The Hotel Puur gives more the impression of a student hostel rather than a hotel, and must be very popular with backpackers in the Summer. The rooms are clean, but very small and basic and brought to mind the description of a Swedish prison cell I once read in 'Under Fire' by Simon Hayward - a very good book, and excellent holiday reading.
Venlo is very popular with Germans who shop at the huge market on a Saturday during the day, and visit one of the 5 or 6 'smoking bars' in the evening. Thankfully the town is car-free but you could just as easilly be mown down by a frenetic cyclist, so do watch out. There is an excellent multi-story car park very close to the hotel.
The main advantage of the Hotel Puur is it's location, in the centre of town, close to shops, restaurants and bars. Unfortunately this is also the main disadvantage. There were more people on the streets at 2:00am on a Sunday morning than there were at 2:00pm on Saturday aftermoon, even in early February. When they finished shouting at each other - at around 4:00-5:00am, a select few decided to return to the Hotel Puur and rearange the furniture, by dragging it across the wooden floors.
I can't say we had a bad weekend at the Puur, though I'd have preferred a bit more comfort. The staff are great, young and enthusiastic, the Venlo people are very welcoming, the local beers are great and the Chinese restaurant - The Lotus - is really superb. It's opposite the town hall. Venlo is a fun loving place, you got to take it as it comes.
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