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“Comfortable, old hotel - excellent location”
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Hotel aan de Dam
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Middelburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 September 2012

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.

Room Tip: Empire suite - ground floor at the back, is the only room with its own entrance into the garden. Qu...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

Very fine, though older, hotel in quieter part of Middelburg, a medieval town in the Netherlands. Very professional and courteous staff. Management more than happy to address concerns or queries you might have. Modern full bathrooms with tub and shower (bathtubs are hard to find in the Netherlands). Spacious rooms decorated with antiques - some people might not like this style, but we did. Plentiful breakfast included. No restaurant on premises, but several very good ones nearby. Short walk to shopping area, canals, cafes.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

The hotel looks nice but the chambers are depressing.

I stayed there for one night and I could have better hotels for a cheaper price.

Plus:

-Friendly staff
-Nice garden where we took breakfast

Minus:

-The bed was used. There were hairs of my predecessor in the bed. After I asked two times they changed the bedding

-The chamber has nothing to do with the pictures of the hotel. Surprisingly when you want to take a picture it looks all bright. Actually the furniture depressed me. It is just old. I do not mean antique they are just ugly

-The room smelled muggy

- It is noisy if your room is to the side of the street. We where there on Saturday night. 100 meters away there are some pubs and a club and the young people made a lot lot of sound till dawn.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

The hotel is really well located close to the water and just a short stroll down the main shopping street into the centre of town. The staff were friendly and helpful and our room at the top of the building was modern and well appointed with decent views of the garden and town. Breakfast was delicious with freshly squeezed orange juice and a buffet of delights beautifully laid out in a room leading onto the garden.

There is also a really good bar/restaurant next door - 't'Witte Paarl' - where the young owner is happy to chat to you about everything from Trappist beers to the history of his building, whilst serving very nice food and drinks.

The only minor irritant is the car parking. There are plenty of spaces right on the doorstep but you can only put money in for 2 hours at a time which is awkward if you want to go into town. However if you ask at reception and leave the money and your keys, they'll even top up the 'meter' and put the ticket in your car for you. How's that for service!

Room Tip: The top floor rooms, where we were, are modern whereas I believe the lower ones are more traditional...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

We stayed here again after an absence of one year and this hotel is still good. There were a few minor issues.Whilst I contacted and emailed the hotel on at least 3 occasions before arrival that we wanted a twin bedded room and this was confirmed when we arrived in the room it was made up as a double.You dont really want the hassle upon arrival for this to be rectified. You want to unpack, not having staff all around changing the beds etc. Also the last time we stayed here I pointed out that there were no facilities in the bathroom to use an electric shaver. Nothing had changed, again no suitable powerpoint with a mirror for shaving. The walls between bedrooms are thin and there was a lot of noise from younger quests ( who form the majority of guests). However this rectified by staff/manager who spoke to these guests and all was well in the end. The young staff ( mainly hotel students) are very pleasant but one senses a lack of experience. Car parking outside the hotel is fairly expensive and one is also limited as the parking meters only accept a maximum of 2-4 hours parking. It certainly would pay the hotel to offer some parking arrangements. The rooms and hotel generally look very attractive and the hotel is very centrally located within Middelburg.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2010

I would say that not going to Hotel aan de Dam when in Middelburg is tantamount to missing something of the charm while touring in Middelburg. Well located and "run" by students, it combines both the feeling of past times and allour 21st cent. day-to-day inescapable conveniences and amenities. The price, for this kind of hotel and service (which even includes a wonderful breakfast with “oeuf à la coque” if you want to), is fair enough.
Manuella,,Portugal. (stayed from 27th to 29th Oct 2010)

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

What an excellent hotel, with great staff and a friendly welcome.
Arriving late in the evening, staff had made a special effort to stay up to welcome us. I left a shirt hanging in the waredrobe of my room which the hotel posted to me in the UK promtly at no extra charge!
Brilliant.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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Thank Frances_Lydia
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Additional Information about Hotel aan de Dam

Address: Dam 31, 4331 GE Middelburg, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > Zeeland Province > Middelburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Middelburg
Price Range: £50 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel aan de Dam 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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