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“Friendly and well appointed hotel in a fantastic location” 5 of 5 stars
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Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
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San Diego
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Friendly and well appointed hotel in a fantastic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

The Frans Hals hotel is right next to the cathedral and near everything in the charming town of Haarlem. Our junior suite was very well appointed and comfortable, with room for our daughter to sleep on a large couch. The hotel staff were very friendly and gave us many useful suggestions.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Thornburgh
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

First, the staff was so friendly. While staying at the hotel, I got sick and the front desk called around to several doctors to find someone who would see me that day. They were amazing!

The hotel is situated in the city center, close to shopping and many great restaurants. I only wish I wrote this review earlier so that I could remember where I ate! The train station is an easy 10 or 15 minute walk from the hotel. We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel and it was quite expensive - about 60 euro or so. The train can take you there cheaper; however, after a flight from the US and luggage for three weeks we opted for a taxi.

The rooms were very clean and spacious. The hotel has free WiFi and a computer station in the lobby if you don't have a laptop with you. I didn't find any problems with the water coolers on each floor. I did, however, find the breakfast to be overpriced for what you get.

The night life is a bit roudy and you can easily hear it in the room. It was worth the location though.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank vtbrooklyn
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2009

Just of the square, the location of this modern hotel was perfect. Clean, spacious rooms and a very helpful front desk made this a wonderful home base for a visit to a gem of a city. We didn't eat at the restaurant, but it looked ok. On a sunny day, I can see that the front rooms may be loud, because of the popularity of the nearby square; our room did not overlook the street, and we had no problem whatsoever. I used their website and tried to reserve in Dutch, I accidentally booked a single, but all was OK on check-in. Water coolers near the room were a nice touch. I will definitely come back--Haarlem was a great first stop, easy access to Amsterdam, but because we've already been to the big city--it was so nice to partake of all the pleasures (arts, restaruants, shopping, weekend markets, etc.) of Dutch culture in the terrific setting of a smaller town. Easy connection by bus to Schipol.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Albi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2009

We lived in Haarlem downtown for 6 years and were visiting our old home town. Location is great in the old centre. Internet is free which it should be, and we did not take breakfast.

Not good:
- When we got the and went to the room there was luggage of another guest in our room, not good. They removed it but it makes you wonder.
- When we entered the bathroom there was a horrible stench due to a faulty shower sink. Anyway fixed it myself
- DVD player did not work initially fixed it.
- Most important problem in this hotel is sound insulation not within the hotel although the corridor sounds are noticable it is the sounds from the outside. The (new) hotel is poorly insulated and in the weekends you will hear every outside sound very loudly.
When checking out we mentioned this and she also could not sleep, living in the centre of town. Well not what I wanted to hear and I said that WE pay for these rooms and expect some minimal sound insulation. She took this personal I think, not good. It is obvious there is a problem with the outside sound insulation. I had to sleep with earplugs in but still woke up 2 times.
- Staff is not bad but should not take things personally, unfortunately not uncommon in Holland and this has often given the country a bad name.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank nlesh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2009

Nice town, nice hotel -- in fact pretty much perfect. I paid discount rate, so very pleased. Staff tries very hard.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank rich3434
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Malden, NL
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348 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2008

It is not a best Western anymore but it belongs now to the Amrath Chain. So the new name is Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals.

Centrally located in Haarlem, only steps away from the beautiful market place. It is a 15 minutes walk from the railway station where the trains go for a 15-minute train ride to Amsterdam. But Haarlem in itself is also a very nice place to stay!

Nicely decorated modern hotel with good facilities. Free wire-less internet in the room and in the lobby. Extremely friendly staff. I was too late for breakfast but the staff just let me in and made an effort to fix me a nice breakfast from the left-overs. But the down side is that it takes very long to check-in or out as front desk staff take an overwhelming amount of time for each guest even if there is a queue waiting!

It’s for sure a hotel where I will return.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Mianel
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2008

Very centrally located hotel. Room was adequate just a bit dull.It seemed designed by committee eg. a new flat screen tv but limited choice of tv channels, a couple of Frans Hals prints on the walls to reflect the name of the hotel but the other walls simply painted white. It was very much like a Premier Inn or Travelodge but about 100 euros a night more expensive. Disappointing

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank djl1960
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Additional Information about Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals

Property: Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals
Address: Damstraat 10, 2011 HA Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Haarlem
#2 Luxury Hotel in Haarlem
#3 Romantic Hotel in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals 4*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals is a beautiful 4-star hotel, located in the lively centre of Haarlem. Step out of the hotel and walk right into the inviting city of Haarlem, where you can marvel at historical buildings, charming squares, and lively shopping quarter. The 82 stylish guest rooms at Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals all have complementary wireless internet. Get a good start to the day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel; and to close it off in a convivial atmosphere, the hotel offers an attractive bar. Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals does not have its own restaurant, but you will find plenty of charming establishments within a 150-metre radius. For business purposes there is a spacious meeting room available. Haarlem is a charming city, with characteristic monumental buildings and beautiful inner courtyards around every corner. This city offers something for everyone. For example, you can visit the Teylers Museum and the Frans Hals Museum. Or if you prefer shopping - Haarlem is known to be one of the best shopping destinations in the country. Amsterdam is approximately a 15-minute drive from Haarlem, and Zandvoort is also nearby. Here, you can get a wonderful breath of fresh sea air and enjoy a long walk on the beach. ... more   less 
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