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“Unpleasant hotel experience in Netherland” 2 of 5 stars
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Die Raeckse Hotel
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unpleasant hotel experience in Netherland”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

My husband and I spent 7 days in Netherland for a holiday and stayed in a Die Raeckse Hotel owned by a Chinese couple. We paid the total bill upfront with cash (660.80 euros).

The first day we arrived, the owner (she) was friendly. However, everything turned so differently on the second day onwards. Why? The owner(she) was unhappy with the amount of food we took for the breakfast even though we never wasted any of it!

The eyes of the woman never stop watching how much we eat for breakfast throughout our stay! We (especially me) felt uncomfortable with the way she treated us. If we hadn't already paid the bill in full, I would have asked my husband to move to a different hotel.

The owner should pay more attention to the few problems in the hotel such as narrow stairs, noise as the result of thin walls, unsteady toilet seat, torn net curtain, etc rather than observing how much people eat!

We would never choose this hotel again!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Amiens, France
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

We spent 3 nights at the hotel Die Raeckse and really enjoyed the stay (me, wife, young daughter). Haarlem was a great alternative for us vs. Amsterdam. Very close to Amsterdam (~15 minutes train or about the same time by car). However, we were interested in seeing some other sites (e.g. Keukenhof) and were driving, which made the smaller, calmer Haarlem the perfect location.

We found the hotel very nice. It is not luxury nor fancy, but very clean and well run. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful with any questions or needs. The included breakfast was very good each morning. We would definitely choose Die Raeckse again.

Room Tip: The rooms very a lot by size. We had 3 sinlge beds and the room was very large. There were other r...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank TexasEngineer
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Haifa, Israel
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

The hotel looks rather old although maintained in a decent level. The room was the tiniest I ever had. The TV remote did not work. I had no one in the desk to ask for neither the Wi-FI key nor batteries/remote replacement after 9 PM. There were too few power sockets and no internet socket at all. The accessibility to the radiator valve was poor. I froze before I found the right direction of the knob. The staff was pleasant although not fluent English speakers. Breakfast was poor and so was the room furniture. I did not suffer there but it was not a cozy stay at all.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 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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1 Thank edeniv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

We were so glad we decided to stay in Haarlem rather than Amsterdam - nice location, good breakfast, friendly owners. The bed was much more comfortable than the place we stayed in Brussels and we had much more room.

Would have no problem recommending this hotel to a friend who wanted to see Amsterdam but not stay there - plus Haarlem was lovely.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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1 Thank SmallTownGirl71
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Nispen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

Hotel die Raeckse is very well situated, It is not a luxury hotel, it's clean and the staff is very friendly. We had a basic room, but there are rooms with more luxury. Our bathroom was freezing. The breakfast was very well. As parking in Haarlem is expensive we could buy a parking ticket in the hotel for € 7,50 for a whole day, so that was cheap.
At my next visit to Haarlem I will sleep here again, but take a more expensive room.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank marathon53
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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370 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 363 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

Stayed here during a convention and the hotel was well situated for the occassion, but still: small room, like being back in the seventies (green/brownish decoration of the bathroom), bathroom was freezingly cold and the door knob of the bathroom was held together with a safety pin (...).
Our room was situated at the street side of the hotel and at night we were kept up by people coming from the club nearby and in the morning we were woken by garbagebins with glass being collected, wipe car driving by etc.
The part of the hotel where the rooms are smelled of overcooked brussels-sprouts...

They do have free Wifi which is much appreciated and breakfast was okay as well, being the cheapest hotel available in Haarlem, this was to be expected, but cheap it was not! Maybe Haarlem is just an expensive city?

Room Tip: Try to get a room away from the street
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank seolram
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Great location, large clean rooms, delicious homely breakfast, friendly hosts. Had a lovely relaxing time.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Ps20
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Property: Die Raeckse Hotel
Address: Raaks 13, 2011 VA Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem > Centrum
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Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Die Raeckse Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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