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Hotel Friesland Garni
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Hotel Friesland Garni
Ranked #12 of 14 Groningen B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Spent 2 nights here, having come for the Bowie exhibition. It's fairly basic, with no en-suite in the room I chose (but fairly quiet if you ask for a room at the back), but clean. Breakfast included, really just bread and cold meat/cheese, but nice orange juice and coffee. The owner was pleasant and helpful. Probably not appropriate for a woman travelling alone (just to left of hotel as you exit is a very in-your-face red light street, though turn right and you're on a quite elegant pedestrianised shopping street, girls). Groningen was a nice town to hang out in for 48 hours, with very vibrant cafe culture and interesting shops. But apart from Bowie, the best thing I did was get train to Uithuizen to see lovely Menkeneborg manor house.

Room Tip: Room at back of hotel will be quieter. Check what room facilities are available, if you need a loo!
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 May 2015

We were travelling from Germany and called the hotel to check availability. The manager confirmed us the double room. When we got there (18:30) he told us he has sold the room to another guys.

"Sorry, I cannot help you" He said.

"Maybe you fit in a single room (we are couple + dog) for 30€, have a look"

The room was really worn out, dirty, noisy. Not the place you want to stay. The street is full of noisy bars, so not the place to rest.

That was it. Then we had no room.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

Clean and tidy with communal facilities that were clean I was only after a bed for the night and was happy with what was provided clean comfortable and dry etc after a wet and windy day cycling Ok for what I paid but not a place for a nice stay in Groningen on holiday etc

Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

I lodged two nights at Hotel Friesland. The breakfast was pretty good, its dining room cozy and comfortable. My room (#12) was just okay, the double bed, actually two single mattresses placed side by side.

Friesland's location was ideal, a building built in 1840 in the historic area, maybe a kilometer or less from the train station, on a quiet street. The WiFi was excellent to the room, the best I have had so far in Europe. The staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank James S
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

This hotel is located at the heart of Groningen (Binnenstad). The host and employees are nice. The rooms are ok, not too clean and make sure that you get one of the rooms near the stairs if the free WiFi is important to you; otherwise you might have problem in getting a signal. Make also sure to get a room directed towards courtyard if you prefer a more silent setting.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

The pluses here are the location and the niceness of the staff. The price is commensurate with the comfort. Beware, rooms are without toilet.
The hot water did not work but the gentleman at the desk brought me a thermos to shave with. Of course these things should be checked by any staff worth their salt. That and the radiator that was making watery noises and should have been "bled."
Breakfast was included and was ok.
Ask for a room NOT on the street if on a weekend because there are noisy students on the street side.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Well, it's clean and the showers are nice and strong/warm. The beds are comfortable too, and it's well located. It seems cheaper than other hotels in town, though not significantly so.

But it's very shabby - paint peeling of walls and old furniture. The breakfast is pretty poor and while the staff were not unfriendly, they didn't seem particularly enthusiastic/helpful either. The facilities seem a little poor - one toilet and two showers on a floor - but I never found them full.

I was travelling for work but with a limited budget, so I was just looking for somewhere to sleep at night - for that it was fine. I wouldn't recommend it for a holiday unless money was very tight.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Friesland Garni

Address: Kleine Pelsterstraat 4, 9711 KN Groningen, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > Groningen Province > Groningen > Binnenstad-Zuid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #12 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Groningen
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Friesland Garni 1*
Number of rooms: 20

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