We had a very nice 5-night stay at this hotel in July 2013. I was concerned about the hotel's location 4 km away from the center of Enschede -- but it turned out to be right across from a stop for a bus that runs into town regularly and was a 10-minute walk from the Enschede Drienerlo train station. The hotel is a set of older A-frame buildings set back from the road and tucked under a canopy of trees. Our room was a weird two-level affair. The first floor had a small sitting area, bathroom and small balcony. Then there was a steep staircase up to the bedroom in the peak of the A-frame. It was pretty hot up there at night without air conditioning; we heard from other guests that their rooms had ceiling fans, but ours did not. Oddly, housekeeping didn't fully clean the room on a daily basis: the bathroom was cleaned and the beds were made, but they didn't vacuum (which we could see from leaf debris which blew in through the windows), nor did they wash the cups or replace the coffee and tea.
Breakfast in the bistro was WONDERFUL: eggs, bacon, juices, all sorts of coffee (drip, expresso, cappucino, cafe creme, etc.), fruit, cheese, cold cuts, yogurt, granola, pastries, etc. -- all fresh and nicely arranged. The stylish restaurant open for dinner has a creative menu of small-portioned dishes, to encourage people to order starters or salads and/or desserts as well as a main course. Everything we tried was out-of-this-world, especially the gazpacho with cucumber foam (wow) and strawberries Romanov. The staff in both the bistro and restaurant were super friendly and efficient, and seemed to really enjoy their jobs. This is a big part of what made the stay unexpectedly nice.
The only downside of our visit was the thinness of the walls of the bedroom. One night we could hear details of a couple, er, coupling from 1-3am -- where pillows over our heads did nothing to muffle the sounds. I've had issues of thin walls in other hotels in the Netherlands, but never to this degree! What if we had been staying there with children?! Something should be done about this the next time the hotel is updated, really.
Ask for a room with a ceiling fan in the summer!
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I would like to thank you for review regarding your stay in De Broeierd. Thanks to your feedback we are able to provide our guests a better service and higher standard of quality and hospitality.
I will make sure that I discuss your feedback regarding the cleaning of your room with my staff to make sure that this issue will not happen again.
Also I will make sure that I give your compliments to my staff in the restaurant and to the chef and his staff.
I hope to see you soon in our hotel.
Hampshire Hotel De Broeierd
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