Den Bosch and Hotel t' Keershuys
's-Hertogenbosch or Den Bosch as it is more commonly known is the capital of the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. The town is filled with historical buildings, churches, museums, coffee shops, boutiques, private hotels, and small family owned businesses. I fell in love with all of the beautiful red exposed brick storefronts and homes clustered tightly together, decorated with hanging flower pots. The rows of buildings were only occasionally separated by a beautiful canal. The narrow cobblestone streets made me feel like I was walking in a storybook come to life.
I cannot forget to mention a few of the treats I enjoyed while in this lovely town. Fritessaus Frietjes which is simply fries with mayonnaise - it isn't something I would eat back home but when in the Netherlands I wanted to experience life as a local and growing up in a Dutch-Indo family it wasn't something I was unfamiliar with. I just knew one day I would have to try it for myself. I will say that the mayonnaise is different than the junk you get in a jar, I seriously despise that stuff, Dutch mayo is creamy and smooth, and it contains less fat and is a bit sweeter and easier on the palate. Oliebollen is a doughnut-like, round pastry that is lightly dusted with powdered sugar, and is so moist and fluffy you will feel sad that you only purchased one. I enjoyed the Aperol Spritz during my visit to Italy last year, so it should come as no surprise that I would order this drink in the Netherlands, and France - it's just so refreshing after a long day of walking and exploring.
Now, for the main reason I decided to write this blog. I love being able to look up a hotel online and find honest reviews from actual people that have spent time in the hotel and whether or not they would recommend it to others. With that being said, I wanted to share my honest review of Hotel t' Keershuys Den Bosch
I would like to mention that Hotel t' Keershuys has a private Bistro literally across the road from the Hotel rooms, so its nice to have the ability to walk over for a drink or meal. Considering I love food, we will start there - the standard breakfast consists of cold cuts, fish, various cheeses, freshly baked bread, yogurt, and fresh fruit. You will be asked if you would like a cup of coffee or any other specialty coffee drink, such as a cappuccino. You will also be asked if you would like something off the menu at no additional cost, so take full advantage of that option. The days that I stayed, I ordered a boiled egg and coupled that with freshly baked bread. I also added tuna and smothered it all with Sambal Oelek, which is basically ground fresh chili paste. Doesn't sound like the most appetizing thing but trust me it was delicious. I grew up eating Sambal, so it made me think of home. On one occasion I ordered the bistro's special pancakes with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. I was very impressed with how light and fluffy the pancakes were and would definitely recommend giving them a try.
What stood out to me above anything else at Hotel t' Keershuys was the customer service. I honestly felt like the staff was happy that I was there, and that my comfort was their main concern. My group rented a car, and when I parked the vehicle upon arrival I was asked for my keys. One of the hotel staff walked to get my car a couple of blocks down the road and parked it for me in the hotels private garage. Everyday that I stayed I received a call asking me what time would be ideal for breakfast - I mean, seriously?! When was the last time a hotel actually cared when you preferred to eat breakfast? You either pick up your breakfast at a specific time or you're pretty much on your own. The beds are extremely roomy and comfortable - so comfortable in fact that its hard to get up in the morning. The duvet is soft and keeps you nice and warm. The hotel fridge was completely stocked with water, wine, and beer and it was all for the taking at no additional cost - another fantastic perk! If I had any questions regarding recommendations for good restaurants or shopping, not only was I given the answer but the staff would take the time to grab a map and highlight the directions on how to get from point A to B. The bar within the bistro is relaxing and homey, you have views of the town and people walking along the cobblestone streets - everything you could possibly need/ want is within reach.
The hotel is in an ideal location, you can literally walk outside your door and are within walking distance to other restaurants, shops, and cafes. I loved being able to stroll down the road and explore hidden corners of this beautiful town. At some point you will come across Hieronymus Bosch's work. I stumbled upon the Ears with knife statue inspired by his painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. Though Hieronymus may have had a deeper reason for painting this piece, this particular statue made me think of Van Gogh. Everyone interprets art differently but that is the very first thing that came to mind. Van Gogh cut off his ear with a razor (not a knife) and the stories differ as to why he actually did this - some say it was for love, while others say it was because of a disagreement with a friend. Nonetheless, the arrow through the ears made me think of an arrow through the heart, and how low and sad Van Gogh must have been to cut off his own ear. My mind starts to get distracted by all the artistic things you will see in Den Bosch. Overall, I loved this town and hope to visit again very soon. I will definitely stay at Hotel t' Keershuys again.
I took a few pictures of my room and all the beautiful details that made it special. Who wouldn't love flamingo wallpaper? It made for the best photo opportunity.