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Hotel Walram
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Just returned from 5 day 'Three Countries All Inclusive' holiday to Valkenburgh in the Netherlands with National Holidays. The hotel was great, food wonderful and even included 1 hour a night free bar for 4 nights, but the journey was very long.

We left Manchester at 5.15 am and didn't get to the hotel until 9 pm (with clocks put forward 1 hour, so journey took about 15 hours).
The journey took about 3 hours to feeder coach in Sheffield, then another 4 hours to Dover, 1.5 hour crossing and another 4 hours from there. There was only a 15 mins. stop at Sheffield in order to catch the lunchtime ferry and then a 45 minute stop at about 7 00pm.

When we got into the hotel we had soup and salad. The room (220) was massive with a large bathroom and deep whirlpool bath. However, the shower was just an attachment on the bath which had to be handheld so tricky to hold and shampoo etc. at the same time. The bed was 2 singles put together which moved apart, so be careful! The room also had a balcony overlooking the roofes.
The hotel has a lovely swimming pool. I had it all to myself (no lifeguard) and it was really warm and clean,

There were 2 included excursions on 2 days with a couple of hours in each place and a free day. The first excursion was to nearby Aachen and then on to the larger Maastrich which had lots of shops and a river flowing through it.
The next day's excursion was to Vaalserburgh where the borders of Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands meet and then to Monschau. Monschau is well worth a visit. Situated in a valley it is a very traditional village with cobbled streets and black and white buildings. There is a lovely church dating back to the 1700's and a river with bridges to walk on.
I found the 3 countries viewing point, a disappointment, though. The coach took us to what looked like a tower built in the 1960's with a café next to it set in woods. For 3 euros you could climb the tower and look at the (quite industrial) countryside. There was a map but it didn't make it clear which countries you were looking at so you couldn't work out where the borders were (which I'd thought was the whole point of the exercise). People who'd visited before said there used to be a spike in the ground where the 3 countries meet , and you could walk around it and be in different countries depending on where you were standing, but nobody knew where it was now.

Valkenburgh is a nice town. The hotel is on a square with a great supermarket across from it open from 8am to 8pm. There are the ruins of a castle on a hill and caves. To visit the ruins and have an hour long guided tour of the man made Velvet caves costs 12.50 euros. (4.50 euros if you just visit the castle). We were told that you couldn't opt to just visit the caves. We didn't go, but were told by others who did, that the guide had a lantern so if you stood next to him you were ok but as there were about 30 people on the tour most were left stumbling in the dark on the very uneven floors and by the time they got to the place he'd described, he'd moved on and the place was dark. The guide spoke Dutch but there was an information sheet provided in English (though they couldn't read it in the dark!!)

We climbed up to the castle ruins but didn't go in as there didn't seem much to see but went to the City Caves instead which are accessible from the road and about 10 minutes walk further on. We paid 6euros each for a 35 minute tour in a small carriage which we really enjoyed. It was well lit and we could read the English information sheet. Both caves have drawings and paintings on the walls and some large models of reptiles etc.. The City Caves also have an option for an hour long walking tour for the same 6 Euros price. The tours run on the hour and the payment kiosk opens 10 minutes before each tour.

Valkenburgh has lots of cafes and souvenir shops and is very compact. Everything is a few minutes walk from the hotel. There's enough to do for the day but I don't think I'd want to be there for a long time.

The food at the hotel was fantastic and the breakfast buffet included hot food-scrambled and boiled eggs and bacon and mini pancakes. The 1 hour free bar each night started at 8.30. You could get double drinks to start with and then go for singles - shorts, mixers, wines, soft drinks were included but not much choice in beers. You were given armbands to show the bar staff and apart from one member on one night who was very, very brusque, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The reception staff were very helpful and really informative about places to - in fact all staff including the cleaners were polite and pleasant.

Overall, a great holiday. Everyone on the coach was really friendly. We couldn't fault the accommodation or food and drink and great value for money but the journey was just too long. I'd definitely go back to the hotel and The Netherlands again, but probably not by coach.

