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Hampshire Hotel - Fitland Leiden
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Leiden
Eindhoven, Nederland
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“Wonderful hotel, paradise pool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a newly opened hotel Hampshire Hotel which is closely related to a very modern wellness resort Fitland. It's all on the upper floors of the huge Level building, really at the exit of the Leiden Central railway station. Excellent fast connections to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam and The Hague, next to the Leiden historic city center. The combination with the welness and fitness centre is exceptional and we think very attractive. There are saunas of all kinds and a fabulous huge stainless steel pool with a great view. And yes, as it was described in a preceding Tripadvisor review, according to Dutch standards the wellness resort including the pool is intended for use withour any swimwear, that is naked. That really is great, it is a divine feeling to swim there without restrictive clothing and everyone does so, why bother? But also in other ways it's like paradise here. No fears for anyone, there usually is a large female majority in the resort. The hotel is well managed with friendly personnel. It's all in the opening phase still, we understood, so there mey be some imperfections, like the lack of signs to show the way around in the huge building. But we had a very pleasant short stay anyway..

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Daphne_Koot, Front Office Manager at Hampshire Hotel - Fitland Leiden, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review. We are glad to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Your kind comments about our wellness are very appreciated. Please note that we have also taken your other comment into account.
We hope that we will have the honor to welcome you back to Hampshire Hotel Fitland Level Leiden in the near future.

Kind regards

Daphne Koot
Front Office Manager
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SWIMMING POOL UNLESS YOU ARE COMPLETELY NAKED. The only bloody reason I chose this hotel was the pool looks awesome. However, it's a swimwear-free zone except for one hour on a Tuesday. This is not optional - the receptionist has just said "you must wear no clothes" - there was no budging her on this one. I know this is the norm in a lot of continental pools and spas, and I'm ok with it in a single-sex sauna. But this pool is fully mixed sex, and it says nothing about the swimwear rule on the website. Yes, yes, I KNOW you think us Brits are a bit prudish, but I'm not getting naked with a bunch of men I've never met! If they want to attract international business travellers, they need to relax this rule! Rubbish.

The hotel itself is a faceless black and white plastic box with a lot of cheap blingy bits and pieces. Things will break and it will get dirty and look pretty tacky pretty quickly. I think I'm just about the only guest, and it feels a bit creepy. The staff aren't particularly friendly or helpful which is a shame as they don't appear to have much to do. Could be anywhere.

It's right outside the station entrance but there are no signs and the only way I found it was by reading other people's reviews. I said this to the receptionist and she just laughed.

As others have said, it's still a building site. Not worth even the discounted rate. They certainly need to put in a LOT more effort. And maybe sack the manager.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Daphne_Koot, Front Office Manager at Hampshire Hotel - Fitland Leiden, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Good evening Madame,

First of all we would like to thank you for your stay in Hampshire Hotel Fitland Level Leiden. We also would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay.
We completely understand your disappointed about the fact that swimwear is allowed in the pool from 7am -10:30 am, and from that time

It is said to hear that the experience with our pool was not what it should have been. Guests can enjoy our swimming pool between 7:00 and 10:30 with swimwear,
then the pool is part of our Wellness and it becomes a nude area. We will mention this information immediately to all websites to ensure that customers are properly informed.

We are very sorry to hear that the staff wasn’t very helpful and friendly. As you understand, Hampshire Hotel Fitland Level Leiden strives to deliver the best service possible. The experience
you describe does not fit to our level of expertise. Please be informed we took all your feedback about signing very seriously and we did improve this already.

We hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Daphne Koot
Front Office Manager
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Property: Hampshire Hotel - Fitland Leiden
Address: Bargelaan 180, 2333 CW, Leiden, The Netherlands
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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Leiden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hampshire Hotel - Fitland Leiden 4*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wakker worden met uitzicht op de duinkoppen van het Noordzeestrand of met een prachtig panorama over de oude binnenstad van Leiden, het zal niet bij hoge uitzondering zijn op de tiende verdieping van het multifunctionele gebouw Level. Direct gelegen naast het NS station en herkenbaar door zijn bijzondere gelaagde architectuur, is in september 2013 het nieuwe Hampshire Hotel Fitland - Leiden geopend. Een uniek hotel met 118 comfortabele hotelkamers en suites op viersterren niveau. ... more   less 
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