Noordeinde 43, 1141 AG Monnickendam, Netherlands
Photo courtesy of Suitehotel Posthoorn
Sun, Tue - Thur 9am - 12am
Fri, Sat 9am - 12:30am
Suitehotel PosthoornThe thing about a country as small as the Netherlands is that you don’t have to go far to feel like you’ve gone very far indeed. Hidden away in a 17th-century house in the seaside village of Monnickendam, Posthoorn lures guests with romantic, antique-filled suites and rooms, as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant. While the restaurant’s French-inflected cuisine is a destination in and of itself, the refined-farmhouse-style rooms provide a reason to linger longer in a haven where old Dutch living seems to have been preserved. Each of the twelve rooms has been individually decorated with antique finds, whimsical wallpaper, and original 17th- and 18th-century prints and paintings native to the Waterland surroundings. A three-course breakfast from the restaurant’s vaunted kitchen is included in all stays; because of the inn’s personalized nature, you could order breakfast to your room, but why miss out on a chance to sip coffee and nibble pastries in the garden? When you do finally venture out into the world—into a landscape whose beauty has been immortalized in countless artworks—the helpful staff can point you in the direction of all those local finds you wouldn’t know to look for. The hotel is doing more than a few things right.