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Bastion Hotel Almere
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Almere
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22 reviews
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“A highly cynical hotel”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

We found this hotel extremely cynical. It is in no possible way 'deluxe'.

Its facilites are directed at low-middle company staff temporarily working locally, clearly intending that they will feel they are on the upward track in their careers by staying there. The public areas are designed to make these hotel business visitors feel successful — open-plan with little meeting places, cheap unimaginative furniture disguised by large plants, very parochial food (ham and cheese in 50 guises) dressed up as international cuisine served on ostentatiously-sized plates. The building is hideous; prisonlike, and with no attempt at relieving the structure with imagination and decor appropriate to a middle-priced hotel. Our room was small, the shower room likewise (even compared with far cheaper hotel chains). Everything in the room appeared to have been designed by a male bean-counter with absolutely no human or aesthetic sense at all, but only with an eye firmly fixed on the bottom line. Our room was depressing in the extreme; absolutely not a place where we could relax and rest.

If a hotel promotes itself as suitable for the travelling public, it needs to provide appropriately for that WHOLE public. We are human, we have aesthetic sensibilities, we have need of relaxation, and we look for genuine not cynical facilities. This hotel doesn’t just need an overhaul, it needs an entire rethink of what is appropriate to the (not cheap) prices it is charging and the entire audience it is presenting itself to. We will not stay in any other hotel in this chain as we travel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Almere, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

Rooms basic but clean. Window didn't open as it was broken. Staff were friendly and the food was good. Location is covenient for travellers enroute but not pretty at all, okay for a stop over.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

I had a business meeting in Almere so staying in the area the night before was a convenience. This hotel is rather out of the way; it's a 20 Euro taxi ride from the rail station situated between a commercial estate and a main road. Definitely not within walking distance of public transport or amenities.
Reception staff were helpful & friendly, entrance to hotel was clean & functional. The hotel is a typical of the region & the era in which it was built. the corridor walls are painted cement blocks and the doors are metal, both giving a rather cold feel despite the odd art work & plant. The room was rather cramped and a lot smaller than most Travelodges I have stayed in (unfortunately the prices aren't comparable!). There were twin beds and a desk (but not much room between the two). the television was flatscreen but mounted quite high up the wall with no tilt facility so watching tv was a strain on the neck. Wireless internet was free. Room was clean and shower was good and hot - complimentary toiletries were a little miserly.
Bar & restaurant were a bit clinical but clean & tidy. restaurant staff were also the reception staff but this did not impact the service. Service was good and the food was excellent with a main course about 20 Euros.
All in all and adequate hotel with friendly staff & good food but these days I expect a much higher level of comfort for this sort of money.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Marktbreit, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2011

I stayed one night at the Bastion Hotel in March 2011. The guy at the reception was friendly when I checked in. He upgraded me to a better room category, which I thought would be a nice thing. When I opened my room on the 7th floor, I was a little surprised, because it had two single beds, instead of one double bed. This seemed to me a little strange for an upgrade room… It was situated towards the front of the hotel, but it seemed to be well isolated, as no noise could be heard. The room was sufficiently big, but if this was really an upgraded room, the standard rooms must be rather small. The decoration and furniture was everything else than stylish and seemed to be a little outdated. It was equipped with a small TV and a mini-bar. The wireless internet connection was available for free and was fast and working well.
The bathroom was well sized, but a little outdated, too. Just the shower curtain seemed to be pretty new. The bathroom itself was very clean, as was the room.
I went down at 9 AM to take breakfast, but there were just a few things left. The selection isn’t really impressive, though. I didn’t use the bar or the restaurant, but it didn’t look very inviting anyway.
Hotel parking is free, but not secured.
The hotel is located in an industrial area, very near to the A6 highway leading to Amsterdam. Almere city centre is 2-3 km away, Amsterdam city centre about 30 km, Schiphol airport about 40 km.
Since the customer I had to visit was located very near to the hotel, it was a good choice for me. For other reasons than this, I wouldn’t really recommend it. I paid 88,50 € per night incl. breakfast, which I though was a little too much for an hotel of this quality in an industrial area.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2010

