These apartments have obviously been recently refurbished and boy…does it show! As soon as my wife stepped in, she let out a gasp of admiration. No expense has been spared and all done with impeccable taste and an eye to contemporary design. This is – without doubt – the most impressive apartment my wife and I have ever rented. That’s not to say it was perfect – but we’ll come to that later.
The apartments, (there are five), are situated in a beautiful old building, situated very conveniently within a stone’s throw of the market square of Den Bosch and an easy ten minute walk from the railway station, (even with wheelie-suitcases). Decorated in a painfully “hip” black and white colour scheme, it has all the appliances and comforts you could wish for. It even had a Nespresso coffee machine, which meant my morning grumpiness quotient was reduced to zero! The bed was huge and extremely comfortable – as was the sofa if you wanted to chill or watch the TV. Speaking of TV, the ceiling mount from which it dangled, was a work of art in itself! I shudder to think how much that device cost and how difficult it was to install but safe to say – I’ve never seen anything like it. The free wi-fi was problem free and lightning fast – not always a given, even in the best of places. Once in the apartment, the supplied book of instructions and recommendations was very thorough and clear. So that’s it then – everything perfect? Well no.
Although the listing does say that the apartments are not suitable for wheelchair users, it may be prudent to mention the stairs. Even if you get the first floor apartment, (the lowest), you still have to navigate a fairly vertiginous 16 stairs to get access. If you are in apartment number 5 (ours) or 4, then you have another few flights to negotiate before your destination in the loft. Not a deal-breaker if you are reasonably fit but it’s worth mentioning.
The booking process was trouble-free but as the day of our departure for Den Bosch loomed, I became slightly edgy about not hearing anything from the apartment admin. It does state – quite clearly – that instructions will be sent to you via email, 24 hours prior to your arrival. On that day I had still heard nothing, so I contacted them. Instructions were then sent – but not to me. The email address they used (supplied by the booking intermediary I presume), had a letter missing – so did not reach me. In the end I had to request that instructions were sent via the Trip Advisor “in-box” and voila – problem solved. I should have noted this after failing to receive a promised invoice, at the time of booking. I collected the invoice via T.A. so wasn’t worried about that but it should have rang alarm bells.
Then there’s the location instructions themselves. It’s all correct but if you try and locate access to the apartments on street-view – you can’t. It’s a small alley off the main street of Orthenstraat with, at the time of writing this review, quite a lot of building work being carried out next door. In my opinion, it’s tricky enough to warrant a more detailed set of instructions. Also, the code that you use to access the apartment key has 12 characters, so you’ll need to write it down, or get your wife to read it out for you, (as I had to).
Last but not least, a couple of design flaws - some of which are unavoidable – some not. While the bed is huge and very comfortable – the bedroom in apartment 5 has a menacing beam hindering access to the left-hand side of the bed. There’s nothing that can be done about this – you are in the attic after all and the roof does need supporting but if you get up often during the night – I’d suggest sleeping on the right side of the bed, or risk banging your head. There is no wardrobe as such but shelves and a horizontal bar on which to hang your clothes. Hangars were supplied but none were suitable for hanging up trousers – only shirts, coats, dresses etc. While the people who designed the layout did a terrific job in most cases, the drawer that is used the most, (the one containing cutlery), was the bottom one, below the cooker – not very clever.
If I sound too critical – then I don’t mean to be. The apartment is well situated, in a beautiful old building, near some terrific places to eat and decorated and furnished to very high standards. It was very reasonably priced, (considering the level of amenities), and we will definitely stay here again, when we return to Den Bosch.
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