History & Culture
Let yourself be swept away by the meaningful stories of these hotels as well as the cultural attractions in the area. From monasteries to original inns, from mansions where history was written to UNESCO monuments.
Ambassade HotelAmsterdam, Nederland
If you like hustle and bustle, Amsterdam is the place to be. Amsterdam itself is like a big open-air museum with its 17th-century canals, grand merchants’ houses and intimate squares. The Ambassade Hotel is right in the historic centre, a focal point for culture lovers and culinary enthusiasts, and a great favourite with writers too. The hotel, set in a row of 10 historic townhouses along the Herengracht canal, is home to an exceptional collection of art and literature. The guests over the years include a veritable who’s who of the world’s leading authors, and the library bar boasts no fewer than 5,000 signed books. A walk through the hotel is like visiting a museum. Feast your eyes on the colourful collection of more than 800 CoBrA works, even in Brasserie Ambassade. The icing on the cake is the in-house Ambassade Art Gallery with temporary exhibitions.
Auberge De Campveerse TorenVeere , The Netherlands
Idyllically situated on the banks of lake Veere, Auberge De Campveerse Toren, has been welcoming guests for more than 500 years. And not just any guest. William of Orange, founder of the Dutch Royal Family, ate his wedding breakfast here in 1575. The individually designed rooms contain a mixture of modern design and antiques. . Veere is a beautiful historic town, and the hotel is located right on the marina. The water beckons with a wide range of water sport options – why not hire a boat with a silent electric motor and cruise the Lake Veerse? Veere is a beautiful monumental town.
Auberge de TempleJohannesberg, Germany
Gallery hotel Auberge de Temple is nestled in the undulating landscape of Johannesberg, a quaint village half an hour south-east of Frankfurt am Main. Günther de Temple and Christine Wondrak meticulously restored and refurbished the inn which dates to 1854. Auberge de Temple transcends the ordinary - it’s a feast of flavours, colours, styles and above all quality. In designing the interior, Günther de Temple and Christine Wondrak have ingeniously applied ideas gleaned from their extensive travels. Each stylish and spacious guestroom is named after a famous artist. The result is stunning from the moment you enter. Art is the prevailing theme, with bold contemporary work wherever you look – the hotel even has its own gallery. Helbigs Gasthaus, the restaurant run by Ludger and Nicole Helbig, offers an entire evening’s entertainment packed with huge flavors, from saltcured pork cheeks and sea bass to cherry clafoutis with lavender ice cream and an excellent selection of cheeses.
Boutique Hotel The ChurchArnhem, The Netherlands
"A good work is that which does good to others," said theologian Maarten Luther. In the former Lutheran church in Arnhem, you experience nothing but goodness! Boutique Hotel The Church is both heavenly and earthly at the same time. From the street, you step into another world through an almost hidden entrance.
Broederenklooster Boutique Hotel & RestaurantZutphen, The Netherlands
The Broederenklooster is a former monastery and one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Zutphen. It’s a place to lose yourself in a history stretching back to the 13th century – and with a chef who was once Switzerland’s youngest to earn a Michelin star. Relax in one of the guestrooms in what was once the dormitory, now equipped with the comforts of today! Look around and become enchanted by Zutphem. Enjoy the culinary devotion in various dishes in the restaurant. Sample the tastiest regional beers in the Beer Bar, indulge in the outstanding gin collection in the Ginbar or descend into the medieval wine cellar for a wine/food tasting.
Burghotel SchnellenbergAttendorn, Germany
Burg Schnellenberg Castle, which towers imposingly above the Hanseatic town of Attendorn, is surrounded by 240 hectares of forest and meadows. The history of the castle dates back to the year 1222 and is now one of the best maintained castles in Westphalia. The stylish hotel in a fairytale atmosphere welcomes its guests with open arms as evidenced by the Latin saying 'stranger does not stay outside, my door opens to the travelling ' above the door. The classically furnished guest rooms all have lovely views. The hotel has a spa and a beautiful chapel where weddings are performed. Dine, like the knights of old, under the crossbow vaults or in the romantic courtyard. The menu features a variety of local and international dishes.
