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Make your stay more complete and enjoy your visit with us (p2)

To the airport or the central station in Leiden (p2)

Rated by Zoover and



Keukenhof; The flowergarden of Europe

Your own private boat trip

Approximately seven million bulbs (of more or less 1000 varieties) are planted the Keukenhof every year, which is why it also called the Garden of Europe. Keukenhof literally means “kitchen garden” and refers to the 15th century, when herbs were grown here for the nearby castle owned by Countess Jacoba. The spring flower garden was first established in 1949 as an exhibition showpiece for the Dutch bulb industry. Today the Netherlands is still one of the world’s biggest exporters of flowers. Tens of thousands of flowers are distributed every day throughout Europe through the Dutch Flower Auction. This year's theme is 'Holland', with exhibitions on the history of the tulip, 17th-century tulip mania and modern tulip cultivation. Spectacular features include the flower mosaic depicting Amsterdam’s canal buildings, planted using 60,000 tulip bulbs.

Did you now Leiden has 88 bridges and 22 kilometers of canals? Sail through the city or the polders surrounding Leiden in the private boat of the hotel. Discover Leiden and/or the surrounding polders and lakes from a different perspective; you won't regret it!

€ 87,50, including: - 2 hour boat tour with skipper

Opened: 20 March until 18 May 2014 Opening times: 08:00 - 19:30 daily Entrance fee: € 15 p.p. Taxi transfer return: € 65 Please inform us if you wish to book a transfer

- through the canals and polders - a picnic basket with delicacies and beverages - rate based on 2 persons - for very extra guest €30,00 pp is added on the rate. With a maximum of 8 persons in total

Our Choice: The Best Terraces of Leiden (p4) SEE HOLLAND IN ONE DAY


Our hotel has its own sight seeing tour. Dutch City Trips! (p2)

Received from TripAdvisor and thus belong to the top 25 of the best hotels in The Netherlands.

THINGS TO SEE OR DO Dutch City Trips; Visit Holland in one day!

€ 115,00 pp

Many of our guests have limited time to see Leiden and its surroundings; which is a pity as there is so much to see and do! This is why we have selected the most beautiful spots in the area and combined those in a day trip! You will visit Gouda (town hall and the cheese market), Delft (famous for Delft’s Blue pottery and the Royal Family) and Kinderdijk (a dike with 19 UNESCO windmills). During the trip there is a lunch stop and a coffee & pastry stop and you’ll receive some local delicacies to take home. All entrance tickets, lunch etc. are included in the price (€ 115 p.p.)

Book your taxi service Airport Schiphol - Hotel or vice versa at €40,00 (return €70,00) Leiden Central Station - Hotel or vice versa €8,50 (return €15,00) A reservation is required. Any other destination is also possible. Rates on request.

A scheduled boat trip Exploring Leiden from the canals is an experience, and absolutely worth it! Buy your ticket here! Boarding is at the 'Beestenmarkt', down the street.

Cheese market in Gouda

UNESCO Windmills in Kinderdijk


Candle Light Dinner

Spend a cozy afternoon with your friends, while enjoying a delicious High Tea. Drink tea, coffee and/or juices and indulge in all the sweets and sandwiches.

Surprise your partner with a romantic getaway, and enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner including 3 drinks. Followed by and hour of private quality time in our Jacuzzi and sauna.

Please reserve 2 hours in advance

Please reserve at least 2 hours in advance

€ 17,50 pp

€ 49,00 pp 2

Only €10 p.p. (€8,50 for 65+ and €6,50 for 12 years and under). Daily departures at 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:45 and 16:00.

Pivate Wellness At the back of the hotel, underneath the roof terrace, you will find our intimate wellness area. It has a sauna and whirlpool. Every guest may use it for free! But you can also book it privately for € 5,00 per hour.

HISTORY OF HUYS VAN LEYDEN Laurens Huygenszoon Gael was born around 1549. He was the second son of Huych Claeszoon Gael and Swaentje Laurensdochter. During the famous siege of Leiden in 1574 – an event that is still remembered every year on 3 October – Laurens’ father was Mayor of Leiden. Laurens was twenty-five years old at the time. On 31 December 1580, he gave notice of his intended marriage to Femmetje de Vriese of Haarlem. They married in the Leiden Pieterskerk the following year. The couple was to have four children together.

Laurens was an important figure in Leiden and held many offices. From 1580 to 1618, he was a member of the Council of Forty, one of 40 prominent inhabitants who chose the city’s Mayors. Laurens was himself elected as Mayor several times (in 1596, 1598, 1613, 1614, 1615 and 1618). He was buried in the Pieterskerk on 4 August 1637, having died around the age of 88. By then, he had survived his wife by more than 28 years.

