The location is fantastic. Monnickendam is well worth the 5 minute stroll to see the cobbled streets and watch the clock chiming with its trumpet player and revolving horses. We went back twice to check out the architecture and watch the clock once more. There were one or two lively bars on the edge of the canal, but in all a beautiful peaceful and picturesque place. 15km from Amsterdam and several buses an hour all night for a 5 Euro fare made this an ideal location.
The Lakeland Hotel has themed public areas, the breakfast room built to look like a town square with mock stable doors through to the kitchen and the reception area full of curios and an area with tables resembling a cobbled street with faux shop windows.
Bedroom was small, but adequate with a TV and balcony, bathroom too small and barely adequate. Showering difficult due to the location of the shower head over the bath and I'm sure long-legged people would have problems sitting on the loo as it was facing a wall only a couple of feet away! Walls were paper thin. You could clearly hear every word people walking down the corridor were saying and the sliding cupboards next door sounded as if they were in your room.
Food wasn't great. The hotel caters for large coach parties, so it was food designed to replace quickly and was virtually the same both nights we stayed.
All the staff we encountered were great. Staff were very friendly. The receptionist on our first night was very knowledgeable and the bar staff were great. The restaurant staff were obviously very busy and rushed off their feet, but still managed to stay civil.
Despite the fact I've given this hotel an average rating (and I was toying with giving it poor) I would stay here again. The price we paid for it, which included a free bar, plus the location and friendliness of the staff made up for the small bathroom and average food. If I were to stay here again, I'd eat out in the evening. It was cheap enough to be able to do that without feeling you were losing money.
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