Discover Benelux | Hotel of the Month | The Netherlands
HOTEL OF THE MONTH, THE NETHERLANDS
Your healthy escape TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: CITY RESORT
City Resort exudes relaxation in the absolute broadest sense of the word. With Leiden’s Central Station almost literally on its doorstep, this haven of comfort has brought the joy of sleeping, eating and drinking, wellness, and sports all under one roof.
to 800 people. “Besides weekend trippers, City Resort serves as a perfect base for the business guest,” begins general manager Stoffel Verjaal. “Everything you need is right under one roof. And how better to end a long day of meetings than with a relaxing sauna trip before you head to bed?”
Consider yourself warned: once you step foot into a City Resort (formerly Fitland Hotel), you may not want to leave. This full-service location hosts a hotel, two restaurants, a splendid sauna and wellness centre, a full-service sports centre, and countless corporate facilities.
Restaurant Twelve takes full advantage of City Resort’s top location. Located on the 12th and top floor, Twelve boasts an à la carte menu with season-bound, accessible dishes. The restaurant can be exclusively hired and is ideal for meetings and business events. Ten stories down, guests will find The Second Level, a trendy bar and restaurant specialising in roast-grill dishes.
Opened in 2013, City Resort hotel counts 117 rooms, all offering every possible comfort. Think flat-screen TVs, rain showers, and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are located on the 11th and 12th floors, resulting in stunning views all around. City Resort puts a big focus on its excellent corporate facilities, and provides meeting rooms that can host up
The Vitae Wellness Resort, located on the 12th floor, is the heart of the hotel and absolutely stunning. It hosts several saunas, a hammam, herbal baths, and a beauty centre. “Instead of merely serving hotel visitors, our wellness clientele mainly
consists of external guests,” says Corine Nijtmans, manager at Vitae Wellness Resort. “We are everything but your standard hotel wellness centre.” Beautiful views are guaranteed: Vitae’s large swimming pool looks over the whole city of Leiden, while you can see all the way to the dunes from the panoramic sauna. Another way to blow off steam is at Fitland, the hotel’s sports centre, offering real fitness and group lessons with live instructors. Like the wellness centre, Fitland is a fully independent facility, strongly focussing on external guests and totally debunking the myth that hotels and modern sports centres do not mix. From the wonderful wellness centre (which is open until 11pm), to its proximity to Leiden’s best sights, to the endless flexible corporate facilities: City Resort in Leiden is the escape you sorely deserve. www.cityresort.nl Issue 41 | May 2017 | 69
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