Burghotel-Restaurant Auf SchönburgOberwesel, Germany
The vicinity of the medieval town of Oberwesel is known for its excellent Rhine wines. Steeply sloped vineyards cover the hills. Nature in the Oberes Mittelrheintal is dazzling and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here, high above the Rhine valley, is lies Burghotel & Restaurant Auf Schönburg. A lovingly restored castle which dates back to the year 966. One look at the photo of this castle hotel in enough to see that it is a bucket-list experience. The rooms have been restored with an eye for detail and for the castle’s history: they feature four-poster beds, alcoves, stained-glass windows, plastered ceilings and balconies with views over the meandering Rhine. The kitchen is well stocked with seasonal and regional produce and the cellar holds the very best regional wines.
Château St. GerlachValkenburg aan de Geul, The Netherlands
Château St. Gerlach is imposing, but there is a homely atmosphere. The estate is located in the middle of the nature of Geul Valley, just outside Valkenburg. Upon arrival, you immediately see the spectacular grand castle and feel surrounded by its beauty. Château St. Gerlach's classically furnished rooms and suites are housed in the former farmhouse. The hotel residences, like Spa & Wellness St. Gerlach, are located in the former marker building and in the granaries. The château is the setting for Les Salons. In the former living quarters of the baron, dishes are served using products from his own garden and orchard as much as possible. In the homely castle farm, located at the entrance of the estate, you are welcome for a drink or lunch. On the fruit arboretum, a rose garden and a vineyard.
Château WittemWittem, The Netherlands
Château Wittem is a place where old charm and modern fine dining come together. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V stayed here, as did William of Orange. The Wilden family transformed this historic castle into a contemporary boutique hotel with an excellent restaurant. From the 18th century to the 1950s, the castle was the residence of the Merckelbach family, and they were the last to use it as a home. The atmosphere of the decor in the 12 guestrooms is ‘French chic’ and boast classic elegance. Each room has a name and a story related to important figures in the castle’s long history, which goes back to 1125. Restaurant Julemont is named after knight Winand van Julemont, who moved into the chateau around 1200. Chef Guido Braeken brings energy, new ideas and top gastronomy to Wittem. The restaurant serves French classics and regional favourites. Wittem is located between Maastricht and Aachen, but Belgium is also just around the corner.
Das Schulhaus HotelSchwelm, Germany
The former primary school dating from 1915 on Westfalendamm in Schwelm got a bright new future as a fine hotel. The classrooms have been converted into 35 inviting and well-appointed hotel rooms. The former gym is now the restaurant Die Turnhalle – meaning simply ‘the gym‘. By creating this lovely boutique hotel, Berlin hotelier Kurt Hermandung and his partner Marc Konopatzki have made their dream come true. The distinctive stone, slate and plasterwork building now houses a charming contemporary hotel and restaurant. From two historic drinking fountains the guest can get ‘vitalized‘ fresh drinking water pumped into carafes. Instead of minibars in the rooms there is an honesty bar in the form of a traditional schoolhouse kiosk where you can get drinks, snacks and gifts.
De HavixhorstDe Schiphorst, The Netherlands
Château hotel and restaurant De Havixhorst is housed in a manor from 1753 in the beautiful Reest Valley. With spacious suites, an exclusive restaurant and an authentic Courtyard – where lunch and dinner are served in fine weather – this hotel- restaurant is magnificent in appearance. Perhaps this is the reason why the storks return to their nest on the chimneys each spring? In the castle’s gardens, landscaped in French baroque-style, you will find art from prominent contemporary artists. The former Coach House has been transformed into one of six classy reception areas. The vaulted cellar is home to a great collection of wines, in which regular wine tastings are held. The restaurant serves many dishes using regional products: vegetables, herbs and fruits come from its own garden as much as possible. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Take a lovely walk through the Reest valley, visit the stork station De Lokkerij, go punting in Giethoorn or look for ancient dolmens.
De Nederlanden Restaurant & Boutique HotelVreeland, The Netherlands
This small boutique hotel is located in a historical building from 1680, on the banks of the river Vecht. Located in Vreeland, a small idyllic town centrally located between Amsterdam and Utrecht. Spend the night in one of the 11 minimalist designed rooms and suites that are inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese style. In the restaurant you can enjoy culinary creations at Michelin star level by Wilco Berends, meanwhile his wife Caroline Berends runs the hotel and restaurant. In the summer we recommend to take a dip in the river Vecht, use the swimming ladder provided by De Nederlanden to easily get in and out of the water.
