Grand Hotel de Draak
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.
French classics with local ingredients
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. The menu features French classics, where possible 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.
KEY FEATURES AND SERVICES
Special features in the region
Bergen op Zoom
De Brabantse Wal
"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."
"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."
Gault & Millau 14,5/20
“Hospitality, gastronomy and history.”
‘’Hospitality, gastronomy and history have been under one roof here for centuries.'' - Frans Hazen
- Host: Frans Hazen
Chef: Torben Bouterse