Discover Benelux | Hotel and Restaurant of the Month | The Netherlands and Belgium HOTEL OF THE MONTH, THE NETHERLANDS
TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTOS: B-APARTHOTEL KENNEDY
The best of both worlds: centrally located luxurious apartments with hotel services B-aparthotel Kennedy has found the missing link between the luxurious touch of a hotel visit and the homely feeling of an Airbnb: modern rental apartments in the city centre of The Hague with the extra services of a four or five-star hotel. There is no place like home. Even if your home is only temporary, it is always a good idea to invest in your personal safe haven. In this case, that haven is called B-aparthotel Kennedy and it combines the best of both worlds in the Dutch ‘city of courts’, The Hague.
This unique and innovative concept allows expats and long-term guests to rent spacious, centrally located apartments, each with their own kitchen including dishwasher and other luxurious comforts such as super-fast internet and a bathtub. Guests can even choose to combine two apartments, creating a wonderful family home. On the other hand, B-aparthotel Kennedy also offers the services of a luxurious hotel such as a laundry service, a gym and an extensive breakfast buffet. Bike rental is also available, as well as a grocery service. Last but
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not least, guests can even rent a PlayStation. Furthermore, the friendly staff are more than happy to help you with your first steps into the Netherlands, such as connecting you to real estate agents. With its top service and unique location in The Hague, the B-aparthotels group is expanding. Opening up a new location in Amsterdam next year, the future is looking bright. There may be no place like home, but there is definitely no place like a B-aparthotel. www.b-aparthotels.com
TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS | PHOTOS: ROB
A market for haute cuisine Rob the Gourmets’ Market is wholly dedicated to gastronomic delights: it is a deluxe food and drinks market, upscale restaurant and catering service in Brussels. Why visit Rob, we asked head chef Alain Bergen. “Firstly, for the excellent quality of our produce. We make many things ourselves and have seasonal events. We serve baby lobster in spring, and there are the mushroom and asparagus seasons, to name a few.” Now in its 70th year, Rob has everything from the best pastry and chocolate shops, to exceptional fish counters, butchers and fine wines. The impressive dairy counter stocks over 400 cheeses and the knowledgeable team can help you find the perfect cheese platter, or explain how to tell when a cheese has reached maturity. Butcher Jérôme Rayet personally knows the farmers he chooses his meat from, and can advise on the best cut for a dish. The fish counter is stocked daily with fresh fish directly from the sea.
Rob also offers gourmet hampers, workshops and cooking classes. When asked about Rob’s strengths, Mr. Bergen highlights its passionate, skilled staff and its range of exceptional products made by small local producers. This even includes honey made locally on Rob’s roof. The 100-seater restaurant changes its menu monthly according to what is in season. Mr. Bergen recommends trying the shrimp croquettes. So come visit this unique Brussels institution, which encompasses the atmosphere of great local food markets with the cuisine of highly skilled chefs. www.rob-brussels.be Head chef Alain Bergen
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