De Rooi Pannen BredaBreda, The Netherlands
A place where in the 17th century recruits exerted themselves and soldiers slept for centuries on hard britches, you can now be pampered by the students of Hotel school De Rooi Pannen Breda. The beautifully restored barracks building from 1771 has been transformed into an extremely stylish hotel where authentic elements have been tastefully integrated with contemporary design. The restoration project is the largest in the history of both De Rooi Pannen Breda and the municipality of Breda. The hotel and restaurant are run by students who attach great importance to hospitality. The hospitality combined with the special location and a piece of Breda's history ensure an unforgettable stay. De Rooi Pannen Breda has no less than two restaurants and a brasserie, therefore you will not be short of anything. Breda is a historic and lively city, where dynamism knows no boundaries.
De Rooi Pannen TilburgTilburg, The Netherlands
In a green suburb of Tilburg, you will find the characteristic monastery of De Rooi Pannen Tilburg. De Rooi Pannen owes its name to the striking red roof tiles that are on the monastery. While the outside of the building breathes history, the inside is completely contemporary. The hotel rooms are furnished by well-known hotel chains such as. The dynamics of the young student community that runs the hotel, led by passionate professors, create a professional and hospitable atmosphere. De Rooi Pannen Tilburg is the perfect base from which to explore the surprising city centre of Tilburg or to enjoy the green surroundings.
Die Hirschgasse HeidelbergHeidelberg, Germany
Within the walls of this monumental building in Heidelberg, statesman Otto von Bismarck once raised his sword as a student and Mark Twain found inspiration for his book "A Tramp Abroad". There are still tangible reminders of the generous history of this special establishment, especially in the hotel's two restaurants.
Forsthaus HeiligenbergBruchhausen-Vilsen, Germany
In the official clean air region of Bruchhausen-Vilsen, surrounded by beautiful gently rolling hills, lies Forsthaus Heiligenberg. The Forsthaus offers a mixture of history, splendid nature and culinary delights and is within an hour’s drive of Bremen and Hannover. In the Middle Ages the Norbertine monastery Heiligenberg, from which the hotel derives its name, could be found here. The magical surroundings featuring ravines, wells and picturesque fields, offer countless opportunities for picnics, cyclists and hikers. The roomy and luxurious guest quarters are stylishly furnished. The suites have private terraces. Weather permitting, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on the large terrace. The 4-hectare grounds allow plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Flowers, fruit and herbs in delightful colours and soothing fragrances will surely boost your senses. Your taste buds will be tickled in the restaurant, where regional and seasonal dishes are served.
Fort Resort BeemsterZuidoostbeemster, The Netherlands
Once part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and a Unesco World Heritage Site, Frank Bart has transformed this historic fort into an eco-chic resort. Historic and modern complement each other perfectly with an impressive end result. Blending heritage with contemporary design, the former military building is now an oasis of hospitality and serenity. Anyone entering Fort Resort Beemster will experience the warmth, hospitality and special ambiance of the place. The unique Spa & Wellness includes seven saunas, saltwater pool, herbal bath, sandy beach, wellness island en meditation garden with sunbathing area and indoor and outdoor pools. In the luxurious spa, enjoy special massages, facials and hammam ritiuals.
Gasthof ZufriedenheitNaumburg, Germany
Gasthof Zufriedenheit is situated in Naumburg in the south of Saxony-Anhalt, known for its grand baroque townhouses. Artist Max Klinger described this area as ‘Tuscany of the north’, with vineyards covering the slopes’ fertile limestone soils. Romantic villas evoke memories of bygone years. Already since 1853, an inn has been kept at the address of Gasthof Zufriedenheit. Today, there is still a welcoming atmosphere in the boutique hotel's wine bar and restaurant. The spacious guest rooms and suites are stylish and modern. The near 1,000 year old town of Naumburg has many points of interest. The well-stocked library houses many books on the fascinating area around Naumburg.
Grand Hotel de DraakBergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
The oldest document mentioning Herberg De Draak – now Grand Hotel De Draak – dates from 1397. It proves that this is the oldest hotel in the Netherlands. Spend the night in one of De Draak’s historic and characterful buildings – as you might expect, no two rooms or suites are the same – and enjoy breakfast in the classic setting of the breakfast room. After a long walk or bike ride, you can relax in the hotel’s spa and beauty centre. De Draak also has a large terrace with a view of Bergen op Zoom’s historic marketplace.
Herangtunet Boutique HotelHeggenes, Norway
Surrounded by untouched nature and the wild mountainous landscape all your senses will be stimulated. Marco Robeerst makes Hotel Herangtunet a Norwegian oasis of calm, a place where you recharge and where you can get in touch with you creativity side. This philosophy is translated in the individual character and tastefully furnished suites. Each suite is individually styled by the Dutch couple in a tribute to their most favorite travel destinations on the planet. Each individually furnished themed suite boast a wood stove, a luxurious bathroom and the finest beds. This really is the perfect Scandinavian base to start a walking holiday, culinary travels or a very romantic skiing trip.
