We stayed in Dokkum in order to be close to one of the Dutch islands (Ameland & Schiermonnikoog) without actually staying on the islands. As we considered this to be a "transit" stop, we had close to nil expectations. Perhaps as this was the case, we were pleasantly surprised by the hotel. It is located in the center of the quaint & picturesque village of Dokkum. As we arrived in the early evening, all the shops were closed, but it was nice to walk around nevertheless. We searched high and low for a good restaurant, but to no avail. Unfortunately the place we ended up going offered simple and unimpressive standard Dutch cuisine. In hindsight, we probably should have just stayed for dinner at the hotel. Please note: most kitchens close at 8:30pm in this sleepy village.
We booked the "luxury" room at the hotel, which meant we had a bit more space: a small kitchenette plus a tub in the bathroom, but it was more sober & simple than luxurious. Our room was on the 2nd floor, so there was enough light. However, it was rather inconvenient to get to the room, as you would have to cross the courtyard of the building and go up + down some potentially hazardous, neck-breaking stairs. There are really no amenities to speak of. You get a tiny bottle of shower gel + shampoo in one, that's it. There was a hairdryer in our bathroom, so that was good.
The best part of the hotel aside from the location is the staff. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. The breakfast is extra at 10.5 euro per person, and it was a decent Dutch breakfast, with an assortment of breads & croissants, confiture, ham & cheese, yogurt, fruits, etc. Again, the staff does try hard to please, so it was very appreciated.
The hotel is 15 minutes by car from Howlred, where we caught the ferry to Ameland, super convenient.
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