Everything you read in the other reviews is true - a quiet location but with the interest of overlooking a working waterway. It is hard to believe you are only a few kilometers from the heart of Rotterdam. The staff are friendly, enthusiastic and helpful and the rooms and the beds are extremely comfortable. The food is good and the portions are huge. The only negatives are the rather dim lighting in the bedrooms (which several reviewers have commented on so it is not just that my eyesight is fading with old age!), the water pressure in the shower which could have been a bit stronger and the fact that in our room (a business suite) the wardrobe was in the bathroom so you could not get anything out if your partner was using the toilet! I don't know if there is the same arrangement in all the rooms and suites but it was not the most convenient way to organise the storage space. However, these are minor niggles and the hotel deserves a high rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel ARA is a hidden treasure along the Oude Maas. It's a surprising location with a unique and fantastic aspect in a green environment and still only a 10 minutes trip from Dordrecht and Rotterdam. In all its diversity ARA offers you the perfect accommodation. Hotel ARA has more than 80 spacious hotel rooms available, of which 6 are splendid suites, all arranged very comfortably. 29 rooms have a magnificent view of the Oude Maas. For relaxation we offer you a large indoor swimming pool, sauna, sun bed and fitness area. You can make excellent trips close by on one of our rental bikes or jog kilometres along the many paths following the river or through the countryside. Next to the hotel there is a large parking lot with 240 free parking spaces. With its cosy appearance Hotel ARA's restaurant is the sparkling centre of the hotel. Our menu offers a large selection of dishes. We work according to traditional methods with each day fresh products. For groups of up to 35 people we have a 3 course menu with 5 selections of entrees and main courses. For the warmer months of the year we have available a very spacious patio with a stunning view of the Oude Maas. During good weather, lunch is always on the patio! Hotel ARA is located very centrally in nature at only 7 minutes from the A16. It is very accessible form Rotterdam (14 km), the Rotterdam-Den Haag airport (28 km), Dordrecht (9 km), and Breda (33 km). Hotel ARA is the ideal location for meetings, company events, parties, dinners, teambuilding sessions and trainings. No matter what your goal is, you can set it up in one of our 8 meeting spaces varying from 40 m2 up to 340 m2. Our largest hall has its own patio and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Van Der Valk Zwijndrecht
- Van Der Valk Hotel ARA Zwijndrecht, South Holland