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“Classic hotel with a great location.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel de Doelen
Rapenburg 2, Leiden, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Leiden
Groningen, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Classic hotel with a great location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A very nice and classic hotel with a great location on a central canal in Leiden's center. As with most historical Dutch buildings, the rooms are smaller than average, but in no way cramped. Staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
59 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is an old, but well renovated, hotel. It has fairly steep stairs and no lift, although the receptionist will quickly volunteer to help you with your luggage. We opted for a ‘luxury’ room, which proved to be rather an overstatement for what was a fairly ordinary room, although it had a very good bathroom. (As he had requested a bath, I suppose you could say that we got what we asked for). The furniture was a nice mixture of the old and the new, with a very comfortable bed, comfortable armchairs and a wardrobe which was kept closed by a Leiden brochure wedged under the door. Wifi connection was consistently excellent, whilst reception on the small (and badly situated) T.V. was hopeless. The central heating worked, but struggled to heat the bedroom above 18 degrees in mid April. Breakfast was excellent, being copious and of very good quality. The location of the hotel could hardly be better, being an easy walk from the station and all the tourist sights. The staff were quick to be helpful at every opportunity, and obviously wanted to please. Altogether, I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants something different from the bland and soulless experience of a chain hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The hotel is in the centre of the city, 10-15 minutes walk from Leiden Centraal station and also close to Old Town.We spent one night at the de Doelen.Staff is very friendly and helpful. Although the hotel overlooks to the canal,our room was looking to backyard whish is fine for one night.We didn’t have our breakfast so we can not comment on it.Heating,wi-fi working well .The room,sheets ,towels were clean.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City, Panama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I was taking a course at the ITC and this was 200 meters from the facilities. It is run by a nice family. The hotel is really old, but the bathrooms are new. No air conditioning, so it wa a little hot sometimes. I enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We found the hotel facade and the location of the de Doelen to be excellent. There was nothing else about this hotel that was at the 3 star level, however. The staff were disinterested, our (deluxe) room was tired, cramped, and stuffy -- just uncomfortable. We couldn't wait to leave.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

We are a Australian couple travelling around Europe for 6 months, this hotel was special with loads of charactor, do not expect 5 star expect a nice warm cosy place to stay, the staff make you feel welcome, nothing is too much trouble and breakfast is delicious, washing was done perfectly and the room was clean and comfortable, the hotel is in the centre of the city, walking distance to everything you could want.
Leiden is a mini Amsterdam, canals run though the city, bikes, bikes and more bikes, this makes the city alive and energetic with university students everywhere...we loved staying in this hotel for 6 nights and a big thank you to the staff for making us welcome.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Leiden is a charming town and this hotel was quirky but fine. Lots of character! Right opposite a canal, and not totally renovated, it feels like it belongs in this place. Don't expect grandeur...it is a bit faded, but we had a room overlooking the canal which was huge, a large and well renovated bathroom, it was a quiet and quintessentially Dutch location. Transport to and from the tulip festival was easy and you were walking distance from everything there is to see in Leiden. We also spent a day cycling out to the North Sea and that was fun, and easily done from here as well.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rapenburg 2, Leiden, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > South Holland Province > Leiden
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Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Leiden
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