The oldest document mentioning Herberg De Draak – now Grand Hotel De Draak – dates from 1397. It proves that this is the oldest hotel in the Netherlands. Over the centuries, the hotel has lost nothing of its quality, although what was once a smoke-filled room with a smouldering fire is now a contemporary restaurant called Hemingway – named after the adventurous author and gourmand Ernest Hemingway. The menu features French classics, where possible prepared using local ingredients: the fresh fish is from the nearby town of Tholen, and many of the vegetables are grown in the surrounding Brabantse Wal area, which runs along the border between the provinces of North-Brabant and Zeeland.
Spend the night in one of De Draak’s historic and characterful buildings – as you might expect, no two rooms or suites are the same – and enjoy breakfast in the classic setting of the breakfast room. After a long walk or bike ride, you can relax in the hotel’s spa and beauty centre. De Draak also has a large terrace with a view of Bergen op Zoom’s historic marketplace.