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Klokhuisplein 9, 2011 Haarlem, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
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“Really good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2009

I was very impressed. I can't judge the location - arrived in the dark, left in the dark. Seems like Haarlem is a pretty town but I presume you only stay here if it is convenient. However, the hotel is probably the best €100 room I have ever had. Stylish, well-equipped, with a comfortable bed. Good breakfast. Couldn't work out how to get a computer connection but I didn't try very hard - there is a desktop computer in the room so I presume you can connect! Overall, a very good boutique hotel is a characterful location.

Service was friendly and personal. Only negative was a very odd thing - the credit card machine at check out offers the option to tip. This was a big surprise in a small hotel in in the Netherlands where tipping on a room rate is totally uncustomary. It led to a slightly awkward exchange with the receptionist.... Small thing. But they should change it.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

Very nice hotel in an old center.I really liked the rooms which are different than what I'm used to in hotels.They look more like a bedroom at home than hotel room which is nice.Bed was really comfortable (that's what my friends say too);flat screen,Internet,spacious bathroom with better than I'm used to shower gel,shampoo (from "rituals").Too bad i missed tooth paste...The breakfast could be better.there was not much to choose from.and i didn't really like to eat next to the kitchen but the other room for lunch and dinner was beautiful.

Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

I've been trying to stay at Stempels for my regular trips to Haarlem and at last succeeded.

The good things - excellent position; large spacious bedroom with chandelier; probably the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in; computer & free internet connection in room; very wide selection for breakfast; lovely church bells playing tunes outside my window - not intrusive at all.

The things that could've been better - square noisy on Friday & Saturday night & street cleaning/bottle collecting starts very early; would have liked tea/coffee facilities; would be nice to have a room with a bath for the same price as a shower.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2009

The hotel is situated in a nice building but the smells of the kitchen and noise of the church bells spoils what would have been an otherwise nice stay> staff not really trying or accommodating they seem to be busy with running the restaurant and the hotel is something they do on the side

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2009

AVOID AT ALL COSTS! We recently booked this hotel for a vacation and needed to cancel the reservation due to a passport problem. We followed instructions on the web page and cancelled our reservation the same day we booked it - a week before our travel, and the hotel claims we never contacted them (2 emails) and has charged us anyway. We had hoped to resolve this so we could plan our next trip to Haarlem and stay here, but with the horrible treatment, we will NEVER stay here! Email attempts are unsuccessful here and the management is unwilling to discuss, protect your money and seek a nice hotel elsewhere!

Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Belgrade
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2009

Nice hotel in a beautiful old building. Room also fine, spacious bathrom (only shower, no bath tub!), comfortable bad...
Balcony overlooking the church, and main square...
But ... staff is just doing their job (without a smile) and nothing more. No room service, very poor breakfast, great orange juice though.

  • Liked — room,location and Haarlem
  • Disliked — no room service, small closet, staff
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2008

My wife, daughter (3.5 yrs) and I stayed in Stempels, Haarlem, The Netherlands for 3 nights from Oct 23rd to 26th, 2008. Stempels might have 3 stars but it has 4 star service, food and friendliness. The rooms are modern and quite. The hotels is located in the centre of the city close to all the shopping and attractions. The breakfast was fresh and interesting. We ate there twice, for lunch and dinner. Both times we found everything to our satisfaction. The staff are local and genuinely friendly, particularly to my daughter. I have stayed in many Dutch hotels for business. I rate Stempels the best. The building has genuine history and character. I travel a lot and stay in many hotels and recommended Stempels as a hotel that stands out from the rest. If you are in the area - make a detour it will be worth it!

Stayed October 2008
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Address: Klokhuisplein 9, 2011 Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Here at Stempels you are welcome to eat, drink, having a party, to enjoy performances, to organize meetings and stay overnight. This all happens on the premises of the former Joh. Enschede complex, where for many years the Dutch banknotes has been pressed as well as post stamps for a lot of different countries. In other words, a place with a rich history, renovated into a modern hotel-restaurant, full of cosy atmosphere, right in the centre of the monumental heart of Haarlem. The well known Haarlem restaurant owner, Frans van Cappelle, wish to extend a warm welcome to you. On the first, second and third floor of the building are seventeen hotel rooms. The first and second floor are attainable by lift, but if you are in good condition, we recommend the old monumental staircase.There are four comfort rooms, six superior rooms, five luxury rooms, one junior suite and one suite. All rooms are provided with Hästens beds, airconditioning, a flat screen television set, a computer, free (wireless-) internet facilities, toilet and a shower. The luxury rooms and suites also have a bath. Like everywhere in the building one can find original decorations and ornaments in the hotel rooms.Staying at the front of the building one has a magnificent view of the Klokhuisplein and the St.Bavo church. ... more   less 
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Stempels Hotel Haarlem

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