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Hotel Restaurant de Vrouwe van Stavoren
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Reviewed November 10, 2008

The hotel is the only one in Stavoren and is located in the middle of the village, looking onto the harbour area, which is a hive of activity throughout the year, mainly with German yachters and sailboat enthusiasts. This location has its downside in that parking is extremely limited, no more than 4 or 5 cars for hotel guests, the rest have to use the pay and display parking on the other side of the harbour, 2 minutes walk away (pay/display hours are 0900-1700, seven days a week).

The main part of the hotel is fairly non-descript, although its old enough to fit in nicely with the surrounding houses, with the exception of the ghastly conservatory/breakfast area with its cheap corrugated plastic roofing ! Arriving around 2130 we were surprised to find all entrances to the hotel locked, lots of lights on inside but the staff were too busy tidying up from the evening's restaurant diners to bother to notice our knocks and rings. Eventually when we got inside, the waitress doubling as the receptionist didn't apologising for keeping us out in the rain, didn't welcome us to the hotel or ask us how we were, it was a case of "here's the key, now go". In reply to my remark that "I didn't think we were going to get in, your doors were locked", I was told "Thats because we're closed". Welcome to Holland.

The three wine barrels are at the back of the hotel, overlooking a sunken garden area which appears to double as a drinking/dining area during the busier months. They do look cute ! Entrance is through a door at one end, there's enough room inside for a single bed on each side with a window above it. The opposite end of the barrel has been removed, opening into a very dour-looking sitting area with cheap Styrofoam false ceiling panels, more like an office space, with equally cheap furniture. Here's a TV, a couple of reading chairs, a table, wardrobes and minibar (lots German beer, obviously catering to their main clientel). Leading off here is a door to the bathroom/toilet. Very little effort or money has been spent on this living/bathroom area.

The barrels were comfortable and warm to sleep in, quiet too since the village pretty much goes to sleep after 2200, apart from a pleasant bar 5 minutes walk up the road (they do basic bar meals until midnight as well, there's a snack bar next door, the only dining options in the village later on). My one complaint is that they adjoin a supermarket carpark and I was woken up several times very early in the morning by reversing delivery trucks. Non-smokers might not like the kitchen staff taking a cigarette break on the walkway outside the barrels either.

Breakfast is included, very Dutch, no thrills.

I'd say the sleep in a wine barrel experience is worthwhile for the novelty factor (I felt like Bilbo Baggins in Hobbitland !), but the hotel seems to realise that guests probably will only be doing it once and never coming back, therefore they don't really put a great deal into customer service and care.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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6  Thank Casualist
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Reviewed May 12, 2007

Ever wanted to sleep in an old 14,000 liter wine cask/borrel? In the hotel in Stavoren you can do that. Besides the regular rooms, the hotel offers four rooms where the sleeping room exists entirely out of an old wine borrel. The back side of the borrel is open so that you have access to the small living room and the bath room. Real cosy. The breakfast is in Dutch style, average quality. Nevertheless, definitely worth the experience.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank marcstrauch
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2017
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Room Tip: Mooi uitzicht over de haven en het IJselmeer.
  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2017
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Room Tip: Als je echt iets apart wil kies dan voor overnachting in een wijnvat dit gaan wij zelf binnenkort zeker doen
  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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