Photos courtesy of Fletcher Hotel Paleis Stadhouderlijk Hof
Double rooms: 100–125 euros
Open: all year
Leeuwarden is the capital of Friesland and well connected by all means of transportation. The palace is in the center of town. Parking (fee) on site is limited.
Nearby: bicycling; town of Leeuwarden; Frisian Museum; Princessehof Museum; Aqua Zoo Friesland
Yes. Receptions. Inquire hotel for details.
It’s not often a royal palace opens its doors as a hotel. Although the Dutch royal family sold this property some years ago, touches of its regal past are still on display.
The public rooms in this monumental building are beautiful, with paneling, chandeliers, and fine art work. A grand staircase (there is an elevator as well) leads to the guest rooms.
Many of the large, high-ceilinged guest rooms feature wrought-iron, four-poster beds, and one suite has a huge step-up Jacuzzi. Welcome will be the day, however, when the furnishings are updated to match the elegance of the building. All is tidy and clean, but they could do so much more.
The friendly and thoughtful staff will give you suggestions on how best to enjoy your stay in Leeuwarden. There’s a lovely garden out back to take a stroll in.
Breakfast is served in the palace’s former ballroom, which has been extended with a garden lounge. When the weather is nice, meals and drinks can be served outside. The hotel restaurant features an a la carte menu.
The faded elegance of a former royal palace