The hotel is in the centre of the pretty village of Arcen, near a river and within walking distance of the superb Kasteeltuinen (Castle Gardens) which garden lovers should make a point of seeing.
Our room (number 21) was situated on the first floor of the main hotel building overlooking the garden and we had no problems with noise - I believe that problems with "thin walls" may be restricted to the ground floor annexe next to the rear gardens, as the main building is well soundproofed.
The two-night package including evening meals, breakfast and entry to the Floriade was excellent value. The towels and bathroom fittings were nothing exceptional but everything was clean and reasonable for a mid-range hotel.
Evening meals were very good though the wait between courses was unacceptably long the first night, with half an hour between each course. However, I mentioned this to the waitress and I was told the delay was because they like to give guests a chance to relax between courses. Maybe worth bearing in mind if, like us, you are tired after a long drive and just want to get to bed! The following night we experienced no such delays, proving it is always best to let the hotel know and give them a chance to fix it if something isn't as you would like it. The food itself was absolutely delicious.
Breakfast starts at 8am and is buffet-style continental plus bacon and scrambled eggs. The second morning the latter were not ready until 8.20 and we had almost finished, so we didn't bother with it, as we had to be away and out of the car park early as the streets and hotel car park were going to be closed for the "Asparagus Fair" at 9.00am.
Overall not perfect, but close enough to merit a 5 out of 5.
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