We spent 3 days at this hotel as it was close to friends who live in Almere. I asked for non alergic pillows as the room came with feathers. They couldn't help. They sellotaped the pillowcase shut. As an asthma sufferer, I had an awful 3 nights, wheezing uncontrollably.
The room wasn't cleaned in the 3 days that we stayed there. When I enquired about this, they claimed that I had placed a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door. There was no such sign in the room to use. After my stay, I wrote regularly to various e mails addresses that I could find. I did not receive the courtesy of a reply. Undoubtedly the WORST hotel experience that I have ever had. I travel frequently for leisure and business.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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2 Thank omaressack
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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244 reviews
75 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2009

There are not many hotels in Almere, so this hotel was a monopolist for years. That shows!!...bad service, terrible food, and very high prices. The rooms are ok though and internet is free. Location is trerrible also. Isolated on ab industrial estate. I stayed here many times because of business but i gave up and found something better.
Almere is a rappidly growing town near Amsterdam and I simply don't understand why there are no decent hotels there?? If you have a car stay somewhere else, if you don't have a car stay in Amsterdam near a trainstation. It;s only 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam to Almere Central Station

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
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2 Thank NobRotterdam
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WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2009

This hotel is ok to stay one or two nights, especially if you have a car and visting businesses in the area. Without it, you're stuck. The area where the hotel is, is a light industrial one. and there is nothing around, no ATM, no restaurants, shops, nothing. The only place to eat is the hotel restaurant which serves decent basic food. The breakfast was good.
The room is very small, and the bathroom even smaller. There is no closet to keep clothes, only an open small shelf and a place to hang a few items. The safe in the room is small so it can only take a max 15" laptop, and it's not even bolted down so if someone wants to carry it away it's easy enough! The bathroom is small and has only a small shelf to keep toothbrush and toiletries. No hairdryer. There is a kettle in the room but it was not in a very good shape. The telephone and clock radio are placed on the desk so they are not close to the bed. Admittedly good if you really want to wake up but not very convenient. The rooms are not noice proof at all and many guests came in late at night banging doors. There also seemed to be an issue with the door in the room, had to pull hard to get it closed. No safety chain.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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Thank Dodson
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Property: Bastion Hotel Almere
Address: Audioweg 1, 1322 AT Almere, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > Flevoland Province > Almere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Almere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bastion Hotel Almere 3*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bastion Hotel Groep stands for a personal atmosphere, hospitality, comfort and good facilities for an attractive rate. The Bastion Deluxe Hotel Almere offers a 24 hour front office, comfortable rooms and an extensive choice of dishes from the a la carte menu in the atmospheric restaurant. Guests are always welcome in the cozy hotel bar or smoking lounge. This lounge contains an LCD television, airconditioning and relaxing lounge chairs. The hotel also offers a fitness room which guests can use free of charge. There is also free wireless internet in the entire hotel. In the lobby is a computer available where guests can use the internet for free. Location / accessibility Bastion Deluxe Hotel Almere is near the A6 and is ideal for a visit to the city centre of Almere or Amsterdam. The capital is approximately fifteen minute by car. Are you an enthusiast of modern architecture? Almere is the place to be! Rooms The hotel has 114 deluxe rooms and 40 comfort rooms. The comfort rooms are equipped with a television, a modem, airconditioning, a bureau, a safe, free coffee and tea making facilities and a bathroom with a shower and toilet. The deluxe rooms are more spacious than the comfort rooms and are extra equipped with a bathroom with bath, toilet and hairdryer. Domestic animals are not allowed. Food & Beverage The hotel serves breakfast on weekdays from 6:00 till 9:00 hrs and on weekends from 7:00 till 10:30 hrs. The hotel has an attractive restaurant with an extensive a la carte menu. The restaurant is open from 11:00 till 23:00 hrs for lunch and dinner. The hotel bar is open till 23.30 hrs. ... more   less 
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