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“Short bus ride to/from Haarlem centre” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stayokay Haarlem

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Stayokay Haarlem
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Short bus ride to/from Haarlem centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

I stayed 4 nights in November and the hostel was warm despite it being cold and windy outside. Not my first visit and I would return again. Staff very helpful and friendly. Good bar.
Although rather dated the hostel remains very clean. Lockers in room - you provide your own padlock. Excellent breakfasts, fresh produce, self-service with good orange juice and coffee. Pleasant location backing onto a park. Bird-spotting an added treat.
Frequent buses to/from Haarlem station (Route 2) stop outside (bus stop 'Stayokay') and run until just after midnight. Half-hourly trains to and from Santpoort Suid (take subway between hostel and the canal, go under the main road then just follow the canal to the train station less than 10 min walk) will take you to Haarlem (2 short stops) or Amsterdam, a further 15mins journey on the same train. Or you can go north and connect with line to Alkmaar.
A very good base from which to visit Haarlem (bus 300 from Schiphol), a lovely small city with much to offer the visitor in terms of shopping and good cafes, bars and restaurants. Very handy for the bulbfields in springtime.

Room Tip: When busy, the 4-bed dorms make for a less-disturbed night's sleep than the 10-bed dorms.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

This hostel, although run as a chain, does not have that feel. The owners were incredibly friendly and hospitable, the beds were extremely comfortable and the provided breakfast is like no other. Not to mention the free tea and coffee the was constantly available. We happened to stay their on Netherlands neighbour day and hence the owner treated me and 11 of my friends to a delicious meal which was probably the nicest gesture I have ever received for a hostel. Without a doubt 5 stars! Great bang for your buck.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lucy H
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Very good place to stay! I have found this place by accident. It was good choice. After my first night I have decided to stay there another one. Good, quite location.
Staff was friendly. Answered to all my questions and was always helpful.
Room, toilet and shower room very clean. Lockers in every room (make sure you bring padlock).
Definitely recommend this hostel and city Haarlem to everyone!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Big, spacious, the breakfast is good + there's a decent choice, clean rooms and bathrooms.
However, the staff was less friendly compared to other hostels I stayed in, more polite - addequate if you like to be treated as a customer and not as a friend.
Though they have a bar with billiards or smth like that, the atmosphere is not as relaxed and homely as elsewhere. It is also pretty far away from the centre, but easy reachable by bus which stops right in front of the hostel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank xirtalleB
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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61 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

When arriving, if you are having dinner there, or even if you haven't planned to, do it. The food they serve is wonderful! Well thought out buffet there will be something for everyone and it will taste amazing! The corridors aren't exactly clean, due to spillages, but the rooms are very tidy and the bathrooms also. They have a bar where you can have a drink, or just generally sit and relax. Right next to ride allows for a lovely walk and close to shops.

Room Tip: If you have a lot of luggage, choose downstairs as there is no elevator. Take your own towel.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Taranicole349
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usa
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

This is a typical Stayokay Hostel with cleanliness and a generous breakfast included. Unfortunately, the staff did not enforce the quiet time unless you got up and complained and then it usually didn't work. There happened to be two large groups of teenagers (and their coaches) staying there who had little regard for any other people there. Other than that, it is a long walk to the city center, but buses are regular and you can rent a bike. I would have perferred to stay in Amsterdam for the end of my trip, but couldn't find an affordable bed. It was Easter and spring break time, so I just didn't get on it earlier enough.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Margaret L
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

The common areas of this hostel had decent decor. But once I picked up my sheets and walked through the corridor into the sleeping area, I almost felt like I was in a prison. Okay, I'm exaggerating a little, but the rooms were completely devoid of any personality. Gray mattresses, gray floor. One room with the toilet, one room with the shower. But at least it was clean.

From the website or reviews I read, I had assumed food/dinner was available for purchase in their kitchen/dining room. This was not the case. They serve breakfast, and only if requested in advance do they serve other meals. I was disappointed in this because this hostel is located in the suburbs and there aren't too many restaurants nearby. There is a grocery store 10 minutes away, but there is no kitchen usage at the hostel. Also, the dining room was supposedly open for the guests to use up until 11/12 at night, but I on 2 occasions, they locked the doors hours earlier.

Other things: The employees were nice and friendly. There were a lot of families. This is not a party hostel.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Stayokay Haarlem

Property: Stayokay Haarlem
Address: Jan Gijzenpad 3, 2024 CL Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Stayokay Haarlem 2*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy some culture, visit a museum or go shopping? Or do you prefer wandering through nature, cycling between the dunes, going for a walk on the beach? It’s all possible in and around Haarlem. Furthermore, ‘Heavenly Haarlem’ – the ‘northern city with southern flamboyancy’ – has an extremely central location: the bulb fields, the windmills of Zaanse Schans and the city of Amsterdam are all within easy reach. You can also enjoy a meal and meet friends from all over the world in the friendly brown cafe ‘The Shuffle’. Stayokay Haarlem is centrally located near the connecting road to the beach, the woods, the city centre of Haarlem and Amsterdam. ... more   less 
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