We stayed at this hotel, taking advantage of a special package including a 4 course diner. We decided to stay 2 nights to discover few cities around (Rotterdam, Delft, and Dordrecht) and to benefit from the Spa available at the hotel. It was one of our best week ends in this area and a very good decision to extend the package with an additional night.
The hotel is located in a very isolated and calm area along a canal. There is plenty of cycling or walking path that you can take to discover the local fauna and flora. The hotel offers the possibility to rent bikes at a very affordable price. Despite its isolated location, Rotterdam or other typical cities are maximum 30 minutes drive.
The hotel is very well equipped and the spa offers a nice pool and sauna that allow for relaxing or to maintain its shape in a very well equipped fitness room.
The rooms are large, very well equipped with a large flat screen TV, a very useful dressing, a safe, a complaisance tray and nicely decorated. The bathroom was one of the largest I’ve occupied so far with a shower and a bathroom that can easily welcome 2 people. The bedding was of very high quality too and very comfortable.
The hotel offers a nice bar with a large choice of drinks until midnight. Afterwards, a distributor can help in case of later thirst. We could test the restaurant 2 times and we were entirely satisfied at each time. The food was very good and the menu offers 3 to 4 choices for each course so that everyone can accommodate own preferences. The breakfast buffet is extensively furbished with a very high variety of salty and sweet dishes. Bread and orange juice are fresh and you can be provided with eggs and bacon on demand and according to your taste. A perfect way to kick off an active day of visit or physical activity. People are very friendly and helpful. You are cordially welcome be it at the reception, in the restaurant, at the bar or for the breakfast. Of course, the language may be a bit challenging if you only speak French (Dutch en English are practiced fluently). But the personnel will try its upmost to help and worth to mention that menu’s are available in French too.
As a piece of advice, I recommend to ask for a room at the second floor (larger windows if you have a view on the parking) and the view on the canal is really worth the possible extra charge.
We will definitely visit this hotel again and will recommend it to our friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel ARA is a hidden treasure along the Oude Maas. It's a surprising location with a unique and fantastic aspect in a green environment and still only a 10 minutes trip from Dordrecht and Rotterdam. In all its diversity ARA offers you the perfect accommodation. Hotel ARA has more than 80 spacious hotel rooms available, of which 6 are splendid suites, all arranged very comfortably. 29 rooms have a magnificent view of the Oude Maas. For relaxation we offer you a large indoor swimming pool, sauna, sun bed and fitness area. You can make excellent trips close by on one of our rental bikes or jog kilometres along the many paths following the river or through the countryside. Next to the hotel there is a large parking lot with 240 free parking spaces. With its cosy appearance Hotel ARA's restaurant is the sparkling centre of the hotel. Our menu offers a large selection of dishes. We work according to traditional methods with each day fresh products. For groups of up to 35 people we have a 3 course menu with 5 selections of entrees and main courses. For the warmer months of the year we have available a very spacious patio with a stunning view of the Oude Maas. During good weather, lunch is always on the patio! Hotel ARA is located very centrally in nature at only 7 minutes from the A16. It is very accessible form Rotterdam (14 km), the Rotterdam-Den Haag airport (28 km), Dordrecht (9 km), and Breda (33 km). Hotel ARA is the ideal location for meetings, company events, parties, dinners, teambuilding sessions and trainings. No matter what your goal is, you can set it up in one of our 8 meeting spaces varying from 40 m2 up to 340 m2. Our largest hall has its own patio and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Van Der Valk Zwijndrecht
- Van Der Valk Hotel ARA Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands - South Holland