That’s nice to come in. No waiting at the reception, but we can take a seat in a cozy corner in the lounge of the Zutphense Stadshotel ‘tOer. We get an aperitif with a snack. For example, completing the mandatory corona form is not a punishment.
Manager Arjan Schutte firmly believes in a personal approach to the customer. We wonder if he ever sleeps, because after a friendly “goodnight” after dinner, he welcomes us the next morning just as radiantly at breakfast. When asked, he is happy to provide information and explanations about the historic building that contains fifteen hotel rooms and opened last year as Stadshotel & Tasting Room ‘tOer.
The rooms are all different and clearly just renovated in a contemporary way. In our partially open bathroom, everything is shiny new with an ample supply of bright white, thick towels. We have a separate shower room with a nice large rain shower and even a two-person bubble bath.
There are coffee and tea facilities including Deventer cake and two comfortable leather chairs. Above the large bed a mirror hangs in a beautiful white frame against a deep green background. The idea behind the design: making the prosperity of the Hanseatic cities, of which Zutphen is one of them, tangible.
Just like the rooms, the restaurant cum bar has that fine industrial look with steel, wood and stone, but with soft green velvet on the chairs. There are many niches and corners.
In the summer months, the conservatory-like covered terrace should be a pleasant dining experience. Now we sit in the restaurant and get the tapas-like concept explained.
Because tasting room ‘tOer serves all kinds of snacks on about fifteen different sturdy shelves and trays. Here too, the inspiration comes from the Hanseatic period: original recipes from 1430 and regional savouries, vegetables, cheeses and ancient breads. We taste and share the boards that Hanseatic League names have such as Hasselt (with, for example, all kinds of chicken dishes) and Harderwijk (including salmon skewers, kibbeling, smoked mackerel and mussels).
Breakfast is also served on such a sturdy shelf the next morning. A fresh croissant, ancient bread, a Kaiser roll and various types of toppings, plus an egg and yogurt with fresh fruit. A very solid base for exploring the city!
Recently renovated and with the industrial look completely contemporary. Tough leather furniture with accents of black steel, lots of wood and stone, warm colors like deep blue and dark green on the walls.
From our corner room we see the IJssel flowing in the distance. The hotel is located along an idyllic canal and the center with the historic Walburgiskerk is a five-minute walk away.
In person. The hotel only has 15 rooms so they really know who you are.
Rooms from 79 euros per night.