The oldest hotel in The Netherlands

Grand Hotel de Draak

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.

A contemporary innovative cooking style

Restaurant 1397

Over the centuries, the hotel has lost nothing of its quality, although what was once a smoke-filled room with a smouldering fire is now a contemporary restaurant called 1397 – named after the year in which De Draak certainly already existed as a catering establishment. At Restaurant 1397, you will discover a contemporary innovative cooking style with worldly influences, but Dutch cuisine forms the basis. Where possible, dishes are prepared using local ingredients: the fresh fish is from the nearby town of Tholen, and many of the vegetables are grown in the surrounding Brabantse Wal area, which runs along the border between the provinces of North-Brabant and Zeeland.


Bicycles available
Cookery classes
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Oldest hotel in The Netherlands
Cioccolatini Workshops
Sauna, Turkish steam bath en infrarood cabine

Special features in the region

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De Binnenschelde

On the west side of Bergen op Zoom, at the Bergse Plaat, you will find recreatio… Read more
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Bergen op Zoom

Bergen op Zoom is culture, cosy shopping and culinary enjoyment in a historical… Read more
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De Brabantse Wal

The natural beauty of De Brabantse Wal guarantees many kilometres of cycling and… Read more


"A golden touch, because the ambiance is magnificent and chef Torben Bouterse, maître Imad Khalfioui and veteran sommelier Guus van Dijk are stable pillars: with such a team you can win the war."

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"Restaurant 1397 is located in Hotel De Draak, the oldest hotel in the Netherlands in the heart of Bergen op Zoom. Chef Torben Bouterse serves guests in the historic style room many regional ingredients and adds interesting international accents. Restaurant manager Imad El Khalfioui is a true professional. The service here is excellent."

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QL Unique Breaks


Quality Lodgings enjoy nothing more than pampering you thoroughly. That is why Grand Hotel de Draak has created a QL Unique Break. A QLUB is a full experience, often including an exceptional dinner, a wonderful overnight stay, an excellent breakfast and other great extras.

Hospitality, gastronomy and history.

‘’Hospitality, gastronomy and history have been under one roof here for centuries.'' - Frans Hazen

Host: Frans Hazen
Chef: Torben Bouterse