YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SWIMMING POOL UNLESS YOU ARE COMPLETELY NAKED. The only bloody reason I chose this hotel was the pool looks awesome. However, it's a swimwear-free zone except for one hour on a Tuesday. This is not optional - the receptionist has just said "you must wear no clothes" - there was no budging her on this one. I know this is the norm in a lot of continental pools and spas, and I'm ok with it in a single-sex sauna. But this pool is fully mixed sex, and it says nothing about the swimwear rule on the website. Yes, yes, I KNOW you think us Brits are a bit prudish, but I'm not getting naked with a bunch of men I've never met! If they want to attract international business travellers, they need to relax this rule! Rubbish.
The hotel itself is a faceless black and white plastic box with a lot of cheap blingy bits and pieces. Things will break and it will get dirty and look pretty tacky pretty quickly. I think I'm just about the only guest, and it feels a bit creepy. The staff aren't particularly friendly or helpful which is a shame as they don't appear to have much to do. Could be anywhere.
It's right outside the station entrance but there are no signs and the only way I found it was by reading other people's reviews. I said this to the receptionist and she just laughed.
As others have said, it's still a building site. Not worth even the discounted rate. They certainly need to put in a LOT more effort. And maybe sack the manager.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wakker worden met uitzicht op de duinkoppen van het Noordzeestrand of met een prachtig panorama over de oude binnenstad van Leiden, het zal niet bij hoge uitzondering zijn op de tiende verdieping van het multifunctionele gebouw Level. Direct gelegen naast het NS station en herkenbaar door zijn bijzondere gelaagde architectuur, is in september 2013 het nieuwe Hampshire Hotel Fitland - Leiden geopend. Een uniek hotel met 118 comfortabele hotelkamers en suites op viersterren niveau. ... more less
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