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Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2012

excellent location just off Grote Markt. Quiet room as requested. Opening windows so good ventilation. Pleasant, helpful staff

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

Stayed for one night in this hotel visiting the beautifull city Haarlem. Location is great, next to the big church. At night it can be noisy due to the bars in the surroundings. Room ok, beds were very soft, too soft for my taste. Was also pretty warm in the room, but we could open the window/door so that helped. Did not have breakfast, insanely expensive 18,50 euro per person. You can have a great breakfast outside the hotel for a better price.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

This is a modern style hotel with rooms that are the equivalent of a Hilton or Marriott Hotel, perhaps a bit smaller in size. The hotel has all of the essential things - a restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet and a small bar. The rooms are quite clean and well-furnished. The front desk staff is very friendly and helpful. Parking for the hotel is at a public underground garage about 1/2 block from the hotel entrance (although it was closed due to a vehicle fire when I was there).

The most outstanding aspect of this hotel is its location. It is on the very edge of the old Centrum (Center of Town), that consists of a 30 block area that is generally closed to vehicular traffic. All locals travel by bicycle here. Wonderful restaurants are literally around the corner, and more are only a block or two away. There is excellent shopping within walking distance, as well as museums, government buildings, and you can always sit down at a bar on a seat that overlooks the Grotemarkt Square, and have yourself a beer or coffee.

The central feature of the Grotemarkt Square, 1/2 block from the hotel, is the St. Bavo Cathedral. This remarkable church is worth spending a few hours in, just to see its details. There is a great museum attached to the cathedral. If you are interested in your Dutch genealogical roots, the Noord-Holland Archief is about 3 blocks away. Many of the hotel rooms views are of the cathedral and its spires. The central spire is lit at night, and is a wonderful sight. The church carillon (bells) plays on the hour, except between midnight and 6 a.m.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

this modern building has some traditional features, like prints of 17th century frans hals paintings in the rooms aswell as reception. theres a large spiral staircase with a stained glass dome at the top! the room was very comfortable with tea and coffee (pot luck as to what teabags you get though) there was no milk but we got some from reception. the bathroom had hairdyer and shampoo but no conditioner. the hotel is on one of the many side streets leading off the main market place, you can hear the bells of the st. bavo church, but in a nice way. friday and saturday it was abit noisy outside but to be expected.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

I liked:
Central location
Reasonable room

I didn't like:
Poor electrics in the room
Faulty plug in the bathroom, which meant brush my teeth in the bath.
Expensive breakfast

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

This hotel is very conveniently located in the center of Haarlem. It is a bit far to walk from the railway station, especially if you carry luggage, but taxis are a mere € 8.
The lobby is spacious and so was my room, with a double bed, bath, flat screen tv, a very quiet airco, a desk and free (!) internet. My room also had (instant) coffe making facilities.
There is no restaurant, but then, there are many excellent places in the immediate vicinity. Also, the hotel bar was not all that inviting and had only a fairly limited assortment. Again, not a problem since there are numerous pleasant bars all around (and these stay open much longer...).
Breakfast was somewhat disappointing: for € 18 one would definitely expect more choices in hot and cold dishes.
Overall, for a price of around € 135 this is a very affordable hotel (and prices may be lower at other times).

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

The Amrath Grand is an acceptable business hotel but lacks some of the touches that make a hotel special.

The location is great, as is the hotel lobby.

We had a confirmed (and paid for) booking for a suite, however when we arrived at the hotel we were told that there were no suites available and were given a standard room.

The desk staff were rather unsimpathetic and also quite unhelpful when we asked about somewhere to park our van. We sorted ourselves out and went to the bar for a drink only to find it closed at 10pm on a Friday night.

The room itself was spacious and comfortable with a good standard bathroom, however the tv was damaged, and the view was of a back yard.

All in all we were disapointed, this was the last night of our holiday and had planned it to be special and the Amrath Grand let us down.

We woud definately return to Haarlem which is a beautiful and charming city full of friendly happy locals, but we would choose another hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals

Address: Damstraat 10, 2011 HA Haarlem, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Haarlem
#1 Business Hotel in Haarlem
#2 Luxury Hotel in Haarlem
#3 Romantic Hotel in Haarlem
Price Range: £78 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals 4*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals is a beautiful 4-star hotel, located in the lively centre of Haarlem. Step out of the hotel and walk right into the inviting city of Haarlem, where you can marvel at historical buildings, charming squares, and lively shopping quarter. The 82 stylish guest rooms at Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals all have complementary wireless internet. Get a good start to the day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel; and to close it off in a convivial atmosphere, the hotel offers an attractive bar. Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals does not have its own restaurant, but you will find plenty of charming establishments within a 150-metre radius. For business purposes there is a spacious meeting room available. Haarlem is a charming city, with characteristic monumental buildings and beautiful inner courtyards around every corner. This city offers something for everyone. For example, you can visit the Teylers Museum and the Frans Hals Museum. Or if you prefer shopping - Haarlem is known to be one of the best shopping destinations in the country. Amsterdam is approximately a 15-minute drive from Haarlem, and Zandvoort is also nearby. Here, you can get a wonderful breath of fresh sea air and enjoy a long walk on the beach. ... more   less 
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