If you love art and design, then why not explore the Netherlands this year? Here are 7 hotels we’d recommend to book your overnight stay, to sleep in Style and make the most of their artistic features.
Traveling along the new Mondrian to Dutch Design route, you can learn more about the story the Dutch art movement known as, The Style (De Stijl).
Doesn’t ring a bell? Well these artists and designers were well known for their use of primary colors and strong black and white lines, when designing a chair for example. They would only paint in squares and rectangles and just use straight, horizontal or vertical lines. The movement is still influential, even Katy Perry used The Style in her ‘This is How We Do’ music video.
Artists who were associated with The Style were in search of a completely new art form which would also modernise society. Even nowadays the main aspects of The Style movement still inspires many Dutch designers. It all started about a hundred years ago with Dutch artist Piet Mondrian – hence the name of the trail.
In The Hague you’ll find the world’s largest collection of Mondrian paintings in Gemeentemuseum The Hague, which are much-loved around the world. Mondrian is rooted in the towns of Amersfoort and Winterswijk.
In Utrecht you can visit the Rietveld-Schroder house, designed by the architect Gerrit Rietveld.
The designs of the future are developed and produced in Eindhoven, the Dutch design capital of the Netherlands. During the yearly Dutch Design Week in October, you will definitely see the influence of the Style in the works of current design artists. Book a bike tour and cycle from studio to studio where you can even design your own bag as part of the Designer for a Day initiative.
Where to stay in Style?
1. Hotel van der Valk Drachten
Theo Van Doesburg, the leader of the De Stijl movement, has left his mark on this small town in the North of Holland. Van Doesburg’s influence is most notable in a small neighbourhood of middle-class housing and a school building located in the center of Drachten. One of these houses has now turned into a museum and is called the Van Doesburg-Rinsema House.
Hotel van der Valk in Drachten offers rental bikes, which you can use for the 10-minute bike ride to Museum Drachten where this house and other exhibitions can be viewed. Did you know that Philips, even designed a razor inspired by the Style? Go and check it out at the Museum Drachten.
Want to share some great pictures of what you’ve seen that day? No problem, van der Valk Hotel offers free wifi throughout the hotel. And if you’re in for bowling night, this is your spot. You can even enjoy a high-tea here or a good Sunday afternoon brunch at this family run hotel.
2. Hotel de Tabaksplant, Amersfoort
The 3-star Hotel de Tabaksplant, which means tobacco plant, has gone above and beyond to make sure you’re able to get a better picture of the works of Piet Mondrian. The painter was born and raised in Amersfoort, so the locals say he got his inspiration from walking along the canals in this city.
Mondrian even designed a room in Hotel de Tabaksplant, showcasing some of his paintings but also a mirror for example. Especially for the Style Year, Hotel de Tabaksplant offers a package including breakfast, a city walking tour, a Mondrian goody bag and several discounts to museums such as the Mondrian Museum.
Hotel Tabaksplant lies in the historic center of Amersfoort, has free wifi, a parking garage around the corner and has a large, private city garden with a medieval fountain and terraces.
3. Bilderberg Europa Hotel in Scheveningen
To celebrate the 100th birthday of The Style, The Bilderberg Europa Hotel transformed its exterior into a Mondrian painting. Balconies show the typical Mondrian colors: red, blue, yellow, black and white. The hotel staff will be more than proud to explain the role of painter and architect Piet Mondrian played for the city of The Hague.
Located in Scheveningen – try to pronounce that correctly – this four star hotel offers a wonderful view at the sea that you can enjoy from your own stylish balcony. And after your visit to Berlage’s Gemeentemuseum, you can have a drink at the bar or just relax in the sauna, solarium, Turkish steam bath or indoor swimming pool.
4. Parkhotel Den Haag
The unique four-star hotel Parkhotel Den Haag is situated In the middle of the “Hofkwartier” nearby the Great Church, adjacent to the Palace Gardens and Palace Noordeinde. This hotel is only a 10 minute walk away from the Gemeente museum, where the exhibition of Mondrian is held. But design and art lovers can even enjoy the work of Mondrian in the lobby of the hotel, where several Mondrians can be seen in the recently renovated lobby.
Since the early 20th century, this hotel has been the perfect place for a luxurious stay after a day of shopping or a cultural visit. As soon as you step into Parkhotel Den Haag, you will experience a surprising oasis of calm. And in the morning you’ll start the day having breakfast while enjoying the view of the park.
5. Mercure Tilburg
The city of Tilburg hosts several museums that exhibit the works of Dutch artists and Mondrian, such as the Textile Museum or De Pont Museum which includes an exposition of Mondrian paintings.
The hotel is located in the heart of the city and is easy to access both by car and by train. Indoor parking is provided. The local history and its large number of museums are represented in the rooms of the hotel, with each room showing a photo of a different local museum.
And if you’re in for a day trip to a beer brewery in an old abbey, the La Trappe will entice you with its profoundly beautiful building and its tasty – but strong – beers.
6. Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven
The influence of The Style on the Dutch design scene will be abundantly clear if you’ve been following the trail, but Eindhoven brings The Style into the modern era.
If you want to get a feel for this, stay a night or two in the Inntel Hotels Art. This hotel is partly housed in the Philips Light Tower – built in 1909 for testing light bulbs. “They haven’t finished the ceiling,” a guest once commented of the four metre-high ceilings in the loft rooms.
Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven is an artistically furnished hotel right in the centre of the city. In addition, Eindhoven’s bustling creative centre, Strijp-S is only a ten minute walk, just past the PSV Stadium. It has optimal accessibility, being a two-minute walk from the Central Station and has an underground car park and a bus stop with a direct connection to Eindhoven Airport right in front of the hotel.
Eindhoven’s hallmarks – engineering and design – are closely interwoven into the 230 unique bedrooms of the hotel, which are so unique that quite often groups, who are divided over various rooms, visit each other to discover how differently the rooms have been furnished.
Make full use of the hotel’s fitness spa with Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and relaxation room. You can enjoy a wonderful massage in one of the treatment rooms after a long day of visiting museums. And how about some beer sampling in the hotel or a DAF Tour in an original DAF 33?
7. Kapellerput, Heeze
Kapellerput hotel has taken design to a complete different level, integrating it with the beauty of its surroundings. With carpets in the shape of sections of tree trunks and a tree house for events and meetings in their garden, Kapellerput is an experience on its own. Another beautiful spot at this sustainable hotel is the open-air theatre, where the forest serves as the perfect background.
Enjoy the soothing natural environment, the personal service, the latest works of the Dutch Design movement and the warm service of the staff.
*Lead image by Maurice Haak & Jenny Audring.