De Prinsenhof was founded in 1436 as a monastery for the Brethren of Common Life. Later it became the residence of stadtholder Willem Frederik of NassauDietz (1613-1664), before being used as barracks and a military hospital. Since 2012 it has been an elegant and modern hotel, awarded by Gault&Millau as Hotel of the Year 2015.
Centrally located in the shadows of the Martini tower, on the edge of the memorable Martini cemetery, Hotel Prinsenhof offers oak wood parquet floors, the finest bed linen and Acqua di Parma toiletries in all its rooms.
The abbey church with its imposing hearth currently serves as the hotel’s Grand Café and has a walled terrace at the front. Restaurant Alacarte, with its view of the Prinsentuin is housed in the former sleeping quarters of Stadtholder Willem Frederik and his wife Albertine Agnes. Boxwood hedges have been trimmed into their initials W and A. The renaissance garden dates from 1626 and features a rose garden, a herb garden, two romantic bowers and a monumental sun dial. Trendy VANMOOF city bicycles are available to explore the city.
Fine dining and lunches are served in Restaurant Alacarte, a truly magnificent setting. Dining in royal surroundings with soaring coved ceilings, overlooking the Prinsentuin Garden, is a delightful experience. The restaurant also has a private dining room. Chef Gabriël van der Wal has developed the menu.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also served in the Grand Café, located in the former 15th century monastery church. The word ‘grand’ is to be taken literally here, as the service, the quality of the coffee, or the atmosphere, they are all equally discerning. The wonderful light-effect, the open and friendly ambiance will without doubt make you feel at home. The pastries, accompanying your afternoon or high tea, are home made. Weather permitting you can enjoy your meals on the Grand Café terrace in the walled courtyard, adjacent to the Martinikerkhof square.
Restaurant Alacarte is opened Wednesday-Saturday from 6pm-10pm.
The superb breakfast buffet is being served in the Grand Café for € 19,50.
The Grand Café is opened Monday-Sunday from 9am-10pm (Sunday 8.30pm).
The Prinsentuin Garden (Prince’s Garden) is located at the rear of the hotel. The renaissance garden dating back to 1626 consists of a rose garden, a herb garden and 2 vaulted trellis gardens. In the Prinsentuin Garden you will find the initials of the late viceroy Willem Frederik and his spouse Albertine Agnes, a ‘W’ and an ‘A’, cut out of low hedges.
The hotel has two terraces. The Grand Café terrace is located in the walled courtyard, adjacent to the Martinikerkhof square. Restaurant Alacarte’s terrace is on the Prinsentuin Garden.
Groningen is the province’s capital, rich in cultural heritage. This vibrant, buzzing city is host to many colleges and to one of the Netherlands’ most revered universities. Places of interest are the Groningen Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Comics Museum.