Stayed here three nights recently on a business trip. Based on the previous reviews on Trip Advisor, I was expecting a pretty nice hotel. The reality is that it's an OK hotel, but nothing really special. I'd rather stay at something like a Hampton or Fairfield in, they are far nicer for the money.
The condition of the common areas is sketchy - the hallway carpet was quite dirty-looking, and the lobby area felt a little dark and dreary.
The first thing that puzzled me when I entered the room was the very odd setup - I walked into a tiny little alcove (1m x 1m), with the WC off to one side, and an open closet area to the other. I had to open ANOTHER door to get into the main living area, which had the sink and shower off of it. The setup of this room was just weird and made the space feel much smaller than it was.
The WC and the shower are quite nice, the room I was in appeared to have had those areas recently remodeled. The shower areas was nice and large, and very clean.
The living area left something to be desired. There was a small loveseat that was hard, outdated, and ugly. There was a small but rather tall table in the middle of the open space . . . to tall to use as a coffee table for the seating, too tall and too small a top to use as a computer station, and there was already a nice sized desk in the room . . . I didn't quite get why it was there.
The bed was a disaster, and based on my colleagues' experience, very typical for this hotel. It looked like an IKEA memory foam mattress that had seen better days . . . like in the 80's. I could tell when I looked at the bed walking in that it was a lumpy mess. I pulled the sheet back, and it was about 4 inches thick and lumpy as hell. When I slept in it, I could feel a huge ridge down the middle (a major problem since I am 6'5" tall and had to sleep at an angle to fit), plus there were lots of high and low spots everywhere else. I would have probably been more comfortable on the love seat. I woke up every morning with a massive backache.
The TV was very small (I didn't measure, but it looked like a 19" widescreen LCD), I never turned it on, so can't comment on the quality of the picture or the programing.
The rooms do offer a small minibar with prices that are fairly reasonable for hotel mini bars.
The view out of the room was nice - I was overlooking the courtyard/pool area. Rooms were fairly quiet, especially if you closed the inner door - that blocked out any hallway noise. I did notice that the security lock (the bar that you flipped closed for extra security) had been removed. When I asked the others I was traveling with, theirs were also missing. That struck me as a little odd . . . that's the only lock that can't be opened from outside, so I felt like the room security was a little lacking.
The breakfast was quite nice, good selection of a variety of dishes, and everything was tasty and seemed very fresh. Price was a bit expensive, but I would recommend trying it anyway.
Overall, my experience at this hotel was fine, and the price was OK, it's just not the fanciest place in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Breda is een 4-sterren hotel in de gemeente Breda, dichtbij de grens met Belgie en de snelweg A16. Het hotel ligt vlakbij het prachtige Mastbos en het historische centrum van Breda met zijn Grote Kerk, Chasse theater, het jaarlijkse Jazzfestival en Outdoor Brabant. Het hotel heeft 106 moderne hotelkamers en in 2014 de begane grond vernieuwd met een trendy en sfeervolle ineterieur voor de lobby, bar en restaurant. Het beschikt over een tuinterras en een nieuw buitenzwembad. Overal in het hotel is gratis wifi, draadloos printen en parkeren kan kosteloos op eigen terrein. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Breda Novotel