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“Canal City” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Haarlem

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
Millsboro, Delaware
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Canal City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2009

We originally planned for Amsterdam but elected Haarlem necause of hotel availability. What a treat! The weekend was alive with festivals and canal events and the area was outstanding. Only 20 minutes from Amsterdam by train also gave us the ability to travel back and forth at out liesure. I think it was a more "Down Home" experience with more Holland activities than Amsterdam provided. People were much more Dutch than their "Big City" counterparts.

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N Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Haarlem, a chilled out mini Amsterdam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2008

I traveled to Haarlem in the Netherlands recently instead of my usual quarterly break to Amsterdam. It was a good decision and I was very very pleasantly surprised by the overall chilled out atmospere of the place and the low cost compared to Amsterdam. I stayed at the Hotel Carrillion in the main market square in the centre of the town and although it is a 2* hotel it was good value for money. Basic yet functional is how I would best describe it but compared to Amsterdam it was much cheaper. My only disappointment was that the noise from the market square after closing time was considerable but it didnt really detract from the overall experience. Haarlem has lots to offer with its great shopping, loads of restaurants and even the odd coffee shop for those who partake. I would highly recommend it as an alternative to its more expensive big sister Amsterdam

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The Villages, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
“Great town square”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2007

Vladimer one of the owners of Maes B&B recommended that a trip to Haarlem would be a good excursion. So off we went and of course he wasn't wrong. A very short train ride and there we were. A nice city, with a great town square. Not as many tourist as Amsterdam but lots of shops, restaurants and cafes. Well worth the trip.

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Liverpool UK
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Eating out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2005

Can heartily recommend 'La Plune' - on a corner behind St Bavo's church for somewhere to eat - excellent in every way.
Also - on the same pedestrianised street - a restaurant called, I think, 'Mono' or 'Nomo'....it's a largish place inside, does an excellent 3 course meal for 18.95 Euros.

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“Amsterdam or Haarlem? Where to stay?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2004

This review is about where to stay with your family. First, we stayed at in Amsterdam at the Renaissance Hotel. Nice hotel but $169/night, and though not in Red light district, it still had elements close to the hotel that younger kids shouldn't see. Unavoidable in Amsterdam. We spent six days and took the train to numerous cities, Delft, Haarlem, Maastricht, etc. Trains in Holland are awesome, numerous, reasonably priced and everything is close. The Sprinter train to Haarlem takes 10-15 minutes and runs every 4-5 times per hour. Haarlem is a very nice town. I would recommend it as a preferred home base for a family. Smaller in size, plenty of shopping & restaurants and no 'red light' elements. You can easily take the train into Amsterdam and visit museums and shopping districts with ease.

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