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Fletcher Hotel-Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Leeuwarden
Reviewed 27 March 2011

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.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

Although it wasn't easy for us to find the location of the hotel, and parking was a little ways away, this hotel was a lovely place to stay. The building is beautiful, and the room we had was huge. Everything was very clean, the decor was modern and updated, the heated floor in the bathroom was a really nice touch. Our room overlooked the front of the building on the town square. Even though there was a wedding going on at the hotel the night we stayed, it was very quiet.
The staff didn't speak much English but tried to be very helpful. The breakfast was more than adequate and served in a pretty part of the hotel.
Location was great, easy walking to restaurants. Absolutely would stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

Nice hotel. Decent room! Clean. Beautiful hotel with lots of character.
We booked two days before through a hotel bookings site on internet and got a good price.
The hotel is in the middle of the city-center of Leeuwarden. within two minutes there are dozens of bars, shops and restaurants. Parking your car is 12,50 per night.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 February 2010

Rooms were just avarage, but that's Europe for you. I loved the pictures we took there. Some people said the service was not good. But I was the bride on that day, I guess no one would be mean to a bride, so I had a good time. And the location was perfect for us, cause city hall was just acrss the road.

Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2009

The hotel is smack in the centre of town so you really can't get a better location. But indeed the rooms have no character (totally modern) and there is little of the old flavour left except in large common rooms. Service is not fantastic especially compared to standards in the Netherlands. They are not awfully eager to help. Parking is indeed an issue so we ended up leaving our car in a public parking. Nonetheless we enjoyed our stay. We got a suite for a decent price and breakfast in the garden was extremely pleasant. I would probably go back again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank KatjeBrussels
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Additional Information about Fletcher Hotel-Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof

Address: Hofplein 29, 8911 HJ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > Friesland Province > Leeuwarden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Leeuwarden
Price Range: €73 - €136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Fletcher Hotel-Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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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