Just a 15-minute drive from Amsterdam is a peaceful seaside town that seems to be relatively undiscovered – it has an effortless natural beauty that will make it a must-see when visiting the Netherlands before too long. The shops stock locally made clothes and gifts, nearly everyone speaks flawless English, the beaches are wide and the historic buildings are charming. Plan to be there before Noordwijk becomes the new most popular travel destination in the country and plan to stay in the best hotel in the region, the Hotel Van Oranje.
The best hotels in the Netherlands seem to have unique features that hotels in the US simply don’t. The Hotel Van Oranje is a shining example of this. Not only is does it have an impressive beachfront location, but you’ll also find a huge indoor wave pool, fun beach-themed murals on the walls, whimsical design touches throughout the hotel, high-tech lights in the bathrooms, upgraded mobile connectivity and more.
I recently had a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this friendly country along with my husband and two sons (one 22 years of age and the other 11). We stayed in five different hotels during our travels that canvased the entire country plus a part of Belgium and our favorite hotel was this one.
BEACHFRONT NOORDWIJK LOCATION
Hotel Van Oranje is situated right on a spotless, uncrowded, unspoiled beach perfect for sunning, shell collecting, swimming or exploring. Many rooms face the North Sea and one of the hotel’s restaurants, the picturesque Beach Club O, is halfway between the hotel and the water. The setting reminded me of Victorian seaside retreats often brought to life in movies and TV. There is clearly more to vacationing in Holland than windmills and the Amsterdam city scene. This vacation spot is priceless.
BEST HOTEL SUITE IN THE NETHERLANDS
The hotel has six types of rooms ranging from Deluxe Rooms to Executive Terrace Suites. Our family occupied two nearby Executive Terrace Suites. These distinctive rooms have it all. As we walked through the door, I nearly overlooked one of the best features, a half-bath. In a one-bedroom suite such as this one, a toilet room with a sink is a real uncommon luxury. Straight ahead, a large sitting room with a kitchenette and an executive-style work desk wowed me and my husband. The suite is so livable, I could see myself staying two-weeks or more here. The luxe couch faced a large mounted, flat TV. Just past the living room was a beautiful, expansive terrace that overlooked the idyllic beachfront scene beyond. The terrace stretched the whole length of the suite, including the bedroom, and was nearly as wide. The cushy outdoor furniture was inviting. If we hadn’t have had so much to explore, we would have spent the entire day right there.
A sliding door separated the living space from the bedroom and full bathroom. The queen bed faced the glass door and terrace. Its built-in reading lights, wardrobe with shelves and USB ports were a welcome surprise! The bed itself was very comfortable and the mild weather made sleeping with the door cracked quite peaceful. I’ve always found the sound of waves hitting the beach to be exceptionally serene.
Even more incredible though, was the bathroom. Gorgeous LED lights seem to be common among the high-end restaurants and hotels in the Netherlands. This may be due to the fact that the light company Phillips is based in Amsterdam. The Executive Terrace Suite’s ceiling has a rectangle of ever-changing colored lights that set a relaxing mood. The bathroom also has gorgeous mosaic tiles, a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head, a stand-alone soaking tub, plenty of fluffy white towels and two vessel sinks. I loved every bit of this luxurious room.
NETHERLAND’S LARGEST INDOOR WAVE POOL
The best feature of this hotel, according to both the boys, was the indoor wave pool. Even without the waves, the pool is awesome — from its LED-lit fountains to its sheer size, lounging areas and perfectly warm water, this is a spectacular hotel pool. The pool is part of the onsite spa which also has a steam bath, Jacuzzis, mist garden and solarium. The wave action happens about every 20 minutes and lasts about 10. Floating on the waves in the wonderfully warm water was a trip highlight.
Dutch! (I love the enthusiasm behind that name!) was our dinner choice for our first night in the country. Part of the joy of traveling is the local cuisine, in my opinion, especially when traveling abroad. Dutch! is almost two restaurants, a covered outdoor atrium restaurant and an indoor, beautifully decorated open-kitchen upscale restaurant. Neither areas are pretentious, but instead they serve creative food in an atmosphere of refined casual approachability.
My family and I ate in the outdoor area with a lovely view of the beach and ocean. The food was a delicious mixture of world fare with a Dutch twist to each dish. We let the chef choose our food and it was spectacular. I’m partial to lobster bisque and theirs was incredible – it was slightly sweet with perfect consistency. We also had lobster in three different sample entrees. One was a Dutch version of lasagna that was unlike any pasta dish I’d had before in a very good way. Our 11-year-old is a vegetarian. The chef prepared a special dish for him with local vegetables that he loved.
I couldn’t possibly recommend a better hotel and restaurant in the Netherlands. Because it is just outside of the city, the value is better. The rooms are beautiful, especially the suites, and the ocean side location is ideal. Book your room without hesitation.
For more information on Hotel Van Oranje or to book a stay, please visit their website.
Examiner’s Note: My thanks to the hotel’s Online Marketing Specialist, Reinier van Iwaarden, for so professionally and helpfully arranging my stay!
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