Amsterdam – Antwerpen – Brugge – Luxemburg – Cologne
Two kingdoms and one duchy: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are more than just three small states between the North Sea, Germany and France. They share a common culture and look back on a Golden Age together. Between 1550 and 1700, magnificent town houses, canals, windmills, pictures and palaces were created. Some landscapes and cities still look like Rembrandt painted them almost 400 years ago.
The well-kept B&B of Linda and Daniel is situated in a quiet suburb of Antwerp, about three kilometres from the centre. The four rooms of the house are individually furnished in a tasteful, homely style, which represents a successful mixture of old furniture and modern comfort. The owners, who speak German and English, put their heart and soul into running the business and spoil their guests endlessly – starting with a rich breakfast with many fresh and homemade products, rounded off by an attentive service. The common lounge is also inviting, where you can make yourself comfortable after a strenuous day. The centre can be reached in a few minutes by public transport, with a stop nearby.
Already in the Middle Ages the house accommodated pilgrims and other poor travellers in a quiet side street near the market place. After its thorough redesign, it only has three guest rooms now, which are all the more comfortable. The whole building, overlooking the old roofs of Bruges, is a mixture of old and new, full of character. In the morning Julie serves her guests a hearty breakfast in the living and dining room; in summer you can also enjoy it in the courtyard. Numerous sights of the city are within walking distance, as well as cafés and restaurants.
This charming hotel is located in a quiet but central location near the Parc des Trois Glands in Luxembourg. The tasteful rooms have wooden floors and are individually furnished in an elegant colonial style. A lovingly prepared breakfast with fresh baked goods, muesli, fruit, egg dishes and other ingredients is served in the small breakfast room with a cosy ambience at the table. When the weather is fine, the well-kept garden area with terrace invites you to linger. The Museum of Modern Art and the Musée Dräi Eechelen are located in the park; the city centre can be reached in a few minutes.
In the heart of Cologne's Old Town, just minutes from the Cathedral, the Rhine River and the main shopping streets and as part of one of Cologne's oldest family breweries, this hotel is a very special address. The 37 rooms are modern and well designed – some with Cathedral views and their own beer on tap. The brewery has lots of character with the Köbesse (traditionally rude waiting staff) serving authentic Cologne cuisine and amazing views of the Dom and the City. One of Cologne's best known bands – Die Höhner – shows off memorabilia of 40 years of band history over two floors.
The small luxury hotel was built in 1618 during what is aptly known as the "Golden Age" in Amsterdam. The patrician townhouse was built by a trader of spices from the Far East and, judging by its opulant furnishings, business was good. The historical property served as the home of the Dutch Prime Minister in the 1880s, then became part of a university before being acquired by its current owners in 1968 and converted into an exclusive hotel in 1983. A recent rennovation was overseen by Wim van de Oudeweetering, one of Holland's premier interior designers. Read more→
In 2008 the facility was designated a "Hidden Treasure," a prestigious award bestowed by the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board. The hotel "known only to the happy few" was praised by the Board for the unique design of each of its 38 bedrooms, its "incomparable ambience with strikingly beautiful details," and its "top-level hospitality." Add to this the location in the very centre of Old Amsterdam, just a few minutes' walk from the Dam Square, and it's easy to see why this hotel is considered a "Hidden Treasure."
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