I guess this is luxury for those who don’t understand the meaning, a good size, clean room (€129) with large bathroom that is made up of cheap finishes and detailing; Front of House Staff, tries, smiles and is friendly enough, although completely under informed of how a hotel should run.
Very poor food quality – their carpaccio (€14) is cut out of a roll of glued together meat: completely tasteless by itself and the plate is overly dressed with rucola, dreadful pesto and fake Parmesan.
Mains (€18) aren’t much better; though leather schnitzel is served with sad vegetables, pork sate is mushy with a sauce that tastes like it comes straight out of the box by Van Oers; probably it is, as they advertise in the in-room magazine.
Mini Grand Dessert (€6) consists of a couple of overly sweet “things” none of which have a profound flavour, the chocolate doesn’t taste like high quality, the mousse is just flavoured gelatine pudding and most bakers wouldn’t dare to take credit for the “macaron”.
House Wines are overly expensive, taste horrible and are sourced only based on purchase price.
I personally rather spend a little more and stay at a good hotel, Van Der Valk Almere is a rather poor example of hospitality and barely deserves that rating based on the acceptable room quality.