Known for its Medieval architecture, winding canals and student community, Groningen is an ideal destination for a city break. From luxury suites to simple lodgings in historic locations, there are many excellent hotels in this underexplored corner of the Netherlands. These are seven of the best.
Hotel de Doelen
Hotel de Doelen is one of the oldest hotels in the Netherlands | Courtesy of Hotel de Doelen / Hotels.com
One of the oldest hotels in the Netherlands, the Hotel de Doelen has been in business, in one form or another, for over two centuries. Located on Grote Markt in the city’s historic centre, it is surrounded by heritage sites and within eyeshot of the Gothic Martini Tower. Guests can spend their downtime relaxing at the sophisticated lounge bar, furnished with dark woods and comfortable leather armchairs.
Housed in a residence that dates back to the Napoleonic Era, this stately hotel is ideal for guests who want to experience Groningen’s regal side; its 60 rooms, furnished with Rococo ornaments, offer varying levels of luxury. Though it was mainly constructed in the late 1800s, some parts of the hotel are considerably older, including its well-stocked wine cellar, which has remained more or less intact since the 14th century.
This modern hotel is perfect for an urban getaway in Groningen. The 93 rooms are fitted with deluxe single or double beds, and en-suite bathrooms. Guests can access additional facilities such as the spa and sauna, fitness room and bar, which stocks locally brewed beer.
Named after the nearby Martini Tower, this hotel occupies a red-brick building from the late 19th century on the southern side of the city centre. It maintains a friendly, down-to-earth approach to hospitality and offers lodgings ranging from standard singles to rooms large enough for families or small groups of friends. There’s an on-site restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner; alternatively, venture across the street to Hotel Martini’s Taveerne Rabenhaupt for drinks and delicious barbecue-style dishes straight from the grill.
The rooms at Hotel het Paleis reflect 20th-century art movements. Can you guess which one this is? | Courtesy of Hotel het Paleis / Booking.com
Geared towards art lovers, this stylish boutique hotel has 10 rooms named after and decorated to reflect artistic movements of the 20th century. For instance, the Cubism Room contains slanted, geometrical furniture, and the Dada Room features an enormous chandelier-esque sculpture made from found objects. In addition to its intriguing decor, the hotel has a brasserie that serves tasty organic dishes throughout the day.
Offering a mix of accommodation, from individually designed two-person rooms to well-equipped apartments with kitchens, Hotel Miss Blanche is well suited to solo travellers, couples, groups and families. The rooms are spread over a monumental 20th-century building, plus several other newer residences that run alongside Groningen’s Hoge der A canal. Thanks to its excellent location, guests have bars, restaurants and cafés on their doorstep. For a little extra, guests can reserve three package arrangements that revolve around romance, sightseeing or the local culinary scene.
Set in a palatial estate established by an order of monks in the 15th century, this hotel offers guests the opportunity to rest and recuperate in surroundings steeped in history. After passing between several owners from the 1600s onwards, the estate was converted into a modern hotel, with a bar and restaurant, in 2005. Though a lot has changed since its foundation, the long history of the estate is still on display, notably in its splendid gardens and magnificent brick facade. Nowadays, 34 luxury rooms are tailored around the estate’s unique layout and equipped with everything travellers need to have a memorable stay in Groningen.