“For although it is certainly true that quantitative measurements are of great importance, it is a grave error to suppose that the whole of experimental physics can be brought under this heading. We can start measuring only when we know what to measure: qualitative observation has to precede quantitative measurement, and by making experimental arrangements for quantitative measurements we may even eliminate the possibility of new phenomena appearing” - these are the philosophical words of a famous Dutch physicist renowned for his research on the two-fluid model of superconductors and the Casimir effect, Hendrik Casimir. The reason we mention him is because the scientist was born and raised in Leiden. Apart from this fact, Leiden has a rich history and is definitely worth a visit if you want to experience a lapse in time. There are cheap hotels that are worth every penny of yours if you are on a budget and of course for those who are willing to pay for the luxury, the options are limitless.
Friendly and cheap accommodation in Leiden
So, what do you really look for when you are searching for cheap hotels in Leiden? The number one and most important thing is comfort. Bastion Hotel Leiden – Voorschoten offers breathtaking views and is located in a commercial area. This is one of the cheap Leiden hotels that offer contemporary rooms with excellent interior. You will be connected to the internet via free Wi-Fi and enjoy your programs on flat-screen TVs. Mini fridges, tea and coffee makers can also be found in the rooms. Van der Valk Hotel De Gouden Leeuw, Hotel ibis Leiden Centre, Marienpoel Hotel Leiden, De Doelen are some of the hotels in Leiden that offer fair priced accommodation with lots of discounts and amenities to go with.
Classy places to stay in Leiden
Luxury hotels in Leiden are numerous, and are just as good as anywhere else. Just off the A4 highway you will find the beautiful Holiday Inn Leiden. The rooms are neatly furnished with flat-screen TVs, coffee and tea makers. Some rooms, which faced major upgrades, now have Nespresso machines. Room service is available 24/7 and kids under the age of 18 can stay free of charge if they with a parent. Great thing to keep in mind when considering this hotel is the breakfast buffet. For some it can be a big plus.
Other Leiden hotels with luxury accommodation for both family and business travelers include Huys van Leyden, De Beukenhof, Best Western City Hotel Leiden and Hampshire Hotel Fitland – Leiden.
What to expect to see and do while you are in Leiden
If you are visiting Leiden at the beginning of October, you can mingle with the locals to celebrate the biggest and most popular annual festival called 3 Oktober to celebrate the end of the Spanish siege which occurred in 1574. The fastest growing film festival in Holland, the Leiden International Film Festival is hosted in the city. Keep a close tab on the poetry writings of many of the buildings in Leiden. They are engraved on the walls and have a great historical meaning to the town’s residents.
- Top Attractions:
- Molenmuseum de Valk, Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus), Pieterskerk, Madurodam, Mauritshuis Museum, Rotterdam Centraal Station
- City Size:
- 9 mi²
- Average Temperature:
- 43°F (6°C), Wind SSW at 7 mph (11 km/h), 93% Humidity