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Van der Valk Hotel Drachten
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Drachten
Certificate of Excellence
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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1,187 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 606 helpful votes
“A well organized hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We had obtained discount vouchers for two nights in Van der Valk Hotel Drachten. The experience was very positive. We were allocated a refurbished room on the ground floor on the North side of the building. This was very fortunate, because tropical temperatures were reached in this particular weekend; however, due to the location of the room, the room temperature never surpassed 23 Celcius. Yes, immediately we arrive at the only drawback of the hotel. No air conditioning; so I do not envy the guests on the south side of the hotel. Leaving this behind us, the hotel is well organized, with a large parking area, clean neat rooms with a large impeccably clean bathroom with bath and separate shower. Plentiful fresh smelling towels are provided for. Free Wi-Fi in the room. It works fine on Android devices. If you booked room without breakfast, do not hesitate to add this to the booking (ask for a discounted option at the reception). The breakfast buffet is abundant and tasty. In the period of our stay contracting work was carried out on the hotel area and reception, but it was never bothersome. The stay was in one word solid. The hotel is ideally situated for visits in the neighborhood. Groningen is only 30 kilometers away.

Room Tip: When the weather is hot, a room at the North side of the building is more comfortable.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp, Belgium
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72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed in this older property right after coming from my favorite new vdValk hotel Hardewijk op de Veluwe, which may account for my dissapointment. Driving up the hotel driveway and entering the reception area is far from grand, little efforts have been done to make it bright and cosy. However check-in is impeccable... we booked a package which included ferrytickets and bike rentals for a daytrip to Schiermonnickoog island, all was perfectly prepared and explained.
As this is Friesland, things are done a bit different from the rest of the Netherlands which resulted in dissapointing dining/breakfast experiences for us... but of course this is personal.
We stayed in so called renovated rooms, clean but far from cosy.
As this package was fairly priced, I would not call this a bad hotel but you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

Location is ideal-near the major arteries to two provincial capitals.
Staff is friendly and helpful, both at registration and in the dining room.
Layout is poor, with a considerable walk to the rooms in its connected building.
Rooms are spacious and well-equpped. There's free Wi-Fi.
Breakfast buffet offers a feast of choices, but it's rather pricey.
The restaurant section is usually busy, and the food and service are very good.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank pilgrim_8
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Singapore, Singapore
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141 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2010

I am a big fan of the new style vd valk hotels. Make sure you stay in the new wing with moder rooms.

Hotel construction and lay out is funny and typical for vd valk.
Rooms and beds are perfect. Fitness is small but good quality. Windows are not very well isolated but traffic is far away. Price-quality is very good!

  • Stayed November 2010
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Thank jvschaik
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Cheshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2009

Stayed in the old part of the hotel which is tired - make sure you ask for a room in the new extension. Internet connection KPN chargeable. Poor design of bath and shower screen means that floor is really wet every time. They only appear to have one iron and board and it didn't appear in 2 days. Kettle in room with tea & hot chocolate, but no coffee, milk (or even powdered creamer) Food in hotel restaurant was basic. Unless I had to go to Philips, I wouldn't stay there, but will need to unfortunately!

  • Liked — It's close to the office!!
  • Disliked — Bathroom not as clean as it could be
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Thank eld1969
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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2007

We stayed in Van der Valk Hotel in March 2007. Overall hotel is pleasant: room is a good size, new construction, with Internet connection, and TV (few channels in English such as CNN, etc). Bathroom is nice too. If you need iron or board, call the reception desk. No coffee or tea appliance. Food in hotel restaurant was fine. Menu wasn’t bad but after staying three weeks in hotel the food kind of got boring. Restaurant staff was very friendly and pretty much everybody speaks English.
Van der Valk Hotel is located in the middle of nothing. If you want to go shopping or entertain yourself, there is literary nothing around, especially if you come during the rainy season. Ohh, they have bowling. DT Drachten is 25-30 min walking distance, and again, nothing’s there either.

The only thing I didn’t appreciate is housekeeping staff. Didn’t do much, didn’t change sheets after 10 days, we had to call. Pay attention to dirty rugs they use. See attached fingerprints picture, and she was supposed to change our pillowcases?

P.S. It’s a 4* hotel, not 3*.

  • Liked — Internet access
  • Disliked — housekeeping
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Van der Valk Hotel Drachten

Property: Van der Valk Hotel Drachten
Address: Lavendelheide 4, 9202 PD Drachten, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > Friesland Province > Drachten
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Drachten
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Van der Valk Hotel Drachten 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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