Transportation questions about Utrecht

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Mar 29th, 2018, 11:29 AM
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Central Station. Places to stay,

There's Cherry Cake & Chocolate

https://www.booking.com/hotel/nl/che...n#availability

On Noordereiland, beautiful views of the river Maas. My co-artist used it when she visited me and loved it. Bit out of the way public transport-wise, but a great and quiet location.

Or Pincoffs

https://www.booking.com/hotel/nl/sui...n#availability

Also a bit bus-starved and on a rather busy street, but the hotel is gorgeous: used it for workshops: very gracious staff.

You can have a ship in Leuvehaven

https://www.booking.com/hotel/nl/roo...n#availability

Very, very central, and oddly quiet.

I also like Stroom, on Mullerpier, which has its own waterbus pier and is well served by tramlines, plus you have the Park nearby (try to pop in at the Norwegian Seaman's Mission, it's gorgeous: it's where I went to learn Norwegian)

The duplex is great, but the loft even better.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/nl/str...n#availability

Lastly, on my street, last of the maritime hotels, the Savoy (no not the fancy one)
It's a bit more modest, but you pay a decent price for the quality it offers, it's very central and - for such a central location - very quiet. It borders on a little urban park with a playground and the entire Hoogstraat towards Hoogplein is an up and coming area. At Achterklooster, in the monumental Industriegebouw, a number of interesting restaurants have opened, and there is the lovely Botersloot/Pannekoekstraat area nearby. If you should book, book one of their penthouse-y "room with balcony".

https://www.hampshirehotelsavoyrotte...alkon#roominfo (yes, we have a tennis court in our building)



https://www.booking.com/hotel/nl/ham...26;type=total&

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Mar 29th, 2018, 09:58 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to assemble all that, with links! On a quick peruses, it's the Stroom that is the most appealing for its spaciousness and light. We'd only be comfortable in "the loft", with beds and bath all on one level. We often really are wiped out after the very long plane flight, so ease of everything inside the space and soundproof rooms is really what we need. (A boat sounds charming, but after long plane flights, I often end up feeling for days like my bed is swaying when I lie down! Also things like lifts are a real treat when you have been dragging luggage though enormous airports for 48 hours running.)

Because English is so fluently spoken by so many people in Holland, renting an apartment might also be an option, if they are legal in Rotterdam. In some ways, however, I am reluctant to mess with the success of our Utrecht layover. Although I had some minor irritations while staying at the Karel V in Utrecht, its setting in an isolated courtyard, yet just a 10 minute walk to anywhere, made it extremely restful. Plus it served its breakfast in a beautiful spacious salon that was whisper quiet. These things can make all the difference when all you really wish you could do is go back home and sleep!

I'll dig into tripadvisor reviews for the places you've posted and see what crabby people like me have to say about noisy air con or elevators, wi-fi speed and blacout curtains.

Thanks again very much!
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Mar 29th, 2018, 10:19 PM
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You're welcome!
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I just realized I should apologize for calling the Netherlands "Holland", but I am still in Italy, and have been talking frequently about my trip to Utrecht with Italians, and for them, the country is known as l'Ollanda
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No problem. I'm Frisian myself, but I live in South Holland. Go figure, haha.
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So menachem's 2nd language is Dutch?
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So menachem's 2nd language is Dutch?
I'm multi-lingual

In the Netherlands, I consider myself very much to be Frisian as far as regional identities are concerned. My family is entirely "from the North", has been for centuries, in fact.

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