When Anne, Thea and I started planning our trip to The Netherlands for Hello Etsy, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.  Over a Skype call one morning, Anne and I were scouring the internet for design hotels in Eindhoven, we stumbled upon Hotel Nijver in the small neighboring town of Geldrop.  Although the hotel’s site is only in Dutch, after one look at the images we knew we had found our place (and yes, it is very important for hotels to be photogenic).   The hotel is even more lovely in person, and the all the staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly- after 2 meals a day in the attached café, we got to know most of them quite well.  The owner Hans Snoeijen designed the newly opened hotel himself, celebrating Eindhoven as an emerging design hub as well as the city’s industrious past.  As a photographer I obviously loved the photo covered walls.  The small hotel has 19 rooms and 4 long stay apartments and a beautifully designed and delicious cafe next door, Kaffee Peijenenburg.  Normally I am more of a city girl, but we all fell for little Geldrop and the charming design hotel.

Hans was so nice and even made us a special breakfast when we forgot to order one ahead of time. He described his boss, the other Hans, “as the nicest boss in The Netherlands” and said working at the hotel is a joy.

The honeymoon suite’s walls were covered with images of families and some famous couples on their wedding day.

I loved this pink tiled bathroom and the rubber ducky perched by the tub. Our room had a lovely mint green tile.

I stay in a lot of hotels during my travels for work and usually I can’t wait to get back to Berlin and my own bed (and of course Andreas and Hazel!!), but this time part of me didn’t want to leave Hotel Nijver.  Good thing we are already planning our trip to Dutch Design Week in 2013 so we have an excuse to come back!

Hotel Nijver
Heuvel 1a
55664 Geldrop
The Netherlands

Check out Anne’s post about the hotel and Thea’s hotel post on the sisterMAG blog and on her personal post about our breakfast at the café.

A big thank you to Hotel Nijver for hosting us during our stay in Geldrop!  I always try and maintain full transparency here on Chasing Heartbeats, although we partnered with Hotel Nijver and stayed free of charge, the content of this post is my own, honest opinion.  We had a fabulous stay :)