Vacancy newspaper on 12-04-1897 Vacancy newspaper on 03-03-1896

Just after Leiden’s third extension of 1611, Laurens bought lot ‘C’, which was divided into three pieces numbered 5, 6 and 7. Huys van Leyden was probably built on number 5. The house was purchased for ƒ 1100. Over the centuries, the building has accommodated numerous residents and served many different purposes. Since 2012, this State Monument houses the Boutique Hotel with 5 rooms and two apartments, each in their own style.

HISTORY OF LEIDEN Leiden’s history stretches back a long way; long before our calendar started, people had settled on the banks of the Rhine. By 1200 the settlement had grown to such a size that the Count of Holland gave the people city rights, heralding the birth of the city of Leiden. At the end of the fifteenth century, Leiden was the biggest city in the county of Holland, mainly due to the international cloth industry for which the city was famous. The prosperity enjoyed by Leiden in this period is reflected in such imposing buildings as the Hooglandse Kerk and the Pieterskerk. (Curch)

In the 16th sixteenth century, the economic tide turned. It was the era of the Reformation, when Protestant movements were fiercely persecuted. In 1572, Leiden joined the Dutch revolt (led by the Prince of Orange) against the Spanish invaders, and the city was besieged by the Spanish. The citizens fell prey to disease and hunger, and Leiden almost fell into the hands of the Spanish, but on 3 October 1574 the Spanish invaders fled and the troops of the Prince of Orange entered the city. They distributed food to the starving citizens: half a loaf of bread with cheese and herring for every person. This liberation, the Relief of Leiden, is still celebrated every year with a gigantic local party. As a reward for the city’s resistance during the Spanish occupation, William of Orange founded Leiden University on3 8 February 1575.

Leiden is the City of Keys; the motif of keys can be seen all over the city. This dates back to 1293 when a city seal depicting Saint Peter featured on official documents of the ‘stadt Leyde’. In his hand the apostle carries a key. The combination of Saint Peter and a key is a well-known symbol taken from the Bible (Matthew, 16, v. 19), when Jesus says to Peter: ‘I will give you the keys to the City of Heaven.’ As early as 1121 the Counts of Holland had a chapel built, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. This is the present Pieterskerk.

Married in Leiden We can imagine that you want to make your friend's / daughter's / son's wedding as memorable and romantic as possible. In addition to reserving one of our stylish hotel rooms, we now also offer the opportunity to book a pampering package. This package includes: Romantically decorated room (candle lights, a card with a personal message and rose petals on the bed); for an unforgettable night. Two hours private use of our Wellness Centre (including use of bathrobes and slippers); for ultimate relaxation before or after the Big Day. Chocolate Surprise; because nothing beats chocolate.

Personal gift from Huys van Leyden; to commemorate the best day of their lives. Bottle of Cava; to toast to happiness and love. Champagne breakfast in bed; to enjoy a deluxe breakfast while thinking back at the previous day. Late Check-Out; a relaxed start on the first day as a Wedding package at married couple.

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Terraces in Leiden The sun is barely shining and a cold wind gives you goosebumps, but the terraces are calling you! With a blanket around your shoulders and glass of wine in your hand you ignore any sign of winter and prelude springtime. We checked out the best terraces of Leiden to worship the sun and enjoy the Key of Discovery. Annie's Hoogstraat 1A Mon - Wed & Sun 11:00- 24:00hrs Thurs - Sat 11:00 - 02:00hrs A variety of people and dishes. Perfect location where the Oude and Nieuwe Rijn merge.

Einstein Nieuwe Rijn 19 Sun - Wed 10:00 - 00:00 Thur - Sat 10:00 - 02:00 Watch the boats pass by from your seat on the terraceboat; a casual and cosy ambiance.

Koetshuis De Burcht Burgsteeg 13 Mon - Fri & Sun 12:00 - 21:30 Sat 10:00 - 21:30 Unique location and large terrace at the foothills of 'De Burcht'.

Dok 2 Havenplein 2 Wed - Mon 17:00 Trendy restaurant with a terrace under 2 old chestnut trees in the harbour of Leiden.

Brasserie De Poort Haven 100 Sun - Sat 11:00 - late Stunning surroundings at the city gate and in the harbour of Leiden and a modern but cosy ambiance.

WOODS Haagweg 81 Sun - Fri 12:00 - 15:00 Every day 18:00 - 22:00 Fancy waterfront restaurant, serving a variety of small dishes.

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Huys van leyden courant spring 2014  
Huys van leyden courant spring 2014