First of all, don't let the pictures of the hotel mislead you. Our room had nothing of the grandor that is promised on the site. We stayed at three star hotels that were fancier than what we got here. In the bathroom there were no miniature soap bars and shampoo. The plastic shower curtain on the plastic rail looked rather shabby. The orange and blue carpet tiles were completely misplaced in a 4 star hotel that pretends to have "Palace" as its second name. Not to mention the cheap lamps and furniture. If I were a hotelowner I would simply be embarrassed to display them in one of my hotel rooms.
The first unpleasant surprise was however the paid parking and the fact that I had to hand in my car key at the reception for the stuff to move my car if needed. Both receptionists were unfriendly, clinically professional, really unaccommodating.
The second downer was at the restaurant. We could not eat a la carte, but were served a fixed menu of minuscule size. I am aware of the fact that haute cuisine is characterized by humongous plates with little on them but we never expected it to be so little and so average.
Average is, as far we are concerned, the best characterization for a hotel-restaurant which has the pretentions of a de luxe establishment.
Would I recommend this hotel to other travellers? Let's do a quick recap: paid parking, no free internet, dodgy room, unfriendly staff, high prices. Guess not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star Hotel- Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof situated in the capital of Friesland epitomizes the region's historic grandeur. The building is a former palace and was owned by the Dutch royal family until 1971. Each of the palace's rooms has retained its regal appearance. Enjoy a royal dinner or lunch with the 18th century decor on the background. The hotel's surrounding also offers a range of activities and sights. For instance visit the historic city centre with interesting museums or enjoy the nature in the city park, called the Prinsentuin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fletcher Hotel Leeuwarden