My wife and I stayed here on and off for the 10 weeks we were in Holland. I was working nearby so I wanted a hotel close to shops and amenities to keep my wife entertained. This hotel is very comfortable and close to old Haarlem.
The breakfast was hearty, but no egg station so you had scrambled or hard boiled as your choice. The rest was excellent though. The restaurant for and evening meal was limited, but there are so many great restaurants in the city you are spoilt for choice.
The rooms are good, but a little aged. We managed to get a suite room for the last stay which was great. However the whole time we stayed in the hotel the A/C was not working, save the very last night. So the rooms were often stuffy even ion a cold day. We left the window open most nights just to sleep comfortably.
The Whisky bar is great with friendly staff (thanks Jan) and the reception staff were also great, and recognised us by name every day (not sure if that is a good thing??)
The Netherlands is such a great country and Haarlem is a great alternative to Amsterdam. There is the culture and typical Dutch city without the crowds or prices, and still only 20-30 minutes drive from central Amsterdam, or a 15 minute train or 30 minute ferry ride from IJmuiden.
Parking is available but not run by the hotel. If you are there for more than 2-3 days, get a weekly ticket for 50 Euro, and you can come and go as often as you like in that week. Careful though the office EFTPOS machines did not accept my credit cards, although the casual parking machine 50 meters away did, and it is run by the same company. Parking on Thursday night is a competition, and the nightly parking rate starts at 9pm instead of 7pm as on other nights.
Overall a good hotel, although there are finer appointed hotels in the city or cheaper one, this one is very central.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carlton Square is an intimate 4-star Haarlem hotel in the heart of the charming city of Haarlem, combining international allure with luxurious ambiance and genuine hospitality. As you walk through the front door of our Haarlem hotel you will immediately feel drawn in by the staff, design and interior. The warmth of the cosy lounge and crackling fire in the hearth instantly give our guests that 'home away from home' feeling.Carlton Square, with 122 hotelrooms, is situated in the heart of the shopping district. Only 10 km from Schiphol International Airport and the Amsterdam RAI Congress Centre, the Carlton Square Hotel is located in Haarlem city centre just off one of the main roads leading to Amsterdam. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Square Haarlem
- Hotel Carlton Square