Being a seasoned traveller, it was fortunate that I was pre-warned about the nature of the hotel and told to 'be a bit patient'. Just as well as the check in was more of a practical lesson than anything I had ever encountered before. That stated when you get to my age (51), education of the next generation is something important to consider and being able to be a small part of that process somehow gives a positive feeling of well being - like you are helping in some way.
I was accompanied to a very comfortable and well appointed room by 2 delightful young students, a young lady from Romania and a guy from Latvia. Both keen to practice English and both very engaged in what was being said - not just asking questions for the sake of making conversation if you see what I mean.
I was later joined by my friend and his partner (both locals) and we were treated to a wonderful gourmet dinner featuring many locally sourced products. Absolutely delicious.
Breakfast was also good and although slightly more than I would normally pay for a stay it was overall a wonderful experience that I would recommend to others in a heartbeat.
My only slight criticism is the distance of the rooms to the reception and rather poor signs to navigate my way back - other than that, very nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stenden Hotel is a modern 4-star hotel located within 10 minutes walking distance of the historic center of Leeuwarden. A bus stop is located right across from the hotel. Free parking is also offered on premises. The hotel offers spacious guest rooms all equipped with modern facilities, such as flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and Nespresso coffee machines. The new restaurant, ' Wannee', offers an all-day dining experience. Here you can enjoy fresh and organic dishes according to the 'New Dutch Cuisine' concept in a relaxed and modern atmosphere. In the cozy bar and lobby you can relax and enjoy a drink or small bite. Right across the street you will find the beautiful Rengerspark, where you can enjoy a walk or a run. Extensive gym facilities are available for hotel guests at the fitness studio next door, for a small fee. Stenden Hotel is committed to training and inspiring international young hospitality professionals within a dynamic and hospitable environment which allows them to evolve and grow. ... more less
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