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Discover Haarlem

The Ambassador City Center Hotel is located in the middle of the cozy, historic center of Haarlem. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, various museums, and the beach just around the corner. In the center you will find hidden streets from a bygone era and trendy concept stores. Visit the medieval churches and terraces on the water.

   BEACH       MILL   & MORE!

BEACH       MILL   & MORE!


Haarlem is known for its authentic courtyards. In the city center there are no less than 22 courtyards hidden behind doors and entrance gates. These courtyards can also be visited with a guide. The walk can be booked at the VVV office at Grote Markt 2. Prefer to go on your own? Ask at the reception for a map of the courtyards.

Our tip: one of the oldest and most famous courtyards can be found in the Bakenessenbuurt: the Hofje van Bakenes, also known as De Bakenesserkamer.


Feast your eyes on the various charming squares. The squares are designed with several churches, beautiful buildings and monumental buildings.

Our recommendation is the Nieuwe Kerksplein in the local neighborhood of the Vijfhoek. The Nieuwe Kerk is located on this square and local restaurants and cafés are located around the square. This square can be reached via our favorite street; Short Wood Street.


Grote of St. BavoKerk

The imposing Sint Bavo Church on the Grote Markt is located right in front of our hotel. The medieval cruciform church from the years 1370 – 1520 has a Brabant Gothic architectural style. With the top of 78 meters high, the church is one of the highest churches in the Netherlands.

The church can be visited individually or with a guided tour. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

New church

Don’t miss the Nieuwe Kerk during a visit to Haarlem. The Nieuwe Kerk is located on Nieuwekerksplein. The church was designed and built as the first Protestant church in Haarlem. The Nieuwe Kerk is known for its unique architecture. The Sint Bavo church and the Nieuwe Kerk have been part of the Haarlem cityscape for 5 centuries.

Eat Drink

Haarlem is a city for real Burgundians. With more than 200 restaurants and 90+ bars, there is something for everyone. Enjoy the many, diverse restaurants with different world cuisines. When you walk out of our hotel you are immediately surrounded by the many dining options. And don’t forget our own Grand Café The Governor!

Cathedral Basilica Saint Bavo

The Cathedral Basilica of Sint Bavo (1895) on the Leidse Vaart is definitely worth a visit. The church has 12 large and small towers and a dome of 65 meters high. The cathedral contains architectural styles such as neo-Gothic, neo-Romanesque, Jugendstil and style elements of the Amsterdam School and Berlage. The basilica is also called the Haarlem Sagrada Familia. Together with the Sagrada Familia, the Sacré-Coeur, the Westminster Cathedral and the Basilica of Koekelberg, the Haarlem Basilica is in the top five of the most important churches in the world built between 1850 and 1950.

​Opening hours: From March to October .


Haarlem is the shopping city of the Netherlands. The city not only offers the well-known brand shops, but also various boutiques and the Golden Streets. Smaller entrepreneurs are located in these 7 picturesque streets with a passion for their specific range of shops. We are happy to tell you more about these streets at our reception, or take a look at the website of the Goudenstraatje.

Fun fact: The Kleine Houtstraat has been voted the nicest shopping street in the Netherlands several times. It is not for nothing that Haarlem was voted the best shopping city in the Netherlands in 2013!


Haarlem has an extensive and diverse range of museums. View the art in the Teylers museum and/or the Frans Hals museum and dive into history in the Corrie ten Boomhuis. The Dolhuys (Museum of the Mind) is also an absolute must: a unique museum where you learn more about your mind and that of others in an interactive way.

Mill de Adriaan

The pride of Haarlem is located on the river Spaarne: mill de Adriaan. In the mill you will become acquainted with the age-old technique of converting wind into productive energy. The mill can only be visited from the inside under the guidance of a guide. The tour lasts 45 minutes.

Tip: take an evening walk and admire the illuminated mill!


The beach of Zandvoort aan Zee is easy to reach from Haarlem. You can reach the beach within 40 minutes by bike. Or take the train and be on the boulevard within 10 minutes. Enjoy the diverse range of restaurants and the coolest beach clubs!

In the center of Zandvoort you will also find nice shops, the Hollands Casino and entertainment center Circus Zandvoort. Be a driver for 1 day? The “old-skool” Circuit Zandvoort offers various packages. The Grand Prix also takes place here!


The capital can be reached within 10 minutes by train. Feast your eyes on the canal houses and the most beautiful canals in the Negen Straatjes. Stroll on the Albert Cuyp market in the local neighborhood of De Pijp and dive into an old Dutch cafe in the Jordaan. There are also several (free) walking tours and boat tours in Amsterdam to discover the city.

And more…

The authentic Haarlem Central train station (1839) is an 8-minute walk from our hotel. Trains and buses depart from here to Zandvoort, Amsterdam, Leiden, Delft and Schiphol, among others.

The Zaanse Schans can be reached from Haarlem within 20 minutes by car.

Rent a bike at bike rental Rent a bike and cycle to the Kennemerduinen National Park or one of the other beautiful nature reserves around Haarlem.

For a nice walk in nature, go to Orangerie Elswout in Overveen.