My wife and I stayed here for two nights prior to a cruise from Amsterdam and were very happy. The staff were very pleasant and helpful upon checking in and throughout our visit and the room was good sized and quiet despite facing the street (double paned windows no doubt helped). Although it was just at the top of the stairs, we didn't hear noise from down below because of a double door "foyer" arrangement which effectively sealed off the main room itself from that area. Only drawback was that the doors were fairly substantial and hard to prop open, but all in all, a small price to pay for a restful night's sleep. Bed was very comfortable, room was air conditioned and had a computer with free internet. Location was about as central as you can get as it is right beside the St. Bavo Church and not far from the Grote Market. Although there is an underground parking facility nearby (De Appelaar), it was almost full when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon. Virtually empty the next morning, however. It does have an elevator that makes it easier to haul up luggage. Hotel is about a short block away. Later, we chose a fixed price dinner which was enjoyable with good service. Breakfast was self-service with a good selection and quality, but like most hotel breakfasts, it was a bit pricey. Popular bar downstairs and cafe with outside tables. Note: The street right outside the hotel shuts down to full vehicular access at 11:00am, so plan accordingly if you need to be collected by someone who does not have a pass to drop the bollards after that (local taxis do). Easiest location seemed to be at the entrance to the parking garage where there is a good pickup/drop off area. As we had been to Amsterdam before, we enjoyed Haarlem much more than Amsterdam as it is smaller, quieter, cleaner, and friendlier. Our stay at Stempels also made it more enjoyable. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here at Stempels you are welcome to eat, drink, having a party, to enjoy performances, to organize meetings and stay overnight. This all happens on the premises of the former Joh. Enschede complex, where for many years the Dutch banknotes has been pressed as well as post stamps for a lot of different countries. In other words, a place with a rich history, renovated into a modern hotel-restaurant, full of cosy atmosphere, right in the centre of the monumental heart of Haarlem. The well known Haarlem restaurant owner, Frans van Cappelle, wish to extend a warm welcome to you. On the first, second and third floor of the building are seventeen hotel rooms. The first and second floor are attainable by lift, but if you are in good condition, we recommend the old monumental staircase.There are four comfort rooms, six superior rooms, five luxury rooms, one junior suite and one suite. All rooms are provided with Hästens beds, airconditioning, a flat screen television set, a computer, free (wireless-) internet facilities, toilet and a shower. The luxury rooms and suites also have a bath. Like everywhere in the building one can find original decorations and ornaments in the hotel rooms.Staying at the front of the building one has a magnificent view of the Klokhuisplein and the St.Bavo church. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stempels Hotel Haarlem