Hotel & Restaurant Die MühlenhelleGummersbach, Germany
This idyllic hotel is small but perfect. The meticulously restored 18th century townhouse is delightful, both inside and out. Die Mühlenhelle boasts 2 wonderful restaurants. Among them is a Michelin starred restaurant called Restaurant die Mühlenhelle. You can also visit the Bistro die Mühlenhelle for classic dishes, such as Wiener schnitzel and Kaiserschmarren. The bistro has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, the mark of exceptionally good food at moderate prices. The comfortable luxury rooms at Die Mühlenhelle have crisp interiors and are well appointed, just like the rest of the hotel. Gummersbach’s surroundings are idyllic and include scenic reservoirs. The cultural and shopping city of Cologne is within easy reach.
Hotel 717Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hotel 717, overlooking the Prinsengracht canal, is one of the first luxury boutique hotels in the Netherlands with outstanding modern care in a delight of historical atmospheres. This monumental canal house has been around since the 17th century and has welcomed guests as a hotel for 25 years. The original concept, based on small scale and personal attention, still retains its value. But after 25 years, Hotel 717 decided to change the decor and interior. The old special touch has been given a new look, with every effort made to let the monumental canal house reflect its atmosphere. Changing the interior of the building has allowed it to almost double the number of rooms: from 12 rooms, to 23 uniquely decorated rooms. In addition, the rooms have been fitted with newly installed equipment, and the electrical installation has been brought up to date.
Hotel BlueNijmegen, The Netherlands
Blue, in the 19th-century part of Nijmegen, is the little sister of another exceptional QL Hotel, MANNA. Owners Sander Hendrix and Aïda Papilaja-Hendrix worked together with interior designer and artist Eric de Bruijn to create yet another gem: smart, cool and serene. Highlights are their own bar named Blue Bar with a stunning Portuguese tile wall and its own house gin, Blue Gin by Ivar, and comfortable rooms with beautifully minimalist bathrooms by JEE -O. Blue is brimming with art, and the fun part is that almost all artworks are for sale. You will find Brasserie MANNA in Blue and a few doors down you will find the fabulous MANNA Global Food & Fish Restaurant.
Hotel Hof zur LindeMunster, Germany
At the foot of the tower of Münster, surrounded by lush greenery is the romantic Hotel Hof zur Linde, rooted in the tradition of Westphalia. The third generation is now at the helm of this family hotel, which has grown into a renowned Country Manor Hotel. The building dates from 1648. The romantic interior contains antique and contemporary furniture. The individually furnished rooms vary from a small double room with French bed, to a suite with private balcony or terrace, or a suite with a fireplace or a spa-junior suite with a sauna and whirlpool. Hof zur Linde offers an oasis of tranquillity for those who want to get away hustle and bustle of everyday life to relax in nature.
Hotel NobelBallum, The Netherlands
For four generations the hospitality of Nobel has been legendary on the Dutch Wadden island Ameland - and far beyond. The historic hotel is in the heart of quaint historical Ballum. Nobel successfully merges history and contemporary luxury. A few years ago the entire hotel was renovated but the café was kept in its original state. Throughout the years hotel guests and island dwellers have come together to play cards, celebrate or just have a beer. Most of the uniquely designed hotel rooms have a private patio or balcony. Lunch or dinner are very enjoyable here too.
Hotel PrinsenhofGroningen, The Netherlands
De Prinsenhof was founded in 1436 as a monastery for the Brethren of Common Life. Later it became the residence of stadtholder William Frederick of Nassau-Dietz (1613-1664), before being used as barracks and a military hospital. Centrally located in the shadows of the Martini tower, on the edge of the memorable Martini cemetery, Hotel Prinsenhof offers oak wood parquet floors, the finest bed linen and Acqua di Parma toiletries in all its rooms. The abbey church with its imposing hearth currently serves as the hotel’s Grand Café and has a walled terrace at the front. Restaurant Nassau, with its view of the Prinsentuin is housed in the former sleeping quarters of Stadtholder Willem Frederik and his wife Albertine Agnes. The renaissance garden dates from 1626 and features a rose garden, a herb garden, two romantic bowers and a monumental sun dial.
