Holiday Inn Hotels in Belgium and the Netherlands

Holiday Inn Hotels in Belgium and the Netherlands

A hub of industry, culture and commerce, with its finger on the pulse of European politics, some of the most important decisions affecting the European Union are made in Belgium and the Netherlands. Our Holiday Inn Hotels are sited at strategic locations throughout the area, providing accommodation for both business and leisure visitors.

There are Holiday Inn hotels to suit every budget and purpose. Now part of the Intercontinental Group, they range from scaled-down Holiday Inn Express hotels, to our prestigious Crowne Plaza hotels – upmarket venues specifically catering for the international meetings and conventions market.

Holiday Inn Hotels for every budget

Our Holiday Inn Express (also called Express by Holiday Inn) hotels are scaled-down, competitively priced venues ideal for the smaller business user. With this in mind, they are often located in smaller towns with a large local business population, such as Moerdijk and Hasselt.

The focus with Holiday Inn Express is on convenience and practicality. Catering specifically for short-term business and leisure travellers, meeting rooms hold from 10 to 60 delegates, depending on venue. Recreational facilities are limited, so you won’t find a pool, spa or – in most cases – a fitness centre. Express by Holiday Inn Hotels generally don’t have restaurants either, though all have bars, and are located in central areas with plenty of local amenities.

Naturally, we don’t skimp where it matters, despite our affordability. The business facilities are as impressive as our regular Holiday Inn Hotels, with well-equipped air-conditioned meeting rooms, Wi-Fi and even business centres.

Guest rooms are spacious, smart and well equipped – at Gent, we even have extra-long 2.20 metre beds! Although meetings at this venue are limited to 10 or less our Gent Meetings Centre, located next door, has modular meeting rooms seating up to 400 people. Like our larger hotels, there is the benefit of a Conference Host and Meetings Co-ordinators, who will be on hand from the moment you make your booking to the moment you leave. You will find our Express by Holiday Inn Hotels at Antwerp City North, Gent, Hasselt, Moerdijk and Mechelen City Centre.

From Brussels to Maastricht – Conference hotels where it matters

Our Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels are located in key centres of finance, government and commerce throughout the EU. At Brussels, we have no fewer than seven large, well equipped conference venues, including two at Brussels Airport and one at the Brussels Expo.

Brussels is one of the convention capitals of the world, and an administrative centre of Europe since World War ll. The headquarters of the European Union, NATO, the Western European Union and many other international organisations, Brussels is also a popular tourist destination – our Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels cater admirable for both business and leisure guests, whether it’s a short business meeting or a long-stay holiday.

Maastricht is best known for its historic Treaty – but in fact there’s history everywhere you look, in the towering fortresses, riverside gardens and winding mediaeval streets. Bruges, Leiden, Liege and Amsterdam are similarly well cultured, while at chic IJmuiden Seaport Beach our beach-front location includes conference facilities for up to 1000 delegates! We have Holiday Inn Hotels throughout Belgium and the Netherlands, mixing business with pleasure every step of the way.

Emma writes articles on Meeting Rooms in Belgium including guides to Holiday Inn Hotels.

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Earning A Profit By Running An Inn

Earning A Profit By Running An Inn
Having more space in your home than what you need does not have to be a nuisance. Many individuals, such as “empty nesters” who no longer have children living with them or those that have inherited a large residence, can make a living by lending out this extra space to travelers.

Owning an inn or bed and breakfast is not always an easy task. It is basically like managing a hotel, just on a smaller scale.

Those that want to try their hand at this type of business must really have a good personality and temperament for the hospitality industry. You may find that you have difficult or demanding guests on occasion, and if you are not able to handle them professional and take care of their needs, you may lose business and an income.

It may be unrealistic for some to expect to receive all of their income from owning a B&B. Anyone interested in starting up this type of business will really want to think about the amount of work it necessitates, the possible earnings, and if there is the right market for it in their region.

Some managers may be able to receive tax credits or deductions from the IRS; however, this is not guaranteed. It is easy to calculate your expected income once you decide how many rooms you will have available and how much you decide to charge.

Take the amount that a night’s stay will cost, multiply it by the number of rooms that are available, and multiply that number by seven. That will tell you how much you should expect if each one was occupied seven nights a week.

Then, multiply the number that you gathered by four, because there are four weeks to each month. You can even take this number and multiply it by twelve, indicating how much you should expect each year.

This will be the ideal amount; it indicates how much you could expect to earn if you have one hundred percent full capacity all year. The average inn can keep about fifty percent occupancy; therefore, a more reasonable amount to expect is half of what you originally calculated.

