The most remarkable hotel in the Province Drenthe or maybe even in the Netherlands is situated at the south end of the citycentre in Emmen.
In Hotel Ten Cate (in the VT list: Tulip Inn Emmen) you can sleep and dream in a hotel which is an artwork itself. When the former owners took over again the hotel they changed a lot to the better. The most spectular was the transformation of the hotel into a colourful Toyist Art hotel.
The Toyism started in 1992 in Emmen.The Philosophy of Toyism says that it's not about the artist as individual, but that the art itself is the message. The Toyists work as a collective with artists from all over the world. When they work or present themselves they are wearing masks.
The style of Toyism is very colourfull. All artworks tell a story. The project of Toyist Hotel Ten Cate is called 'Dreams for breakfast'. In april-may 2012 thirteen artist worked together to paint the 600m2 of the outside walls. At the 16th May 2012 the artwork is revealed with many attendees.
You can also sleep in different Toyist rooms like 'Art for ever', 'Night in the jungle', 'Secret of the ocean', 'Spirit of 3 elephants' and for a special occasion ther is a special room 'Dance of love'.
You can be picked up by the Toyist Rolls Royce, of course painted in the bright Toyist colours.
I visit Ten Cate regularly. Good food, lively bar, lovely innergarden, hospitable staff.
But I never spent the night in one of the rooms, because it's only 10 minutes by bike from my house.
53 hotelrooms, regular ones and special Toyist artrooms.
Bar/Brasserie TC culinair
Restaurant TC culinair
Hampshire Hotel (former De Giraf and Eden) is situated just east of the railway at a walking distance of about 10 minutes from the citycentre of Emmen and the entrance of the Zoo. The hotel has 76 hotel rooms, including 3 theme rooms (Out of Africa, 1001 nights and a japanese room). There are also 3 suites and 4 familyrooms
The hotel is connected with different conference facilities, and halls for concerts, exhibitions, fairs and parties. There are tenniscourts, a sport and fitnesscentre and you can get massage treatments.
The hotel has three restaurants. When I visited regularly they were a French à la carte restaurant, a patiorestaurant, serving world tapas and Spanish dishes as well and an African style Brasserie Mombasa, serving fingerfood menus, salads and plates. With my family I took also a 'World dinner' in all three restaurants but maybe they changed formulas after the hotel has a new management.
I know the lovely restaurants and the congressfacilities. I never spend here the night myself, but friends and colleagues told me they like the rooms. The rooms offer the usual stuff like shower/ bath, toilet, hairdryer, telephone, safe, television with radio and pay-tv. The hotel is easily reachable by car and there is a private free parkinglot.
Stads-Hotel Boerland is situated in the pedestrian area of the old part of the citycentre of Emmen, close to the market square with lovely terraces and many old oaks.
At this pedestrian area Stads-Hotel Boerland has a cosy petit restaurant and bar known as "De Heeren van Boerland" in the most historical part of the building. In this characteristic building you can enjoy your light meals and dinner. In front of "De Heeren of Boerland" is a nice terrace in the middle of the lively shopping centre.
The entrance of the well-known Zoo of Emmen is only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
At the reception of the hotel you can get tickets for the zoo with reduction.
Stads-Hotel Boerland has 14 hotel rooms on the first floor. The rooms are equipped with a shower or bath, toilet, telephone, television, mini bar and wireless internet. By its small scale the hotel has a personal touch and informal atmosphere.
Living not far from this hotel myself , I never spent the night here, but as far guests like VT-ers not sleep in my house, I book their rooms in this hotel.
The central unique location in the heart of the pedestrian area of the citycentre close to the shops, terraces, the zoo and the marketsquare with lots of festivals and activities at the front and a free parking place at the back .
Hotel de Jonge in Asse has 54 comfortable rooms. The 17 rooms in the old part of the building are furnished in style. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and popular grand-cafe "Centraal'' with a beautiful terrace.
Part of the hotelcomplex is also an English pub "the Beefeater'', a rockcafe "Docx" and a dance theatre annex disco "Diana''.
I didn't sleep in the Hotel myself, but I'm visiting the grandcafe with its lovely terrace regularly.
The best place in the heart of the city, with a nice atmosphere and interesting paintings.
A few KMs from Assen you can find the hoilidaycentre Zilverberkpark "Witterzomer''.
It's a wonderful place for camping in a large green natural setting. You can bring your own tent or caravan, but you can also hire a bungalows, a furnished tents or a wooden hut. There is a restaurant, a snackbar, breakfastservice, shoppingservice and much more.
''Witterzomer'' has its own swimmingpool, playinggrounds for kids, parcours for ponies, midgetgolf, jeu de boules, crossparcours for bikes and grounds for tennis, football, basketball and volleyball. Every summer week has its own theme with a lot of activities for young and old. And if you like to do something else, at the reception they can you give a lot of tips to enjoy the nature and culture of Drenthe.
My parents started this holidaycentre in 1952 and I lived here for 20 years. At that time I always prefered to stay home to see my holidays-friends, to share all the nice activities, to camp myself with my friends or to work here during holidays.
Landgoed De Berenkuil is a campsite of 50 hectare in a fantastic natural setting of forest and heatherfields with protected juniperus trees. You can hear and feel the nature all around. There are no cars allowed.
There are about 500 places for tents and caravans, but also some small ''Hans & Grietje" houses and Bear-huts. for rent.
Especially for the kids till 15 years the stay will be a real adventure. There are so many possibilities for all kind of playing, outdoors and indoors. You can also walk a nature trail. Every week has another ''crazy'' theme.
But top of the pop is Berenpret (bearfun) at 7 pm. Everybody is coming to the open air theatre. The kids, but also their parents don't like to miss it. It's not to explain what's happening there, so you have to experience it yourself. Theatre, singing and much more, it gives so much fun !!
At the campsite you can come to the ''Bommelhoes'' for drinks and meals. There is also a shop nearby de " Bereshop" for buying you own food.
De Berenkuil is awarded as ANWB Euro Top camping, has a four star classification and was the camping of the year in 1991.
The Berenkuil is not just a campsite, but a experience. The only thing is, you must not be allergic for bears, because you will meet loads of them.
More information on Drouwenerzand, for recreation and vacation: everything close by! It has a bungalow park and a camping as well as an theme play park.
Fabulous hospitality and great for kids!
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