Hotels in Sneek, The Netherlands

by Joanne Thomas

Sneek, a city in the Frisian Lake District of the Netherlands, is known for its canals and water sports, and as one of the “Elfstedentocht,“ 11 cities that form the route of a speed skating race and tour along frozen rivers, canals and lakes. Hotels in Sneek are available to suit a range of budgets; most are designed for visitors who come to the city for sailing, boating, cycling and other outdoor activities.

Hotel de Wijnberg

Hotel de Wijnberg in the heart of Sneek has welcomed guests since 1651. In contrast to the hotel's old brick facade, its 23 guest rooms are bright and contemporary in decor. The brasserie, on the other hand, features an antique beamed ceiling, medieval-style candelabras and all-wood furnishings, while the pub has stone walls and exposed beams; both have a cozy, informal atmosphere. The on-site restaurant is more formal, offering daily specials, an a la carte menu and fine wines. All room rates include breakfast.

Hotel Amicitia

Hotel Amicitia offers a range of rooms and suites, including several theme rooms, including rooms inspired by castles, "A Thousand and One Nights," the 1960s era and Dutch folk art. Hotel Amicitia's on-site buffet restaurant is notable for its "live cooking" element, meaning diners may choose their meat or fish to be freshly prepared by a chef, alongside unlimited selections from vegetable, pasta and rice dishes, salads and soups. It also features a special children's buffet section with child-friendly items. Another provision for families with young children is a playroom with games, a trampoline and a ball pool.

Hotel Van der Valk

Hotel Van der Valk, conveniently located on a main road in the center of Sneek, has stylish, contemporary decor throughout. In addition to room-only rates, the hotel offers a number of seasonal packages, including some designed for visitors on cycling vacations and some combining accommodations with meals and a welcome bottle of champagne. Dining options on-site consist of a buffet restaurant offering live cooking stations and Sunday brunches, and light meals and hors d'oeuvres in the bar/brasserie.

Stayok Sneek

Stayok Sneek is one of a chain of 29 budget-friendly hostels in the Netherlands. A modern building that opened in 2007, it sits on the banks of the Houkesloot canal and offers its own landing for sailors. It also features a large, furnished outdoor terrace for relaxing in summer and a cozy indoor lounge with comfy sofas. Stayok Sneek offers a range of useful guest services, including bike rental and storage, free parking and laundry facilities.

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