5 unique places to stay in Haarlem
Located in a quiet residential area, Staats is also just a five-minute walk from two bustling hubs: the train station and Haarlem’s charming city centre. Combining vintage warmth with modern creature comforts, most rooms enjoy scenic urban views – with some windows looking over the city’s former prison – a domed panopticon-style monument that has also housed a mental health museum and asylum seekers. Don’t miss Staats’ in-house training restaurant De Ripper, which offers both fresh starts to its staff and ultra-fresh dishes.
Hello I’m Local
This self-styled ‘boutique hostel’ prides itself on keeping things straight, honest and flexibly hospitable. While there’s only Wi-Fi in the living room, Hello I’m Local does offer as compensation “a good night’s sleep, board games and conversations”, as well as a customisable menu. Centrally located on the quiet side of the River Spaarne, all the rooms – whether private, family or dormitory – are kept clean and minimal. In short: check in, chill out and be charmed.
Boutique Hotel Brasss
The spacious and luxurious Boutique Hotel Brasss sits in the very heart of the historical centre, with each room featuring a king-sized bed, spacious rain shower and Lavazza coffee machine. Or if you really want to get spoiled, then opt for a room with a steam cabin, spa tub or sauna. The staff is trained to point you to all the best shopping, eating and drinking opportunities hidden in the surrounding scenic streets that Haarlem is famous for.
Fairly new to the scene, ML is located not far from the Sint Bavokerk, on a square in a beautiful monumental building that once housed the famous historic printer Johan Enschedé. While still reminiscent of ancient times, the hotel is also fully equipped with all the mod-cons, including the latest beds from Hästens. While Bistro ML is a pleasant eatery from morning to night, be it for a meal or a snack, you might also want to indulge in a full-blown culinary dinner at the Michelin-starred Restaurant ML.
Located just a few steps away from Haarlem’s most famous square, the Grote Markt, this mid-19th century building was completely modernised in 2018 – from heating under the floors to solar panels on the roof – to become an intimate but luxurious hotel with spacious suites. The highly rated Koninginn is particularly acclaimed for its personal service and delicious breakfast served in the charmingly atmospheric coffee bar on the ground floor.