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organic products from local farmers by chef Rogier Delfos and his team. You can choose from a variety of healthy meals and snacks, delicious smoothies and vegetarian dishes.
used in several of the restaurant’s meals and cocktails. “At the moment, we are looking to cooperate with a local brewer to hopefully create our own honeyflavoured beer as well,” says Licht.
“Our guests appreciate the casual setting here,” Floris Licht smiles. “Waiters walk around in jeans and sneakers for example.” He adds: “The prices are nicely affordable as well.” For example, you can enjoy a three-course menu for as little as 25 euros. Also good to know is that you can have your lunch or dinner here at any time of the day – ideal if you have just arrived from another time zone.
The hotel features 17 pleasant meeting rooms and 1,300 square metres of meeting space. The rooms all have plenty of natural light, a built-in beamer and screen and free Wi-Fi. During coffee breaks, traditional Dutch delicacies like ‘stroopwafels’ and special old Amsterdam cheese are served.
Honey and beer The hotel keeps three beehives in the garden in cooperation with a local professional beekeeper. At the moment, there are around 40,000 bees and their work can be observed via a webcam in the restaurant. The fresh honey they produce is
Wooden bikes Guests can also rent Dutch-designed bikes made of oak wood directly at the hotel. “When you cross the street and turn left you can already cycle amid the sheep,” enthuses Licht. “You can easily go to beautiful places nearby like the Westeinderplassen (lake), the forest Haarlemmermeerse Bos and the village of Vijfhuizen.
During spring, the hotel offers guests the possibility to board the Keukenhof Hotel Express, a bus shuttle to the famous Keukenhof, where you can admire the many colourful tulips and other flowers. If you would rather stay inside, a fitness centre is available in the hotel as well. Next to this, you can relax in the social corner while reading a book from the hotel’s small library or make use of the football table. Children can have all the fun they want in the small playhouse. If you decide to stay in the hotel, do not forget to download the hotel’s own Transit App, which tells you the fastest and easiest way to get to and from the hotel by public transport. The hotel also gives you the possibility to request an e-ticket for the train during the booking process, which enables you to get from the airport terminal to the hotel in less than ten minutes. www.novotel.com
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