This is a nice spot if you plan on visiting Haarlem and Amsterdam. You literally get out of the airport, walk across the street to bus stop 300 Haarlem. Make sure you buy a ticket from the driver. Take it to the Haarlem train station. Then take bus 2 Haarlem Noord and the stop says Stayokay. It drops you off steps away from the hostel. I strongly recommend getting an iAmsterdam or Holland card. It costs 2 Euros each time on the bus and 8.50 Euros round trip on the train each time. The cards cover transportation and other things. The other thing is to make sure you carry money with you if you think you need it. The nearest ATM is a 10 minute walk. There are two in the area but both were offline. And if you have no money and no card, you have to walk 30 minutes to get to the next ATM (head towards the train station).
As far as the hostel, I stayed in a four bunk room, but there are other options as well. I went during the slow season, so I had the room to myself. It was clean and comfortable. However, make sure the windows are closed and the heat is turned on, otherwise, the room is very cold during winter. There was hot water and good water pressure for showering. There was bedding and a duvet. The pillow and bed were very comfortable (pillows are soft not firm). No towels but you get buy one or bring one. They did give me a lock and a charger to use. There is free internet, if you leave your computer at home, there is a computer to use. Although, it was costly to use, 3 Euros for an hour. There was a nice breakfast in the morning, but no variety. It was basic cereal, wonderful bread, fruit, juices, tea and coffee. One nice thing was that you can help yourself to tea and coffee throughout the day. And the staff was very friendly and helpful. I also liked that it was a fairly quiet hotel. This could be that it was during the off season, but it was nice it was so quiet.
The only reason I didn't rank this place a five was that it is out of the way from bars, restaurants and other activities. However, if you have a family and want to be away from all the hustle and bustle, this is a good place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy some culture, visit a museum or go shopping? Or do you prefer wandering through nature, cycling between the dunes, going for a walk on the beach? It’s all possible in and around Haarlem. Furthermore, ‘Heavenly Haarlem’ – the ‘northern city with southern flamboyancy’ – has an extremely central location: the bulb fields, the windmills of Zaanse Schans and the city of Amsterdam are all within easy reach. You can also enjoy a meal and meet friends from all over the world in the friendly brown cafe ‘The Shuffle’. Stayokay Haarlem is centrally located near the connecting road to the beach, the woods, the city centre of Haarlem and Amsterdam. ... more less
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