We chose the Hanze Hotel on the Rode Torenplein because it is 50 metres from our friend's wedding reception. A good choice on two counts. (1) We had no trouble finding our bed. (2) I have a new theory to prove.
My new theory: old Hansa towns are great places for a party. The Hanseatic League was started in 1159 and reached its height in the 15th century. Hansa towns have old narrow streets, historic old buildings and squares with open-air markets. This is Zwolle, to this day filled with colourful, fun-loving independent characters. This is the spirit of the Hanze Hotel. It is independent and belongs to no hotel chain. It is genuine. The breakfast room had a genuine fresh rose on the table. The food was fresh, purchased from the market outside. It was a special place to stay, the old town of Zwolle and its old hotel.
Ah yes, the wedding. Bride in white, with white umbrella. Arrived by boat (Zwolle is surrounded by a formidable moat). A colourful procession, led by a band, through the oldest past of town to the Stadhuis (town hall). Very emotional family, tears of happiness. Another procession to the reception. Party till midnight.
One thing to bear in mind. If you want a quiet, monastic experience then do what the monks did, go outside the town. Thomas à Kempis, a notable medieval monk, lived most of his life nearby.
I am now researching my theory – seeking the next Hansa town and the next party. There is a wide choice, from Novgorod in Russia to Bruges in Belgium.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hanze Hotel Zwolle is in a monumental building in the heart of the city of Zwolle. From the terrace, you have a beautiful view of the historic city. There is free Wi-Fi in the entire hotel and there is free secure bike storage on site.The guest rooms have private facilities and a flat-screen TV. In the morning, a complimentary breakfast is served in the breakfast lounge with fresh breads, ju ... more less
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