We went to the area to see the tulips, but the hotels near Lisse were very expensive (250€ and up). We decided to stay here, and drive the little over one hour the next morning. The room was very comfortable (quad room; 2 adults and two teenaged children) for our family; larger than other hotel rooms for four in which we stayed. The beds were actual beds for the children, and not pull-out chairs or couches--very comfortable and we could have even slept one more comfortably. The bathroom was quite large (by European standards) with a full tub and a separate shower. The hotel is only a 10 min walk (mainly on pedestrian only zone) to the city center of Waalwijk--very clean, friendly, and easy to get there. There is plenty of shopping on the street, and a few restaurants (but not many on which we could find reviews--even on Trip Advisor). The hotel is nicely decorated with unique and interesting art by a local, who was also seen giving classes in the hotel on Saturday and Sunday. The staff is excellent and very helpful. Free parking and we had WiFi included. Breakfast was very solid (great, strong coffee) but not spectacular. It had a smaller selection of meats and cheeses than other places in Europe where we have stayed, but they did also have scrambled eggs and bacon. I would recommend more meats and cheeses and additional fruit offerings.
On the negative side, the quad room that we had backed up against the elevator, which was not so smooth running (to ride in or to hear), and it banged around. Fortunately, it seemed that nobody used it after about 2300. Fix the elevator for a smoother, quieter ride for those in the elevator and those in adjacent rooms.
Also, the hotel was busy and we went to breakfast right after a tour group left. Still, we had to pick through the plates and silverware to find some that were totally clean. Perhaps a new and more powerful dishwasher is in order.
All in all, a nice hotel for this trip and wonderful for families--we would definitely stay there again!
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