We spent one night in this centrally located, charming, old hotel, in the top level suite, the Empire Suite, on the ground floor. The price was discounted to 150 euros, all in including breakfast and wifi. The reception area is small and uninspiring, and no one was present when I arrived, or for several minutes thereafter, and the desk bell was concealed.
The room was very spacious - about 600 sq feet with 13 (or higher) foot ceilings - and ornate, for eg, had an easel with a copy of an oil painting on it, several pieces of gilded antique furniture, two sitting chairs, and a dining table with 4 antique chairs. Drapes were heavy, and floor to ceiling. Tons of closet, drawer and floor space. Had an excellent clock/alarm radio and flat screen TV, both a bit far from where you would want them. The decor was tired and a bit shabby in places, and the movement of guests and staff in the hallways was plainly audible. Rooms were large enough for coffee and tea facilities, but none were offered, nor was there a mini-fridge which would have been welcome.
Bathroom was tiny but perfectly functional, with deep, soaker tub and hand held "shower" fixture. Excellent Braun blow-dryer. Two other rooms I looked at had only bath or shower, not a combination.
Heating worked well, the bed was wonderfully comfortable (singles box spring and mattresses pushed together, however, with a 2.5 inch mattress topper that made it a queen) and bed linens of high quality. Being on the back side of the hotel, the room was very quiet. From the comfortable bed, blackout drapes, and temperature control to the noiseless environment, we both slept exceedingly well.
Its most delightful feature was the two floor to ceiling windows that looked out on the garden. Even better, one window opened onto a little patio that lead straight to the garden lounge, where we relaxed with our books. Although we were the only guests in the garden patio, we were offered bar service there. It was the only suite in the hotel that had direct access to the back garden patio.
The breakfast room was large and attractive, if a bit dark. Looked onto the garden patio. Fare was an assortment of breads, meats, cheeses, bottled and freshly squeezed juice, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, coffee of your choosing, cereals, cakes and profiteroles (wow, were they good), and eggs prepared to your liking. Service was prompt, friendly and obliging.
The hotel is in a perfect location, 3 minutes’ walk to the main tourist street and 5 minutes to the square. A wonderful Italian restaurant, recommended by staff, is directly across the street.
I don't know what else Middelburg offers or whether it is a particularly expensive town or not, so it is impossible to judge whether Hotel aan de Dam is good value, comparatively. I can say that the hotel, while a "mixed bag", was more than adequate for our needs. I would recommend it.
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- Hotel aan de Dam is a splendid monumental building with 11 unique rooms. In the rooms you experience the atmosphere of before, with all facilities of today. After a restful night sleep, a delicious breakfast will be served. Young and enthusiastic hosts surround you with care and attention during your stay. Hotel aan de Dam is also an ideal location for a meeting, diner, brunch, or a High Tea. ... more less
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