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Reviewed August 8, 2013

If you are tired of bland modern hotels, this is the one to go to. The entrance looks like your old uncle's town house in Leiden, a good reading table with daily newspapers, some easy chairs. The room had a good view over the canal and was quiet. The bathroom was quite newly decorated, the room was original but not new.
Breakfast is good for the price offered. The service was friendly and attentive. More a home form home.
And the location in perfect, 10 min form the station and two minutes to the terrace.

Room Tip: The room with view of the canal are beautiful
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Meis234
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

When I see people giving this hotel five circles in their reviews, I have to ask myself whether they stayed in the same place that I did. This is a very old hotel with rooms that haven't been renovated in years. My room was quite small, with a lumpy bed, and although it did have a renovated bathroom, even that proved to be uncomfortable because they left out a few obvious touches. For example, where are you supposed to hang your towel? A towel rack on the wall and/or a hook on the back of the bathroom door would have made a big difference. I had to drape my towel over the side of the bathtub (or over the toilet seat). And if they're going to install a towel rack, they might as well install a little shelf for toiletries, too.

On the plus side: wireless internet is reliable and available for free in the lobby. They say they charge for internet access in your room (something absurd like 6 Euros per hour), but I had no trouble catching the free signal even though I was on the second floor. I certainly would not recommend this hotel if you could not get free internet in your room.

Breakfast is OK: bread, cold cuts, cheese, and typical Dutch spreads such as cream cheese and jam. It doesn't vary much from day to day.

The location is great, right on a picturesque canal in the center of town. You can walk to all the sites. And your room will be so uncomfortable that the first thing you'll want to do in the morning is walk to all the sites.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank DrGoldin
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The Nieuw Minerva Hotel
This hotel is perfectly centered in the little "city" of Leyden (old English spelling), which history goes back to Roman times 57 AD, but probably before that, because it is situated on the banks of the old Rhine, an ideal place for merchant’s shipping in ancient times. Nothing from the Roman presence is actually left. With the somewhat misleading name “The Nieuw Minerva Hotel” - “Nieuw” or” New” in English is hardly the case - itself is a conglomeration of old buildings dating back to the sixteenth century, a fact sadly supported by the steep staircases.. Luckily the staff is very forthcoming and offered us another room that did not require us to climb three of those stairs; just one was enough. The room was smallish with the usual accoutrements i.e. bed nightstands, lights, closet. The adjoining bathroom was proportionally small. However, both were very well kept and clean as can be. Since we like to go explore outside the hotels to eat the local stuff, we did not use the Restaurant and Bar that were on the premises, right off the reception area. If memory serves right, breakfast would have been 7EU; a normal amount. Upon our return the room was again immaculate, makes you afraid to have dropped a piece of paper!
Leyden is 25 miles away from Amsterdam, a lot more affordable, easier to find accommodations, less people (read tourists), a lot cleaner and all the charm that Amsterdam has to offer. The railroad station is a short walk from the hotel. Our hotel was in a well affordable range (95 EU), parking is readily available, while the Dutch Public transportation has no equal in the world. Bicycles could even be borrowed from the hotel for those with iron nerves; parking a bike is a breeze.
There are a good number of excellent Museums, Windmills to see. For Americans, the Pilgrim Museum housed in one of the original buildings, and originally belonging to those famous pilgrims, might be of interest. The museum’s receptionist, cashier and dozen, all personified in one is somewhat bored,.. until you ask him some pointed questions. Then he will regale you with tales of yonder, or just make it up on the spot. Verification is not for the layman, but do not confuse the Pilgrims with the Puritans. At least get that right.
Leyden is the place where Rembrandt was born. There is a museum called “De Lakenhall”. Museum De Lakenhal is a museum fine art. Its collection of fijnschilder paintings from the Dutch Golden Age shows several Rembrandts and some of his pupils and pupils of those . that we comfortably visited in about one hour, so as not to become overwhelmed and saturated with, is situated in the Laken Guilt Hall of times long gone. There the Masters would examine the “Laken” or felt, a type of woolen fabric used in the Middle Ages, in all probability do the day’s “pricefixing” in the backroom.
There are a surprising large number of good restaurants to be found near the hotel; right around the corner and throughout the center, which is all eminently walkable.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PJVZ
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed at this hotel during our conference in noordwijk. We had selected this place as it is 10 minutes walking distance from leiden central station and approximately 15 mins from cab to conference place.Fortunately for us it offered us more than convinience , as it was really nice place to stay , staff was very friendly and kind , breakfast is reasonably priced , but everyday its the same menu. We were able to upgrade our rooms which offered us nice view of the canal, the only drawback is hotel does not have a lift, probably because of old building, but the same is compensated by having a nice lobby area , where people can meet and access internet for free.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank Amol01
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Positives -- The hotel is located in the middle of old Leiden, which means it is convenient to restaurants and the train station. The lobby is great gathering place to meet people. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

Less than positive -- The small, plain room is a place to sleep and nothing else.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank bob_mu_grad
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