BEST WESTERN Hotel Baars,  Harderwijk

3.5/5  - based on 109 guest reviews.
Smeepoortstraat 52, 3841 EJ, Harderwijk, Netherlands - See map
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The BEST WESTERN Hotel Baars is more than 100 years old and is quietly situated in the historic town district of Harderwijk. The old center was recently renovated, adding to the attractiveness of the town as a whole. Our hotel is located on the Veluwezoom and the Randmeer, which is an ideal water sports and recreational area. The BEST WESTERN Hotel Baars has 60 rooms and offers excellent conference facilities. We also has fun options to fill your after business hours, such as the Veluws Museum and the Dolphinarium. Of course, fish specialties abound in our own La Perche Restaurant. Enjoy your stay.

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BEST WESTERN Hotel Baars,Harderwijk
  • 1
    « Avoid »

    We read some good reviews on this hotel , but very disappointed when we arrived, the bar area is nice and welcoming but the room was not. Room was old tried and tatty, the double bed was two twins push together, the TV didn't work properly, the mini bar was not turned on as it didn't work and had a note stuck to it to go to the vending machine if you wanted anything, we asked to be moved to a different room but they told us nothing else was available, it got worst when we went to breakfast it was very low quality and no choice at all. My advice would be go somewhere else

    4
    « Spacious rooms and... Shower cubicles! »

    Harderwijk is located somewhere hard to explain, but in the town itself - location of the hotel is very good. Bar is located in the same building as hotel, so if you need one more beer before sleep - the choice is yours. Breakfast is quite nice (omelet and sausages plus ingredients for sandwiches). When you enter your room during cold weather - it's really cold inside, so you need to turn heating by your self. Shower cubicle needs extra attention, as it looks like small spaceship with two seats and possibility to control flow directions. Unfortunately floor in bathroom is very cold. One thing that makes this hotel special - stairs. Inside stairs are like from Harry Potter movie, they go different directions and tall people - watch your head!

    5
    « lovely hotel »

    this hotel is lovely the staff are great and cant do enough for you the food is excellent too there is plenty to do in the area a few shops and plenty of bars and restuarants the dolphinaruim is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel which is well worth a visit

    2
    « Avoid this if comfort is important. »

    In short, middle of summer, stained dirty carpets, ageing towel and worst of all zero aircon in the rooms. Do not stay here in summer. Ever. The location is great, quiet and relaxing, and if this hotel could simply clean the carpets, replace the towels and install aircon it might be worth considering this on your next trip.

    4
    « Great location »

    Spent the night here 9th August, what a beautiful Hotel with the worlds most comfortable beds just had my best night sleep in a long time...situated in the heart of Harderwijk surrounded by a good selection of bars and restaurants it's a great place to stay .., hope to return some day..thank you

    3
    « Great Hotel, But Word of Caution »

    Overall, the experience was fair. I had very good service by the wonderful women in the front, specifically Willeke van Norel and Femie Klein. PROS: - Location - conveniently located next to lots of shops (that don't ever seem open), Biddinghuizen (for music festivals), and more - Free parking - 5 minutes away to free parking, which isn't horrible, but you need to pay 8,50 euroes if you want to park in the back - Restaurant - the restaurant is surprisingly very good! Make sure to be clear what you order though. I noticed that they tended to bring the wrong orders (like we didn't want fries with one of the burgers). Not sure if they were pushing revenue, or just actually didn't understand us CONS: - The rooms are a bit old - stains on the walls, must smells from previous smokers or humidity, and more- - THE BREAKFAST - while the breakfast was abundant, they do NOT tell you that it is 11,50 euroes per person per day. I felt like this was a bit sneaky as they welcome you to come in and get breakfast, but do NOT ask your room #. By doing so, you begin to assume that the food is free. When you finish, they do NOT say anything to you, nor do you sign anything. Again, you don't think that you will get charged. While I understand that it should not be free, they should make an effort to actually tell you that it is NOT free so it is not a surprise later - During music festivals, expect the hotel to work with the cab companies (monopolies) and charge you 50 euroes to go back/forth about 19km to Biddinghuizen. Normal cost is about 25 euroes, but since there is very limited supply and barely any Ubers, they will nickel and dime you Overall, I would stay here again, but really wish people pre-warned me about how the hotel operates.

    5
    « Excellent restaurant »

    We have eaten at this restaurant (and stayed at the hotel) a few years ago and were very pleased. Now we went back for a nice dinner and were again pleased with the food and service. The menu is not very extensive but all dishes that we have tried so far are of a high quality standard and very tasteful. We will definitely return.

    4
    « Two night stay »

    A great little hotel by Best Western. The feel of a European hotel with a bit of western charm. The rooms were nice size, but no air condition, but it cools off at night so open windows. Could use some screans to keep bugs. Bar and food was good. The town was a neat sea side resort.

    5
    « Very quiet and pleasant with good food »

    We landed late in the day at Lelystad Airport and the incredibly helpful receptionist there booked us into this hotel and sorted out a taxi (48 euros). Then I read some of the hotel reviews on TripAdvisor! Harderwijk, the receptionist had advised, was preferable to Lelystad and indeed it turned out to be a fascinating place . Spent a great evening exploring the town (except for the swarms of midges by the waterside) trying to piece together the history of a place I had never realised existed just a few hours earlier. The hotel was more than decent. The room was spacious and comfortable with a view over the nearby church and totally quiet. Bed was comfortable, bathroom nice. WiFi was free with measured download speed of 7.69 Mbps - not too bad for a hotel. There's nothing really negative to say about it. We ate at the hotel and the set meal was excellent with great service. Breakfast perfectly pleasant too - the usual buffet-style continental affair.

