Sea, dunes, harbours, locks and... Augusta. This hotel in the middle of Old IJmuiden is a haven of tranquility. The fish market and the ferries to England’s Newcastle are close. Augusta has been in existence for over 100 years but still the atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century is tangible. The hotel has an English taxicab from 1965, a Beardmore Mark V6, with which the guests can catch a ride to the beach, the dunes or the marina.
The individually designed rooms are in the style of the building, with polished furniture from around 1900. The Gentlemen’s Room with the fire place functions as a lounge. Restaurant Augusta has a French-Dutch cuisine.
Art deco and the Amsterdam School go hand in hand here. IJmuiden has a beautiful wide beach, which is quiet and quite pleasant. Historic Haarlem is a 15-minute drive.
Restaurant Augusta is decorated in period style with a high beamed ceiling, traditional style windows and wood panelling. The tables are elegantly laid with damask table cloths. The French-Dutch cuisine is honest and original. Rooms available for functions. The bar is in the cosy drawing-room lounge.
Open every day. No lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
The hotel doesn’t have a terrace, but in nice weather tables and chairs are put outside the entrance on the left. Lunch or afternoon drinks are served here.
IJmuiden boasts of a lovely, wide beach, which is relatively quiet: ideal to while away a couple of hours. A little bit further inland you will find recreational area Spaarnwoude and some country estates with beautifully tended gardens. The historic city of Haarlem (15 minutes by car) is certainly worth a visit and Amsterdam city centre is only 30 minutes away by hydrofoil.