We have never heard of NH chain hotel before and we chosed this hotel because we wanted to have accommodation that is close to our destination ( Amsterdam, Edam and Volendam ). And we should say that this 'cold call' was really fortunate. The hotel is located only around 20 minutes ( by car ) from Amsterdam and 10 minutes from Volendam. Located in the quiet village of Heemskerk, and within a little woods. Its really isolated but it was good, especially after the hustle bustle of Amsterdam. And its close to the beach !! When you look at their pictures in the internet, please be warned ahead that the part where the guest sleep is NOT the castle. The castle is located very close and they do serve dinner for the hotel guest. But the hotel itself is not bad at all. The receptionists were not the 'American friendly' kind of people but they were efficient and responsive and they speak very good english ( just like most of Dutch !! ). The room is clean, and when we got in the room, they already provided us with the extra pillow I requested earlier. Its a big bed consists of 2 single bed put together, but its soft and comfortable. Ample space for luggage and clothes, they provide teal/coffee maker and the empty fridge where we can store our own drinks. Very handy !! The bathroom was also big and clean. There is a little terrace facing the quiet residence street. The parking space is enough for 30 cars, and even if you don't get the parking space, you can always park along the drive way of the Hotel. There is a table next to the reception desk where they provide 'coffee to go' in the morning, and its free !! When we booked it thru internet, the rate was still 69 Euro per night, but a few days later when I checked, its already 89 Euro !! Lucky I confirmed the booking earlier. I guess because its approaching peak time ( we were there from 26 June to 28 June, 2012 ) the price went up and changed every day ! For the hotel of its class, its a good choice !!
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