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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #75 on: August 12, 2019, 09:48:29 pm »
I struggled on Saturday to find somewhere, and not had a chance to properly look again yet. I think we might need to go to one of the surrounding towns. I’m looking again tomorrow ... need to find somewhere large enough for us all, cheap, evening meal options locally or at the hotel, and secure bike parking. Happy to hear suggestions, but otherwise I’ll look again tomorrow.

quixoticgeek

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #76 on: August 12, 2019, 09:52:22 pm »
I struggled on Saturday to find somewhere, and not had a chance to properly look again yet. I think we might need to go to one of the surrounding towns. I’m looking again tomorrow ... need to find somewhere large enough for us all, cheap, evening meal options locally or at the hotel, and secure bike parking. Happy to hear suggestions, but otherwise I’ll look again tomorrow.

You may find Breda has more hotels.

J
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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #77 on: August 13, 2019, 08:18:31 pm »
I've just booked ferry and one hotel... I found a good deal at the Hotel (In)Credible in Nijmegen, which looks to be all of about 250m from the Courage. They have told me they have a "garage box" close by where bikes can be stored - I submitted it as a question when I booked (booking.com) and they cam back quite quickly with an answer.




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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #78 on: August 13, 2019, 08:26:01 pm »
Ferrys and Hotel Courage booked  :thumbsup:

Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #79 on: August 13, 2019, 08:26:42 pm »
Having trawled across the region, I have found what appears to be the perfect hotel for the Saturday night. Reasonable price, nice location, seemingly a nice standard, and hopefully secure bike parking (I'm checking on that).

For the evening meal, the hotel specials are €17.50. Alternatively, the centre of 's-Hertogenbosch is 6 miles away, so there's an option to get a taxi for a night out in town. I've not checked in detail, but there might be somewhere suitable that is closer than the centre.

To keep things simple, I've secured 4 singles and 2 twin rooms. The singles were £66.05 and the twins were £86.29. I can cancel any that are not going to be used, and extra rooms can be obtained if our numbers expand. I have assumed bhoot is able to join us (which looks to be correct, according to the new post above that has appears whilst I've been typing this!). I can take payment on the day, as I expect we'll be charged in euros, so the price may fluctuate a little.

So could all those going please indicate their preference for a single or twin. A PM is fine.

The hotel details can be found at https://www.guldenberg.nl. Just to be clear, you don't need to book a room yourself. I have already done that  :)

EDIT: and Tomsk I had already added to the list  :thumbsup:

quixoticgeek

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #80 on: August 13, 2019, 08:43:04 pm »

Funky!

What's your route thinking for Nijmegen to this hotel? They are only about 60km apart...

I'm thinking I may come join on the Saturday from Nijmegen to den bos. What time are you likely to start in the morning ?

J
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jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #81 on: August 13, 2019, 10:26:13 pm »
's-Hertogenbosch

/Dirk Voice: Which literally means "the Duke's forest"

 :thumbsup:

Hopefully Dirk is coming?
Regards,

Joergen

Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #82 on: August 14, 2019, 05:05:26 am »
What's your route thinking for Nijmegen to this hotel? They are only about 60km apart...

I'm thinking I may come join on the Saturday from Nijmegen to den bos. What time are you likely to start in the morning?

Original plan was to follow the LF Maasroute for a while, then loop back round. Maybe 120 - 130km. But I will look at an alternative if people are interested in visiting the cycle museum in the morning. So we might have a split group that day, or we might have consensus to one or the other.

We’ll have a better idea on the start time once we know the exact plans for the day. Route planning in detail will happen straight after PBP, so should be able to advise by the end of August.

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #83 on: August 14, 2019, 07:39:16 am »
Dirk is not coming.

 :'(

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jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #84 on: August 14, 2019, 08:33:59 am »
Dirk is not coming.

 :'(

You will have to work the wheels of steel on your own Joergen.

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Regards,

Joergen

bhoot

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #85 on: August 14, 2019, 09:21:58 am »
To keep things simple, I've secured 4 singles and 2 twin rooms. The singles were £66.05 and the twins were £86.29.

Nice one, thanks for booking. Looks like that rate also includes breakfast?

Given that it is a conference hotel (hence I guess the relatively high availability of single rooms) it may be possible to put bikes overnight in a conference room?

Unless you have any other single women expressing interest in the tour, I'll take a single please (but note if any are considering joining I am potentially up for a cabin/room share to reduce costs)

Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #86 on: August 14, 2019, 10:13:58 am »
Breakfast is included in the price. Looks like good value compared to other hotels I found, and most importantly they could provide twin rooms as well as singles.

I’m waiting on a response re bike storage. I’ll propose the conference room suggestion if the response is not positive.

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #87 on: August 14, 2019, 11:27:03 am »
I struggled on Saturday to find somewhere, and not had a chance to properly look again yet. I think we might need to go to one of the surrounding towns. I’m looking again tomorrow ... need to find somewhere large enough for us all, cheap, evening meal options locally or at the hotel, and secure bike parking. Happy to hear suggestions, but otherwise I’ll look again tomorrow.

You may find Breda has more hotels.

J

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #88 on: August 14, 2019, 03:44:25 pm »
You won't have any problems there with your bikes, they offer rental bikes etc.. so they will be equiped to deal with yours
too. Also the hotel is set back in the woods and the helvoirt/cromvoirt area is generally very nice. Good choice!
Regards,

Alan

quixoticgeek

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #89 on: August 14, 2019, 06:25:25 pm »
You won't have any problems there with your bikes, they offer rental bikes etc.. so they will be equiped to deal with yours
too. Also the hotel is set back in the woods and the helvoirt/cromvoirt area is generally very nice. Good choice!

Not necessarily, may a hotel will have a stack of rental bikes, and just park em up out front. Rental bikes are not an indication of having good bike storage.

I'd personally just take the bike in my room. As long as it's dry you should be ok.

J
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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #90 on: August 14, 2019, 07:25:26 pm »
There is a locked area for bikes.

From previous experience, we have found hotels in the Netherlands not at all keen on bicycles being brought into the hotel rooms. I'm sure some are fine, but many are not. It's useful to know in advance what to expect, and book elsewhere if the arrangements for bicycles don't sound too good.

quixoticgeek

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Re: ACME goes European
« Reply #91 on: August 14, 2019, 07:27:48 pm »
There is a locked area for bikes.

From previous experience, we have found hotels in the Netherlands not at all keen on bicycles being brought into the hotel rooms. I'm sure some are fine, but many are not. It's useful to know in advance what to expect, and book elsewhere if the arrangements for bicycles don't sound too good.

This matches my experience. I've managed to argue my bike into rooms in all cases bar 1. But that's me on my own. A dozen of you is harder.

J
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