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“Very nice hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem

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Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
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“Very nice hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I was second times to stayed in this hotel, rooms very well and comfortable. Good food. Staff very good to gave information. But this hotel a bit far from the city center. Sometime the bicycle for rent in the totel not enough, then need to walk a bit far to rent at the other hotel.

Room Tip: I stayed in a room nearly to swimming pool, so very go to swim.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Staying for 3 nights over Easter. Rooms very well appointed with large bathrooms. Only one complaint, the rooms don't have air conditioning and as Saturday was a very warm day we were far too hot that night. Opening a window I guess would solve the problem but we look out over a main road...

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Valk Hotel is undergoing gradual renovation so there are two general types of rooms – Standard (non-renovated) and Comfort (renovated). We looked at both and selected the Comfort Plus rooms as they were nicely appointed with 2 person bathtubs. With a 3 day rate, the price was reasonable for the quality of room and included free parking. The hotel lobby area is very nice, with a number of couches and tables for relaxing or working.

The hotel rents good quality 3 and 7 speed bikes for E8.50 a day, which is comparable to local bike rentals and very convenient. A ride to Zaandvoort through the dunes national park is a great ride for a day. Riding through the town to sight see or visit the grocery store also makes you feel almost like a real Netherlander. And in Haarlem you can do this easily whereas in central Amsterdam it is a lot more challenging.

We did not eat at the hotel, prices were typical for this type of hotel, quite high.

The rooms and beds were comfortable and spacious. A few niggling complaints; glasses and porcelain cups are appropriate at this level of hotel, plastic is just not the way to sip wine or beer or have a tea or coffee. But the towel heaters were great for drying clothes and the showers (rain and hand held shower) and tubs were spacious.

Rick Steves suggests Haarlem as a possible home base for visiting Amsterdam. Its not a bad plan as Haarlem is a lot calmer than Amsterdam but it is not a cheap alternative. Buses in Haarlem are E2.50 to go anywhere and not covered by an Amsterdam day pass. The train to Amsterdam is E8.50 for a round trip. So if you have a car, driving to a Park and Ride near Amsterdam’s ring road is a better deal.

Room Tip: Comfort rooms are new but the standard ones are just fine - shower only. Take the parking lot side...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I always like van der Valk hotels because they never dissapoint me. Not in a positive way, but more important: not in a negative way. This hotel is just a stroll away from the city center and has lots of parkingplaces. I stayed in a room in the newly build wing of the hotel, which was a perfect room. The food (buffet) is always magnificient in van der Valk.

Cons: a lack of personal attention, the hotel is a little dated and not very romantic.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

We've been here before but never in the restaurant which was excellent.
Especially the service by waitress Robin who looked after us.
It was that good that we visited twice in three days.
Only one remark, there aren't many nut free dishes,even the vegetarian was with nuts.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

After a quick and welcoming check in came the good surprise, the room. Big, airy and spacious with comfortably beds. There where no disturbing sounds so I slept very well both nights. The bathroom with bathtub and a separate walk-in "rain shower" was excellent. Stayed for two nights and had dinner at the restaurant on the first night. The staff was very friendly and serviceminded. The next surprise was when the waitress spoke in fluent Swedish to me. The food was more then ok and not expensive, compared to swedish measures at least. Breakfast was also really good, both cold and warm things and I didn't miss anything. I can highly recommend the hotel for business trips.

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Stayed for Just one night Rooms are very spacious, and spotlessly clean ,Hotel staff friendly.
stayed for dinner which was exceptional value with quality(they even threw in a bottle of house wine) Breakfast was amongst the best I have ever had with variety,offering fresh fruits,smoked salmon,as well as your usual continental and full cooked options.We took a taxi into Haarlem and returned same way approx 10 Euro.Haarlem is a beautiful town,and has an easy access into Amsterdam by rail (approx 15 mins)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem
Address: Toekanweg 2, 2035 LC Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem 4*
Number of rooms: 315
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem is located at the border of the historical center of Haarlem. From the hotel you can easily visit the beaches of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal and the cities of Amsterdam or The Hague. The hotel is located not far from the airport Schiphol. The city of Haarlem is certainly worth a visit with its beautiful canals, old buildings, inner-gardens and of course the famous Teylers Museum and Frans Hals Museum.Our guests enjoy free high-speed internet, free parking and free access to Anybody Healthcenter. We would like to welcome all business guests in one of our 14 meetingrooms, ranging from 13 to 900 m². All our two persons rooms are equiped with a twin bed. Only the Suites have double beds. ... more   less 
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