Room Tip: Get 220 if you can . It's quiet, has big whirlpool bath and room is very large though bed is 2 singles put together which can move apart!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank budgie2012
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I highly recommend not only this hotel but also their restaurant. Cozy bar and when weather is good you can enjoy outside. The rooms are nice especially if you have to work equipped with desk and WiFi. Fantastic breakfast buffet. The town has many things to do and see. Great hotel and great area!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Crzy_Trzy
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stayed at Hotel Walram and would recommend to anyone. Room I had, though not spacious but more than adequate had one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The hotel was extremely clean and the food was prepared to a very high standard. Keep up the good work. In town centre so no busses to catch.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank Eric T
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Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

Have just returned from a stay here..18-22 march.went as part of a 5 day national holiday...hotel is ideally situated being right in the center of the town of valkenburg.hotel is well decorated and spotless clean.rooms are a little on the small side..we were on the top floor so these are the attic rooms they are still big enough though.....the bathrooms are superbly finished and again spotless clean.the bar is very welcoming and all the staff were very friendly.meals were three course and always something worth having.breakfasts to were very good with plenty of choice.would definitely stay again at this gem of a hotel.....5 stars all round!!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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3  Thank seany2066
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in Feb 2013 Mon to Fri. We were in a front facing room which overlooked the nearby river .The room was large with 2 single beds together which were very comfy. The showere was quite strong with plenty of very hot water. The hotel is in a good area and very near a square of shops and a supermarket (across the road). Behind these shops is the main high street, which has cafes, bars and shops...we were very surprised at how many. I would imagine in high season it would be a bustling street with plenty going on. Valkenburg is quite a picturesqe place with a small river running through it with bridges to the houses along the way...we liked it very much.
The hotel staff were very good, especially reception , who were very prompt at solving any little problems or answering your queries with directions, maps, timetables etc..They were the best reception staff we have had.
The bar area is nicely laid out with seating arranged for 4,6 or possibly 8 around a tables....the only thing that was lacking was entertainment...we had to make our own. ..there was no singer,quizes, bingo or anything on..which would have been appreciated.
Luckily we had a real friendly crowd on our bus, and we all mixed well, so we managed to chat the night away.
The food was good..the breakfast was assorted cereals, crispy bacon (gorgeous), and scrambled eggs or boiled eggs. Then you could have anything from the buffet..cheese, ham, croissants, different breads or rolls, toast ,(which you did yourself on the machine), jams, honey, yogurt..etc
there was also a vending machine where you got tea, coffee, cappacino etc .
So the breakfast was a veritable feast to start the day.We felt well fed.
The evening meal was also a nice surprise...the starter was soup, then fish or meat with vegetables etc, but the best surprise was the sweet which was always of al a carte quality,..presented with such care and precision and highly decorated...the sweet chef should be given a rise in our opinion.
So the 3 courses were always of good quality, plentiful and no one should have cause to complain.
The hotel sauna was not available when we were there..dont know why but it was locked up. Pool was quite large and although a little cold, we still enjoyed our swim..all free to residents.
On our stay in Valkenburg we visited Maastritch...Monchau (extremely pretty, like an alpine village with cobbled streets meandering along with the river and quite a few shops to browse).
Aachen, which was ok too, then the 3 countries point (which was a disappointment as all it is is a bollard in the ground where you are standing in 3 different countries depending on where you stand next to it. ..So not much to write home about there. !
Maastricht, we visited again on our spare day..we went on the train (the station is not far from the hotel, walking distance)..the train fare you have to BUY BEFORE you get on the train..from a machine on the platform..It is in English if you select it, so very easy to do..but only takes coins.
It costs about 11 euros for 2 people day returns to Maastrict, so not too bad..Maastrict was 3 stops away from Valkenburg on the train and only took about 10 minutes. When you get off the train in Maastrict you exit then walk accross the road and down the main street of shops to the bridge, and the old town is infront of you...more oldy worldy area which is nice. It is worth a 2nd look at Maastrict as it is a nice shopping pedestrian area..and a pleasant day out.
On the whole our trip was a great short break and we met some lovely people. You should enjoy it here.

Room Tip: The front facing room was quite large that we had but I did hear some say their rooms were small ..depends where you are in the hotel I suppose. There is a lift also for those less mobile and only 3 floors to the hotel I think.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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