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“A strange place!”
Review of De Olde Signorie

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De Olde Signorie
Ranked #7 of 10 Leeuwarden B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We booked a room here with two other rooms for the family as we had a family event in Leeuwarden. The room was like stepping back in time because the building was 15th Century. I don't think this was an "official" bedroom. There was a large tv on the wall but nowhere to sit to watch it but there was a couch on the other side of the room. Old faded photos on the wall with one of a naked baby in Edwardian pose. The curtains - they were blinds that only covered up half the windows and the remainder had frosted glass screens in front of them. So at night we had to hang our clothes in front of the windows to make the room dark and stop people looking in. I say hang because we had our own coat hangers with us which was good because there were just two coat hangers provided hanging from a lamp bracket. IN THE WHOLE ROOM AND THE BATHROOM THERE WAS NOT ONE HOOK TO HANG ANYTHING ON!! The breakfast was laid out for us and was good, with milk etc. from a small fridge as described by other reviewers. I believe that in Holland anything over two rooms is classified as a hotel and has to pay tax etc. and follow all the fire and safety precautions. There were no fire extinguishers, no exit signs and the door lock was a hook latch.
We saw our host on arrival and we were told to leave our cash and keys on the table when we left. No bill - no receipt!!
No - we will not stay here again!!

Room Tip: Not the big room!!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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willy b, Owner at De Olde Signorie, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

A strange story!

Because just before departure I received two handwritten notes, one from the guests of the 'two other rooms', stating they were very satisfied with rooms, services and the like, and one from the room of the reviewer, expressing their thanks and their intention to come back in spring because of a wedding. Also informing me they would leave a day earlier because given the current sad family event they were too sad to explore the area as planned earlier. I did not charge that day though I could have, given the terms and conditions of the B&B.

The television on the wall has a 42 inch flatscreen, best viewed from the large bed or from the couch. It would not be wise to reposition the couch towards the screen because for best viewing one needs to have a distance of at least 160 inch (the actual position of both couch and bed...).

Local authorities have inspected our fire alarm system and our fire exinguishers, both located in central positions in the central corridor of the ground floor and confirmed it was according to their rules. Installation of an exit-sign anywhere was not obligatory.

Guests are able to lock the doors of their rooms from the inside, as mentioned on our website.
Reviewer mentions he was told to leave the cash and keys on the table... actually, payment is due at arrival but I was more than willing to settle payment later because reviewer had no cash available at arrival. Because of their departure, earlier than expected, they wanted to know the reduced sum of payment and that's where I suggested to leave the amount due and the keys on the dining table so they could check out at their most convenient time.

Regarding the blinds: they cover 90% of the windows and the final 10% is covered with frosted glass. It is not possible to glance into the room when you are outside.

Regarding the hooks: the old hooks were removed recently to be able to install the big televison flat screen and new hooks were not yet in place when reviewer arrived and I forgot to place a coatstand as a temporary replacement. Sorry for this inconvenience.

One of the walls of the room of reviewer is indeed decorated with very antique photographs, all from around 1900-1930. They are works of early photo art and show no unacceptable nudity. E.g. there is no way to tell if the 'Edwardian baby' is a boy or a girl...

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Reviewed February 11, 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 21, 2016
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Stayed: May 2016
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Reviewed October 5, 2015
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  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 13, 2014
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  • Stayed: September 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about De Olde Signorie

Address: Ossekop 13, 8911 LE Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > Friesland Province > Leeuwarden
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Leeuwarden
Price Range: $86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Listed and graded house in provincial capital Leeuwarden, dating back to the 15th century, packed with historic interior parts. Four beautiful drawing rooms, all on ground floor, with art, culture, shops, restaurants and fun just around the corner. ... more   less 
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