We stayed in this hotel for two nights in November 2013, not expecting too much having read some of the other reviews. Our goal was to visit the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Hoge Veluwe National Park which houses a large collection of paintings by Van Gogh amongst others. We don't drive, and wanted to access the park by public transport. The journey took us about an hour each way and necessitated taking a bus into Apeldoorn, and then changing again at the rotonde (roundabout) near to Hoenderloo. I have to say it is far easier just to stay in Hoenderloo itself, since the entrance to the park is then only a four minute walk away! However, we had vouchers from the Dutch drugstore Kruidvat which gave us two nights at the hotel for a total of 45 Euros so that couldn't really be beaten!
We did not arrive until 9pm when it was very dark, but the hotel looked welcoming with lanterns on the tables in the garden. Check in is open until 11pm which is not the case in all Dutch hotels!
Room 208 was up two flights of stairs, as the hotel did not seem to have a lift of any sort. The room was of average European size, i.e would look quite small if you are used to American sized rooms. As is common in the Netherlands and Germany the double bed consisted of two singles side by side but joined together, and two single duvets. Having lived here for a couple of years, I personally like that arrangement as you don't fight over the duvet!
The bathroom was small, with just a shower. What we did not like was that there was a frosted glass door between the bedroom and the bathroom which basically did not leave a lot to the imagination even if you left the light off whilst going to the loo! The room was not supplied with a hair drier, and there was only a baisc all in one shampoo/shower gel bottle.
The beds proved comfy and the free wifi worked fine once you'd found out how to get into it!
We didn't try the breakfast or diner as this wasn't included in our vouchers and there were pplenty of other cheaper places to eat nearby even in November. However we did try the bar and found the service to be friendly. There was a nice selection of magazines to browse through if you can speak Dutch.
Access to the National Park would be simple if you have your own car or bike, and the hotel does rent out normal and electric bikes too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fletcher Hotel is located on the edge of Beekbergen in the peaceful, forest-rich Veluwe. This area is ideal for cycling, walking and horse riding. The hotel is completely renovated, and each of the rooms are featured with laminate floors, a flat-screen TV and a modern bathroom. The hotel serves a buffet breakfast every morning. The restaurant serves 3-course menus and a la carte dishes of French cuisine in an informal setting. Guests can also enjoy a drink on the terrace or play a game of billiards in the cozy bar. Apeldoorn, featuring Apenheul Primate Park and Paleis Het Loo, is a 15-minute drive from Fletcher Hotel het Veluwse Bos. National Park Hoge Veluwe and the Kroller-Muller Museum are a 25 minute drive away. ... more less
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