Hotel StörmannSchmallenberg, Germany
The historical Hanseatic town of Schmallenberg in Sauerland is just a short drive from the ski resort of Winterberg. Hotel Störmann was built when the town was reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1822. For many years it served as the royal Prussian coaching inn. This renowned hotel has welcomed many famous figures, including the former chancellors Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. The hotel was in the Störmann family for eight generations, and now the Deimann family is writing the next chapter of its rich history. Hotel Störmann has recently been extensively restored and tastefully refurbished in keeping with the character of the building – the striking cast-iron inn sign makes a good example.
Hotel am OchsentorAndernach, Germany
Andernach is a town at the eastern edge of the Eifel hills. With more than 2000 years of history, this is one of the oldest towns in Germany, so there are plenty of cultural attractions to enjoy. Hotel am Ochsentor opened in the town centre in 2016. The stylishly modern atmosphere starts as you step through the glass entrance. The mood continues in the guestrooms and bathrooms, with their calm contemporary colours and complementary choice of materials and fabrics. The interior design contributes to the hotel’s distinctive relaxed atmosphere. It’s a place to unwind and take it easy – also for your dog, as this is a pet-friendly hotel. And of course, it’s also an outstanding place to dine.
Hotel de ABDIJ DokkumDokkum, The Netherlands
Experience the timeless charm of Hotel de ABDIJ Dokkum, situated in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Dokkum's bustling city center. Every corner of this centuries-old structure exudes history and seamlessly blends nostalgic ambiance with modern luxury.
Hotel de OrangerieBrugge, Belgium
Hotel de Orangerie fully embraces the look and spirit of historic Bruges, the romantic hot spot of choice. The compact city is a treasure trove of valuable estates within a small area that can easily be crossed on foot or by bicycle. In 2000 UNESCO declared the entire inner-city to be a world heritage site, a rarity in Europe. Located in a former convent that dates from the 15th century, De Orangerie is a hotel where history, romance and modern luxury become one. A tempting combination of antiquities, opulent furnishings and perfect care. The salon with its open fireplace is reminiscent of an old English manor. The hotel overlooks the enchanting rei (canal) Den Dijver.
Hotel de WereldWageningen, The Netherlands
Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen, is one of the most famous hotels in the Netherlands. The German capitulation in 1945 played a major role in our national history. For this reason a visit to this hotel feels like a journey through an important chapter of Dutch history. However, the history of the hotel dates right back to 1669, when the inn ‘De Wearelt’ became a as a stopping-place for travellers, horses and stage coaches, and, later, steam trams. The spacious rooms have specially designed interiors in combination with modern art. For dinner you can visit LEV. @ De Wereld. Hotel de Wereld is a great base for walking or cycling tours through beautiful nature parks such as the Veluwe and the Betuwe, or for discovering the beautiful town of Wageningen. The nearby city of Arnhem offers plenty of cultural highlights and shopping opportunities.
Hôtel MassonVeytaux, Switzerland
It’s not surprising that stars like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Keith Richards owned houses in Montreux. The town is a sophisticated haven, yet a hub for talented artists. The boulevard along the banks of Lake Geneva and the annual Montreux Jazz Festival are world-famous. Hôtel Masson, a beacon of fine hospitality, offers truly magnificent views across the lake to the Swiss and French Alps beyond. The hotel’s rich historical atmosphere, from the Belle Époque décor to creaking parquet floors, features the original furniture. Hôtel Masson is the most historic Hotel in the entire area of the Montreux Riviera. Classified as regional architectural heritage, as well as honored from ICOMOS for its outstanding conservation and hospitality, the Masson is a contemporary witness of almost 200 years of hotel history. When the weather is fine – and it often is-, you can enjoy breakfast on the balcony, with a view across Lake Geneva
Kasteel EngelenburgBrummen, The Netherlands
Enjoy the historic ambiance of this impressive castle on the edge of the Veluwe. At Kasteel Engelenburg you can eat, drink and sleep to an exceptional standard and have a splendid 9-hole golf course at your disposal. The English Lounge at Kasteel Engelenburg houses the largest collection of single malt whiskies in the Netherlands. Wine lovers will not be disappointed here either. In the 16th century the first owner of the castle, Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, traded in German wines. Nowadays the hotel specialises in South African wines. The rooms and suites are furnished partly in antique style, and are situated in the Coach House, the Orangery or in the Cape House, which has the atmosphere of a Cape winery. The fairytale view from the 19th century conservatory restaurant over the moat and golf course will transport you back to another era. Dinner is of course complemented with excellent South African wines.
