We stayed in one of the efficiency "studio" apartments at 29 Kromstraat, a 2-3 minute walk from the major part of the hotel on Oude Delft, where you check-in. Our room, #2H, was large, with two large windows with a nice view of both church spires, a comfortable double bed, a small refrigerator, kitchen sink with instant hot water, cupboards, cooking instruments, dishes, etc. We stayed over Christmas and New Year's and the heat was superb (easy to over-heat if not careful). Bath was large with nice shower and plentiful towels. Large LCD television and a small eating area, also. The staff are *extremely* competent, friendly, and helpful and very eager to ensure your stay is pleasant. There are free drink coupons at the check-in, that can be used with a meal at their very fine restaurant, also on Kromstraat, just downstairs from your room. The breakfast in he main part of the hotel is plentiful and fresh.
Surprisingly, our room price was nearly 50% less than other hotels for the holiday time period, which turned out to be for a reason. Kromstraat is also home to two or three nightclubs, which can be a bit noisy from about 2200 until their official 0200 closing time, mostly due to smokers opening entrance doors that otherwise muffle the music pretty well. Ear plugs helped a lot, as did the cold weather, which allowed us to sleep with the large (did we say nice view?) double-glazed windows shut. The clubs only operate on weekends, so it is bearable, however during our Christmas through New Year's stay, several also had private parties which coincided with holidays, and which exceeded the 0200 closing time.
The Delft townsfolk are very clever in avoiding problems and Kromstraat is probably the most well-lit street at night in all of Delft; our room had very effective blackout curtains, and in the mornings, there was never any trash, cigarette butts, or broken glass one finds in similar areas in other cities. In the summer, windows would probably have to be open, as #2H is on the top floor. If you are into clubbing, this is the perfect room, as you only need to walk a few steps to fall into bed, exhausted. Bring your own corkscrew, as only basic cooking tools are provided.
If you do go to Delft for New Year's get ready for some intense, citizen-created, firework displays, from 1000 on Dec 31 until 0200 on Jan 1 (amazingly, these legal times ARE heeded by the citizenry), along with a few piles of burning Christmas trees. Until now, I though Hamburg did it the wildest & best -- in a close call, Delft has them beat, and all without government using taxes to brighten the New Year sky. Another sign of the Delft government's desire to avoid problems, they put large metal containers in the main square with holes the size of a magnum champagne bottle, and public garbage cans and mailboxes are sealed until Jan 2.
The conscientious staff (particularly the cleaning woman who came on Christmas Eve to ensure we had enough towels and papier du derierre to last for the next few days) and the beautiful, friendly, city of Delft overwhelmingly compensated for the sound of young people having weekend fun.
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