What you think of this hotel undoubtedly depends on the season. In peak times this part of the Netherlands is full of beach lovers looking for sun, sea and sand. Servicing them is an army of seasonal workers from outside the area. I have no idea how the hotel is in summer, but be aware I'm writing about an off-peak visit.
Off-peak only small numbers of locals can be found in this part of Zeeland. The Zeeuwse attitude is very direct (more so even than elsewhere in NL), but very hospitable and polite. This hotel was a great example of that. No "welcome bla bla bla" at the reception, just a short businesslike "good afternoon". Within a minute we were heading off to our room with keys in hand, real keys, not a card.
Not that anything in the hotel was old, all fittings were nearly brand new and spotlessly clean, but there was no unnecessary fancy stuff. A door with a key. A heater with a knob. A shower with two taps. And a bath as well. Plus the plumbing to let you run both at once without temperature dropping.
The room itself was very roomy, with a double bed, sofa, wardrobe, cupboard with TFT television, low table and a writing desk. We booked a 'comfort' (i.e. regular) room, but the size of the room suggested we'd been bumped to 'deluxe', possibly because we also booked a baby bed. Either way it was great. Staff was very thoughtful to us as well as other guests by putting us right at the end of a corridor so that our baby wouldn't keep anyone else awake, nor would they interrupt his naps. We ordered breakfast in the room and it was served exactly on time. Other services were as good. Free wireless internet worked excellently.
And then the location - at the edge of dunes within walking distance of the beach. On the landward side a glider airodrome meant no other builidings for over a km. We walked to the beach and only encountered two other people on the path and had the entire beach to ourselves (admittedly this was with a strong, scouring subzero wind blowing). Beautiful and very restful.
Only two issues:
- despite being off-season, so many locals came to have dinner in the restaurant we had trouble finding parking space. At peak season parking would be a major issue.
- the hotel is called "Duinhotel Burgh-Haamstede", but is actually located in the nearby village Nieuw-Haamstede. This managed to confuse us when we couldn't find it in Burgh-Haamstede.
Completely unpretentious and understated, thoughtful and friendly staff and very authentic local atmosphere. Plus some very good off-peak deals available. We paid less than we would have at a youth hostel but enjoyed a genuine ****-experience. Would recommend to anyone wanting a quiet getaway off-peak.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near a beautiful dune area, this attractive 4-star hotel offers a culinary restaurant, garden and terrace. Have a work-out in the fitness room and relax in the sauna and solarium. The Fletcher Hotel Burgh-Haamstede provides you with tasteful guest rooms and luxurious dune suites for your relaxing stay in the characteristic town of Burgh-Haamstede. The hotel also offers great business facilities for meetings and conferences. Walk every morning towards the beach or visit the beautiful forest. The a la carte restaurant offers a warm atmosphere for your delicious dinner. You can also choose from the delightful selection of wines. If you are looking for peace, quiet and a beautiful nature for your holiday, this hotel provides you with the perfect base in beautiful Zeeland. Make also use of the free on-site parking. ... more less
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