Great city centre location in charming old building, tastefully converted suites with contemporary décor and imaginative lighting – very nice! I think there are 10 suites in total – name after various shellfish. I booked the Langoustine for 179.00 Euros a night.
As it’s an old town-house so the stairs have a seriously steep gradient – something you’d not want to negotiate with a lot of luggage or after a few drinks!!!
There is a small electric lift – although with the Langoustine, you go up two floors in the lift and then down one set of equally as steep stairs as it’s actually on the first floor over to top of the shop below. So not exactly luggage friendly ... but not an issue if you are lugging equipment in and out all the time!
Langoustine has two large windows onto the street, which are great on a sunny day, but because it’s a first floor room and the streets are narrow and the buildings all around tall … on a dull day it doesn’t get so much light. Also the light tails off dramatically, so the back of the room is s a bit dingy.
Nice oak laminate floor and beige, brown and white colours – possibly could do with a bit less beige! (but maybe that’s just me being really picky!)
The bathroom is arranged in a long strip down one end of the room which I really liked – great use of space! There is a full bath tub and a shower – all with nice fixtures and fittings and the toiled was in a little closed off cubicle.
The shower surround was edge lit in LED which is a nice touch, but one of the modules was out, so 5 of the LEDs were in a different colour to the rest of the strip – which probably would not bother most people, but it bugged me! (LOL if that is all I have to worry about – well … life is good!).
Not a lot of shelf space for your own stuff and could do with a couple more hooks. There’s a built in cupboard / wardrobe.
The desking was along the opposite wall but I set up my office at the table at the end of the room as that was buy the windows – as opposed to stating at the wall and therefore lighting and I preferred it as a working space.
The chairs where on wheels and you had to be careful that you didn’t tip them too much (e.g. whilst on the phone) or they would scoot off backwards from underneath you!
There was a proper coffee machine and tea making facilities and a mini-bar fridge – all good. The room could have done with another piece of furniture and there – there was a big expanse of empty floorspace, which didn’t quite fit.
Some power sockets along the window side of the room would have been helpful. The WIFI in that suite was also unreliable - although it was fine in the corridors or on the balconies. There are two balconies in the centre of the house i.e. overlooking the neighbouring rooftops which can be used by guests – great for working in the fresh air on a sunny or warm day!
The staff were all really friendly … and as usual, no time to try the breakfast or enjoy the brasserie next opposite!
I would imagine parking might be a bit of a challenge if you have a car, but I am sure there is plenty of public parking relatively nearby as most town in the Netherlands seem to have through this through logically!
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- Brasss Hotel Suites opened in 2011 in the building De Zon above the Brasserie & Cocktailbar Seymour. Our rooms are modern and serene furnished suites in the center of Haarlem. Each room is unique and has its own additional facilities that will make you enjoy your stay even more. We strive to provide personalized service because every guest is different. Do you have a special reason for your stay? Let us know! In the morning our breakfast cook prepares a delicious breakfast which will be served to you in the suite is at the desired time. ... more less
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