We booked De Beukelaer via Booking.com as the pictures showed a decent looking hotel that included breakfast and had en suite facilities. The rate was very decent at €60 so we went for it. Our travel companion forgot to mention that check in was by 2000 and we were later than that (did not arrive until 2115) but the proprietors were gracious. It is a small hotel with approx 6 rooms run by a couple. The main business is a restaurant and bar that appeared to be open until 2100 the night we were there (Monday). We were led to our rooms by one of the owners up a narrow staircase (access to rooms would be difficult for anyone who has impaired mobility). The building was built in 1760 so there in't much hope of widening the staircase or adding an elevator.
We were hungry and asked about getting dinner in the restaurant. We were told the dining room was closed but we were offered a "plate of sandwiches" and were told to come downstairs in 10 minutes. When we went downstairs we were presented with a lovely plate of five assorted open faced sandwiches of ham, cheeses, liverwurst and salmon on nice crusty white bread. It was a perfect meal that we very much appreciated. The price was also very reasonable.
Our booking receipt said the rooms were "simply furnished" but our room wasn't furnished much differently than most European hotels/guest houses that I have experienced and the room had more space than most. The shower was large and invigorating and there was plenty of nice hot water. The beds were a little soft but we slept fine. The room was very clean and tidy and well cared for. There was a TV and a desk but no coffee service in the room. We had a lovely peppermint on each pillow. You can tell the proprietors take pride in doing the best job they can with the available rooms.
Breakfast was nice and was brought to our table as we were the only guests in the dining room at that time. There were three of us so we had a basket of five different types of bread (3 each), three soft boiled eggs, three yogurts, a plate of cheese and a plate of assorted meats. Orange juice and coffee were available and our requests for additional juice and coffee cream were cheerfully met.
I absolutely thought the stay was value for the money. The lodgings were neat and tidy, breakfast was satisfying and the price was right. I highly recommend "De Beukelaer".
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