This crane that is situated on the harbour in the delightful little town of Harlingen Haven in The Netherlands is an experience not to be forgotten.
It was booked as a surprise for my 40th birthday and wow what a surprise. The crane is fitted out with much care thought and attention to details its a fabulous place to stay. The views are amazing. The town is full of lovely little places to eat and drink too so that was a great bonus. It also seems to be the home of many 'tall ships' so a wander around the unique shops and canals is a great way to while away a couple of hours.
Its decor could be described as 'space age' and it feels like a bit of a star trek experience with the very tight sqeeze in the final lift to get into the crane itself. Not for anyone who is very claustrophobic though.
The bed was incredibly comfortable, the breakfast is lifted up to you in the morning by a local baker and was totally delicious with freshly squeezed orange juice and gorgeous pastries fresh eggs too! Cannot really complain about any of it really! The lighting system is fun to fiddle about with and if you are anything like my mildly geeky husband much time can be had fiddling with the touch screen control to get just the right effect!
The train station for Harlingen Haven is in sight of the crane and about a two minute walk away.
The icing on the cake is being able to turn the crane around to choose the view you fancy and if you get a bit bored watching the sun go down or the boats come in you can turn yourself around and have a change of scenery over the lovely little town! Brilliant fun!!!
This is one stay I will never forget and although I have been very lucky to stay in some wonderful hotels this is like nothing else and will be totally memorable whereas however nice a hotel is they can all become a blur after a while and difficult to differentiate, you will never say that about the crane!
Awesome is the only way to describe our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Special stay in a Harbourcrane It's easy to find the Harlingen Harbour Crane. All you have to do is look for the Crane's high legs standing almost in the Wadden Sea yet only a stone's throw from the centre of historic Harlingen. Staying the night in a Harbour Crane? We'll bet you've never dreamt of that! A unique experience We have applied to the Harlingen Harbour Crane all the knowledge and experience gained from working on the Lighthouse and the Lifeboat. It is here that the unassailable elevation of a lighthouse merges with the freedom of living on the water. And to top it all off, you get to do something unbelievable: you can have the crane swing into action! ... more less