Kasteel KerckeboschZeist, The Netherlands
It was in the early 20th century that Jonkheer Egbert Lintelo de Geer set about the construction of Kasteel Kerckebosch, a splendid castle in the woodland around the town of Zeist. Antiques and ornaments from restored churches and castles in the area give the interior its dis- tinctive style. There are two antique doors with cast iron knockers from the cathedral in Utrecht, and the fireplace in the salon came from an 18th- century Amsterdam canal house. During the recent refurbishments of the hotel, Cynthia Schell and Hans van Triest stylishly complemented the original interior with contemporary elements. The authentic hotel rooms are spread over two sections with a total of 5 different room types.
Kasteel de WittenburgWassenaar, The Netherlands
Kasteel De Wittenburg was built in 1899 by the aristocrat Helenus Marinus Speelman, a descendent of Cornelis Speelman, a 17th-century governor of the Dutch East Indies – modern-day Indonesia. Designed as a country retreat, this stately home has been run since the 1960s by the De Wittenburg Society as an international meeting centre, and has welcomed countless captains of industry, ministers, and foreign dignitaries. Each of the ten stylish guestrooms has an atmosphere of its own, an excellent bathroom and a view of the surrounding estate. The basement houses the contemporary French and Asian restaurant Sophie, named after Speelman’s wife, Sophie Adriënne baroness Sloet van Oldruitenborgh. The couple travelled widely as you can still see from the exquisite Chinese vases they brought home as souvenirs.
KronenschlösschenEltville am Rhein, Germany
Kronenschlösschen is set in a private park in the picturesque town of Eltville-Hattenheim, not far from Wiesbaden, between the Rhine and the vineyards. The rooms and suites are tastefully and comfortably decorated. The Turmsuite in particular has an extraordinary history: it was here that in 1947, Konrad Adenauer, Theodor Heuss and Carlo Schmidt spent weeks writing the German constitution. The Rheingau region boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany. In the immediate area there are plenty of sights to see and historic buildings to visit.
Kruisherenhotel MaastrichtMaastricht, The Netherlands
In Maastricht city centre, in the former Kruisheren monastery, you will find the Kruisherenhotel Maastricht. A unique place uniting ancient history and design. The comfortable and contemporary rooms are in the 15th century monastery, the gatekeeper’s house and adjacent Casa Nova. The reception, boardrooms, a library and wine bar with ‘aboveground wine cellar’ are situated in the monumental gothic church of the monastery. The modern interior is designed by interior architect Henk Vos and the German lighting artist Ingo Maurer. Every morning, noon and evening you can enjoy various culinary surprises with accompanying wines in the nave of the church, on the mezzanine.
Landgoed Hotel & Restaurant CarelshavenDelden, The Netherlands
Carelshaven had an important function in the region from as early as 1772. It lies on the grand Twickel estate, which covers an area of forty-three square kilometres, and includes 150 farmhouses. The name Carelshaven refers to the harbour on the Twickelervaart, a waterway that once connected the little town of Delden with Amsterdam, via the river Regge and the Zuiderzee. The canal was constructed by Carel George, count of Wassenaer Obdam, who lived in Twickel castle. Carelshaven began as a modest bargeman’s inn, and has developed over the centuries to become a celebrated hotel. Its symmetrical shapes, wide veranda and white rendered walls give the hotel a 19th-century appearance. For many years the interior was in classic style, but in recent years, the new owners Alco and Evelyn van Berkel have gradually brought this illustrious hotel into the 21st century. A number of the guestrooms have been modernised, as have the restaurant and bar. The cuisine is contemporary, but the menu also includes classic seasonal dishes.
Landhaus BärenmühleFrankenau, Germany
This former, partially wooden water mill with its monumental annexes is located on the southern edge of National Park Kellerwald-Edersee. It feels as if time has stood still here. The history of the Bärenmühle goes back to the 16th century. Over the past years the complex has been lovingly renovated and now houses comfortable rooms, suites and apartments. The furnishings in the Bärenmühle include a combination of antique manor style beds and Biedermeier furniture. The whole appears spacious, elegant and rustic.
Le Cor de ChasseDurbuy, Belgium
In the forested hills and valleys of the Ourthe and Aisne region lies the authentic village Wéris. Here you will find Le Cor de Chasse, a veritable family hotel in a manor farm from 1681. The interior is contemporary, luxurious and in harmony with the history of the building. The standard rooms are located in the former sheep barn, the suites with private terrace are in the central wing. Modern cuisine is at the heart of the one-star restaurant. The dishes are seasonal and have a signature touch that is both personal and pleasantly surprising. Dining is a true voyage of discovery!
