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Much more than a hotel TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: VAN DER VALK HOTEL ASSEN
A centre of luxury and comfort, topped off with a renowned personal touch: the fourstar Van der Valk Hotel Assen has been the base of the beautiful Northern Netherlands for generations. Known as the ‘Utrecht of the North’, the town of Assen proudly bears this name thanks to its central location and vibrant atmosphere. Within 20 minutes you are in the city of Groningen, and a stone’s throw away lies Drenthe’s natural wonders, ready to be discovered. How better to discover Drenthe or Groningen than by starting and ending your journey at Van der Valk Hotel Assen? With its 189 luxurious rooms and suites, 18 conference rooms and impeccable amenities, a relaxing (or productive) weekend starts here. Over the past seven years, Van der Valk Hotel Assen has seen rigorous renovations, to keep up with its innovative and on-point reputation. “Our hotel always reflects our guests’
wishes: we grow along side of them,” begins general manager Rob van der Valk. Innovation that is also seen in the Green Key certificate and in-house environmental coordinator, who keeps a close eye on the hotel’s environmental goals. Some well-deserved relaxation after a hard day of shopping or hiking can be done in the atmospheric restaurant or the trendy hotel bar, which is as popular with business people looking for a laid-back space to work as with people on a night out. The restaurant serves Van der Valk’s classics alongside on-trend cuisine. Unique is the Live Cooking Restaurant, where a team of cooks and patissiers will make your food while you watch. Above anything else, it is the people at Van der Valk and their love for their profession that makes guests come back. “That is a Van der Valk thing,” Rob enthuses – “always going the extra mile!” www.hotelassen.nl
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