A March 2004 trip
to Delft by keatinkd
Quote: My husband and I spent a very brief weekend in Delft (about 24 hours, to be precise), but had a good time and will likely visit again.
We did walk around the local outdoor market, which, despite the weather, was wonderful! Lots of small fruit, vegetable, cheese, meat, fish and sweets vendors. Our favorite was the "Stroopwafel" vendor. Stroopwafels are a popular Dutch treat, usually eaten with coffee. They're round thin waffels with a sweet syrup in the middle. The vendor gave us one from his latest batch, and it was the best one I've ever had! (And I've sampled a few. . .)
We did, however, buy a beautiful hand-painted Dutch tile from the late 1700s at a local antique shop called the Porcelijne Lampetkan, located near the Nieuwe Kerk. I would highly recommend visiting this store. Most of the items are antique pieces of Delft and antique maps, but we were thrilled to find such a lovely souvenir for only 30 Euros.
Once we arrived in Delft, we walked everywhere. It wasn't until we were leaving that I realized Delft even had a tram system. It's nothing like Amsterdam's however. It doesn't run through the center of the town - I imagine it just loops around it. Probably helpful in getting you from the train station to the popular Porcelain Factory though.
We found it very easy to walk everywhere in Delft - even with the bad weather.
The hotel is located on a beautiful canal in central Delft, very close to the Oude Kerk. We were given room number 1 (a word of advice - avoid rooms 1 through 4). This was on the ground level in the back of the hotel, so no canal view. We actually had a partial view of a fenced dumpster. It wasn't really offensive (it didn't smell), but it wasn't what we wanted to look out on either. Otherwise the hotel was fine. Our room was small but adequate with a very small television and double bed. The bathroom was relatively nice with a full bathtub/shower and hairdryer.
Breakfast was included in our rate (75 Euros per night), which was a decent buffet with very pleasant wait staff. Everyone spoke English, so we didn't even have to try and speak our broken Dutch to them. A decent place, but you could likely do better at one of the smaller 3-star hotels.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 25, 2004
Best Western Museum Hotel
Oude Delft 189
I tried their tomato and onion soup to start and a stew of beef, chicken and rabbit cooked with beer as my entree. The soup was an interesting mixture of two relatively strong flavors, served in a tasty bread bowl. The stew was delicious, packed with meat and vegetables.
My husband had their vegetable soup and a beef dish served in a red wine sauce. Both were quite tasty as well. We also sampled one of the many tempting desserts, which was quite good. Ours was a cake made of "ontbijt" (the Dutch sweet breakfast cake), chilled cream and cinnamon liquor, garnished with fresh fruit. It made for an interesting flavor.
The service was efficient and friendly, and we would definitely go back.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2004
Spijshuis De Dis
It was oddly interesting, although I'm not sure I'd go back. To be honest, it was one of only a couple attractions open on Sundays, so that's what brought us there. On the ground floor, we were immediately immersed in a huge exhibition of modern weaponry, i.e. lots and lots of guns. The rest of the surprisingly large museum was impressive. They had lots of tanks, weapons, uniforms and just about anything else you can think of that's military-related. Also, they had a surprisingly educational and engaging separate exhibit space for children, mainly focused on medieval times with knights and castles and such. (I probably enjoyed this area more than the others intended for adults.)
The only down side was that most of the item descriptions were in Dutch without any English translations. My husband seemed to enjoy it, especially the temporary photography exhibit on Afghanistan. I found it intriguing, but in a slightly disturbing sort of way.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2004
Korte Geer 1