I had heard a lot of positive things about the Lonely Planet in general, that's why I bought it, but this guide was really disappointing. We just have been to Amsterdam, Texel, Den Haag and Rotterdam and can't say anything about the other parts of the Netherlands described in the Lonely Planet, but I don't see why the other parts of the Netherlands should be covered in any other way than where we have been.
- The maps in the guide were horrible. Though I can understand the decision to include only detailed maps of the city center in a guide, in whom you have to fit the whole of the Netherlands, I cannot even try to guess why you wouldn't name every street on these maps. Bad enough if you are just walking through the city and wondering if you have taken the right turnoff as you just don't know it, because the streets have no names on the map, but it is definitely worse if you are traveling by car. We always took the wrong turn or missed the street were we wanted to drive as some streets had no names. Unless you have a better map than the ones included in the guide or a GPS in your car, it is a frustrating experience to drive through all these cities.
- The recommendations for nightclubs, bars, restaurants and so on were just ok. Some venues were nice, some 'special tips' awful and some obvious stuff was missing for e.g. no word about the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.
- One nice aspect to highlight were the walking tours. They have been enjoyable in every city where we have been.
- The rest of the guide wasn't too bad either. There were enough options to choose from for staying over night and a fair amount of cultural activities to visit too. However, nothing you wouldn't expect from any other traveling guide too.
Overall conclusion: Not too bad, but I expected more from the series. If the maps had been better it would even have been a mean traveling guide and would got 3 stars , but so I only give 2 and recommend that you buy another guide or at least don't stick with the Lonely Planet exclusively.