I wanted to visit the Floriade in Venlo but there was no medium-priced accommodation available there on my preferred date. I found De Rooi Pannen on Tripadvisor. I reserved a room for 3 nights but before I travelled I got a request to ring the hotel manager. She explained that this hotel is open only during college term times, and even then closes at 11 am Saturdays, reopening on Mondays. As I was the only person booked in for my 3rd (Friday) night, I was politely encouraged to think of alternative accommodation for that night -- which is what I eventually arranged. I could appreciate that having even a minimum staff crew on duty for just one person would be uneconomical. (Bear in mind that most of the staff are 3rd year students at the college next door.)
During my stay most of the accommodation was vacant. De Rooi Pannen depends on sites like Tripadvisor and on word of mouth to attract customers. As it offers essentially 4* accommodation for the price of 3*, Eindhoven's hotels will not allow it to advertise in the usual media. The restaurant, in contrast, seemed busy in the evenings and the hotel also caters for training events and small conferences.
There is nothing distinctive or 'characterful' about the buildng itself. It is in a quiet street just off the dual carriageway leading to/from the rail station. My room was large and the bed was comfortable. The TV was a decent size -- always a plus for me. There was a kettle, and a coffee making machine using pods/sachets. The bathroom was particularly spacious and equipment included a scales and an impressive hair dryer. (As it was Eindhoven, all the electrical equipment is made by Phillips.) Everything was spotless.
There was a good range of options for breakfast. The staff ask for notice if you wish to eat in the hotel in the evening. However, after a long day in Venlo, I returned to De Rooi Pannen and asked the young lady on duty at reception if I could have something. The restaurant was pre-booked by a large group but she set a place for me in the breakfast area and quickly organised a steak (one of the nicest I have ever had) with a salad and a beer. For those wishing to eat out but not to walk (20 -25 mins) to the town centre, there are several options on Kruisstraat, to the west and parallel to the dual carriageway.
I hope that this hotel will find a way to extend its opening times. Eindhoven does not seem to be a major tourist attraction in the way that, say, Delft is, but the city could market itself more in Britain and Ireland as a major shopping centre. I would like to have another reason to
enjoy the friendliness and enthusiasm of the young staff at this hotel