Alkmaar is a city of beauty and history, located only half an hour away from Amsterdam. It sees less tourists than the capital city, yet is home to lovely canals and traditional houses. It’s the perfect place for a getaway in the Netherlands.
However, when it comes to finding the best hotels in Alkmaar, it can be hard to narrow down your choices.
That’s why I’ve rounded up this list of the best hotels in Alkmaar. Read on to discover where to stay in this charming city!
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How many days in Alkmaar?
So, how long should you stay in Alkmaar? A weekend in Alkmaar is perfect. However, if you want to use Alkmaar as your base to explore more of the Netherlands, then I would suggest spending 5 to 7 days here.
Is Alkmaar worth visiting?
Alkmaar is definitely worth visiting. It’s a smaller city than Amsterdam with lesser tourists, however there are still loads of things to do and it’s home to lovely scenery. There’s a historical city centre, ideal for shopping and sightseeing. It’s also home to some great restaurants.
You can visit several museums, such as the cheese museum or the beer museum. Besides, you can also visit a local market on Friday and you can wander through the narrow alleyways and admire the lovely canals and old houses.
From Alkmaar you can also go on day trips to other worthwhile places in the Netherlands, such as Haarlem, where you can stay in beautiful boutique hotels (40 minutes away by direct train).
You can also go on a day trip and visit the dunes and the beach in Castricum (10 minutes away by direct train).
When to visit Alkmaar?
Chances of good (warm) weather in the Netherlands are the highest during May till September. Hence, the best time to visit Alkmaar is during these months. Especially if you find warm weather important.
However, Alkmaar can also be a lovely city to visit during Christmas time. That’s why December is also a great time to visit this charming place.
The best hotels in Alkmaar
Alkmaar is home to many places to stay, so it can be hard to choose where to lay your hat. The best hotels in Alkmaar include the following:
Located in the heart of Alkmaar, next to a beautiful canal, Hotel Luttik offers comfortable rooms. Luttik also has a very nice restaurant / cafe downstairs. With its central location, you’ll have easy access to the city’s attractions, including the famous cheese market.
I highly recommend staying here, as Hotel Luttik is one of the most charming hotels in Alkmaar. Click here to view their latest prices and more.
Wolf Hotel Kitchen & Bar
Situated in a lively part of Alkmaar, only 70 meters away from the Cheese museum, Wolf Hotel Kitchen & Bar provides you with a modern and vibrant experience. The on-site restaurant and bar offer delicious food and drinks, making it a great choice for food lovers. Besides, the hotel has a 24-hour front desk.
Grand Hotel Alkmaar
Ideal for a special occasion, Grand Hotel Alkmaar is home to lots of elegance and sophistication. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a luxurious stay in the city. The hotel’s top-notch amenities and good service make sure you’ll have a memorable visit. Here you’ll find more information and prices.
The Fallon Hotel Alkmaar
Located in a convenient area, The Fallon Hotel offers a comfortable stay with easy access to Alkmaar’s main sights. Whether you’re here for business or leisure, this hotel provides a welcoming environment.
It’s a 4* hotel with a fitness centre, bar and restaurant, private parking, free WiFi and a garden. What’s even better, is that this hotel is pretty affordable! Check its prices over here.
RITCH Hotel Alkmaar
Situated in a buzzing part of Alkmaar, RITCH Hotel offers accommodation with a touch of style. Its central location means you can easily explore the city’s culture and nightlife. I would especially recommend this hotel if you want to feel like a local in Alkmaar.
College Hotel Alkmaar
If you’re seeking a unique stay, then College Hotel Alkmaar is the place to be. This hotel offers a charming atmosphere in a historic building, as it’s a 19th century renovated school building. Its character and cosy rooms make for a truly memorable stay.
This hotel is only 400 meters away from the central train station. Click here to view their current prices.
Hotel ‘t Fnidsen
Located on the picturesque ‘t Fnidsen street, this hotel provides a cosy and authentic Dutch experience. The quaint surroundings and comfortable rooms make Hotel ‘t Fnidsen a wonderful choice for your stay in Alkmaar. There’s also a restaurant downstairs which serves delicious food.
Soepp the B&B
For a homely atmosphere, Soepp the B&B offers a warm and welcoming stay. It’s situated in a quiet neighborhood, providing a peaceful retreat while still being close to the city center. Soepp also has a really nice restaurant downstairs, which is uniquely decorated.
If you’re looking for a cosy stay in Alkmaar, then this is your best bet. Click here to view their latest prices.
How to get to Alkmaar?
Alkmaar is located in the province North-Holland (in Dutch: Noord-Holland). If you’re coming from Amsterdam, there are several options to reach Alkmaar. The most convenient way is to travel by train, which takes around 30-40 minutes one way.
Perhaps you’re straight away coming from Schiphol Airport. If that’s the case, then you can take a train to Amsterdam Sloterdijk. From there, you can switch trains to a direct train to Alkmaar. You can check the train times via NS.nl or via an app called 9292.
In total it will take a little more than 50 minutes to reach Alkmaar from Schiphol Airport, which I think is really quick!
How to get around Alkmaar?
Alkmaar is a very walkable city, hence you won’t need a car to get around. If you want, you can rent a bike to explore the city. During your stay here you can also rent a boat to admire the city from the water.
As Alkmaar is conveniently located, not far from Amsterdam, yet also easily reachable from Schiphol Airport, it’s an ideal place to base yourself in the Netherlands.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious stay, a convenient location or a peaceful getaway, Alkmaar luckily has a hotel for every kind of occasion.
With this list of the best hotels in Alkmaar, you can be sure to find the perfect place for you. So, book your stay and start discovering everything this charming city has to offer!
Have you ever been to Alkmaar or are you thinking of going there? Let me know in the comments!
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