City Hotel Nieuw Minerva is established in a number of 16th-century canal-side buildings along Oude Rijn in the heart of Leiden. The hotel is between the two main Leiden shopping streets and is close to cultural entertainment venues, the university, museums, restaurants and cafés. Central Station is within walking distance. The hotel has its own restaurant and facilities for meetings, parties and festivities.
The hotel started out as a café in an old warehouse in 1945 and has over the years extended into six canal-side buildings, transforming them into a hotel with 39 unique rooms with a traditional Dutch atmosphere, including 11 thematic rooms. In 1830 one of these canal-side buildings used to be the home of J.R. Thorbecke, liberal statesman and founder of the Dutch parliamentary democracy.
There is a selection of romantically or classically decorated rooms and rooms in Art Deco style. All rooms have a shower or bath. The hotel also has one room with an extra-long bed. Characteristic of Leiden, the Rembrandt room has a genuine box-bed and painting accessories. The distinguished ‘Deftige’ room boasts a bed that belonged to Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, the first king of the Netherlands. Room 30 is a copy of the guest room of the famous Leiden folk singer Zangeres Zonder Naam, which still has its original decorations. There is a Delft Blue room, a Hunting room and a very special bridal suite. The rooms on the front side have a gorgeous view over the river Oude Rijn.
A traditional breakfast buffet is served in the morning. Guests can enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant, which serves typical Dutch specialties such as deep-fried bitterballen or steak frites. The bar is a perfect place for guests to get their snacks and beverages.
The hotel has two multi-functional rooms for a maximum of 50 people, which are suitable for business gatherings, meetings, training courses, presentations or “just” discussions, as well as for parties and festivities. The meeting rooms are classically decorated and have natural daylight.
Because the hotel is situated right in the city centre of Leiden, there are excellent options to combine a meeting with a city walk, a boat ride or visit to a museum.
In close proximity to the hotel, there are several options for parking (paid parking, a day pass costs between €12 and €14). There is a canal-side landing stage for boats right in front of the hotel.
Charm and personal attention
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Between the two main Leiden shopping streets
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A magnificent view over the city
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A wide diversity in hotel rooms
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Tripadvisor winner in 2015
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Landgoed Oud-Poelgeest is like a luscious still-life where many famous people have gained their inspiration to continue their life’s works and make them known to the public. Herman Boerhaave, Jan Wolkers and other well-known individuals have reached their inner selves here at Kasteel Oud-Poelgeest and gained their inspiration from all the splendour present at the estate.
Family hotel with spacious rooms
Family hotel with spacious rooms overlooking the water of the Oude Vest, one of the widest canals in Leiden, with historic facades. Right in the heart of Leiden city centre.
Right in the middle of the characteristic city centre
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Luxurious villa in the city centre
Formerly the residence of the sexton of the monumental Pieterskerk Leiden, now a beautiful townhouse for a short stay in the heart of Leiden. After a thorough restoration, classic and design go hand in hand.
The blue stone in the middle of the Breestraat marks the centre of the city. In medieval it was the place where courts of law were held and sentences carried out.
Several Pilgrims were married in the City Hall, amongst them William Bradford and Dorothy May.
When the Pilgrims left Leiden in 1620 they passed under the Vlietbrug on their way to Delfshaven.
Across the street from the Pieterskerk, the grand entrance to the Jean Pesijns Almshouse stands since 1683 where John Robinson’s house had been. A memorial stone is in the wall to the right of the entry.
Somewhere in a close on the Langebrug, Pilgrim James Chilton lived with his family.
In Pilgrim times, Rembrandt studied here.
Located in a beautifully preserved house built ca 1365-1370, the Leiden American Pilgrim museum tells the stories of the founders of New England, the Pilgrims.
Leiden's Mennonite community built the Lokhorstkerk in 1613-38 behind existing houses and expanded it in 1648.
With only 60 minutes on the clock and many difficult puzzles and riddles, the Mayflower Escaperoom is an exciting challenge for families, friends and colleagues.
The Leiden Municipal Museum “De Lakenhal” is now closed, but will re-open in 2019, with an exhibition about Rembrandt’s early years, and will host an exhibition commemorating the Pilgrims in 2020.
The Pieterskerk has been a central monument in Leiden since the twelfth century. With almost 900 years worth of history, the Pieterskerk has been an important meeting place in Dutch history.
Before the Reformation this church was a stop for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.
Although most Pilgrims who died in Leiden were buried in or around the Pieterskerk, a few were buried in the Hooglandsekerk, including a child of William Brewster’s, who died in June, 1609, shortly after the Pilgrims arrived in Leiden.
An artificial hill, a motte, constructed around 1000 AD. A circular castle from the middle of the twelfth century stands on the top.
The University was founded in 1575 and is the oldest university in the Netherlands. John Robinson took part in heated theological debates.
Not only were all wares coming to market brought here to be weighed, the landing in front of the Weigh House was the terminus of regular boat service to Leiden from Haarlem and Amsterdam. Here is where the Pilgrims first set foot on Leiden’s land.
When the hospital was still standing, Myles Standish, an English soldier who later joined the Pilgrims, was nursed here.
William Brewster lived and worked in an area of Leiden near Pieterskerk. Today the street where he lived is called William Brewstersteeg.
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