Much of the time, this amount is not reached; therefore, it is important to think through how much business you can expect, due to your location and type of establishment. Deciding on your rates is a very important aspect of opening an inn.

You may feel like setting the rates at a cheaper price will draw in more customers, but this may not always be the case. You may also not get as much as you could have with less bookings.

Charging a reasonable but profitable amount is the best way to have a steady income that covers the bills and keeps the place in operation. Compare with other B&Bs that are near to you and take into consideration the types of accommodations you will be providing.

If the lodging is kept very clean and stylish and you are willing to offer a free breakfast, you can probably charge between sixty and one hundred dollars a night, depending on your location and the type of city or town you live in. Drawing individuals in to your place may be tricky, but it can be done.

Make sure to use proper advertising and marketing; it is probably most important to create a website that is informational and easy to understand. Include pictures of each type of room that is offered, what it includes, and how much it costs per evening.

You should also let visitors to the website know what there is to do in the surrounding area, what kind of amenities your inn has, and what the availability is for each night. Many owners choose to create a calendar and booking system online, so guests with access to a computer can easily log on and find the place they wish to spend their time in.

Create a webpage that is eye catching, including pictures of the establishment and the surrounding environment. Probably the most important part about starting a business in this industry is using your personality and charm to make visitors feel comfortable and have a want to return.

The better you are at tending to the needs of the individuals and being hospitable to them, the more likely they are to come back or to request your bed and breakfast to other individuals that plan to travel nearby. Make sure to think out the process carefully before you decided to become involved in the hospitality industry.

Jack R. Landry has owned several bed and breakfasts since the mid-80s. He has written hundreds of articles about the most comfortable Lenox bed and breakfasts.

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Newfoundland Hotels- Maclellan Inn & Thackery Suites

Newfoundland Hotels- Maclellan Inn & Thackery Suites
Thousands of families book an annual vacation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Families will find plenty of fun attractions, activities, and events in this Atlantic Province. Learn about 20 fun ‘things to do’ in Newfoundland and Labrador.

20 Fun ‘Things to Do’ on a Family Vacation in Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador has long been recognized as the perfect place for a family vacation. Recently, Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula was named as “top coastal destination” by National Geographic Traveller Magazine. No doubt the island is a terrific spot for a family holiday and there are plenty of things for families to do in this beautiful province.
20 Fun ‘Things to Do’ – Family Vacation
1. Explore St. John’s – the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2. Experience canoeing – and a view of the Appalachian Mountains.
3. Go sailing off Newfoundland’s shores.
4. Take a whale watching tour. See humpbacks and minkes – maybe even orcas.
5. Go on an iceberg-watching trip.
6. Take advantage of the cross-island hiking trails.
7. Go fishing in the countless ponds and lakes. Nothing beats the joy of a child’s first fish.
8. Take the kids on a berry-picking outing. Kids will love the blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
9. Attend a few of the island’s numerous festivals. There is even a blueberry festival in Brigus.
10. Take the family to one or more of the province’s regattas. The Royal St. John’s Regatta is a favorite. Children love the games.
11. Camp in the island’s National and Provincial Parks.
12. Camp in Pippy Park – a popular campsite in the heart of St. John’s.
13. Let the kids enjoy the daily fun and educational activities at island day camps.
14. Visit the Salmonier Nature Park. Situated close to St. John’s, this park shows nature at its best. Children love seeing the wildlife.
15. Every kid wants to go to Splash-N-Putt Park – the island’s premier water park. Go-carts, bumper cars/boats, and pools amuse the kids.
16. Stay in fabulous Newfoundland accommodations – from luxury suites to elegant bed and breakfasts to cozy cottages.
17. Explore the coastline and numerous beaches (pebble and sand types). Have a beach picnic or take an afternoon stroll.
18. Enjoy swimming in the island’s favorite spots – where kids have gone swimming for generations.
19. Visit North America’s largest puffin colony in Witless Bay.
20. Just enjoy the wonderful Newfoundland outdoors!

Travel is a passion for Richard Verkley and he has had the good fortune to travel to over 30 countries, working and living in several of them. This broad experience, coupled with his business adventures as an entrepreneur give Richard a unique perspective on what a region has to offer. Learn what Newfoundland and the Atlantic provinces has to offer with our free ebook!
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Great meeting facilities at Holiday Inn York

Great meeting facilities at Holiday Inn York

York is a city well recognised for its rich history and heritage and attracts an impressive number of visitors each year. Numerous tourist attractions, bars and restaurants draw the crowds to York but what many do not know is that York is also a city of business and is where a great deal of creativity, development and communication takes place.

