5 new ‘hidden secrets’ of Holland: venues and meeting spaces you will not easily find by yourself

Not all venues make the guides. You need to be told about these exclusive gems by insiders who know their way around Holland. Read about my latest discoveries.

Harbour View Penthouse – The Hague

Literally a prime location with stunning views. Once you exit the elevator you enter an incredible space, overlooking the harbour, the city, dunes and sea. The glass outer walls create an overwhelming world of space and light! Harbour View Penthouse will make you and your guests feel pampered at the best spot in the fishing port of The Hague.

Suitable for all types of meetings and smaller events, the venue has all the facilities and amenities you require. In addition to the ‘living room’, board room for 20, and two break-out rooms, there is the rooftop terrace with sea views. A place so spectacular that your guests will regret that the meeting has ended.


Science Centre Delft

A meeting in the Faculty Room of the Science Centre Delft, part of the Delft University of Technology, is definitely an exclusive one. The room is located in the characteristic building of the faculty of Mining Engineering that dates back to 1911.

The Science Centre Delft offers an inspiring technical and scientific environment for meetings and
brainstorming sessions. The Faculty Room, the old lab, is one of the most surprisingly designed rooms at Delft University of Technology, and the Executive Board uses it for its meetings. The boardroom table in the form of a beautiful airplane, which seats a maximum of 24, has a particularly inspiring effect on the delegates, just as the wall of LED-lighted algorithms. And if you turn around for a look outside, you are drawn by the beautiful views of the Botanical Gardens of the Delft University of Technology. The venue has three additional workshop/break-out rooms for fifteen to 40 people. As an added bonus a visit the to the Science Centre Delft is included when using this meeting space.


Het Glazen Huis – Apeldoorn Area

Het Glazen Huis (The Glass House) is much more than just a pleasant meeting place in a beautiful location. With its focus as a centre for leadership and organization, the venue supports trainings, events, and meetings in whatever way they can to help the meetings reach their full potential. Het Glazen Huis wants everyone to feel at home as soon as they enter. Have you ever met in a living room that leads into a greenhouse? Part of this exclusive venue was built in a former greenhouse.

In addition to the characteristic rooms and enthusiastic support, the location has a special extra. During the ‘Span of Control’ programme, meeting participants learn to handle horses, in return for which these noble animals help increase participants’ self-knowledge and skills. The programme is not only very educational, it is also a relaxing way to enhance mutual contacts and realise a meaningful meeting for participants.


De Koperen Hoogte – Meeting in a former water tower in Zwolle

The ‘De Lichtmis’ (The Purification) former water tower has been a striking landmark in the Zwolle area since 1932. The building was saved from imminent demolition in 1993 and transformed into a unique hotel and meeting location.

De Koperen Hoogte (The Copper Height) literally offers top-level meetings in the luxury meeting rooms at the top of the water tower. Closer to the ground, the beautiful conservatory accommodates gatherings of up to 200 people, and the Herenzaal (Gentlemen’s Room) accommodates 170 for a meeting.

The many facilities include a 4-star hotel with sixteen rooms, two suites, and a private golf course. The combination of spectacular views and gastronomy provides a special touch when dining in the unique revolving La Tour restaurant. It is located at 50-plus meters high, and in just over three hours you will experience a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape.


La Caverne de Geulhem – The most stunning no-view-at-all

When looking for great views, this venue is the complete opposite of what you expect your search to unveil. Yet, your guests will never forget a meeting, dinner or event held at the Caverne de Geulhem (the Geulhem Caves,) in one of the southernmost parts of Holland.

The authentic quarry, 30 feet underground, boasts all the modern facilities for a memorable meeting. The three caves can each accommodate up to 50 people U-shape, or more than 100 people theatre-style. Combined, they offer a spectacular backdrop for sit-down dinners. And you do not have to worry about cold feet as the entire venue is equipped with under-floor heating.


At which of these ‘hidden secrets’ would you like to organize a meeting? And why do you prefer this one? Let me know in the comments!

5 most beautiful meeting rooms in Holland

A while ago I asked my Twitter followers to tell me which Dutch meeting rooms are the most beautiful, according to them. I have had lots of responses and selected the five most special or origional. Here they are!

1. De Verzameling, Westervoort

De Verzameling De Verzameling in Westervoort, is actually an old church. It has 2 separate meeting rooms. One for 10-12 persons and the other for 36-40 persons.
Check for more info: http://www.deverzameling.nl

De Verzameling

2.  Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Beurs van BerlageWith its 21 rooms and 5.500 m2 the Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre Amsterdam offers you unique opportunities to organise your meeting, conference or business event. Modern facilities go hand-in-hand with a special, inspiring atmosphere.
Check for more info: http://www.beursvanberlage.nl

Beurs van Berlage

3. Koos & Co’s, Ottersum

Something unique you will find nowhere else in the Netherlands. In a small village, in the middle of the countryside. It offers several different meetingrooms and workshopspaces for small groups.
Check for more info: www.koosbv.nl.

