Korte Kleverlaan 6, Bloemendaal, 023.526.4686, €
The Draw: Location. Location. Location. Nestled between the seaside and the historic city of Haarlem, the hotel draws those looking for a stylish break from big-city life.
The Scene: Couples on romantic getaways, Holland’s scenesters—who’ve come to party at the nearby beach pavilions—and those looking to sleep near the country’s storied tulip fields make this newcomer a sure bet. High ceilings and original architectural details left over from the 19th century add context, while each of the 11 guest rooms has been given a modern update. WiFi and flat-screen TVs are standard, as are design-chic bathrooms: Some feature stunning Bisazza mosaics, while the standout offers a Philippe Starck X tub. Sand dunes, forests, bulb fields, historic villages, and Michelin-starred eateries are all in the vicinity, making it hard to return to Amsterdam’s buzzing center.
Hot Tip: Splash out for Room 2, the “Wellness Suite.” It’s the one with the Starck tub and loads of space.
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Koningennenhoofd 1, Rotterdam, 010.439.0500, €
The Draw: Pick one. Rotterdam’s chic and stylish crash pad—once the headquarters of the Holland America cruise line—boasts stunning harbor-front views that take in some of the most famous contemporary architecture in the world. It’s also perfectly situated for those hoping to hit the dance floors of the country’s best clubs.
The Scene: International visitors jockey with the Dutch for seats on the hotel’s waterside terrace, taking in skyline views, hashing out business deals, and recovering from last night’s hottest dance party. This is Rotterdam’s destination hotel of choice for the style-conscious, and the hotel lives up to high expectations. Rooms incorporate original architectural features along with modern touches, and the hotel’s cafe attracts its share of hip locals. A nearby water taxi stand allows guests to explore the city and harbor in a fun and efficient manner.
Hot Tip: Book a balcony room to enjoy the best views.
Kruisherengang 19-23, Maastricht, 043.329.2020, €€€
The Draw: This renovated 15th-century monastery marries a striking Gothic exterior to a contemporary décor that incorporates today’s hottest design elements.
The Scene: Deep-pocketed, gorgeous Europeans treat the Kruisheren like their own personal château away from château. The library, boutique, and coffee bar help the Euro-chic feel at home, whether they’ve come to shop for art at TEFAF—the annual arts fair that sees the likes of Breughel, Bacon, and Mondriaan for sale—or dine at the myriad outstanding restaurants that have solidified Maastricht’s position as the Netherlands’ dining destination of choice—including the Michelin-starred trio of Tout a Fait, Cuisinier Toine Hermse, and Beluga. Guest rooms toe the stylish line between the Medieval Age and the age of the Jetsons, and each includes creature comforts such as flat-screen TVs, walk-in closets, high-speed Internet, and separate showers and tubs.
Hot Tip: Book a garden-view room to revel in the peaceful air of monastic tranquility, or ask for a stained-glass-window room to enjoy the best of the hotel’s fabulous architecture.