We stayed two nights at the Merlet and had a very pleasant stay. We had chosen one of the superior rooms but when we arrived they had allocated us one of the suites, which we were very pleased with. Although the style wasn't to our taste, the room was extremely spacious, had a south-facing balcony and was at the end of the corridor and was very very quiet, which was perfect.
The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful, the breakfast was varied and plentiful, bike hire was free and the pool looked inviting, although in the end we didn't go in.
The hotel is famous for its restaurant and Grand Café. We ate at the Grand Café on the second night, but were disappointed by the lack of imagination for the vegetarian main course and the average meat dish, which was supposed to be accompanied by a "variation of rocket". There was some rocket in the potato, but that was it. Although the service was very good, the food wasn't really as good as we had been expecting (we only ate at the Grand Café, though, not in the Michelin-starred restaurant, which I expect is much better...)
All in all a very well-equipped hotel perfectly located in the centre of Schoorl. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Restaurant Hotel Merlet is situated in the rustic village of Schoorl, with a unique location in the meadows overlooking the dunes and on just 45 minutes drive from Amsterdam. Merlet has 28 uniquely decorated hotelrooms, including 9 special theme suites. The hotel offers 2 restaurants: bar-bistro Bourgogne where people can lunch or dine for a good price-quality ratio and a fine dining Restaurant awarded with a Michelin-star serving innovative meals with a classical touch. Weather permitting meals are served on the sunny terrace. The cosy lounge with terrace is available for hotel guests or can be used as a private function room. The hotel furthermore has 7 multifunctional meeting rooms equipped with modern technology. An indoor swimming pool, sauna and steamcabine and beatysalon complement the facilities at the hotel. To explore the beautiful area around the hotel, there are bikes available for rent at reception. ... more less
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