We’re gathering the addresses of the best B&Bs, hotels and other overnight locations we can find. All of which, we feel, are great places to go for a weekend or a bit longer. If you like the simple life, then the small but lovely Waterland-cabin in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) a definite go-to.
What makes Waterland-cabin a great place to stay?
Waterland-cabin may be small but it has everything you need: a shower, toilet, kitchen and sleeping mezzanine. It’s located at Strijp-S, a former Philips site in Eindhoven and one of Europe’s largest urban development areas with great industrial heritage, cute coffee shops, pop-up stores and restaurants. Waterland-cabin is the Netherlands’ first “tiny-house,” a phenomenon that has taken America by storm in the bid for a simpler way of life. The cabin is on wheels, which means it can be taken anywhere in the Netherlands, but for the moment, its temporary abode is Strijp-S.
What’s for breakfast?
Breakfast is served by the ladies of ’t Koffiehuisje, the smallest and loveliest bar at Strijp-S. They serve hearty sandwiches, a warm croissant, fresh orange juice, boiled eggs and a variety of spreads. And of course, their breakfast would not be complete without their delicious coffee.
Strijp-S is a huge playground. One of the early pioneers in this area is the neighboring skate hall Area-51, which is worth a visit even to just take a look. If you’re not so handy with a skateboard, there’s also the Natlab cinema and the Urban-Shopper, with 20 specialty shops ranging from industrial furniture to trendy children’s clothing.
There are too many restaurants to mention, from the stylish (Wynwood) to the industrial (Radio Royaal). Our tip: Retro Fondue restaurant in the old locker room of the former Philips toolmaking factory.
Good to know
Waterland-cabin is a prototype. The initiators want to develop it further and are working on a living-work project at the Eindhoven NRE terrain. For more information or if you are interested in living in a “tiny house,” please contact: mailto:email@example.com
The Waterland-cabin costs € 95 per night for two people, including breakfast.
Photography: Maartje Meesterberends Concept; Styling: Ingrid Hamels