boiled eggs etc, with endless cups of coffee. On our last day in Haarlem, they kindly allowed us to leave our luggage in the storage room after check out, giving us time to visit the Saturday Market in the square before we caught the bus to our next destination.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carillon_Haarlem, Owner at Hotel Carillon, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Dear wattsnew,

Thanks for your honest review and rating.

We hope to update the rooms at the back soon. However, good to hear that back rooms also have a positive side in the reduced noise from the square.

Our stairs are a little steep as you note. This is typical of traditional Dutch property and we have looked at all possibilities to install a lift but this has not been possible. On the positive side our repeat customers come back because they say our traditional property has a lot of dutch character.

For others visiting these reviews - if you cannot manage then please do not hesitate to ask our staff to help you with luggage up the stairs. We don't mind if you are direct with us in Holland :-)

Regards,

Victor
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Additional Information about Hotel Carillon

Address: Grote Markt 27, 2011 Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 12 hotels in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Carillon 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Carillon!We're a small family-run hotel located at the heart of the beautiful city of Haarlem. We've just re-launched this hotel since January 2013 so we don't have many reviews just yet on TripAdvisor. Please allow us to tell you 3 things about our hotel:(1) Great location: We sit right off the central market square. We're 5 minutes walk to the train that takes you to Amsterdam centre in just 15 minutes.(2) Low rates: We offer very low rates for a Haarlem hotel. Our customers come to spend their time out and about enjoying what Haarlem and Amsterdam have to offer. So we are small, clean and provide the best services we can at the very best prices.(3) Great restaurant:Nestled at the ground floor is Restaurant Carillon that is a warm cosy hangout from morning to dusk. We have regular locals from the area that love the food here and even if you don't stay we'd love you to visit for a coffee, beer or evening meal. ... more   less 
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