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A history of hospitality

’s-Hertogenbosch’s living room

If you’d like to know what hospitality feels like you should visit Golden Tulip Hotel Central. Giving people a warm welcome may well not have been invented here, but it is deeply ingrained in our DNA. And then we mean the most luxuriant form of hospitality. In the best Brabant tradition. As THE family of hoteliers in ’s-Hertogenbosch has celebrated it for four generations. And how the first inhabitants of this historic building celebrated it over 600 years ago.

Let’s go back to 1409
It’s 1409. Dirck de Roover, a knight and generous inhabitant of ’s-Hertogenbosch bestowed the title Lord of the Nemelaer upon himself as well as a fortified home, De Leeuwenborgh. Here he received the movers and shakers of ’s-Hertogenbosch. Legendarily boisterous times. And Jheronimus Bosch was yet to be born (more or less opposite us). The latter gathered pleasant inspiration here. As did Emperor Maximilian of Austria’s wife who enjoyed herself to the fullest sometime later. And those are just a few names.

In the meantime on the Markt
During the following centuries, the term hospitality gained a slightly different substantiation. De Hoofdwacht [town gaol] was situated on the premises and they made sure to give local criminals a warm welcome. The building subsequently served as the most welcoming post office in the world. Only in 1896 did Dirck’s spirit return when the house became a bar-restaurant. And was named Central.

Emergence of a family of hoteliers
A little later, consummate host Johan Rademaker appeared. He turned Central into a hotel in 1905 and laid the foundations for the family of hoteliers in this city. His most illustrious successor so far? Grandson Tonny, the driving force behind today’s hyper-modern, luxury hotel complex who remained active until he was 91! These days it is great-granddaughter Karin and her team who show what makes Hotel Central what it is and hopes to remain for a very long time: ’s-Hertogenbosch’s living room.

Simultaneously historic and hyper modern
Hotel Central is as contemporary and hyper modern as it is steeped in history. That applies to all our 125 dream rooms, each of the 12 multi-functional top rooms, brasserie Cé, private dining De Leeuwenborgh, the impressive 14th-century vaulted cellar De Hoofdwacht, De Moriaen, our gym (with its fairy tale view of Saint John’s Cathedral) and our unique penthouse.

Jheronimus was a patron
Jheronimus Bosch was born diagonally across from Hotel Central in 1450. It’s highly likely that the little boy played right outside. Years later, deeply inspired, he would develop into one of the world’s most renowned painters and by far the most famous person from ‘s-Hertogenbosch (and his studio was situated right next door). We have honoured him with a statue on the market [Markt] and a wonderful function room at our hotel.

Music lives at Hotel Central too
For over a century Hotel Central has been the focal point for all manner of events. Music often plays a leading role because it makes us happy and unites people. From live concerts to DJ sets. From carnival to Jazz in Duketown. And from shanty choirs to Jazzy Sounds. Music lives at Hotel Central. And it does so in style! Check out Music@Cé.

Enjoyment with a capital E
At Hotel Central we spoil you in all sorts of ways. Although, Enjoyment with a capital E can be found across the province. From picturesque cityscapes, the always inspiring Design Museum Den Bosch and the fabulous Saint John’s Cathedral to the internationally renowned Noordbrabants Museum and the resplendent Van Gogh National Park. Don’t feel like walking? Take one of our e-bikes or (even more romantic) one of our tandems to the Bossche Broek nature reserve. Ask reception for details.

“When you stay at Hotel Central, I want everything to tell you that you are in the heart of the Province of Brabant. I want you to feel entirely welcome. At ease and pleasantly pampered. This is what coming home feels like.”

Karin Rademaker