We stayed at De Lange Veer 1 a couple of weeks ago. Check-in for De Lange Veer 1 is round the corner at 40 Korte Veerstraat, where the owner takes you through all the usual formalities; he's quite charming and looks to have a decent business model going in the area, with various apartments locally plus a busy brasserie right opposite the apartment - that's usually where he'll be if not in the reception office.
When you get to the accommodation, the first thing you'll see is that A) it's above a restaurant - no worries here, we heard no noise at all during our stay; and B) that it's reached by a very steep staircase with a 90º twist at the top, where you find a tiny landing with the door to both this and the second floor apartment. We didn't see the apartment above us but it was accessed by what appeared to be an even steeper staircase. It's just the way they build them - tall houses with steep stairs!
However, once you've negotiated the stairs, the apartment is fine - it was clean and tidy with a front lounge overlooking the narrow street below, a flatscreen TV, kettle and coffee maker with cups & saucers, teabags, coffee and creamer. There's also a fridge and some cutlery, together with some large plates and some serviettes. A large fold -down sofa bed, armchair and coffee table are also included. From the lounge you walk through to the bedroom, where there's a large wardrobe and table. Another door leads off to the bathroom and shower-room/WC.
The bed in this flat is a splendidly comfortable affair - twin divans with superb sleep-inducing qualities - just the thing after a day pounding the streets of Haarlem.
Bathroom and shower room/WC were spotlessly clean - the shower worked well (poor showers are always a personal bugbear of mine when away from home), and there was a hairdryer under the sink. One point about the shower-room is that the high window is overlooked by the flat above - not a major issue really, due to the angle, but disconcerting… a sheer roller blind would be a reasonable idea.
Parking is much the same as anywhere these days - and in Haarlem it's either tricky or a doddle, depending on your perspective; you will be charged to park anywhere in the centre of town - the nearest underground car park, called 'Apellaar' is a few minutes walk away and is very handy, very clean and secure. It is however, one of the more expensive options if you choose to leave the car there for any length of time. Other cheaper car parks are located further away from the centre.
There are plenty of restaurants as soon as you step out of the door of the apartment. We avoided those on the 'Grote Markt' on the advice of the apartment owner - and indeed, some of the prices were somewhat creative! Two restaurants of note here: Pasta di Mamma in Damstraat and the excellent 'Delphi', a Greek restaurant tucked away down Gravinesteeg. I'll review these separately.
Breakfast is easy: turn right out of the front door, cross the road and enjoy a superb coffee and croissant in "The Coffee Bakery", where you can sit on the comfy high stools in the large window and watch Haarlem life go by. There's free WiFi here too (I couldn't get it to work back at the apartment).
Overall, the apartment is very good, very central and really convenient for everything in Haarlem. Amsterdam is only a short train ride away, as is the coast. Keukenhof Gardens are about 30 minutes drive south.
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