The former centuries old prison is now a high ranking hotel, conveniently close (with or without the butler driving service) to Holland's 3 star top restaurant De Librije.
Welcomed with a glass of excellent bubbles we had to wait in the rather chilly lobby before being led to the suite. Apart from the somewhat opulent style which you may or may not like, the room was slightly disappointing; cold, noisy because of the wooden floors and odd looking with the big stand-alone bathtub and double washbasins in the sleeping area. We would have preferred a separate bathroom.The Ipad provided by the hotel did not function and there are no international tv channels likes CNN, BBC, or German channels. The rain shower was excellent and so were the beds. The roooms are very high which adds to the feeling of being in a very authentic building.
We missed a(n) (inter)national newspaper in the morning.
Breakfast shows the hand of the master, in this case top chef J. Boer. It is an almost endless amount of small bites, all hand made and of exquisite taste. Beginning with two rolls you might easily eat too much in the beginning since there is no menu to choose from or to tell you what's coming. Service is adequate and easy going, no unnecessary formalities: Dutch style.
The town center by the way is absolutely pretty and only a few minutes walking distance from the hotel. All in all very good, but not top notch for international standards and the price level.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The stylish 5-star Librije's Hotel opened its doors in Zwolle in May 2008. It is situated in a monumental building, only a few minutes walk away from the renowned 3-star restaurant 'De Librije'. The hotel accommodates its own restaurant as well as a cookery and oenology school ... more less
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