There are a few places to stay at Efteling: the Efteling Hotel, holiday village, Bosrijk, the Loonsche Land Hotel and holiday village Loonsche Land.
The Efteling Hotel
The Efteling Hotel opened in 1992, and houses 122 rooms plus 21 themed suites. Click here to see a list of the suites as well as 360° views.
Gelagkamer is the hotel bar, hurray! The bar is rather small, however there is seating outside on the terrace as well as a few tables inside. The bar is decorated in the style of Anton Pieck, with lots of his art on the walls as well as other Efteling collectables. The bar is open from 08.30-00.30, now that is a long drinking session! There is a small children’s play room attached to the bar, so you can enjoy your drinks in peace while the children play.
Hoffelijke Heraut is the hotel’s restaurant, decorated in the spirit of heralds from the middle ages. A breakfast buffet is served here on a morning, as well as evening meals. Reservations are advised.
Koninklijke Kasteelzaal (Royal Castle Hall) is another restaurant located on the opposite side of the hotel to Hoff Heraut, and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings a large buffet is offered, but you should make a reservation beforehand! They sometimes also serve a breakfast buffet here.
On a night the Fairytale Cook comes down from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and visits children in the hotel. He is wonderful at creating desserts, but make sure he doesn’t fall asleep!
You can also have a small selection of souvenirs delivered to your room.
The hotel also has a small shop, great for any Efteling souvenirs you may have forgotten to buy! There are also vending machines on each floor beside the elevators.
In 2011, the standard rooms in the hotel have been renovated, here is the before and after:
To get to the park from the Efteling Hotel, simply walk out of reception and take a right, following the elf/dwarf/gnome footprints. They will take you across a small road and into the side entrance of Efteling where you show the staff member your ticket.
The Manor House Apartments (Landhuys) has 52 apartments, with each room sleeping 4 people. This building is furthest away from the Gatehouse, but only a 5 minute walk away, and some rooms have a view of the Efteling golf course.
The Gatehouse Apartments (Poorthuys) has 24 apartments, and is in the main entrance building, right next to all the amenities. These rooms also sleep 4 people.
Woodland Cottages are located on the edge of open fields, on the waterfront, the dunes, and in the woods, and are more like a home away from home. There are 99 cottages, each with an upstairs, and they sleep 6-8 people.
Terraced Village Cottages are located near to the Gatehouse, on the village square, and also sleep 6-8 people.
There are also a number of VIP cottages and apartments, sleeping between 4 and 8 people. Amongst the accommodation you will find Klaas Vaak’s (the Sandman’s) castle, on the Lake of Dreams.
Also inside the Eethuys is a large pizza oven, where bread rolls are made for breakfast and pizzas are made for the evening. Pizza can by ordered via the My Efteling section on the Efteling website, and can be delivered to your room. A breakfast basket can also be brought to your room for the following morning, and there is an ordering form for this in your room.
The Badhuys is a small indoor swimming pool, mainly aimed at families with small children.
Mr. Sandman and the Sand Gnomes tell stories beneath the Gatehouse twice a night before you go to sleep. Check the times on the wall beneath the Gatehouse.
If you have allergies or have a disability you can request a room to suit your specific needs.
The above image is a room in the Landhuys Apartment. In your room you will find plates, cutlery, washing up items, glasses, and many other things which you may need during your stay.
When you leave, you are required to wash your dishes and generally tidy up as you would at home. You also need to take any recyclable items to the recycling stations located throughout the village, help the environment! You do not need to check out, you simply leave (sob).
More information on the Efteling accommodation can be found on the Efteling site (link on the left of this page).
Eftleing’s newest accommodation is the Loonsche Land holiday village and hotel. Along similar lines to Bosrijk, Loonsche Land is nestled in nature. Here however, is the best place to stay if there’s a lot of you visiting, as the holiday houses can sleep up to 12 people. From the Efteling website:
Stay in the middle of nature in this holiday village which seamlessly connects with a nature district of 123 acres of woods, heather and dunes. From your house or hotel room you walk over its sandy paths into the natural surroundings of nature district the Loonsche Land for an adventurous voyage of discovery.
All information is correct at the time of writing.