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“Solid mid range hotel”
Review of Holiday Inn Leiden

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Holiday Inn Leiden
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Leiden
Reviewed October 6, 2011

The Holiday Inn Leiden is a solid mid range hotel which if you have access to a car or bicycle is a good choice. If you are relying on public transport the location may be a problem as it is on the outskirts of Leiden and a long walk from the main sites and railway station. It is in good proximity to the university.

I believe that a shuttle to the main station (easy walk to the old town) operates on weekdays however it did not seem to be available on weekends.

The rooms are motel style with the doors giving onto a covered outdoor walkway. This is also the location of the carparking which makes it useful if arriving by car.

The rooms were renovated and in good condition. The bathroom deserves particular praise for being modern, clean and functional. The beds were comfortable and there were a number of different pillow options so you could get comfortable.

The breakfast was relatively simple continental breakfast however, the produce was fresh and there was lots available. The only drawback for coffee lovers is that you had to help yourself from a machine.

The staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

we weren't there for the dining experience, breakfast wasn't brilliant, but I have had much worse. restaurant staff courteous and helpful.
Distance from centre of Leiden - there is a bus service, no taxis outside the hotel and it's a 20 minute walk to the centre - not good if you are unfamiliar with the area.
No complimentary wi-fi

Now the good stuff:
ample parking
clean room with comfortable beds - I appreciated the pillow options
sufficiently far enough away not to be disturbed by the Ontzet.
Efficient service at the front desk

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

Comfortable clean rooms and a range of pillow options - like that.
Dinners consist of buffets which are normally crowded with noisy kids so that a culinary experience is reduced to cleaned out bowls of food and sticky surfaces. There are also bar snacks in the bar, but it's not quite the same, is it?
You are beyond walking distance to the city centre, and the hotel only runs a shuttle bus during "rush hours", so otherwise you'll have to get a taxi.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

Car location accessible hotel rooms spacious food excellent hotel recommended for families too

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

It wasn't until I arrived that I realised that I had stayed here previoulsy a couple of years ago.
The reception area is spacious but the check in process was slow and the receptionist was not clued up on basic information such as the price of breakfast.
The room was nice enough but the carpet was badly stained and the ensuite was not very clean; I do not expect to find the last person's hairs on the bathroom floor or in the bath.
The light in the bathroom is a motion sensor light, which launches one into pitch darkness within 5 minutes, so if you're having a shower or a bath you should be prepared for this.
I ate at the buffet on the first night of my two-night stay; the absence of a price should have been a warning; 34.95 euros for tasty but luke warm food, limited vegetarian choice unless you llike cream based pasta sauce.
I avoided breakfast the first morning because the shock of 19.25 euros removed any sense of hunger! Seriously over priced unless you plan to spend several hours devouring all offerings to get your money worth. The garden restaurant has a fish pond and terrapins as a feature, which is probably quite relaxing if you like pond fish and aren't put off by what I am sure were terrapin faeces on the rocks.
I ate in the Ocean bar on the second night of my stay and the prices were again on the expensive side but more reasonable than the buffet.
The rooms are on 3 floors with floors 2 and 3 overlooking the large garden restaurant. I had a room at the back of the hotel, away from the restaurant and on the top floor. There was barely any noice from adjoining rooms or passers by. I wasn't woken during the night and slept reasonably well.
The hotel is located out of the Leiden town centre but there is a shuttle service (surprisingly free of additional charge!) until about 6pm between the hotel and the central station.
CHECK YOUT BILL CAREFULLY! I was charged twice for my meal in the Ocean Bar, but the two sums were lumped together on the invoice and it was only because I was taken aback at the price that I asked to see the receipt - and even with two receipts in front of her the receptionsit at check out argued that my bill was correct. The fish starter was nice, but not so nice that I would have ordered it twice in a very short time! This made the check out process very slow.
As a business hotel Holiday Inn Leiden fails because the interet access is an additional 15euros for 24h. In fact, there are additional charges for pretty much everything; internet, car parking, some of the leisure facilities, etc. My bill for 2 nights' accommodation, 1 breakfast, 2 meals including water and a glass of wine each night, 2 short phone calls to book taxis and 2 internet access was a little short of 500 euros. This is very over priced for the hotel and to be honest, the standard of the hotel wasn't up to the Holiday Inn brand.
Hopefully next time I will remember not to stay here.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Alwas get a upgrade becos of my platinum priority club. the rooms are very bright all with a nespresso machine. food in the bar is also ok have a smal card also the restaurand is not bad at all. the outside of the hotel is not that great but inside is good and at the reception the are alway frindly and helpfull. and if there is a problem the solve it.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Found this place very hard to find and very out of town, really felt aimed for the business market. Have to confess I prefer small hotels, so thought this one lacked a bit of a personal touch but it was quiet and comfortable, and there was a canal with some herons in the garden. They were helpful with our bikes, but the free shuttle wasn't running due to it being the Summer holidays! When I queried this, the response was dismissive.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Leiden

Address: Haagse Schouwweg 10, 2332 KG, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > South Holland Province > Leiden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Leiden
Price Range: $86 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Leiden 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Leiden is located at the edge of the city Leiden which is best known as Rembrandt's birthplace. Famous for her cobbled streets, beautiful canals, Pilgrim fathers and 12 museums ( Corpus, De Lakenhal, Naturalis etc.). Centrally located between Amsterdam and The Hague, near North sea beaches, Leiden University and the business disctrict of Leiden Bio Science Park. Holiday Inn Leiden offers 200 comfortable Superior, King- and Executive hotel rooms with air conditioning, a variety of leisure facilities, a stylish Garden restaurant, Ocean bar and meeting facilities and a large parking area. For the necessary relaxation our Fitness center, indoor swimming pool with sauna, kids play area and bike rental are at hand on our own property. Please note the entire hotel is non smoking. Our comfortable standard rooms are provided with 2 double beds (135 x 200 cm) and can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests. King rooms and Executive rooms (max. 2 persons) are also available. We guarantee a successful meeting in one of our 14 meeting rooms. All meeting rooms are provided with air conditioning, wireless high speed internet and comfortable seats. All technical equipment upon request. Thanks to the combination of all these ingredients, Holiday Inn Leiden can provide lively and stylish accommodation for you in the heart of the Randstad conurbation. ... more   less 
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