Like everything, there are pros and cons,
- friendly staff
- hire bikes are awesome! Really nice bikes.
- clean and pleasant surrounds.
- includes breakfast and tea/coffee most of the day
- lovely outdoor sitting area
Room for improvement:
- the shower didn't drain as well as I'd like
- why no free tea/coffee in the evening? That's when I really wanted it!
- Have to make your own bed (bedding provided)
- I wasn't too keen on the European breakfast..yes I know it's Europe, but I was really hoping for bacon and eggs, yogurt and a selection of fruits...breakfast was bread/rolls, cheese, cold meats, warm boiled eggs, a couple of rather boring cereals plus apples and kiwi fruit.
- it was quite a bit more pricey than other hostels I've stayed in.
Finally, if you stay here, definitely hire a bike and cycle through the national park and to the beach. It is well worth it! Book your bike in advance, so you don't miss out. Overall, I would definitely stay here again,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy some culture, visit a museum or go shopping? Or do you prefer wandering through nature, cycling between the dunes, going for a walk on the beach? It’s all possible in and around Haarlem. Furthermore, ‘Heavenly Haarlem’ – the ‘northern city with southern flamboyancy’ – has an extremely central location: the bulb fields, the windmills of Zaanse Schans and the city of Amsterdam are all within easy reach. You can also enjoy a meal and meet friends from all over the world in the friendly brown cafe ‘The Shuffle’. Stayokay Haarlem is centrally located near the connecting road to the beach, the woods, the city centre of Haarlem and Amsterdam. ... more less
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