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“Great Location, Friendly & Helpful Staff with Free Internet as a Bonus” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stempels Hotel
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Haarlem
Mobile,AL
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209 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Great Location, Friendly & Helpful Staff with Free Internet as a Bonus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2011

My wife and I stayed at this property for three nights earlier this month and we were very pleased with our choice. We did not notice any problems with odors as some others have previously noted. Our air conditioned room was on the top floor and was very clean with comfortable beds and was well maintained but did not have a bathtub and lacked an in room coffee maker(these "drawbacks" were of no concern to us but might be to someone else). In addition to a small flat screen TV with access to the BBC and CNN there was a computer in the room that allowed me to check my e-mail at no cost which was much appreciated.
The hotel staff was knowledgable and helpful.
We thought that the breakfast offerings were quite reasonable.
We found this property to be an excellent choice in the city centre of Haarlem.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank MobileResident
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Peron, France
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39 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2011

Vet pleasant hotel in centre of Haarlem, close to the city centre. Siuated in the home of the owner of a historical printing company, Welcoming small reception area. I was already booked in and they had my electronic room key ready for me. The room at the top was up some historic stairs though there was a convenient elevator. The room was large, well heated with windows overlooking central area. Large beds with soft matresses and fluffy pillows. Separate toilet and bathroom with both a tub and shower. Wardrobe antique armoire. Computer with flat screen and full keyboard in room.
Breakfast was a buffet with a good choice of scrambled egg, cereals, cold meats chesse. No salmon. Choice of breads and croissants.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank laings
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lancashire england
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34 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2010

Stayed 2 nghts at Stempels to attend a wedding. The hotel and staff were all really good.
I had a large room on the top floor which was spacious and clean, had a lovely view over the square and good air con. The bed was extremely comfy and the room was very quiet - even though the hotel was full. Because the hotel was full of my family for the wedding I got to see four other rooms and they were all really lovely.
I had breakfast one morning and it was a good choice of the usual continental fare - meat cheese, cereal, yoghurt. eggs and pastries. The coffee was excellent and you could have as much as you wanted from a self serve machine.
The staff were friendly and efficient. We were a large group that tended to meet, wander off and reappear and at some point someone would pay eventually but the staff took this all in their stride!
Other reviewers have commented that the hotel smelt of fish. I went in a variety of rooms and never noticed this. And they'd certainly been cooking fish as we had it at the reception.
The only reason I decided to give 4 stars rather than 5 is that although I had a superior room it only had a shower (which was excellent) no bath - and there as room for one, and no tea and coffee facilities in the room. Usually I take a kettle with me but as I was travelling with handluggage only this hadn't been possible so it was an inconvenience but only a small one.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
3 Thank wherever1
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Dorking
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2010

It's a little while ago (a year to be precise) that we have stayed in hotel Stempels in Haarlem but as I've just started writing reviews, I felt I should tell about Stempels. We married in the nearby town of Heemstede in 2008. We live in the UK and chose Haarlem as the town of choice to assemble our guests from around the world as Haarlem is a beautiful old Dutch town and not far at all from Schiphol airport. We came back for our first anniversary and found the quality unchanged (excellent). There is a restaurant and a bar used by locals as well as guests.

The night before our wedding we slept in Stempels which we chose as it has lovely old features mixed with contemporary design, beautiful breakfast rooms, nice bedrooms and VERY comfortable Hastings beds. I used the beautiful old staircase to meet my husband to be and the guests that were already in Haarlem. So good memories all around.

The staff was so kind to refrigerate some off the left-over cake which we shared with guests in the morning. I've seen some whinging about breakfast in other reviews. I've been in Stempels twice now and once for lunch and the food is of an excellent quality. Great bread and lovely toppings is more important than a quantity of factory yoghurts etc. Trust the Dutch for breakfast!

Our guests that stayed in the hotel with us liked it as much as we did.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Monaonthego
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Denver, Colorado
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162 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2010

The place does stink, of food also. Their main business is being a restaurant. Also they ripped me off for a nights stay because they did not get my cancellation via email, much like another traveler. Otherwise very nice place, unless you get a room where you cannot open the window, or you get one of the rooms over looking their kitchen where you can become one with the smells.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank bikeontheroof
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2010

We stayed in a superior room which was very large and had beautiful beams and a lovely view of the church beyond. In fact the place has tons of charm and character. Stempels is based right on the Grote Markt in Haarlem and is in a perfect location to see the main city as its so central. Almost below the hotel is a public car park which you need to use if taking your car. The hotel doesnt have any parking facilities and parking is very expensive not to mention that finding the hotel is not fun with lots of tiny little one way roads. My advice is take the train, the station is a short bus journey or 10mins walk away.

The room was clean with a spacious and moderately comfortable bed. Despite being so central close to tens of bars/restuarents, we had a quiet and paceful nights sleep. Checkin was slow. We had a computer on a proper desk in our room but no tes/coffee making facilities. Downstairs there is a restuarent, the food was nice enough. Prices are around 10euro for lunch but much more for dinner.

As for the smell of the room which quite runied our stay, I can only guess that cleaning stuff used our toilet prior to our having the room or there is a serious drain blockage issue. There is no ventilation in the bathroom so the smell stayed with us for the first night and lingered for the second. The hotel was all booked up so changing rooms wasnt an option.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank anniepants
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2010

We spent Christmas week at Hotel Stempels, which is located in the center of the old Dutch city of Haarlem, opposite the medieval cathedral of St Bavo. We were terribly impressed with the very friendly and hardworking staff (a rarity in tip-less Holland) and the wonderful and festive atmosphere of the hotel. We loved the self-service breakfast, which features typical Dutch fare (breads, meats, cheeses & chocolate sprinkles for the kids!), as well as eggs, cereals and fruit. The breakfast is served in the front parlor where a fireplace was going every morning. The hotel is located near the Frans Hals Museum, Teylers Museum, the symphony, and a movie theater. The rooms have comfortable (Swedish) beds with high-quality linens. My kids appreciated that each room also has its own computer with high-speed internet access. We had a terrific Christmas vacation at Stempels and look forward to our next stay there!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Strypemond
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Additional Information about Stempels Hotel

Property: Stempels Hotel
Address: Klokhuisplein 9, 2011 HK Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Here at Stempels you are welcome to eat, drink, having a party, to enjoy performances, to organize meetings and stay overnight. This all happens on the premises of the former Joh. Enschede complex, where for many years the Dutch banknotes has been pressed as well as post stamps for a lot of different countries. In other words, a place with a rich history, renovated into a modern hotel-restaurant, full of cosy atmosphere, right in the centre of the monumental heart of Haarlem. The well known Haarlem restaurant owner, Frans van Cappelle, wish to extend a warm welcome to you. On the first, second and third floor of the building are seventeen hotel rooms. The first and second floor are attainable by lift, but if you are in good condition, we recommend the old monumental staircase.There are four comfort rooms, six superior rooms, five luxury rooms, one junior suite and one suite. All rooms are provided with Hästens beds, airconditioning, a flat screen television set, a computer, free (wireless-) internet facilities, toilet and a shower. The luxury rooms and suites also have a bath. Like everywhere in the building one can find original decorations and ornaments in the hotel rooms.Staying at the front of the building one has a magnificent view of the Klokhuisplein and the St.Bavo church. ... more   less 
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