My wife and I, and our daughter, her husband and their 4 month old baby traveled to the Netherlands primarily to see the tulips and the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens. We temorarily live in Germany so we thought we'd stay at a hotel near the ocean and so choose Hotels van Oranje in Noordwiijk.
The hotel is right across the beach and we enjoyed four days and three nights of unbelievably warm sunny weather. Unfortunately, this is the first hotel I've stayed in for a very long time (last year I traveled well over 150,000 airmiles for business and leisure in US and Europe) that I felt unwelcome. It is primarily a large business hotel in a seaside resort town so perhaps they really don't want to cater to tourists this time of year? All members of the staff, except one waitress in one of the restaurants, were efficent but cool. She was very helpful and fun to talk with. The manager of the restaurant where breakfast is served was colder than the scrambled eggs on the buffet... and that's saying something! (But to be fair, everything else about the breakfast buffet was quite good.) This experience was so unlike that we had in other bars and restaurants around town. We were welcomed warmly, enjoyed great conversations with staff, etc.
Another quirk of this hotel is that they have a good number of bars and restaurants and they give you a "score card" upon registration informing which is open on what days and hours. But we found that on two occasions we entered one of these establishments that was listed as open and was serving people but were told it was a "private function." (They were--no "keep the baby out of here" was going on.) But wouldn't a sign simply saying "private function" been possible in such an organized hotel?
The rooms and location of the hotel are great. It has a wonderful large indoor pool which is open many hours each day. On the days we wanted to use it after long walks and bikes rides (around 4 PM) we found that swimming lessons are given to small children so the pool was busy and loud. The lessons finished at six. There is also a very nice spa/whirlpool in the spa area which is apart from the pool and also includes saunas. The downside for some: it is, as they say in this part of the world, "textile free." Plain English: no clothes alowed. Naked men and women just share the space and the water...
All in all, it is difficult to decide if I would recommend this hotel to a friend. The location is great if you want nice rooms on the beach, but if you expect a bit of hospitality for the price, I don't know. We all enjoyed the town and may go back again next spring, but I'm not really sure where we'll stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotels van Oranje includes the Luxury Hotel Oranje and is located along the beach and lively boulevard of Noordwijk. Aqua & Sauna Oranje includes a 30-metre subtropical wave pool, saunas and a gym. Guests can make free use of these facilities. The wellness facilities also boast a mist garden, solarium and relaxation rooms. The luxurious rooms at Hotels van Oranje have views of the North Sea or the village. They are equipped with a multimedia flat-screen TV, a minibar and a seating area. Free Wi-Fi at High Speed is available throughout. The Keukenhof gardens are within a 25-minute car journey from the hotels. Leiden and the Hortus Botanicus, are 20 minutes away by car. Amsterdam is only 30 minutes by car and Schiphol Airport is 29.7 Km from this accommodation. Hotels van Oranje benefits from 6 restaurants and 4 bars including the Imperial Bar, 't Elfde Gebod and Bentley Bar & Lounge with an eye-catching fireplace. Beach Club O includes a restaurant with a modern interior and a spacious beach terrace. Guests can enjoy spending time in Beauty Oranje which offers a wide range of choices including massages, facials and slimming treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotels Van Oranje Hotel Noordwijk
- Hotel Van Oranje
- Van Oranje Hotel