We had a very nice 5-night stay at this hotel in July 2013. I was concerned about the hotel's location 4 km away from the center of Enschede -- but it turned out to be right across from a stop for a bus that runs into town regularly and was a 10-minute walk from the Enschede Drienerlo train station. The hotel is a set of older A-frame buildings set back from the road and tucked under a canopy of trees. Our room was a weird two-level affair. The first floor had a small sitting area, bathroom and small balcony. Then there was a steep staircase up to the bedroom in the peak of the A-frame. It was pretty hot up there at night without air conditioning; we heard from other guests that their rooms had ceiling fans, but ours did not. Oddly, housekeeping didn't fully clean the room on a daily basis: the bathroom was cleaned and the beds were made, but they didn't vacuum (which we could see from leaf debris which blew in through the windows), nor did they wash the cups or replace the coffee and tea.
Breakfast in the bistro was WONDERFUL: eggs, bacon, juices, all sorts of coffee (drip, expresso, cappucino, cafe creme, etc.), fruit, cheese, cold cuts, yogurt, granola, pastries, etc. -- all fresh and nicely arranged. The stylish restaurant open for dinner has a creative menu of small-portioned dishes, to encourage people to order starters or salads and/or desserts as well as a main course. Everything we tried was out-of-this-world, especially the gazpacho with cucumber foam (wow) and strawberries Romanov. The staff in both the bistro and restaurant were super friendly and efficient, and seemed to really enjoy their jobs. This is a big part of what made the stay unexpectedly nice.
The only downside of our visit was the thinness of the walls of the bedroom. One night we could hear details of a couple, er, coupling from 1-3am -- where pillows over our heads did nothing to muffle the sounds. I've had issues of thin walls in other hotels in the Netherlands, but never to this degree! What if we had been staying there with children?! Something should be done about this the next time the hotel is updated, really.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampshire Hotel - De Broeierd Enschede offers a wonderful weekend of city and countryside in Twente. The hotel is close to the city of Enschede with its great shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife venues. And from here you can also just walk straight into the beautiful countryside. You can settle down for high tea in the Brasserie De Bakspieker and enjoy dinner in Bistro De Broeierd. When the weather's nice it's glorious to sit on the terrace with its outdoor kitchen. ... more less
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