I followed the advice of many of the ta people and booked my room at the Hotel de Duif in Lisse. I was very impressed with it, and felt the reviews were correct. I found the reception staff to be so kind! I was dealing with a combination of jet lag and a burning desire to see the tulips at Keukenhof. I found eveyrone there to be so kind and they made every attempt to help me see the gardens. The room was on the smaller side, but I travel alone so I was fine. I slept very well and found the breakfast to be quite adequate. The location was very nice, but since I can't walk a lot, I still needed a taxi to and from the gardens.
I set up a taxi to have me at the gardens when they opened and the taxi was right on time. When my poor feet were done I was able to get a taxi outside the gardens back to the hotel to rest. I was up and ready to go again around 5ish, since there were 2 more hours to enjoy the flowers. There were no taxis available because of the busy time, so I was appealing to everyone there for a way to get me back to the gardens. I was totally impressed when, after some conversations in Dutch, I was told that the delightful young man at the reception desk would be driving me there himself! That was incredible and I appreciated it more than I can say, thanks to the kindness of him and the manager, I had 2 extra hours at the spectacular gardens! This was so important for me after flying from the US to see the tulips. The only disadvantage for me was that there was not a restaurant in the hotel for a quick dinner, although there were some close by and the staff was willing to recommend them and even call to get details for me. That personal touch of so many there made all the difference in the world for me, and hopefully someday I will be returning for a wonderful repeat visit!
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