Time for each other. In busy, hectic periods, it doesn’t always happen, but what’s nicer than some quality time away, just the two of you? You needn’t travel far for a romantic weekend getaway; the province of Groningen has plenty of opportunities for lovebirds to stay the night. How about a stay in a straw igloo under the stars, a night in the world’s smallest hotel, or cruising and sleeping in a VW camper van? Snuggle up to your beloved in one of these romantic hotels.
One-way ticket to Dreamland: STARwagon
Stadskanaal - Want to wake up together on a railway track? At Railway Museum STAR, you can stay the night in the STARwagon. This unique freight wagon has been converted into a pioneer wagon as a romanticised reference to the hard times experienced by the first pioneers of the peat. The wagon has been completely furnished with crockery and linens, a kitchen unit with hob, bathroom, lavatory, paraffin lamps and a cosy woodstove. All in true pioneer style.
Back to basic: Stro-Hotel
Oldehove - Sleeping at the Stro-Hotel straw hotel is nostalgic, romantic, rugged and comfortable too. The bed of straw adapts to the shape of your body, and at high temperatures, the straw even has a slight cooling effect. The straw igloos are perfectly suited to a romantic stay for two. They are completely furnished, with neatly made-up straw beds, a dining nook, electricity, heating and a small fridge. Last but not least, the apex of the igloo has a large glass dome so you can see the stars on clear nights.
Back to the hippy days: VW Holiday
Groningen - Discover the province of Groningen together from your home on wheels, complete with tiny kitchen, running water, a sitting area and four places to sleep. A camper gives you the freedom to roam and stay wherever you want. Thanks to the compact dimensions, it can be used as a regular car if necessary. The VW bus is also ideal to tour the area, for example to explore the wetlands or the undulating Westerwolde with its streams and primeval forests. That way you’ll discover spots that aren’t featured in a single brochure or pamphlet.
Sleeping in a little church: De Kleine Antonius
Zeerijp - Sleeping in a church organ: can it get any more romantic? A few years ago, the organ of this former Baptist church was transformed into a bed and the Bed & Breakfast was born. Your breakfast is served to you by the host and hostess on the sunny private balcony or in the church hall, by the hearth near the original pulpit.
World’s smallest hotel: De Kromme Raake
Eenrum - A former grocery shop, converted into a hotel, and furnished in Art Deco style in collaboration with two artists.This tiny hotel was included in the Guinness Book of Records. Why? ‘Grand’ Hotel de Kromme Raake has only one room, earning it its spot on this list of romantic getaways. De Kromme Raake has put Eenrum on the global map, but the candle maker’s and mustard museum are also worth a visit.
Waterbed: Hotel ship De Mars
Groningen - The cosy accommodations on board sailing ship De Mars will soon have you and your partner feeling at home. In the winter time, between November and April, floating hotel De Mars is moored in one of the city of Groningen’s loveliest areas: the Hoge der A. Below-deck are 2- and 4-person cabins, and above-deck is the salon, with a view of the splendid old warehouses and canal houses. That’s where breakfast is served and where you can take a moment to recover from all the city’s delights.
Peace and nostalgia: Westerlee Manor
Westerlee - The distinctive estate of Westerlee is situated to the east of Groningen, at about 25 minutes from the city. In the old barn of this former manor farm from 1910, you can now find romantic hotel rooms with picturesque beam ceilings. This estate is situated in Oldambt, a lovely undiscovered area of the Netherlands featuring gorgeous salt marshes, peat bogs, extensive grasslands, wooded areas and charming fortified towns.The luxurious rooms feature a two-person hot tub and king-size bed, among other things.
Sleeping like a patrician: The Schimmelpenninck Huys
Groningen - This former patrician house, Hotel Schimmelpenninck Huys, is located in the heart of Groningen. It’s situated right by the vibrant nightlife and shopping streets, with the theatre and museums a stone’s throw away. The Huys’s nostalgic, serene ambiance will add a special something to your stay. The romantic suites feature a king-size bed and luxurious marble bathroom with a hot tub for two with hydro-massage, light therapy and a rain shower.
Overnight stays in historic surroundings: Villa ‘de Thee Tuin’
Bellingwolde - Villa ‘de Thee Tuin’ is located in a historic manor house with nine romantic rooms. Each room has a different colour scheme, its own personal ambiance and radiates warmth, romance and cosiness. The atmospheric Villa ‘de Thee Tuin’ is located in the peaceful, wooded surroundings of the small town of Bellingwolde, near Winschoten.If you want to celebrate your love, a lovely romantic arrangement is also available.
Sleep like a prince(ss): Hotel Prinsenhof
Groningen - Enter the gate of the historic Prinsenhof and experience an oasis of serenity, right in the city centre. Admire the Martini Tower from your shower and wake up to a view of the exuberant rose garden. At Hotel Prinsenhof, you and your beloved can have a royally good time and sleep like princ(ess)es. You’ll breakfast in the magnificent Grand Café, located in a former church, with stained glass windows and a terrace.
One with Nature: Beleef Lauwersoog (Experience Lauwersoog)
Lauwersoog - A lakeside dwelling right on the Lauwersmeer. From your own covered terrace, you and your beloved can enjoy the most magnificent views and sunsets over the Lauwersmeer.This unique place to stay is the perfect base for an exploration of Lauwersmeer National Park and the Waddenzee UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition to a romantic chalet for two, chalets for 4, 5 or 6 people are also available.