Efteling are making Christmas dinner! If you’d like to have a Christmas dinner cooked by Efteling chefs, ready for you to pick up on Christmas Eve, this is now possible.
Choose from a menu of meat, fish, or vegetarian, and priced at 29,50 per person (19,50 for kids). You can book your meal and pick a timeslot in which to pick it up on on December 24th; I believe you pick it up from the Efteling Hotel car park.
On January 4th, refurbishment of the Efteling Hotel’s comfort rooms and junior suites will begin. The two-person rooms will gain an extra bed, making it a three-person room, the floor will be given a new carpet around the beds, and a wooden-look floor in the rest of the room, and the bathroom now appears without a bath, and has a walk-in shower instead. The corridors and the elevators will be re-themed in the near future too, which hasn’t been done for a while.
The new rooms look very nice of course, very different from the fresh white and royal blue that they are now. Personally I can’t see that they needed refurbishment because I always thought that they looked great, but change isn’t always bad! Having said that, I can’t agree with ditching the bath, because sometimes after a long day of walking around, you just need to take a bath! Or you might have a baby, who you can’t just stick in the shower.
The hotel will reopen on March 8th (closed from January 4th).
For a long time, the main part of Efteling’s website has looked a lot different from many of the other pages. Some of the site was updated, the rest was not, for example; the booking accommodation pages were still the same as they had been for years. Until now! Those pages have finally caught up with the rest of the site, and they look wonderful. Aside from looking good, the pages function better, and there is a better explanation of amenities and what is included in the price of your room. There are also better explanations of what can be expected of each themed room (very important if you’re planning on spending the extra cash to stay in one of these rooms).
Here’s a little look at the new pages:
Things are looking good! Oh, on the plus side, this is the English Efteling site. I know, I know, they’re spoiling us! And another thing that us Efteling geeks might like to get excited about…wait for it…They have made a nice map showing how to get to Efteling from the U.K! Exciting times!
Does anyone remember when the Efteling Hotel was a part of the Golden Tulip Hotels group? It was many years ago now, but while sorting through some old papers we found this leaflet advertising Efteling merchandise (click images for a closer look).
Check out the Swarovski jewellery! The celebration cakes also look really nice, and who can pass up Laaf beer?! We also found some old maps which state that Efteling is the ‘funniest’ day out in the Netherlands. What a strange word to use to describe Efteling!
The ‘Excellence Suite’ is the newest of the Efteling Hotel’s many themed suites. It does what it say on the tin. It is a luxurious suite for two people, with a whirlpool and two showers right next to each other! The photos of it don’t get us terribly excited (we’d be happier with a Raveleijn Suite or a Droomvlucht Suite) but it does seem ‘nice’. We think that it may be aimed at newly-weds, even though there is already a bridal suite.
If you have stayed at the Efteling Hotel, you will have noticed vending machines on every other floor next to the elevators. We noticed that on the wall next to the machines, was a photo frame that contained a message…
How cute! We’d love to know what you win if you find one!
Efteling had been up and running for 40 years before the Efteling Hotel opened up next door. As the park grew in size and in name, the logical progression was to give the guests of the park somewhere to stay overnight, so they could return to Efteling the next day! And what a hotel it is. It was operated by the Golden Tulip chain of hotels for a few years, but is now owned and operated by Efteling.
The hotel is made up of ‘Comfort Rooms’ (122) and ‘Themed Suites’ (20), as well as two dining rooms, ‘Hoff Heraut’ and Koninklijke Kasteelzaal and a bar, Gelagkamer. There is also a small shop, in case you forget to buy something in the park!
Our first full day at Efteling today! Watching a pizza being delivered to someone’s cottage as I type. However, food is not something we’re wanting after just visiting the Efteling hotel’s buffet. The service was so -so but the food was really nice! Put it on your to -do list 😉 . Visited Jokie today at Carnaval Festival, and spent a lot of time in the Fairy Tale Forest. Check out our Facebook photos!