Leerhotel Het KloosterAmersfoort, The Netherlands
Leerhotel Het Klooster is not only in a beautiful location, it also introduces you to its special history. The beautiful building is a national monument from 1952. In the 1950s, the Order of the Crusaders established a monastery here where they provided education and accommodation for travellers. Leerhotel Het Klooster is a place where historic charm and young hospitality talent meet, both the hotel and restaurant are run by students. Imagine yourself in the beautiful courtyard garden and relax by the pond. The Klooster is a hidden gem with the allure of a hotspot. It is the ideal base for discovering the beauties of Amersfoort and its surroundings.
MLHaarlem, The Netherlands
When the guilder was still legal tender in the Netherlands, the maker of the currency - JOH. Enschedé - was named on all bank notes. The building in which Hotel Restaurant ML is housed was formerly the Enschedé family home. For centuries the printing-office and type foundry were also active there. Among other things, the typefaces with which the notes were printed, were made here. During the remodelling, the architect successfully managed to preserve the authenticity of this historic building whilst at the same time creating a special hotel. The rooms are stylish and modern. Some still have original decorations and ornaments. The hotel is situated in the centre of Haarlem, on the beautiful, authentic Klokhuisplein.
Mauritz Grand Café, Restaurant and HotelWillemstad, The Netherlands
The lovely town of Willemstad is named after William of Orange (1533-1584) founder of The Netherlands. The town’s fortifications bear witness to a rich past. In the town centre lies Grand Café, Restaurant, Salon & Hotel Mauritz in a 19th century building which has been meticulously restored and refurbished. Granito floors, tile mosaics and the wooden bar in the Grand Café exude the atmosphere of a Parisian Brasserie, including striking poster in art nouveau style. The strong pillars originate from a Brussels’ metro station.
Meisenheimer HofMeisenheim, Germany
The tiny village of Meisenheim has been left unscathed by Europe’s conflicts, and the historic buildings are beautifully preserved. This wine hotel in Baroque style has been welcoming guests since 1699. A number of comfortable guestrooms are named after famous local vineyards or historical figures who have played a role in Meisenheim’s history. The bar in the atmospheric vaulted cellar, serving a wide selection of gins, tonics and whiskies, is well worth a visit. Chef and host Markus Pape, a Jeunes Restaurateur member, remains down-to-earth despite having spent years learning from the best chefs in the country. You can follow one of his cookery courses at Kochhaus Nicolas Appert. Café Meisentörtchen serves its own delicious house-made patisserie.
New Mondrian HotelThe Hague, The Netherlands
The New Mondrian Hotel has five hotel rooms that are divided into four Accor Hotel Group classifications and is situated in the center of The Hague. The New Mondrian Hotel's convenient position in the heart of busy The Hague, next to Central Station, makes it an ideal place to stay. The students strive to make your stay special each and every day.
Nidum BoetiekhotelGrave, The Netherlands
Spending the night in a monumental building becomes reality at Nidum Boetiekhotel, which is opening soon. Nidum is currently working on the six hotel rooms, which are expected to open in the late summer of 2022. The 16th century building was transformed into a house of inspiration. The overall concept Nidum, which is Latin for 'nest', is a place for inspiration and awakening new ideas, where the focus is on interior design and art, it feels like a 'warm nest' here. This beautiful location, the Arsenaal and Grave, is where several showrooms, stores and Restaurant Ovum come together. A new addition is Nidum Boetiekhotel, the Arsenaal has been transformed into 6 beautiful rooms decorated by different interior designers where you can enjoy an overnight stay. As a result, that each room has its own unique character.
Restaurant-Hostellerie VivendumDilsen Stokkem, Belgium
On the shores of the river Maas in Limburg lies the idyllic village of Dilsen-Stokkem. Alex and Marianne Clevers renovated old chaplain’s residence, built in 1734, to make their dream come true in transforming it into a restaurant and hotel. Meticulously restored, the building’s history was fully preserved, including the age-old mantelpieces and vaulted ceilings. At the rear of the restaurant you will find Vivendum's terrace which has been awarded as the most beautiful terrace in Belgium by Gault&Millau.
