5 unique places to stay in Groningen
Crammed with museums, historic sights, places to shop and events, the northern city of Groningen is one of the Netherlands’ most rewarding destinations. As well as its spectacular cultural offerings, it’s also home to unique places to stay that offer a special welcome to weary travellers. From bedding down in a historic Dutch monument to sleeping in a straw igloo, here are our favorite hotels, apartments and B&Bs to book when visiting the city.
- From stays at a royal residence to a romantic retreat in a cultural hub, the city of Groningen has something for everyone.
- Experience the charms of rural Groningen, from straw hotels to haystack houses.
- Explore the history and culture of bustling Groningen.
Located in one of the oldest, most beautiful buildings in Groningen, this 4-star boutique hotel has previously been home to bishops, governors and even Dutch princes. Dating back to 1436 and first opened to the public in 2012, a stay at Hotel Prinsenhof offers a level of luxury that means the only stress you’ll feel is having to leave. While there, don’t forget to enjoy the views; the hotel neighbours Groningen’s famous Martinitoren and beautifully manicured Prinsentuin.
Sint Anthony Gasthuis
Discover Dutch history at Sint Anthony Gasthuis, a former almshouse, mental institute and hospital which cared for plague sufferers. Today, its lush courtyard remains a tranquil oasis in the heart of Groningen. The converted B&B is the perfect base to explore the city, and you’ll be surrounded by locals who can tell you all about the city’s secrets and treats.
Grand Hotel De Kromme Raake
It’s not always easy to secure a booking at the Grand Hotel De Kromme Raake for one very good reason: it’s one of the world’s smallest hotels. Located 20km outside Groningen in the village of Eenrum, book the hotel’s only room (the entire hotel) and explore an area steeped in Dutch tradition. Whether making candles at Kaarsenmakerij Wilhelmus, admiring the nearby windmills or cycling past vibrant green fields and farmland, a stay here is guaranteed to be truly personal.
Het Paleis Groningen
Based in a cultural hub close to Groningen’s city centre, this unique design hotel has 10 rooms which are all themed on different artistic movements. Bed down in Dadaism, get cozy in Cubism or even snuggle down amongst the surrealists; Het Paleis Groningen is an art lover’s dream.
Straw-Hotel Hayema Heerd
Connect with nature and sleep in an igloo made from straw. A special sort of glamping, these unique lodgings offer all mod cons, including a comfortable bed (made from straw, naturally), as well as a dining area and even a fridge to keep your refreshments chilled. Perfect for couples looking for a romantic retreat and families too, book an igloo and enjoy a luxurious camping experience like no other.