If you are looking for meeting facilities in the Yorkshire area, York is the obvious and the best choice. York has a number of useful transport links with a railway and many major roads making it easy to access the city by car. It provides accommodation in a range of forms for those who are from out of the area and require somewhere to stay when attending a meeting and has exciting and interesting places to eat, drink and visit.

If requiring top quality meeting facilities in York, you should most definitely consider the Holiday Inn York. The Holiday Inn York is not just somewhere that provides high quality accommodation at an impressive price but is also somewhere which is able to provide the ideal environment for business meetings of all kinds. Meeting facilities for parties and business meetings of all types are available making it suitable for a range of different businesses and purposes.

Board rooms, theatres, small classrooms and other areas are all available for meetings and can be selected depending on your personal choices and requirements. Business meetings and events these days can be very different and vary a lot in style chosen. At Holiday Inn York, this is not a problem because it is possible for a wide and varied range of requirements to be taken care of.

A large number of businesses now encourage those attending their meetings to relax and enjoy themselves whilst also attending the meeting. One way to do this is by providing food and drink. The Holiday Inn York is fully capable of meeting these needs. The hotel is well known for its impressive restaurant and does not disappoint when providing catered business events either. Whether a company requires a banquet, a reception, a buffet or something completely different, this can all be worked into the event and will be as close to the wants of the client as is possible.

What also makes Holiday Inn York the perfect choice for meeting facilities in the area is that accommodation and these facilities can all be found under just one roof. Holiday Inn is a well known and respected brand that many travellers are accustomed to choosing and enjoying whilst away from home. Having accommodation of this standard available at the same location as the meeting facilities for a business event can help things to go even more smoothly and successfully.

We at Holiday Inn York are here to help you with all of your meeting facilities needs. We can make things simple for you so you don’t have to go through the stress and worry of planning a business event and so your meeting will be a huge success.

Emma writes articles on Meeting Rooms including guides to Great meeting facilities at Holiday Inn York.

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Cozy Inn Offers Mendocino Gourmet Surprise

Cozy Inn Offers Mendocino Gourmet Surprise

Mendocino is a prime candidate for a memorable California getaway — it’s dramatically situated atop a bluff with spectacular views of the pounding surf and picturesque coastline.

Located near coastal wine country about 150 miles north of San Francisco, Mendocino has long been a darling of Hollywood movie-makers who know a spectacularly scenic coastline when they see one. While the area has been featured in various movies, its biggest claim to fame is serving as the backdrop for all the exterior shots on the television series Murder She Wrote. Who can forget the scenery of Cabot Cove – supposedly in the state of Maine – which was woven throughout these popular murder-mystery episodes during the series hay day back in the 1980s?

Today Mendocino is the destination of choice for travelers wanting a more intimate bed-and-breakfast kind of experience in one of dozens of inns along this stretch of California coastline. The typical Mendocino visit might include time spent in front of a warm fireplace along with walks down many trails that offer breathtaking views of the craggy Mendocino coastline. Most visitors combine that with a little time spent perusing the unique, generally upscale shops in the historic village of Mendocino and some fine dining.

On our most recent visit we stayed at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek, a collection of cozy cottages and rooms perched on a hillside overlooking the ocean in the town of Little River, a few miles south of Mendocino. It’s all about the trees along this part of the Mendocino coast and the inn’s nine acres include plenty of these living art forms that each show a long history of struggle against the powerful winds coming off the Pacific Ocean. Tree trunks around here come in sets and a typical tree might have a half-dozen trunks with branch formations that have been shaped by the winds for many decades or even longer.

While the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek is a bed-and-breakfast inn, it’s not one big gingerbread house as you might envision. The individual accommodations are spread out and each offers a particular charm. There are cute little Hansel-and-Gretel cottages as well as buildings with two or three units, each comfortably furnished to make your getaway feel like it’s your own small cabin or cottage. This is an unpretentious place to stay – not the kind of luxury you might experience in a Ritz-Carlton, but still a cozy place with upscale charm that is anything but cookie-cutter.

The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek, we think, would be an especially good spot for a romantic getaway. Our room, for example, had a double Jacuzzi tub that was just the right size for two people, with a fireplace not too far away. The room came fully stocked with numerous board games and, for those who can’t break away from civilization, a small flat-screen television. Two reclining wooden chairs were just outside the front porch offering a view of the ocean. There was lots of grass between us and our neighbors and pathways leading to lush gardens located near small groves of those ubiquitous trees.

