Hotel de Draak is the oldest hotel in Netherlands founded in 1397 and located in the historic center of Bergen op Zoom city. The current building is from 1500 and it is a protected monument. [1][2] The ground and first floor date from this period and have been built in late-gothic style.[2] The current front dates from the 19th century, in which the original crow-stepped gable was replaced with a cornice.[2] It currently has a mansard and hip roof.

Hotel de Draak
Native name
Grand Hotel the Draak
HeadquartersGrote Markt 36, ,
Key people
Frans Hazen (director/owner)
Hotel de Draak

The building can be traced back to before the year 1397, in which a fire laid much of Bergen op Zoom in ashes. On the Grote Markt only de Draak and the adjacent building de Olifant survived the fire. It is possible that the building and hotel are older, since the city hall and its archives were destroyed in the fire as well.[3]

In 2013, a big fire from a sauna on the 1st floor caused a lot of damage inside, but it was quickly reconstructed. [4]

On 16 February 2016, The King and Queen of the Netherlands visited Grand Hotel the Draak and was welcomed by the owners, the Hazen family. [5]

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  1. ^ "Hotel De Draak & Residence - Bergen op Zoom" (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "9130 Sint Joris/Draak Grote Markt 38 4611 NT te Bergen op Zoom". Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (in Dutch). 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  3. ^ "Grand Hotel de Draak". Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  4. ^ "Hotel De Draak in Bergen op Zoom opent vrijdag deuren na grote brand" (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  5. ^ "King and Queen at the Draak". Retrieved 23 February 2017.

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