My dad (63) and I (23) stayed in the Hotel for the first time in October 2011, even though we have been visiting the park for over 25 years as a family when we lived in Germany and Holland or when visiting we would usually stay in a nearby Centre Parcs cottage.
I have never seen or stayed at a Hotel quite like it, from a set of steps at the reception desk so children can be at eye level with the receptionist and obtain liquorice frogs at the top, to a pull out step under all the sinks in the rooms so children can reach the sink and brush their teeth etc.
We stayed in a comfort room for one night and after persuading my mum who was in Thailand at the time with my sister (and is also in charge of the credit card) we upgraded our second night to stay in a themed room. Each Comfort room has hidden surprises throughout from mice in the skirting boards (not real ones) to red shoes in the wardrobe, all themed around the tales of Hans Christian Anderson and the brothers Grimm. The beds were very comfy and every detail was perfect in everyway, the carpet was like standing on a cloud with the most beautiful pattern detailed throughout.
The Themed suites are even more special, at 23 years old I had to stay in one! The room we stayed in was called the Laaf suite, when you opened the door music from Laaf land played causing both my dad and I to smile till our faces hurt. There were sweets spread out all around the room and crayons with colouring books for children. As much detail as you could fit in from Laaf land was placed in the room from Laaf people throughout to hidden light switches and a round bed. The room included two double beds and a curtain divided the tower ‘room’ to create a separate living quarter so it was suitable for e.g. two sets of partners or a father and daughter in this case. The room also included a sofa, fridge and coffee/tea facilities, a round table with the famous round-bottomed glasses of Laaf land and barrel chairs.
The rest of the Hotel was just as detailed in everyway. The breakfast buffet had special low counters so children can reach; with characters from the carnival ride decorating the buffet area. The main reception has a TV with cartoons of De Efteling on loop where all the child guests huddle round in awe. My favourite area was the bar, the food is amazing with a wide variety of food and snacks on offer and its also very reasonably priced, be warned the portions of food are huge but I’m not complaining. All the staff in the bar are very welcoming and friendly. Outside the Hotel is still beautiful in detail with a Holle Bolle Gijs bin to complete the theme from the park.
I cant wait to stay at this Hotel again it was utterly amazing, hopefully we will visit as a family in April 2013 If I get my way but in a different themed room, my aim is to stay in all of them! Next I think it will be the Carousel suite or I would recommend De Efteling Hotel and Park to anyone with or without children, but I can say I have never stayed in such a magical welcoming Hotel.
I must add the negative reviews would not occur if you truely understood the park and had been on previous occasions, as the decor relates to the park and its 65 year history.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Efteling Hotel is a child-friendly, fairytale-themed hotel directly bordering the Efteling theme park, where you and your family can enjoy an enchanting stay, including breakfast and unlimited access to Efteling. Located only 1.15 Hour away from Amsterdam, the Efteling is a unique theme park with a fairytale atmosphere, natural surroundings and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions, making it the ideal short-break destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Efteling Hotel Kaatsheuvel
- Golden Tulip Kaatsheuvel