We stayed 4 nights in this hotel, as part of an August coach trip. Although other dates had been planned for this year, they had been cancelled due to lack of interest and so August was the first time the trip actually ran and stayed at this location. The hotel is run by a family, very welcoming. Unfortunately the person on the front desk couldn't always be bothered to help, if you had a request or needed information you got the impression you were being a nuisance by asking. On a couple of occasions, I got my own room key, while she sat reading her magazine.
The room was Ok, fairly compact but it seems that being an old building, the rooms were made to fit the available spaces, so some had far more space than others. The bathroom was interesting, a shower attachment in the bath but no screen or shower curtain, so it wasn't possible to take a shower standing up, unless you wanted water all over the floor and down the wallpaper. Ironically there was enough room to accommodate a shower cubicle so we wonder why this wasn't done. Being partly disabled, it proved quite difficult getting in and out of the bath which was very deep. We'd know next time to specify that we need a walk-in shower. Water temperature fluctuated depending on how many other guests were using their bathrooms at the same time.
The hotel is well decorated, has a number of restaurant areas and a nice bar and outdoor sitting area. Live entertainment in the bar on occasions. Bingo in Dutch was also on offer in there while we stayed there. The food was Ok, plentiful and if you needed special diet the chef was happy to accommodate your needs. As a coach party we didn't get any choices, just a set menu so its difficult to say what the a la carte menu would be like. The drinks were quite expensive and the service not always very good. Breakfast was a buffet but again, service not too good, on our last morning we couldn't get any coffee.
The best feature of this hotel, for us, was its location. Like a couple of other hotels on that road, a short walk takes you into the middle of town which brims over with eating places and all sorts of evening entertainment. A slow walk also takes you to the caves, castle ruins, shops etc so its ideal for elderly and disabled alike. In fact the whole town seems to be a mecca for the more senior Dutch holidaymakers but few other tourists during the summer season. In December they hold a Christmas market in the caves and this hotel is as good as any to stay in for that, but I'd probably book bed and breakfast only and ask for a room with a shower cubicle.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Odigeo, Booking.com and Priceline so you can book your Grand Hotel Monopole reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.