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“Some Unpleasant Surprises” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Zeezicht
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Harlingen
Prague
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Some Unpleasant Surprises”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2008

I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in May 2006. I was happy with the price range and the location but there were some unpleasant experiences as well.When I phoned to make the reservation for a single room for 2 nights, I mentioned I would be arriving shortly before 10 PM. They gave me a room with several beds, although I had requested a single. The next day I decided to take a day trip to one of the nearby Frisian Islands and asked at reception before departing if I had to leave my room key at reception or if I could take it with me. The woman told me it was my decision but that if I thought I wouldn't be back until after the reception closed, it would be better to take the key with me, since I would have no way of entering the building or my room. I opted to take the key with me to be on the safe side.
I came back to the hotel after visiting Vlieland and having dinner in Harlingen to find the door to the room I'd been given unlocked with other people's luggage inside and no sign of my luggage or belongings. I went downstairs to reception quite nervous, wondering what had happened. The person on duty told me they needed that room for a larger group and that I had been transfered to a single and that my belongings were already there.When I asked why I hadn't been given the single in the first place as I had requested, the receptionist told me the single had been occupied the previous night. None of my belongings were missing but I was still annoyed about how they handled it. Another problem happened on the morning of my departure. I watched a group of tourists making sandwiches from the breakfast buffet and taking several pieces of fruit, which they put into their bags to eat later. I didn't have a bag with me, so I merely made a sandwich and took a small container of yogurt and piece of fruit to eat later. On my way out the sullen feminine creature at reception told me I would be charged extra for taking away food from the buffet to consume later, which hadn't occurred to the large group of people who took lots of things out of the restaurant. I didn't protest, figuring it would be a couple Euros more, but unfortunately it turned out to be 7 additional Euros. Yet another problem was that I'd been charged for half board for the second night, which I had never requested, which the sullen creature was unwilling to deduct from my bill. A couple members of the staff were quite friendly and gave me some good advice about which island to visit for the day trip and what to see in Harlingen itself. The rooms themselves were adequate, but the other experiences made it a less than desirable place to stay.

Misha, Prague

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — room/lluggage transfer without my knowledge, extra food charges,not being informed I had half board
  • Stayed May 2006, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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edgefield
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2008

Firstly I concur with the previous reviews.......
The location terrific, dated rooms and paper thin walls.
In a single I was moved to, you have to be quite flexible to use the w.c. I'm only 5'8".

The attitude of the 'land lady' was rude to say the least, unwilling to assist with request to exit from hotel before 7am as "thats the time we open! "...therefore I found doors locked and would most certainly have been deadly in a fire incident !

I stayed a total of 4 nights and only bothered to have breakfast on my first & last mornings as I felt that I was not welcome...
I thought it was being English with no Dutch vocabulary that may of offended them but I think it was just pure ignorance..

Owners & staff should go on a customer awareness course failing that should all get jobs as traffic wardens!

n.b. my apologies to all you traffic wardens out there !

  • Liked — location & checking out
  • Disliked — staff
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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southern France
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2008

Stayed 1 night before taking the morning ferry to the islands. Indifferent welcome - we were rather made to feel that we had disturbed the staff, who were having their supper in the main dining room. After starting to climb very steep stairs to third floor (no lift) with heavy suitcases, someone did finally appear and took the luggage for us. Old-fashioned, tired decor and linen in bedroom and bathroom. Impossible to read with the tiny low-wattage bed lights. Had booked double bed but were given 2 small singles pushed together and with separate sheets/covers. Poor soundproofing between rooms. When we said the next morning that the man who had taken our cases up had said he would collect them in the morning, we were told that he was not on duty that morning! Eventually, with ill-tempered muttering from them, two staff members did collect the suitcases. We decided not to stay for breakfast. Room rate 91 euros, parking 7 euros. Lovely site in port (and lovely view from bedroom window) and very convenient for the ferry terminal, but would certainly not stay here again.

  • Liked — location and view from room
  • Disliked — indifferent staff; very tired decor; poor soundproofing between rooms; very steep stairs with no lift
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ASJB
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Fife, Scotland
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26 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2007

We recently spent 3 nights at the Zeezicht. It is in a lovely position beside the harbour where we watched numerous sailing boats coming in and out all day requiring the bridges beside us to be raised and lowered continuously. we also watched the ferries to the Frisian Islands come and go regularly.The hotel has character and the family who run it work hard all day.They were perhaps not over friendly but courteous enough to our needs.Breakfast,although not the best we experienced on our European tour, was adequate.We had one evening meal in the hotel which was very good. We had the set 3 course menu and thoroughly enjoyed it.The rooms were adequate and clean but noise did travel quite a bit. We were lucky enough not to have a snorer beside us! The town of Harlingen is very attractive with several good restaurants and small shops. We visited a few villages close to Harlingen too which were also worth a look at.

Stayed August 2007
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Aussie in Europe
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60 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2007

A well situated hotel right on the harbour in a charming town. Th ehotel was clean and reasonably comfortable. However the wall are very thin and we were kept awake most of the night by the snorer in the next room.

The staff were abit indifferent and not too understanding when the toaster was used incorrectly and all th einstructions were in Dutch. For a non-dutch speaking international traveller this was somewhat frustrating.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise from other rooms
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Zeezicht
Address: Zuiderhaven 1, 8861 CJ Harlingen, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > Friesland Province > Harlingen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Harlingen
Price range (per night): $123 - $167
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Zeezicht 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Restaurant Zeezicht is situated at the old inland area in Harlingen just across from the Ferry point where the boats to Vlieland and Terschelling depart. The hotel has the inland and the sea at one side and on the other side, it is situated beside the historical Elfsteden (11 cities) town of Harlingen. Harlingen is an old city of commerce that did very well during the golden age. This is noticeable by the number of beautiful old homes to be found within the city. Since June 2009, the Wadden Sea became an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is equated with famous nature reserves such as Yellowstone Park in the United States and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. On the roof of the Hotel Restaurant Zeezicht are solar panels thus all the electricity used in our business comes from a natural source so we try to contribute to the environment as much as possible. Hotel Zeezicht was opened in 1905 and served as a guesthouse for the many ships’ crews that passed through Harlingen Haven. In 1983 the Hotel Zeezicht and Restaurant expanded by joining with the adjacent monumental building “The Sea Castle” of Harlingen. The “Sea Castle” has a long history in Harlingen and played an important role in the development of the city. During the golden age a notable society club called “Seeburgh” was established at “The Sea Castle”. “The Sea Castle” was only accessible to dignitaries and was inspected by a strict high commission. The society discussed important decisions concerning Harlingen. Nowadays, everyone is welcome at “Hotel Restaurant Zeezicht.” ... more   less 
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