My husband and I picked this hotel because there was free parking. We came for two nights to hang out in Haarlem and Amsterdam. We were pleasantly surprised with the hotel. The reception staff were very friendly and gave us maps of the areas. They directed us to the bus station right outside the hotel property that took us into Haarlem in 11 minutes flat for 2 Euro each. The same bus also takes you to the train station, where you can get to Amsterdam very quickly. The room is very spacious with a comfortable bed, oversized chair, desk and ample place to put suitcases. The free WiFi is great. The bathroom is equipped with a shower and tub. There was also a balcony for each room. The breakfast is very accommodating to say the least. I haven't had that nice of a european breakfast in a very long time. We went to the hotel for a light dinner one night, but wasn't impressed. Skip it.
I had two concerns that kept me from giving Van der Valk Hotel 5 stars. First, the shower was not clean to my standards. There was evidence that the previous guest cleaned their razor out in the shower, leaving stubble behind. Also, it was a bit noisy outside our window, which faced a busy street. I usually don't notice such things, but I had a terrible cold, which kept me up most of the night. I could hear the traffic below and lots of loud talking. Despite these minor issues, I very much enjoyed our stay at Van der Valk Hotel and would absolutely come again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem is located at the border of the historical center of Haarlem. From the hotel you can easily visit the beaches of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal and the cities of Amsterdam or The Hague. The hotel is located not far from the airport Schiphol. The city of Haarlem is certainly worth a visit with its beautiful canals, old buildings, inner-gardens and of course the famous Teylers Museum and Frans Hals Museum.Our guests enjoy free high-speed internet, free parking and free access to Anybody Healthcenter. We would like to welcome all business guests in one of our 14 meetingrooms, ranging from 13 to 900 m². ... more less
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