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Van der Valk Hotel ARA
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Zwijndrecht
Certificate of Excellence
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Romantic Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

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.

Stayed February 2013
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stafford, England
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144 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

The exterior of the hotel was not attractive, but inside it was tastefully decorated, with some lovely Christmas decorations. We stayed for 6 nights over Christmas, and were well catered for - excellent staff, who were always helpful, although Christmas Day and Boxing Day the hotel was full to capacity with local families. The Christmas Day Brunch was an unusual happening, and very well organised - the desserts were heralded with a procession accompanied by sparklers and dry ice!! Our room was very large, comfortable beds, although the lighting could have been better. The bathroom and shower arrangements were difficult to control - even the chamber maid had difficulty in showing us how to use them. Written instructions would have been useful! Our balcony overlooked the Oude Maas - fascinating to watch the river barges, even on christmas day!

Room Tip: All the rooms seemed very quiet, but a room facing the river gives that extra interest
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

We stayed here for six nights over Christmas and loved it. The hotel was so beautifully decorated for Christmas, the staff were wonderful and the food excellent. We had a spacious room overlooking the busy working river - great for watching the passing barges etc. More interesting to have a room facing this way if possible. There was a large bathroom with a bath and separate shower. The indoor swimming pool was also very good. We would certainly stay here again.

Maybe the room would have benefited from better lighting but this was not really a problem. All in all, a really enjoyable and happy stay and we would recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the river have the best view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ludvika, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012 via mobile

Nice hotel with very beautiful surroundings and direct access to paved bicycle road. The rooms are quite big and comfortable, but lack of air-con makes them very warm in summer time. The door to the corridor lacks any kind of insulation so one gets easily disturbed in the room by people in the corridor.
Good restaurant with very good food, but a bit on the pricey side.
Very nice gym, sauna and pool facilities.
Internet is available for 120 minutes for free but has some limitations, vouchers for better Internet is available to purchase at the reception.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Narberth, Wales, UK
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

Excellent hotel. Fantastic breakfast. Eat outside when the weather is good. Cycles available for hire with miles of cycle paths straight from the hotel door. We stayed in the junior suite which was huge with a nice seating area. It even had a nespresso machine with a box full of coffee capsules.
Friendly, extremely helpful staff.
Free wifi for 120 minutes a day. Dordrecht is a lovely old town. You can take the waterbus from Zwijndrecht ( 5 min by car) to go there or change in Dordrecht on the waterbus to Rotterdam, Kinderdijk ( the windmills), Biesbos ( national park with beavers) etc
The only minus point is that the A/C cannot cope and the room can become very hot. The balcony on the riverside is continuous, so we did not feel comfortable leaving the doors open at night.

Room Tip: Always choose a room on the riverside
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Ålesund
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

I stayed here for two nights during my business stay in the area, and found it very comfortable. There were big and modern rooms with very spacious batrooms. The big size bed was really nice, and the view from the panoramic windows was to a park in front of the hotel. There you could also see the barges and ships passing through in the close by canal. The breakfast was served in a nice and modern restaurant, and I did not miss anything. The staff was friendly, and I recommend this hotel for anyone in need of comfort, space, silence and a good night sleep :-)

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Riga
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34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

This hotel is located a bit from everything, but close enough to Dordrecht to be useful for business visits. Rooms are spacious and nice, restaurant reasonably good.
In summer the rooms are hot, as there is no A/C. The people in the reception are very helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Van der Valk Hotel ARA

Property: Van der Valk Hotel ARA
Address: Veerweg 10, 3336 LM Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > South Holland Province > Zwijndrecht
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Zwijndrecht
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Van der Valk Hotel ARA 4*
Number of rooms: 80
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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Van Der Valk Zwijndrecht
Van Der Valk Hotel ARA Zwijndrecht, South Holland

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