This is a modern style hotel with rooms that are the equivalent of a Hilton or Marriott Hotel, perhaps a bit smaller in size. The hotel has all of the essential things - a restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet and a small bar. The rooms are quite clean and well-furnished. The front desk staff is very friendly and helpful. Parking for the hotel is at a public underground garage about 1/2 block from the hotel entrance (although it was closed due to a vehicle fire when I was there).
The most outstanding aspect of this hotel is its location. It is on the very edge of the old Centrum (Center of Town), that consists of a 30 block area that is generally closed to vehicular traffic. All locals travel by bicycle here. Wonderful restaurants are literally around the corner, and more are only a block or two away. There is excellent shopping within walking distance, as well as museums, government buildings, and you can always sit down at a bar on a seat that overlooks the Grotemarkt Square, and have yourself a beer or coffee.
The central feature of the Grotemarkt Square, 1/2 block from the hotel, is the St. Bavo Cathedral. This remarkable church is worth spending a few hours in, just to see its details. There is a great museum attached to the cathedral. If you are interested in your Dutch genealogical roots, the Noord-Holland Archief is about 3 blocks away. Many of the hotel rooms views are of the cathedral and its spires. The central spire is lit at night, and is a wonderful sight. The church carillon (bells) plays on the hour, except between midnight and 6 a.m.
- Also Known As:
- Amrath Grand Haarlem
- Best Western Haarlem
- Haarlem Best Western
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