While looking for a hotel to stay at for New Year’s eve, the new Autograph Collection hotel in Breda, the Netherlands, caught my eye. The hotel only opened in May of 2016 and is one of two Autograph Collection hotels in the Netherlands, the other being the Hotel van Oranje in Noordwijk.
What makes the Hotel Nassau Breda so special is that it used to be a fully functioning convent up until 1991. Renovation of the hotel took almost three years. The hotel is split up in several different buildings that were a part of the convent. As such, it features many hallways and stairs, and all the 95 rooms in the hotel are totally different. Some parts of the hotel date back to the 14th and 16th century. In my opinion, they did a beautiful job renovating it, incorporating the history of the building with modern art in a very fitting way. More info about the history of the hotel can be found on their website.
The Autograph Collection is a boutique hotel brand by Marriott International. The brand started in 2010 and has grown rapidly ever since. It is somewhat comparable to the Curio by Hilton and Tribute Hotels by Starwood brands.
The location is excellent! The Hotel Nassau Breda is located on the Nieuwstraat, right in the middle of the centre of Breda. There is an indoor shopping mall just across the street and the main shopping street is just a short stroll away.
We arrived by car, and while the hotel does not have their own parking, there is a Q-Park public parking garage right next to the hotel and it only cost 14 Euro per 24 hours. The hotel offers valet parking as well, but it takes no effort to park yourself.
On arrival there was a short line at the check-in desk, but it was quickly our turn. We were helped by two very friendly associates, who both thanked me for being a Marriott Platinum member. They told me I had been upgraded to an executive room and asked me if I wanted the breakfast or points. I picked the breakfast as it seemed the best value to me. This was in addition to a platinum amenity that was already waiting for me in the room. They also pro-actively asked if I needed a 4PM late check-out. Marriott only introduced this perk earlier in 2016, in an effort to align its elite benefits with Starwood.
We were staying in room 127 on the first floor of the hotel. As I wrote at the beginning of this post, the hotel consists of a few buildings built together. As such, it has many little stairs and hallways, and it’s not hard to take a wrong turn. The easiest way to get to our room was to take the main stairs, near the entrance. From here is was only a short walk to our room. There are two lifts as well, and we used these to bring our luggage to our room, but taking these meant taking a little longer walk through some more hallways.
I thought the room was beautiful and well laid out. It featured a very comfortable king sized bed, a genuine king sized bed, not two twins pushed together as is often the case in hotels in Europe. The bathroom was massive and had both a bath and a separate shower. Bathroom amenities were by Heeley.
Room and desk
The whole hotel featured art of nun’s faces, and this was continued in the room. I actually really liked these pictures, but I can understand it is not to everyone’s taste.
Our room was located on the first floor and we were staying there over New Years Eve, but fortunately did not hear much sounds off the street. They did an excellent job soundproofing the windows.
Waiting for us in the room when we arrived was a very generous welcome amenity. It consisted of a welcome letter, a full sized bottle of white wine, a bottle of mineral water and some sweets from a local bakery.
Platinum welcome amenity
The hallways are really nicely done. They all look different, and are really in the style of the hotel. They also feature a lot of “nun art”.
Restaurant and breakfast area
The restaurant is beautiful; it’s located in the convent’s old chapel. We wanted to have dinner here, but it was fully booked. Luckily the breakfast area is in the same building, and looks out onto the chapel. The breakfast room is actually on a kind of terrace where the organ would have been. I will definitely be back to check out the restaurant.
The hotel bar is just out of the lobby area, and they had a good selection of Belgian beers on draft. Service was good and the bartender remembered our beverage of choice. As we were craving a coffee on New Years day morning, we had one in the bar, and it was not bad. There are multiple great coffee places near the hotel, but they were all closed on New Years day.
We checked out at about 2PM and there was no queue. The associate remembered our room number by heart and inquired how our stay was. The employees really shined during our stay, they were genuinely interested in making our stay great. They remembered little details and were always up for some small talk with the guests.
The Hotel Nassau Breda is a real gem, and I can’t wait to come back. The elite recognition was great, and the hotel building and design is just stunning.