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Stayokay Heemskerk
Ranked #1 of 1 Heemskerk B&B and Inns
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Kiev
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Вual impression”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

From the one side you're going to live in the castle like the king and during approach this sense is increasing. Inside there are some traces of its former greatness - big windows, high room, view on the "king's garden"... But equipment of the hotel is very similar to those 200 years ago - only the needed things (hot water and WC are present for sure!). I think such kind of staying should be in my travel life, especially for such not big money.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Chicago, IL
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Was here March 2013 with husband and 9 and 11 y.o. kids! So fun to stay in a castle even if just for 1 night. Great atmosphere! Love the concept of a family friendly hostel as it is sometimes hard to get a room for 4. Highly recommended for families.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Bergamo
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109 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed only for one night in August 2012.
Nice and charming!
Doesn't happen to sleep in a castle!!!!
Great price as an hostel, booked by Internet without any problems.
Breakfast in the main hall is very good for a medieval taste and flavor.
Recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Terceira, Portugal
Level 6 Contributor
222 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Wow was this hostel beautfiul! Very clean entrance and rooms and friendly staff who were helpful with getting us information on getting to Amsterdam. There were 4 of us and we stayed in a 10 person room for the price of 4, I guess as a last minute deal. The room was of course huge as for it was ment for many more people. The decor in the rooms were very basic and minimal but that was fine, we were not planning on staying in the rooms all day. The breakfast spread was surprisingly extensive and included cold cuts, cheeses, pastries, yogurts, and cereals. The best part, you could pack a lunch. They had brown paper bags available and all 4 of us made sandwiches with a baggette, cold cuts, and cheese. We really enjoyed our stay here and what you got with your money was unbeatable. My husband and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Value for money considering now anybody can stay in a castle. I stayed in Kamer Irene which is a 6-bed mix dormitory with 2 toilet and 2 showers. I had a lovely time at the castle taking pictures of the 600-year old castle and its surroundings which has a beautiful garden. It was a bit tricky getting to the castle by public transport but once you are there it was worth it. I know now that you can get on bus from Beverwijk station to the castle or by ferry from Asterdam Central to pontplein and take a bus across the port straight to the castle bus stop at Jan Van Krugweg.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2009

Upon driving up to the castle, I have to admit there was a sense of intrigue and mystery, which took all of about 15 minutes to dissipate. This was an old castle complete with a moat and a drawbridge. However, it was also served as a hostel and learning center for traveling youth groups.

Having come into this more prepared would have made for a better stay. We had bunk-beds of which we "dressed" ourselves with provided sheets. We were unsure the first night when seeing 6 bunk beds if we would be alone, but after inquiring with the front desk, we were assured that we would not be sharing with anyone else. Soap and towels are your responsibility for the push-button in-room shower. You push the button, the water runs for about a minute, you push the button, and the process repeats. So, although inconvenient if you are trying to wash long hair, it is good for water conservation. The next obstacle came with blow-drying your hair. Since it was an old castle, the wiring was a bit outdated as well. The first attempt with the dryer resulted in instantaneous power outage, not just for our room, but several others as well. We heard some grumblings in the breakfast area, so we scurried out before they saw my wet hair. We told the people at the front that the power had been out that morning and asked that someone please investigate. The following day, we made sure everything was off in the room, including the lights and tried the blow-dryer again, which worked without a power outage. That evening, thinking that all must be well with that approach, I plugged in our travel battery charger for our digital camera battery. Just as soon as I had climbed into my bunk, I heard a loud pop, saw sparks, and the charger and the battery shot out of the socket and half way across the room. There was a smell of burning in the air. This was not good. Upon trying the lights, of course, they were inoperable. Hence, the next morning, we reported the lack of power again and it was remedied by the time we returned in the evening. Unfortunately, it did fry the charger and the battery, but luckily we had a spare of each. After that, we searched out electric outlets during our lunches and dinners and recharged them while we ate.

Upon returning half past midnight on our last night (the latest we had all week), we were shocked to find the front door to the castle locked. Apparently there was a curfew unbeknownst to us. Luckily we had seen a couple of people that worked there walking over to their “guest house” when we pulled into the drive. They let us in and we continued to our room. However, our key did not work on our door. We quickly ran back downstairs before the two employees left and asked for our key to be reprogrammed. At that time we were informed that we must have misread the check-out date and we did not have a room for the night. We were shocked to find all of our belongings were taken and shoved in several plastic bags and stored in the office area. They had no open rooms for the night, so we were forced to find a different place to stay. We drove down to the airport expecting to find a place to stay, but struck out. We ended up with only an extremely expensive option, but in reality were lucky to find a room at all on the start of Queens Week. We did not realize the magnitude of travel at the start of Queens Week, so be advised, if you decide to travel on this day, expect at least 3-4 hours to get through check-in and several security processes and to your gate.

In the end, the hostel was conveniently located and right off the highway. The breakfast was decent, but dormitory style with long tables and benches. The youth groups can be a bit overwhelming if you’re not used to a lot of pre-teens and teens running around. If you value your sleep, even with the curfew, you can not count on the quiet. Luckily, there was a small bar onsite that helped ease the pain.

For more on our travels, see our website: http://www.jndstravelog.com/

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2009

Upon arriving at the hostel I was excited for a nice stay. The building is beautiful from the outside. There's a mote, pastoral surroundings, nice tree-lined avenue to the hostel. But, I was soon rewarded with a very unrelaxing atmosphere, sterile decorations, and rooms packed with noisy kids. There is no kitchen to cook in (I though kitchens were standard in hostels), outside food was not allowed in the rooms, there are no comfortable places to relax, and not a whole lot to do. Somehow, stayokay managed to take a beautiful building with a lot of potential for a unique hosteling experience and turn it into an institutionalized, uncomfortable, merely functional stay. The only upsides is that the beds are clean and comfortable, and the breakfast was good.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Stayokay Heemskerk
Address: Tolweg 9, 1967 NG Heemskerk, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Heemskerk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Heemskerk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Stayokay Heemskerk 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stayokay Heemskerk is located in a 13th-century castle, Slot Assumburg. Whether you’re exploring the surrounding dune landscape or pay a visit to the town, at the hostel you’ll feel like lord or lady of the manor. The grand entrance, beautiful rooms, the moat: everything is so enchanting! It’s an ideal location for a holiday, a trip with friends, a meeting or a wedding. The hostel has large rooms with private bathroom facilities – perfect for families. ... more   less 
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