We enjoyed two nights at this apartment and Haarlem is a great city to visit with easy access to Amsterdam. (20 minute train ride!) I emailed several times confirming and reconfirming our accommodations and each email was quickly and courteously answered.
We arrived at the check in and that was taken care of quickly and we were escorted to our suite--the Gravin (I am spelling that wrong.) You walk up a steep flight of steps into the living room/dining room. Up a few steps to the kitchen, up a few steps to the bathroom and large bedroom with a queen bed. There is a spiral staircase that takes you up to another large bedroom that has two twin beds. There is also an outdoor, rooftop patio, complete with a small table and two chairs. The couch in the living room folds out to a bed as well.
The apartment is large, roomy, clean and comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need for cooking. Refrigerator, stove, an microwave included. There is even a washing machine and plenty of drying racks as well. We enjoyed the break from typical hotels and felt like we were in an IKEA showroom! (My teenagers LOVED it!!)
The Gravin is situated over a restaurant and it was very noisy in the evenings. We spent little time in our "flat", so it didn't concern us, but if you plan to spend evenings in, you may be disturbed by it. I slept on the fold out couch and am a very light sleeper, but was not bothered at all. I think it quieted down about midnight, and after that, no noise at all. (Of course long days of sightseeing will provide a good night of sleep for anyone!!)
Parking: the closest lot is P1 DeKamp, and it is clearly marked as you enter the city. Just pay attention to the signs. As you exit the parking lot, walk to Gedempte Oude Gracht street and head NE (away from the river.). Turn right (north) on Klein Houstraat and continue about three blocks to Korte Veerstraat. (You will see Lambermons restaurant on corner with a big green egg out front.) Turn right and in the middle of the block is #40, where hotel reception is.) The parking is 2 euro an hour, then 2.50 euro for overnight. We were there two nights and a day and half and the full cost was about 42 euro. All of the lots are the same price except for P5 Appelaar (which is twice as much). There is also a parking garage-Cronje that is just north of the train station that is half of the price of the other lots. Haarlem is a small town and it wouldn't be too long of a walk if you wanted to save money on parking.
This is a great value, close to excellent restaurants and shops. The people who run it are very nice and helpful--I highly recommend staying here.
If you have mobility issues, the stairs may be a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the most centrally located hotel suites in the historic center of Haarlem! The stay in our hotel suites gives you the feeling of a private apartment with the services of a hotel. This is both for the business guest and tourists the perfect way to stay in Haarlem. Our reception is located in the Korte Veerstraat 40. Here we welcome our guests for both hotels; Haarlem Hotel Suites and Brasss Hotel Suites. Brasss Hotel Suites offers 10 luxurious suites. If you are interested in one of these suites, please feel free to contact us! Haarlem, the capital of North-Holland (20 km from Amsterdam) is well known for its variety of restaurants and other eateries. Also culturally the city has a lot to offer; St. Bavo church, the Frans Hals Museum, Teylers Museum and the famous courtyards in the inner city. Moreover, Haarlem is awarded for the best shoppingcity in the Netherlands! ... more less
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