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“Christmas Markets in Valkenburg” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Voncken - Hampshire Classic
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Walramplein 1, 6301 CD Valkenburg, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #18 of 51 Hotels in Valkenburg
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Christmas Markets in Valkenburg”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Recently stayed for a couple of days while on business in the area; my co-worker had stayed there before and made the reservations for this trip. Hotel has a nice patio & lounge and the entrance/registration area seem upbeat. However, the rest of the hotel needs to be updated. The rooms are good size, but dated. Bed was not so comfortable and there is not A/C or any type of fan in the room; so on a summer night, it was hot & sticky. Breakfast is included and the selection was very good - they will even make you eggs & bacon to order. Hotel is in a quiet area a little over a block from the pedestrian zone where you will find dozens of restaurants; hotel parking is not free and the lot is 50m down the road. Nice place - just needs to be refreshed.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

I have to give this review the damning heading for one issue: This hotel does not offer decent internet service. No free or for fee wifi or cable. Your only option is a paid service that costs EUR 15/3 hrs. In this day and age this is neglecting an essential part of hotel service.

Otherwise it is a traditional hotel and the service is quite good. Rooms are traditional with very nice bathrooms. There is a very nice outdoor cafe area. I regret that I did not have time to have dinner there which has a good reputation. The breakfast is disappointing with a selection that is too small.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2006

Went to the Hotel Voncken as part of a package tour - we were there to see the Amstel Gold Race. Rooms in the new block were fine, though TV noise travelled from next door, but this is a hazard of many hotels. The restaurant was very fancy and the hotel prides itself on its French cuisine. As we were on a package we had no choice of menu for the evening meal but it was very good. The only downside was the length of time it took to have dinner - 3 hours for 4 courses on Sat and Sun nights! This was due to the large number of people dining - the hotel obviously didn't get extra staff in. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Voncken - Hampshire Classic

Address: Walramplein 1, 6301 CD Valkenburg, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > Limburg Province > Valkenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 51 Hotels in Valkenburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Voncken - Hampshire Classic 4*
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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