Koos & Co's 4. The Playing Circle “Studio”, Amsterdam

The Playing CircleThe studio can accomodate groups between 2 and 40 people. There is a lot of daylight coming in through the large windows. This makes the place very suitable for creative workshops and brainstorm sessions.
Check for more info: http://www.theplayingcircle.nl

The Playing Circle

5. Het Koninklijke Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT), Amsterdam

KIT AmsterdamKIT was founded in 1910 as the ‘Colonial Institute’ to study the tropics and to promote trade and industry in the (at that time) colonial territories of the Netherlands.Since 1926, KIT has been housed in a historic building at the edge of the Oosterpark. The building is richly adorned with decorative features and symbols referring to different cultures of the world and the colonial history of the Netherlands. KIT offers A large and small conference room and auditorium, eight meeting rooms of varying sizes, an impressive reception area.

Kit Amsterdam

6 new ‘hidden secrets’ of Holland: venues and meeting spaces you will not easily find by yourself

Not all venues make the guides. You need to be told about these exclusive gems by insiders who know their way around Holland. Read about my latest discoveries.

Landgoed Te Werve, Rijswijk

Situated on a 6-acre-large estate, the Te Werve Mansion dates back many centuries. Earlier excavations discovered remains dating back to around 1000 AC, but the oldest parts of the present building originate in the 15th century.

The venue will complete a major refurbishment this month, offering a majestic and stylish setting for meetings of up to 50. The historic building offers all modern facilities for meetings and first-rate service. On sunny days, the terrace offers a spectacular view of the pond and the estate.


Lijm & Cultuur, Delft

Built in 1885, the Glue and Gelatine Factory at one time offered jobs to some 1,000 people and was a major exponent of the industrial revolution in Delft. After the collapse of the US market in 2002 the factory closed its doors permanently after 117 years.

After a thorough renovation, the former factory is now an extremely versatile and characteristic venue for a broad range of events, with both an outdoor and indoor facility. If you prefer high ceilings and an industrial setting, Lijm & Cultuur is a gem to be discovered.


Het Nut, Beesd

An 18th-century building, rich in history, can be exclusively yours if you book your meeting at ‘Het Nut’ (‘The Purpose’). Het Nut is interested in the welfare of individuals and the community. Schools and banks were founded and in 1862 the building first became a bank. The vault is still there. Later on it housed  a kindergarten/school.

Renovated with respect for the historical elements, the trendy design is a wonderful combination of luxury and contemporary facilities in a relaxed setting. An inspiring and creative environment for almost any type of meeting.


Loft, Boksum

Loft, in the Friesian village of Boksum, is a former church, converted into a beautiful and inspiring venue for your next meeting. Surprising and tasteful, Loft excites the senses with fragrance, colour and taste. Image a meeting room with fresh green grass carpeting.

There is hardly anything that reminds you of a typical meeting set-up. This creative space is an invite for a ‘different’ approach to your meeting. Or how about the creative dream space in the church’s attic with rainbow tables and soft dream pillows. A setting that guarantees out-of-the-box thinking!


Palace Hotel, Noordwijk – Winner Dutch Hotel Award 2012

Sometimes even Mr Holland needs a trigger to be reminded of all the beautiful venues his country has to offer. Just recently the stunning luxury 4-star Palace Hotel Noordwijk was announced the winner of the 2012 Dutch Hotel Award (DHA).

A dedicated team that demonstrates its enthusiasm and passion for hospitality, 120 exclusive rooms and suites and eleven meeting rooms are the ingredients for a successful meeting.


Landgoed De Holtweijde, Lattrop – Winner Innovation Award

Another venue – De Holtweijde Estate in the eastern part of Holland – was presented with an innovation award for its biomass heating system. The system operates on woodchips and  provides heating for the hotel, pool and hot tap water. The system saves 75% on fossil fuel and guarantees a comfortable temperature in your meeting rooms for up to 200.

Another innovation is that you can start your meeting in a special, fully-equipped meeting coach that makes the commute from the airport to the venue easy, convenient, green and effective!


At which of these ‘hidden secrets’ would you like to organize a meeting? And why do you prefer this one? Let me know in the comments!

Selection of top venues in Rotterdam

Need an original place to stay for your meeting? Or just a big venue? We’ve selected 6 of the many top venues in Rotterdam:

1. Hotel New York:

it’s one of the oldest places to stay when people needed to wait for their departure to New York… by boat! I know my girlfriends love a high tea over there and that they also have an excellent dinner menu. I can smell the sea already!

2. De Kuip:

one of the largest football stadiums in Holland would be perfect to plan a meeting at! You can plan a guided tour of the stadium as well. Manchester United fan? Watch Guidetti play with Feyenoord.

3. Ahoy:

it’s one of the largest venues in the Netherlands, but even though you may have a small convention, you can use this place for intimate meetings as well! Located in Rotterdam very well.

4. Novotel Rotterdam Brain Park:

Not only does this hotel have a 4 star rating, it’s also been reviewed very favourably! Located close to nature but also very central in Rotterdam. Tip!

5. SS Rotterdam:

you know Holland is closely connected to water, so why not use this in a meeting? Plan your meeting on a large boat!

6. De Maassilo:

when Rotterdam imported large amounts of grain they stored it here. When this was not needed anymore they transformed it into an events hall. Also good for clubbing for youngsters.