    4
    « Good food and lodgings »

    Good room with pleanty of space, but then it was a suite. Clean. Bed a little on the soft side. Acces pritty good. Large bath. Small shower. Downside was difficult parking.The hotel is in the center of Hardewijk. The hotel has about 12 parking garages that you pay extra for. Don't bring a large car. I only just got mine in there. The alternative is one of the parking garages on the edge of the city. The upside was the food. You get large porting of really good food. If your into deserts, skip the starters and have the "lots of everything" desert. Too die for! The breakfast was good. A large selection of dutch and international foods.

  • 2
    « Probably the less bad option in the area... »

    Quite decent rooms and newer washrooms. What sends the rating down is mainly the lack of good heating, very bad lighting in the rooms. So if you need to work in your room, better bring your own lamps if you don't want to work in the dark. Wi-Fi Internet access is extremely poor, unless you ask the reception for a Hotspot password that will only give you access by the lobby or at the conference room. Beds are good, but janitorial services are substandard. There were long hairs all over the carpet from previous guests, then they didn't cleaned up the shower and bath tub for several days during my stay until I complained. Joints between the ceramic tiles were orange - yellow (this means bacteria buildup for the non experts). It seems that they never heard about bleach. Breakfast is a little bit below standard for the average hotel in the region but it's not really bad. They have a terrible card activated electrical system in the rooms, so when the card is taken off the switch, all the power in the room will go off. This means that if you leave your laptop or other important electrical devices running for your working needs, they will stop working as soon as you (or the room maid) removes the card. I won't say don't go there. The location is great, by beautiful downtown Harderwijk, with many good restaurants and pubs. But be prepared to be in the cold (if winter time) and to barely have Internet access in the rooms.

    3
    « Charming hotel »

    I came here visiting during winterholidays, because my husband is located here for work. The hotel is old and charming. The room was OK in size, but for what it costed I had expected more, and better facilities. Breakfast is not included, and if I had knew that at first, I would not eatend breakfast evry day. For 5 mornings there was no changes in what was served. Harderwijk is a smal town but have several good restaurants. Best time to spend here, I belive must be in the summer. Nice beach area.

    4
    « Good hotel for business trips »

    Good hotel. A bit old now, but staff makes up for it. Still has mostly carpeted rooms, however they look great. Make sure to get a comfort room. Close to the small shopping street and restaurants. They will park your car for you if you ask them nicely. Wish they had a gym.

    4
    « Convinient Location »

    Close to city center and a number of restaurants, the location of this hotel makes it very convenient. During summer months, the rooms tend to get quite hot, so make sure to book a room with an air conditioner. The staff is terrific, including the bar / restaurant.

    2
    « If you must... »

    Smaller town and your options are not plentiful. If you set your expectations appropriately, you will live through it. Expectations should be for a clean, bare room. If it is cold, your room may feel like a 19th century orphanage, as mine did.

    4
    « Great Value »

    My father and I stayed at Baar's for 8 nights and were very pleased with the hotel over all. It is centrally located. The staff was very helpful, breakfast was the same everyday, but had enough options that you could mix it up a bit for variety. Heads up, if you like to open your windows at night for sleeping, the rooms on the Smeesportstraat side of the hotel are a bit noisy from vehicle traffic and late night partiers. Ask for one away from that street.

    5
    « nice hotel in a nice town »

    This was a coach trip to Amsterdam & Bruges over a long weekend, although the hotel was a bit far out from where we were going the staff went out of their way to be helpful and they were all charming, even waving us all off when we left on our last morning. The food was very nice and served up piping hot and attractively presented. A vegetarian option was available each evening. There is a beach nearby which is worth a look with some lovely shops and a market on Saturday. I would recommend this hotel.

    4
    « Convenient base »

    Having read some reviews, I wasn't expecting much but this Hotel was far better than many others stayed in. Room was small but clean and well appointed. Breakfast was especially good with fresh produce and real scrambled eggs not the powder stuff! Evening meals were adequate and edible - nothing special but very welcome after a busy day. All in all I would recommend this hotel - and the Staff were excellent. It can't be easy catering for a coach party, having to do everything at the same time. Well done, Hotel Baars.

    4
    « Friendly staff , lovely room and good food »

    We stayed at hotel baars for three days on a coach holiday. It was great, nothing was too much trouble for the staff, they were good humoured and extremely helpful . Food was excellent. Lots of fresh vegetables and salads at every meal. Our room looked out onto the church and the square. It was a big room well furnished and very comfortable. Every member of our tour felt that this hotel could not be faulted. The staff made our stay in the Netherlands.

    4
    « Better than expected »

    Having stayed previously in several Best Western franchise hotels, I wasn't expecting much of this one - the penultimate stage of our round the iIjsselmeer lake cycling tour. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The downstairs of the hotel is a rather limited and dated brasserie-style, but the room on the first floor was comfortable and modern. Strangely, the toilet was a separate room inside the bathroom. What made the greatest difference to our stay was the very friendly and helpful attitude of the staff, and the fact that our half-pension meal was the best we've had all week: fried mussel salad starter, preceded by a kiwi and ham appetiser, and followed by a choice of either salmon or pork. Both were good and very well presented. Dessert was also delicious. The meals were served quickly and staff were very attentive at all times. The hotel had a separate garage across the road for our bikes. It was also just a short stroll to the boulevard and the lake front, where we enjoyed a lovely evening walk with the sun setting across the water. Our best evening yet on this tour. I would recommend this hotel. I agree with other reviewers that it's a bit dated, but comfortable all the same. It's just inside the old city wall and right on the costal cycle path.

 

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· From: Beach-Boulevard. The BEST WESTERN Hotel Baars is centrally located adjoining the shopping center in a quiet residential area near Beach-Boulevard.