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De Doelen
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 11, 2012

For my mum and me it was perfect. Good location for touring the town. A ten to fifteen minute walk from station.
I contacted them ahead to ask for a ground floor room as there is no lift and we were lucky enough to get one of the three on the ground floor.
As in Europe the twin beds are pushed together, but we managed to rearrange the room so they were separate.
We didn't, have breakfast, but the breakfast room is kept open all day so it can be used as a lounge which was nice.
The staff were fantastic. Helpful, happy and friendly.

Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We spent one night at the de Doelen. The rooms are partly different but all very nice though sometimes a little small. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
The University and city center is about 10-15 minutes walk away from the hotel but a little far from the train station. Breakfast is good and you can easily have a good time in Leiden staying there for a few days.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

We stayed here last weekend while in town for the Leiden marathon. Booked a double with a comfortable double bed (not two singles pushed together as is common in Europe) in the back of the hotel. It was a small room, but sufficient. The location of the hotel is very central and easy to get to - we walked from the train station. Breakfast was simple, but sufficient - hard boiled eggs, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and lots of bread butter, peanut butter, etc.

The best part of the hotel was really the service - they were incredibly friendly and definitely went above and beyond for their guests. I had asked for a bit of a late check-out so that I could shower after the marathon, noting that this would not likely be until late afternoon (their check-out time is 10am). They were extremely nice and let me have the room until almost 4:30, when I was finally able to make it back and shower after the race. It was a very nice surprise - most hotels would charge another entire night for checking out at that time - and it was so nice that I didnt have to get on the train and head home all sweaty.

I would most definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank kaitlinb
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

If you are looking for a base in the centre of Leiden which is convenient but no-frills, this is a good option. It is small and friendly, with an historic air. Staircases are impressive wooden structures which would be a challenge to the partially-mobile; however, there are downstairs rooms available. There is a slightly musty smell around the staircases - perhaps the carpets need a shampoo? Although the hotel overlooks a canal, not all rooms benefit from the view - mine looked out onto a wall, air conditioner, and tiled roof. Conversely, I suppose there is less street noise from such rooms. The room was small, but adequate. Sufficient toiletries, though I didn't find any tissues. There was a small kettle, and the wherewithal for tea (one bag) and coffee. Plenty of towels. No problem with wi-fi in the room. A small TV has a good choice of channels, including plenty of English-speaking ones. I slept well, undisturbed by noise. Breakfast was perfectly OK, with cereals, ham, cheese, yogurt, etc. Bread was rather tasteless, but adequate. If you stay here, it will probably not be the historic stay of all time, but the owners do a good and efficient job, and any complaints were very minor.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We stayed 4 nights on a trip to see the Keukenhof gardens, bulb fields etc. The hotel is on the canal in one of Leidens most impressive streets with several historic buildings and museums close by.

We had a room on the top (2nd) floor overlooking the canal, with a loft sitting area! If you have problems with stairs you will need to ensure you are on the ground floor. The stairs are steep and there is no lift. The room was clean and comfortable, not luxurious.

The owner and staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a buffet and we were happy to enjoy it for 4 mornings..

Parking is an issue in Leiden. You can park outside the hotel, on the canal side (requires some confidence as there is no barrier!) currently costing Euro 12.40 for 24 hours. pay and display;coins or cards only. The card instructions are in Dutch and being risk averse we did not use one. The alternative is a park and ride about half a mile away served by the city shuttle bus which operates almost like a taxi and will take you anywhere in the city centre. We found this very useful and the drivers were very helpful. The car park is pay on exit and will take notes as well as coins and cards. We did not think it much cheaper than the parking meters.

We were visiting during one of the busiest weekends of the year at the Keukenhof and decided to use the bus service from Centraal Station. We purchased a combined travel and entry ticket from the Tourist Info. Bureau about 100 yards away. No queuing for entry at Keukenhof.

We had an excellent, if expensive, meal at Idd in den doofpot, ate twice at the Italian restaurant below City Hall and would recommend both very different retaurants.

We loved Leiden and hope we have the opportunity to return. The publicity material claims 2700 listed buildings and we can believe it!

If we do return we would have no qualms about staying at the De Doelen again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Spent two nights at De Doelen and could not have been happier. William greeted us with smiles , coffee and choice of room - we ended up in #15. Perfect! Lovely bed with great linens - fireplace with original Delft tile - great bathtub and view of the canal. Great central location.
Woman at desk very helpful and sweet. Felt like I was with very good friends. Breakfast was just medium - could have used some fresh fruit - but minor issue. I visited other Leiden hotels and this is by far the best. Would go back in a minute.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights recently. The hotel was about a 10-15 minute leisurely walk from the train station. Also we walked everywhere around Leiden and found that this was an excellent location for us. We had room #18,, which is the room that is literally 12 inches inside the front door on the right.. the breakfast room is right across the hallway. With that said,, we did not find it inconvenient at all...We did not experience loud street noises at all, luckily. I can't comment about the breakfast because we didn't eat breakfast at all at the hotel... The front desk person was friendly and helpful. However, if you are checking out early, like we did, (7:15am) it is best to settle up the night before.. Even though the breakfast supposedly starts at 7:30 am, we did not find anyone at all at the reception desk up through 7:20am. We ended up calling the emergency phone number listed at the desk to explain that we were checking out and left the key on the desk. Our room was large actually, and the bathroom was large also, although a little out dated. Still, the bed was comfortable and the room met all of our needs,, we would definitely stay at this hotel again if we find ourselves in Leiden.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rapenburg 2, 2311 EV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > South Holland Province > Leiden
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Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Leiden
Price Range: $121 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — De Doelen 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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