Delft is a day trip for lots of people exploring South Holland, but here's how you can one-up them: make Delft your base for the region. There's some fantastic dining and drinking to be had here, even if it takes just one (at very best) to comb through the town, so you'll always have something to look forward to in the evenings. That, and any more warmth and hospitality, there wouldn't be enough room to contain all that hearty cheer.
Which begins at Hotel Leeuwenbrug as soon as you arrive from the train station, an easy 10-minute saunter. Located on one of Delft's prettiest canals, it's pleasantly peaceful for being such a close walk to the market square and everything else on your hit list. The street is lined with historic patrician mansions, and the hotel is housed in one of them. Upon checking in, you don't even have to ask - the receptionist has a map for you, as well as the hotel's personal recommendations for lunch and dinner. I didn't make it to all, but I'll vouch for them.
Cozy and pretty as the hotel is on the outside and in the reception area, the room is a bit of a drastic change in ambiance. I'm not sure if it was just my loft room - the linens and bed were very comfy, but the rest of the decor reminded of a college dorm, down to the droll brown of the bathroom. However, if you're not fussy, the one night sleep I had was really very comfortable. I found the room spacious enough and the bathroom not claustrophobic like your typical Euro-WC, and the WiFi was effective and strong.
Oh, breakfast! The very fact that this was the only hotel during my eight days in Holland that served pannekoeken as part of its buffet (together with warm treacle syrup) brightened my morning - natch, day - to no end. The rest was typically Dutch - a selection of breads, cold cuts, herring and fish, cheeses, eggs, fresh vegetable slices, and some pastries. Hot oatmeal rounded things off, as well as an endless flow of coffee and tea. It was all very hearty, and I was sad I had only planned to stay one night - it is truly the little hotel that could, at a fantastic rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in historical centre of Delft. Some rooms overlooking city others have canal view. Museums, shops and restaurants in 5 minutes walking distance. 45 minutes from Amsterdam, 15km from Rotterdam and the Hague. 500m from Railway- bus station. Paid parking next to the hotel. Perfect location for business or touristic outings. The hotel offers weekend packages: stay three, pay two nights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Leeuwenbrug Hotel Delft