Golden Tulip Lion D'Or is fully a **** experience -- right across the plaza from Train Station; little restaurant that was fine for dinner, excellent for breakfast; comfortable & spacious room (#34) with shower, quiet (Note: it's winter), and with very courteous, responsive, knowledgeable staff. Takes 20 minutes from AMS via commuter train to get here; shorter if you head here straight from Schiphol.
I was here for a 2-day touring visit to Haarlem sandwiched between other destinations. Left Lion D'Or hotel to walk in to town Centre at 9:30 this morning, walked back at 8 PM from a wonderful day exploring Haarlem (Frans Hals & the Teylers Museum + Saturday Market & nice dinner in town). It took 7 minutes to walk back to hotel (ergo train station).
There are plenty of nice (more upscale) hotels in town -- but if you are arriving late and want to get from station to hotel, rest, start afresh -- and at end of trip, leave luggage and pick up en route to train, this hotel is great.
I'll put in a pitch for Haarlem, as well. TripAdvisor reviews suggested coming here rather than Leiden. While I can't speak for Leiden, my Dutch friends said "go to Haarlem" so that ruled. Indeed this has been a super day of learning about Flemish art, history, geopolitics, Saturday markt, and architecture. I didn't sit down all day -- spent 3 hours in Frans Hals Museum, for example -- was just so enriching. Did have dinner at Cafe Colette tonight . From 5:45-on was increasingly and delightfully crowded with locals (including kids) and quite pleasant. Nice aubergine parmesan and creme brulee with a Sancerre.
Back to Hotel:
I would have given Lion D'Or 5***** just because they were exactly what I needed (including universal free wifi); but this IS a 3-4 * experience/amenities. Good example where enough can be exactly what you need, rather than the ultimate!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lion d'Or is a classic city hotel, close to the Haarlem railway station and excellent airport connection through the R-Net #300 bus. Since 1839 we try to deliver the best sleeping comfort, keeping up with trends and innovations. Guests enjoy breakfast in our brand new lounge, where we also serve drinks and snacks daily until 1am. Rooms come with double or twin beds, and shower or bath tub. There is superfast Wi-Fi all over the building and Nespresso machines in all rooms. Our multilingual staff is at reception 24/7 to welome and assist at all times. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Tulip Hotel Haarlem
- Golden Tulip Haarlem
- Haarlem Golden Tulip