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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holland Hotel Harlingen