I opted to stay at the Mercure because I had a late arrival by train and its conveniently situated next door to the train station. I also booked it because the price was good value compared to other hotels within Nijmegen.
We were pleasantly surprised. Our room faced the train station from across the tracks but there was a great view in the distance (including a windmill) and there was hardly any noise at all from the trains on a Friday night.
The room was a great size. Plenty of room to move around and not bump into one another. Plenty of places to put your cases and/or store your clothes. Choice of various teabags and coffee in the room.
The room had a nice atmosphere to it.
The bathroom was a good size, very clean but ever so slightly dated/beginning to get worn out. But it was fine for our needs. There were two small problems in the bathroom. One was the shower took us an embarrassing half an hour between the two of us to work it!! We weren't the worse for wear but we were too embarrassed to phone down for help. In the end it took pressing of buttons and twisting in opposite directions (iirc) to make it work. No colours or pictures on dials to help you out. We are probably the only people to experience this, but if you are stuck, the left 'throttle' twisting dial does the converting from bath to shower (you need to push the button underneath at the same time). The right 'throttle' twisting dial does the pressure/amount of water -I think! If there had been little motifs on the controls we might have guessed sooner. Either that or we are just plain stupid. The other problem was the glass shower door needed to be moved to get to the taps. Ours appears to have slipped downwards a bit and needs oiling, and it made a very loud groaning noise every time we wanted to get to the taps (prior to getting in the shower/bath. Turned out you just need to lift it towards the ceiling and it doesn't make a loud noise when moving it. However this noise combined with the of us comically trying and failing to make the shower turn on made for a comical half hour and probably a disturbed half hour for our neighbours.
Apart from those small problems, it was a lovely hotel that you felt very comfortable and secure in.
The staff were always smiling and always helpful.
Only took a few minutes walk to walk into the centre of Nijmegen, so its perfectly situated.
I'd definitely stay here again without a doubt, though this time we didn't pay for breakfast as the cost was too steep for us - however from a distance it looked lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Hotel Nijmegen Centre is located in the city centre of Nijmegen, the oldest city of the Netherlands. The hotel is within walking distance of the vibrant shopping streets. All 112 rooms are non-smoking and include air-conditioning, flat screen TV, coffee making facility and minibar. You can enjoy delicious meals and drinks in the restaurant and bar. Private parking is available behind the hotel. You can exercise in the gym or relax in the sauna. The use of WiFi is free in the entire hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Nijmegen Centre