We are familiar on Ameland due to 6 earlier vacations there and have always rented our own apartments in Buren and Nes. This time we chose to stay at Westcord Hotel Noordsee, as it is located very close to the North Sea, comparable to the better located apartments in Buren.
Arriving on Monday afternoon, we parked at the back of the hotel (small parking there, entrance had a few bumps and holes). We were warmly welcomed at the reception by a kind lady, who explained all the facilities. Located on the thirds floor at the end of a hall way in a family apartment, what struck us straight away was the optimized space usage, it's simply a brilliantly built apartment.
There is a small toilet directly left behind the door. Then directly right is the bathroom with bath tub and shower unit in it. Having the toilet and bathroom on the hall way side was a good idea to shield possible noise from outside. First bedroom to our left had a bunk bed which was great for our 4 year old daughter, she immediately felt at home. Then, you enter the main living room at the right. Also perfectly sized, there is a small sofa, coffee table, separate chair and poof to sit on at the back near the balcony, and the kitchen with small bar/sitting area to border the kitchen from the rest of the living room. A brilliant solution to separate the living room from main bedroom was thought up by creating a room dividing wall closet, with sliding panels doubling both as closet doors and doors for closing off the passage to the bedroom behind it. Cupboard has a (relatively small) tv in it. We brought our own DVD player along , but couldn’t plug it in next to the tv, as the socket was intergrated in the divider, so we had to borrow an extension cord and the hotel arranged for one right away ( top service).
What was smart thinking furthermore, was that the tv could be turned around 180 degrees as it was placed on a rolling stand. So when you would switch from living room to bedroom, just turn around the tv as well and watch from the bed. Brilliant!
Upon arrival in the apartment, the bed turned out to be broken in the sense that one supporting side plank had fallen off, so the bed was tilted. This we only found out the next morning (don't ask how we slept) at which point we also discovered that the shower turned cold after 20 seconds. After we had been out for breakfast first, upon our return we found the repair man fixing the shower already. He completely dismantled the unit, put up a new one, didn’t work. Took it off, checked literally everything and found the cause in a small rubber within the pipes. Very well done. He was done within 20 minutes and everything shower wise was perfect the rest of the week. The bed was fixed half an hour later. Although these things should have been checked before we arrived, this was again great service.
Balcony nicely spacious, room to sit with 4-8 people. A bit noisy with the neighbours below us, but in the evenings it was ok. Noise from the rooms onto the hallways was very present. Standing out on the hallway, virtually everything said in the rooms on anything louder than a conversational volume could be heard quite literally, with the doors shut. Something to take into account.
Hotel has a very nice vibe to it. Easy going yet stylish. Nice reception area with entrances and exits to all sides, restaurant and bar have a nice look and feel, restaurant has an outside area next to the road (shielded with transparent wind panels that conveniently protect children from running out on the street.
Matrasses were 2 x 1 person matrasses instead of 1 x 2 persons matrass. Pity. Sheets simple, but good. We slept well in these beds. Nice service was also provided through a cleaning kit in our own kitchen, and very considerate was the bottle of wine we got from the hotel for our wedding, even though I only mentioned our honeymoon briefly during the reservation.
Overall impression, out of the 6 stays on Ameland, this was one of the best. Very kind and helpful staff, top location, excellent room, the freedom of your own apartment within the luxury of a good hotel. What more could a person want? We don’t know, but we’ll definitely come back to stay here more often.
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