The romantic theme is carried even further with the inn’s spa facilities – actually a “yurt” that is used as a treatment room where guests can enjoy ocean views and the natural feeling created by a nearby canopy of trees.

The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek also has become a destination for gourmet diners and is known among locals for serving some of the best cuisine in the area. The scrumptous and very complete hot breakfast you get at the inn is provided by La Petite Rive, but the restaurant – located on the inn’s property — gets three-quarters of its diners from the nearby community or from other nearby inns. It’s said that even Robert Redford fell in love with the place and once drove from San Francisco to Mendocino only to be turned away because the restaurant was fully booked.

It’s not hard to see why this restaurant is constantly booked to capacity. For one thing, it’s quite small with room for maybe 25 people at a time. Of course, the other reason is that the food is done to perfection.

La Petite Rive is an experience, not just a dinner. Plan on spending at least two hours as the restaurant takes you through the various courses, allowing plenty of time in between for good conversation and soaking up the views of the Pacific coastline. For around $ 40, guests are treated to a complete dinner that includes an entrée with four additional courses: amouse-bouche, soup, salad and a palate refresher. Entrees are presented with the chef’s choice of a side dish, a fresh vegetable and warm bread. For our entrees, we tried the Filet Mignon Pepper Steak and the Cilantro Scampi – both of which were prepared to perfection. Alex, our server, helped make the dinner memorable with her engaging personality and attention to detail.

Of course a trip to Mendocino is not just curling up in a cozy bed-and-breakfast or enjoying a gourmet meal – the area is considered a paradise for visitors who love to hike and enjoy the seashore. For example, the Mendocino Headlands Park surrounds Mendocino on three sides and there are three miles of trails that offer amazing views of the ocean and, during winter, you can even spot whales offshore during their annual migration.

Nearby Russian Gulch State Park offers 1,305 acres to explore, including a blowhole where the Pacific Ocean has burrowed a 200-foot tunnel inland. At high tide, visitors can look through a wide hole to see the ocean thrashing and churning below. There are about 10 miles of trails in the park, including one to a picturesque waterfall.

We took a few minutes to walk a half-mile out to the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Preserve, just outside of Mendocino. The lighthouse was first illuminated in 1909 and it has since been completely restored and opened to the public. In addition to the lighthouse there are many historic buildings in the immediate area including the innkeeper’s house which is available for vacation rental. While you’re out at the lighthouse there are lots of coastal areas to explore as well. Altogether there are 270 acres in the preserve offering access to windswept bluffs, meadows and forested areas.

About 10 miles up the coast from Mendocino is Fort Bragg, where we found the Guest House Museum, a fascinating look at life on the coast dating back to the 19th Century. The museum is a house that was built for the Fort Bragg Redwood Company and later used as a guest house for the company. Today it houses an elaborate photographic exhibit of early times along the coast. The collection of photographs shows old-time lumber workers and their families and the various buildings in the area as they appeared in the 19th Century. For history buffs, the Guest House Museum is a must-see.

Whatever your reason for visiting Mendocino, the area will not disappoint you. The combination of unique lodging, fine dining, interesting shops and many diverse forms of outdoor recreation and scenery is a powerful attraction for people who make it a point to visit Mendocino on a regular basis.


WHERE: Mendocino is about 150 miles north of San Francisco or about 100 miles north of Santa Rosa. There are a couple of routes to get there from Highway 101 – Highway 128, which takes you over 60-plus miles of curvy mountain roads, or Highway 20, about 33 miles of curvy roads, but a bit out of the way and 37 miles further.

WHAT: Mendocino is known as an artists’community and one of the most naturally beautiful places along the California coast. The scenery in this part of California is incredible and the ocean and forests combine to offer a multitude of recreational options, not to mention the great bed-and-breakfast inns.

WHEN: Any time of year.

WHY: Mendocino is a get-back-to-Nature kind of place, but that doesn’t mean you have to rough it. In fact, most people stay in comfortable bed-and-breakfast inns and enjoy fine dining at places like La Petite Rive and MacCallum House.

HOW: For more information on the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek, please phone 800-731-5525.

Cary Ordway is a syndicated travel writer and president of Getaway Media Corp, which publishes websites focused on regional getaway travel. Among the sites currently offered by GMC are , a popular California travel guide, and , covering northwest travel deals and other travel destinations in the Pacific Northwest.

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