14th century Dutch castle to become Hilton hotel

McLean, Virginia-based Hilton will turn a 14th century Dutch castle into its first Curio Collection hotel in the Netherlands as part of a franchise agreement with its owner.

Kasteel Gemert is in the Dutch town of Gemert, just outside of Eindhoven. Hilton expects the moat-surrounded castle to open as a hotel sometime in 2024.

“This development will be an incredible addition to the Eindhoven hospitality market, bringing the authentic and characterful charm of Curio Collection by Hilton to both business and leisure travelers. We are excited to partner with Hilton to deliver this project,” said castle estate owner and CEO Bas van de Laar.

The castle will have about 60 upscale guestrooms that will preserve its historic character. It will have two restaurants and a bar, a spa and an indoor pool. Guests will also be able to rowboat around the moat.

Hilton will add an indoor meeting room and an outdoor event space.

Hilton will transform the castle, creating about 60 upscale guestrooms to preserve its historic character, two restaurants and a bar, a spa and indoor pool. (Courtesy Hilton)

The original Castle Germert was constructed in the 1390s and was inhabited by the knights of the Teutonic Order, a Catholic military order and hospital brotherhood during the Crusades in the Middle Ages. The current main building dates to 1740.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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