This is an extremely well equipped hotel in a beautiful rural setting, with great views of fields, and pond, even boats going by way off in the distance! But it would not be a good choice for a backpacker relying on public transportation as there are no other services and no town nearby. We had a rental car and this hotel made a fabulous home-base from which to do day trips to towns such as Marken, Edam, and Volendam, all within 15 minutes drive. We booked ahead of time through Tripadvisor (Booking.com), and arrived late in the evening without any complications.
The hotel has every possible amenity such as pool, free wi-fi (one hour daily per device, so if each of you have a laptop you are all set!), and a restaurant and bar (with lovely patio). We arrived late and were worried about getting something to eat since there are no other services nearby, but the hotel kitchen stays open to 11 pm. and at 10:50 pm we got a fabulous meal (I had ribs and my husband had spaghetti - both excellent). In the front lobby the hotel even has a couple of free Play Station machines for kids to spend their time on. There are a couple of slot machines in the bar, but thankfully the sound was turned off, so it did not disturb us when we were there. There is a fitness centre on the premises (next to the pool) but hotel guests have to pay, and when we wandered in to check it out and ask about prices, they were pretty unwelcoming and it was impossible to get much information about anything.
The rooms are huge, clean and well equipped, with really nice modern bathrooms. The patio doors open onto a long communally-shared balcony with chairs and tables and a wonderful view. Very nice. The windows/doors are those that I have only seen in Holland that have three settings - door, open window from angling open from the top, or closed.
My only criticism of the room would be that there was no air-conditioning and it was hot that day, but we were able to leave the windows open and it did cool down. The other criticism was that (as with many hotels in Europe) asking for a double bed gave us two single beds stuck together, leaving us (who like to cuddle together during the night) to sink down in the crack between the beds all night long. These two items were the only reason I lowered my rating from excellent to very good.
For breakfast we opted to eat at the hotel restaurant buffet. What a great deal THAT is! For 11 euros, the breakfast includes virtually anything you could imagine. Three different kinds of scrambled eggs, fried eggs, boiled eggs, sausage, bacon, sliced meats, sliced cheeses, smoked salmon and cream cheese, a huge selection of breads and rolls, a huge selection of cereals and things such as raisins or oats to top them... wow, what a spread! They even give you a chance to make your own freshly squeezed orange juice (but if you are not so inclined you have a choice of 4 other juices!). An espresso machine provides decent (though not great) lattes or espresso. All in all, I highly recommend this hotel for a home-base while exploring nearby towns.
Ask for a view of the pond! If it is hot, specify you want a room with A/C.
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