Schlosshotel HugenpoetEssen-Kettwig, Germany
Take all the time you can to enjoy this treasure of cultural heritage. Schlosshotel Hugenpoet can genuinely be described as unique, a place that meets your every expectation. The impressive interior of this elegant castle has a history stretching back over centuries – Hugenpoet has been passed down through generation after generation of barons in the von Fürstenberg family.
Stadspaleis Old RuitenborghVollenhove, The Netherlands
Historic Vollenhove is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the eastern Netherlands. For centuries, fishermen set sail from the harbour on what was once the open sea, but today is an inland waterway – the little town has been enveloped by reclaimed land. In the 17th century, Vollenhove had no fewer than 17 stately manor houses, which earned it the name ‘City of Palaces’.
Suitehotel PincoffsRotterdam, The Netherlands
Suitehotel Pincoffs is a boutique hotel with international flair housed in a historical monument from 1879 on the Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam. The interior offers an exciting mix of antique, design and photography combined with modern comforts. The former customs office with a view of the river features a suite with a secret entrance, a Love Suite with a whirlpool for two and a duo-shower as well as a designer suite with luxurious furniture made from recycled materials.
Suitehotel PosthoornMonnickendam, The Netherlands
In the small historic town of Monnickendam you will find Suitehotel & Restaurant Posthoorn. Napoleon Bonaparte stayed at this stately yet hospitable house in 1697. Upon entering this national monument building, you immediately sense the riches and opulence of the golden age. The small-scale hotel, only 12 km from Amsterdam, has luxurious suites and rooms where comfort and well-being are priorities. The owner, Marc Boeljon, was inspired by the most beautiful boutique hotels in Europe. Posthoorn’s restaurant is a culinary hotspot. The Head Chef combines classic French cuisine with ingredients from all over the world in a bold distinctive touch. For those who look for tranquility and natural wetlands, but with a big city within reach, Posthoorn is ideally located.
The CollectorDen Haag, The Netherlands
The Hague has style. This will come as no surprise, of course, given that this city beside the dunes is home to the Dutch parliament and the king. Follow sophisticated locals to upmarket delicatessens, or check out the trendy Foodhallen, The Hague has it all.
Van RossumWoerden, The Netherlands
The arsenal in the centre of Woerden is a listed building dating from 1762. Carefully restored and sustainably renovated, it has been transformed into Van Rossum café and restaurant and Stadshotel Woerden. This boutique hotel in Holland’s rural Groene Hart area, within easy reach of the major cities, has spacious rooms in individual style, with atmospheric oak beams and comfortable Auping beds. The cafe terrace and restaurant are on a lively square, Kerkplein. Van Rossum knows how to make its guests immediately feel welcome.
Villa BeukenhofOegstgeest, The Netherlands
You will be hard pressed to find a nicer place for leisure or business meetings. Villa Beukenhof has so much to offer, the cosy bar is ideal for an aperitif or after dinner drink, a charming restaurant and a bistro with a touch of Paris, a grand terrace in the middle of the garden, a centuries old venerable beech tree, relaxing lounge chairs, wonderful hotel rooms, meeting rooms, venue rooms and a cigar room. The comfortable suites are well appointed. The suites are individually styled and have international names, such as Paris, New York, Dubai or Tokyo. Whether your preference is ultramodern and high tech, including shower with mood lighting or old-world charm with a four-poster bed from 1740, it is all there for you to discover and enjoy!
WinselerhofLandgraaf, The Netherlands
The Winselerhof from the 16th century was originally a charming country manor. Currently the manor farm is a unique hotel with Italian restaurant. Winselerhof is renowned for its wonderful atmosphere, traditional farmhouse charm and warm hospitality. Most of the rooms are located around the characteristic court yard. The hotel offers the perfect ambience with a crisp interior and marvellous view of Limburg’s countryside from the restaurant.
Ysbrantsz Boutique Hotel & RestaurantHoorn, The Netherlands
In 2020, owners Marco and Laura opened Boutique Hotel & Restaurant Ysbrantsz in the heart of Hoorn, a historic port city. The flair of the Dutch Golden Age is still very much visible here. This is reflected at Ysbrantz where, in the 17th century, Johan Ysbrantsz was a restaurateur, a warm, hospitable man who liked to give his guests the feeling of coming home. At Roode Steen 14, he cooked meals with spices that the sailors brought back from faraway journeys. At Ysbrantsz Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, hospitality and sustainability (gas-free) are key. Ysbrantsz gives the feeling of coming home. A place for a cosy dinner, a good cup of coffee and a night in one of the historic, modernly renovated rooms.
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