Having visited Valkenburg last year by coach, staying at one of the most appalling hotels we have ever stayed in, and not having enough time to explore, this year we decided to arrange our travel and hotel ourselves. We flew to Amsterdam Schiffol Airport, train to Valkenburg, and walked to hotel. The reception area told us it was a totally different class of hotel to last year, we were greeted by a friendly young lady at the desk. Our rooms were excellent. The location was also very good, away from the main run of christmas celebrations, but only a two minute walk away to join them. We arrived Saturday afternoon and the queues for the caves were really long, so decided to go after breakfast Sunday morning, brilliant, we were able to go straight in before the coaches arrived and walk leisurely around the caves, sampling the wares and enjoying a drink and Berliner. In the afternoon, totally exhausted, we walked back to hotel and were able to have a good rest before setting off again in the evening. Plenty of good eating places, heaters and blankets supplied if you wanted to sit outside, and the highlight of the evening which we had not seen before or in fact had anybody mentioned was the christmas procession involving so many children dancing with floats etc. lovely christmassy feeling. Our only regret was there were no tea making facilities in the room, so when luggage weight is all important to have to carry your own kettle is a little disappointing for a 4* hotel. Good selection of food at breakfast. No hesitation is recommending this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family-run hotel for more than 100 years, Voncken offers boutique accommodation below the towering ruins of Valkenburg Castle. The hotel features an in-house casino and nearby golfing facilities.Individually decorated rooms at Grand Hotel Voncken are fitted with modern and functional furnishings. Some overlook the castle, others have a large marble bathroom, but they all include TV set, minibar and a desk.The French-influenced restaurant of the hotel is officially classified and matched by a tasteful wine list. Outdoor dining is also possible thanks to the restaurant’s heated terrace, surrounded by evergreen plants.Valkenburg town centre is only 1-minute walking from the Hampshire Classic Voncken and is dotted with an array of lively cafes and boutiques. Maastricht, Liege and Cologne are all within easy reach from the hotel ... more less
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