I was in Monnickendam for five days for a seminar, and the booking in this hotel had been made for the whole team by the organisers.
The Lake Land Hotel gives the impression of being huge, with many "wings" and endless corridors... I really loved its interior though (the restaurant, bar and corridors)! An old design, really lovely!! My room was -if I recall it well- 267. Simple, but likeable.
Only problem ... the mosquitoes, which made sleep impossible for me ("fortunately", only during the last night of my stay)!... And the heat, which I fled from in Greece, just to find it -oddly enough- also in Holland!!
The location and view, however, are incomparable!!!
Every morning, my "alarm clock" was the waterfowl below my balcony, which came there in huge numbers, and just to look at the lake and the marina on the opposite shore was enough to make me relax and feel great!
Breakfast was really good, with various breads, cheeses and cured meats among other things.
A small problem is that Wi-Fi is only available at a price, but it is reasonable enough (2 Euros per 24 hours).
All in all a pleasant stay!
As for beautiful Monnickendam itself, it is a splendid little town, with a huge marina, nice looking restaurants and bars, much room for strolls and a quiet, lovely atmosphere!
The only downside: no shop is ever open after 17.00-17.30...
And I couldn't fail to mention that this was the first time in my whole life that I saw so many spiders and spiderwebs!!! They were everywhere in Monnickendam! In bushes, plants and trees, on buildings, windows, bus-stops, boats, yachts, EVERYWHERE!! A real "Archnophobia"!!! I guess it has to do with climate, humidity and I don't know what else, as well as with the fact that -obviously- nobody ever messes with them, but even so ... it felt really-really strange to us who were from other countries!!
Also, I think that Monnickendam has the fattest cats in the whole world, but also the cuddliest ones! ;-)
And, last but not least, this was my very first time to see so many houses with windows on ground level, lit and without curtains, where everyone could take a peek inside at every moment! I must admit, however, that all these living rooms and kitchens were really-really beautiful!!...
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