on June 13, 2000
Although I don’t recommend changing hotels every night, I wanted to see all of the different sections of town. I had read about the Jan Luyken house in a travel guide and thought it would be a good choice. The location was sensational. It was a couple of blocks from the best museums (i.e. the Van Gogh museum), the Holland casino, canal boat rides, Vondel Park (a great place to run and relax), and the Leidensplein (a concentrated area of nightclubs, pubs, shopping). The room included a Dutch breakfast (cold cuts, cheese, eggs, cereal, etc.). The hotel also had many conveniences such as free Internet access (that worked intermittently) from a computer in the lobby, business services, and bike rental. However, I got the feeling that this hotel was better suited to the business traveler. It didn’t have a real homey feeling and the rooms were nothing special. Overall, the Jan Luyken was perfectly adequate, but not really exceptional in any way (except for the location). However, it is worth staying in this part of town at least one night.
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