Taking a business trip to Arnhem we had planned to stay in a 'branded' hotel, but our customer decided to select something a little more 'cost effective'... This did not seem to bode well. However, my worries were Totally unfounded...
The Hotel Arnhem Centraal is in central Arnhem and is located directly in front of Arnhem railway station (very simple for transfer from Schiphol airport) and also 100 meters from the central bus station (very good for local travel). Parking is in the central car park under the bus station and is EUR 12.50 per day, it seemed secure and safe. We arrived, parked outside then took the empty car to the car park and walked back, we did this daily and it was no issue at all.
Upon arrival at the Hotel we were met by extremely friendly and helpful staff and a quirky (the main part of the ground floor is a Greek restaurant) but really very nice hotel. I travel excessively, normally stay in 4-5 Star Marriott's and don't suffer middle of the road hotels very well at all - but the Hotel Arnhem Centraal was really very good and I have no complaints at all.
The hotel boasts a lift to floors 0-2 (you need to walk from 2 to 3) or an almost Vertical staircase (beware visitors with small children this is very steep - no reason not to go, but beware). All rooms have card key entries. My room 104: was spacious in the extreme (note others said their rooms were smaller) but had a none too impressive view of Arnhem railway station which is behind the hotel (no noise issues though).
Each room has a small flat screen TV, free internet, phone and a mini fridge (not minibar) and an individual aircon unit. The bathroom was bidet and shower (no bath) and quite new and Very clean. The shower was powerful and easy to operate and they supplied sachets of shampoo and baby soap (take your own shampoo). They offer a simple room service including breakfast in the room. Breakfast is served in the lobby restaurant and includes cold and warm food. There is a smokers room off the lobby.
As described above, the hotel also has a large Greek restaurant (complete with Greek Urns and Statues..) which offers either a la carte, or a Greek Buffet. Having lived in Cyprus for many years I like 'Good' Greek food and was Very Impressed with the buffet, such that I ate there twice in three days and would have eaten there again had I not been out voted!
The hotel is fairly central in Arnhem and is in easy walking distance from bars and restaurants in town. It seemed safe and is in a well lit well travelled area.
I had one free morning during my trip and wanted to get to the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek, but was pushed for time and transport (no car that day) so I walked to the central bus station, jumped on the bus and in 20 minutes I was there. An excellent and moving museum by the way and well worth the effort. I took the bus back and then set off for Schiphol via the station (3 minute walk from the hotel lobby).
All in all, I would unreservedly and thoroughly recommend this hotel on the basis of cosy friendliness, service, location and ease of access from Schiphol and transport links to the rest of Holland.
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