“The little luxury you’ve been looking for”
Oisterwijk is a municipality and a city in the South of the Netherlands. With wonderful highlights like the centuries-old lime tree behind the town hall, the tree-lined Trouwlaantje and Oisterwijk’s oldest house, it is no wonder why it is known to many as the gem of the Netherlands. Granted city rights just 800 years ago, in it’s historic core you will find a awesome combination of authentic rural beauty and entrepreneurial grandee.
– The Hotel –
Situated in a small town nearby to Oisterweijk railway station and a quick away ride away from the youthful city of Tilburg, Hotel de Leijhof Oisterwijk is a charming boutique hotel in a historic mansion build from 1874. With it’s deep roots in history, this monumental sophisticated hotel is bound to satisfy any traveller lusting after the finer things in life.
Whether you are visiting as a quick intermission before reaching another Netherlands destination or you’re after a quiet rural break away from home, this hotel may be the little luxury that you have been looking for.
– The Rooms –
Spoilt for choice, there are a total of 6 uniquely designed rooms, each differing according to size and personal preference. The room choices include: Comfort Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Signature Suit, Master Suite & Penthouse.
We booked via Booking.Com and selected the Comfort Room for our short stay of 4 days. Although this was the basic choice amongst all 6 rooms it was perfect for our purpose of a short stay.
The room carried a timeless theme of Charcoal and variable Greys with carefully placed accents of green in the form of a lamp and a lovely orchid. The Comfort Room had a Twin bed, a flat Samsung Smart TV with complimentary Netflix and YouTube apps, as well as a desk, writing material (perfect for a a travel journalist like myself), a hairdryer a kettle, tea, a door mirror and a generously sized wardrobe.
The 6 m2 room may be considered a little on the petite side, however with the large windows opening up into the beautiful hotel garden, it gave the room an airy and light feel, which we loved. Fortunately we were blessed with sunny skies during our stay which meant our room was always well lit, comfortable and warm.
Although dainty, the bathroom followed the sleek and stylish theme of the hotel, offering a lovely rain shower and also a hand shower.
Free amenities included, a variety of beautifully scented ‘The Spa Collection’ toiletries inclusive of a wash cloth, soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Who doesn’t love a free plush hotel goodie?
Hotel De Leijhof Oisterwijk pride themselves in being one of the most luxurious hotels of Oisterwijk and I must say, it certainly lived up to it’s name. The staff are more than happy to meet guests every need with a warm smile, also offering a free ironing service available throughout the day which we made use of multiple times. The process was as simple as delivering your item to the reception desk attendant and it would be neatly folded, ironed and delivered to your room within the hour. Exceptional.
– Food & Drink –
One of the most important requirements I have whilst searching for the perfect hotel to complete my travels, is good food! That being said, before my stay I was already sold on the continental breakfast being included in our package deal, partnered with the commendatory reviews regarding the hotel breakfast on TripAdvisor. However, nothing could have prepared me for the great surprise that was the breakfast buffet.
Served between 7am-10am weekdays and slightly later on weekends, by far this was the best hotel breakfast I have experienced to date. From the table service if we required anything extra i.e Hot Milk, to the large selection of breakfast foods from cold cheeses and hams, to a hot breakfast selection, to a variety of pastries, fresh juices, fresh fruits and hot drinks and even Prosecco, we were definitely well fed to start the day right!
The ambience at breakfast also deserves a worthy mention, as seen above there is a choice to sit both outside in the garden and indoors by the bar. The sleek design of the exterior reminds guests even at breakfast, that they are truly dining in style.
Sadly, I did not get to try the Lunch and Dinner options during my stay, but I plan to on my next visit to Oisterwijk.
Hotel de Leijhof Oisterwijk has it’s very own restaurant ‘ The George Restaurant’. Specially prepared by Chef-cook Dylan van Hirtum and his kitchen brigade the restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Impressively the Chef cooks with organic vegetables and herbs from their own greenhouse out on the terrace. Here you can enjoy delicious international specialties at any time of the day, serving a wide variety of dishes, from a changing monthly menu to a 3-, 4- or 5-course surprise menu.
– Final Verdict –
Overall score: 9/10
When choosing Hotel De Leijhof Oisterwijk, The main elements we wanted were the location convenience (close-by to a train/bus station), A town within walking distance from where we could acquire snacks or anything we had forgotten and most importantly, great food. Needless to say, Hotel De Leijhof Oisterwijk certainly gave that to us. The hotel was a 6 minute walk to the railway station and less than 10 minutes away was the humble community town. During our stay the small town pleasantly surprised us with an open until late family fayre and was surrounded by a variety of shops, supermarkets and a mouthwatering ice cream parlour. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel as one of the best places to stay in Oisterwijk. If you are looking for the perfect location consisting of luxury and peace, look no further – you definitely will find it here.
Hotel De Leijhof Oisterwijk you pleasantly surprised me. Perhaps I will see you again soon.