Landgoed Hotel Groot Warnsborn, Arnhem, Netherlands – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 2 May 2012
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In the middle of the Gelderland, the largest province in the Netherlands, is the quiet and majestic Veluwe forest.  As I drove through it, I saw a manor house surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens.  I had arrived at the Landgoed Hotel Groot Warnsborn in Arnhem.

The beauty of the gardens, designed in 1912 by Henry Copijn, is not accidental I was to learn.  In 2004, the hotel received the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage for the restoration of the terraced garden and Oranjerie.  The jury called it a “glorious rebirth” and cited “meticulous historical and archaeological research.”

My Grand Luxe Kamer was dominated by a very large bed and the bathtub, which was on a raised platform near a window.  The slant of the ceiling took a bit of getting used to but I only banged my head once.  The décor was befitting a country manor house.

Dutch practicality was in evidence with a sliding desk that can be used as a standard writing desk when rolled to the edge of the bed or serve as a table for breakfast in bed or nighttime reading.  The bed itself was very comfortable.

The view was of the gardens and woods and its sheer serenity was nearly intoxicating.  There was no television and I didn’t even notice its absence until after my stay.

There was a separate sitting area with a daybed, two chairs, and a small coffee table.  In the closet (which seemed to get rather hot due to a lack of ventilation) was a coffee maker, a hot water maker for tea, and a refrigerator.

In addition to the bathtub, there was a separate glass-enclosed shower also on the raised floor.  The W.C. was behind a separate door near the entrance to the room.


While the sliding desk was a bit unconventional, it was spacious and at the right height for using my laptop.  The desk chair was comfortable for sitting but not ideal for long stretches of work.

Internet access in the room was free but not particularly fast.  I had relatively poor mobile phone reception (not the hotel’s fault, of course) and used my phone’s Wi-Fi Calling LINK feature to place and receive calls in conjunction with my mobile hotspot.

The Landgoed Hotel Groot Warnsborn has a variety of meeting rooms that can accommodate between two and 125 people.  Not surprisingly, one stands out, namely the Oranjerie, which is a separate building with a terrace that overlooks the English gardens and a glass-enclosed conservatory.

If you are travelling via an electric vehicle, you will find an Oplaadpunt, or charging station, one of hundreds in the region, at the hotel.

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