Although the name might suggest otherwise: WestCord Hotels is a purely Dutch family company. It all started in 1968 when baker Emo Westers bought Hotel de Wadden on the island of Vlieland for his son Harry. Tourism to the Dutch Wadden Islands was on the rise at that time and father Emo saw the potential. Because of his young age Harry needed special exemption from the Queen in order to be able to run the hotel. That’s how it all started.
After 15 years of battling with local authorities and residents finally in 1987 Strandhotel Seeduyn on Vlieland could open its doors, after that more hotel openings followed. First, a cross over was made to the neighboring islands of Terschelling and Ameland and in 2001 we took the plunge and built our first hotel on the ‘mainland’, in Amsterdam . Now we have 15 hotels spread across the Netherlands.
“We are not satisfied until we have satisfied guests and everything is focused on exactly that.”
We, however, are not hotel collectors, but hoteliers. The welfare of our guests is paramount. We are not satisfied until we have satisfied guests and everything is focused on exactly that. We have great employees and a management team, who run their hotels as if they were their own. Also we ourselves can be found in our hotels most of the time. We work together to constantly improve and innovate. We assist our employees to maintain a high level of service and are always looking for the latest technical developments. Also, there is always some construction or renovation going on in one or more hotels.
The increase in the number of our hotels we see as a further development of our company. Over the time we have been able to create great concept hotels such as Art Hotel Amsterdam and Fashion Hotel Amsterdam. In addition to that, we had the opportunity to acquire and improve beautiful distinctive hotels like Hotel New York and former cruise ship ss Rotterdam.
Right now we are very busy with the development and construction of Hotel Jakarta on Java Island in Amsterdam. This will be the greenest hotel ever built in the Netherlands. The hotel will be completely built of wood, the impressive atrium will feature a tropical garden in collaboration with the Amsterdam Hortus Botanicus. The entire hotel operation will be energy neutral. It is also an architectural highlight in our career.
Our work is our life and our hotels are our home. Will you stay with us?
We’d love to welcome you!
1968 Father Emo Westers bought Hotel de Wadden on Vlieland for his 18 year old son Harry.
1987 After 15 years of dealings, Altea Hotel Seeduyn on Vlieland was built and opened. A franchise was agreed with Pullman Hotels.
1992 In 1990 the adjacent Strandhotel is purchased and in 1991 demolished and completely rebuilt, opening in 1992. A new franchise partner was found and Golden Tulip Resort Strandhotel Seeduyn was realised.
1994 The move to the neighbouring island was made with the building and opening of Golden Tulip Resort Schylge on Terschelling.
1995 Building and opening of beach pavilion ’t Badhuys on Vlieland.
1998 Purchase of Vliestroom apartments on Vlieland which were then operated as an AVO centre.
2001 Saw the opening of two new-build projects; in February Golden Tulip Resort Boschrijck on Terschelling and in April the same year Tulip Inn Art in Amsterdam.
2001 In September of this year hotel Group WestCord Hotels was officially established.
2002 After standing empty and unfinished, Residentie Noordsee on Ameland was bought in 2001. The hotel was completed and in April 2002 Golden Tulip Resort Noordsee was opened. In July of this year a new cafe next to Hotel De Wadden was opened: ‘t Praethuys.
2004 In February, in addition to the existing three star Tulip Inn Amsterdam Art, the four star Golden Tulip Amsterdam Art was built and opened. From this time WestCord in Amsterdam has seven stars under one roof!
2004 From 1st January 2004, Ramada Amsterdam City Centre on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal became part of the group. The hotel was acquired from AMS. On 1st January 2008 Ramada Amsterdam City Centre was rebranded. From this date the hotel became a part of Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns and Resorts and operated under the name Tulip Inn Amsterdam Centre.
2006 From January 2006 WestCord Hotels became the proud owner of Hotel New York in Rotterdam. Hotel New York is located in the former head office of the Holland-America Line (HAL), the steam company that introduced immigrants throughout Europe to a whole new future.
2006 In April WestCord Residentie Vlierijck opened its doors. Alongside this beautiful complex of 39 apartments there are also a range of amenities.
2007 In July of this year, the building began for the new Fashion Hotel Amsterdam. It is easily accessible from the ring road opposite the World Fashion Centre on the former site of the Andreas Hospital. The hotel has 260 rooms, beautiful restaurants and bars as well as professional meeting rooms.
To relax there is a swimming pool, various saunas and a gym. The hotel has a secure underground car park.
2008 Started the build of WTC Hotel Leeuwarden. This 4 star hotel is to be located next to the WTC in Leeuwarden. The hotel, close to the picturesque centre of Leeuwarden will have direct access to the WTC and Holland Casino. With 144 rooms it aims to attract leisure and business guests alike. Alongside facilities such as a restaurant and bar, the hotel will offer wireless internet and a gym. The hotel will open its doors in the summer of 2009.
2009 on July 1st the new Fashion Hotel Amsterdam opposite the World Fashion centre opened. This hotel has 260 rooms, conference facilities, free wireless network, wellness facility, a bar and restaurant, a terrace, skybar and underground parking.
2009 On August 14th the WTC Hotel Leeuwarden next to the WTC Expo was opened. This 4 star hotel offers 143 rooms and suites as well as long stay apartments.
2009 The newest hotspot in Amsterdam was opened with a bang under the name SKYY bar, in collaboration with its namesake; SKYY Vodka. The bar is located on the 10th floor of the recently opened WestCord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam and has a fabulous view over the city.
2009 WestCord Hotels took over the Tulip Inn Delft next to Ikea on the A13. Bedding, wallpaper, curtains, sanitary and dim lights; To the smallest detail, WestCord Hotel Delft is styled with everything from Ikea and the rooms exude a homely atmosphere. The three star hotel is a collaborative project with the IKEA Concept Centre.
2009 November 1st, WestCord Hotels has left the Golden Tulip chain. From this date, the Dutch hotel chain operates under the name of the owner. The 7 Golden Tulip franchisee hotels were rebranded and all the hotels operate now under the brand name WestCord Hotels.
2011 WestCord Hotels opened in November 2011 the brand new wellness center “WellCome” in Strandhotel Seeduyn. The 1000m2 wellness centre is unique because of his beachfront location. The 1000m2 wellness center has a lot of sauna facilities, hot and cold pools and a beauty salon and hairdresser. www.wellcomewellness.nl
2012 From the 1st of September 2012 WestCord Hotels contracted a franchise agreement with the former Golden Tulip Garderen and Tulip Inn Raalte. The hotels will proceed by the name “WestCord Hotel De Veluwe” and “WestCord Hotel Salland”.
2013 WestCord Hotels took the ss Rotterdam, the former cruiseship with permanent moorings in Rotterdam, over. The ss Rotterdam is a unique event venue, hotel, attraction and has different restaurants and bars.
2013 WestCord Hotels started the new exploitation of élevé, the former restaurant Frouckje State, on the 11th floor of WestCord WTC Hotel Leeuwarden. élevé is awared with one Michelin star.
2014 WestCord Hotels wins the tender for a new hotel on Java Eiland (Java Island) in Amsterdam. Hotel Jakarta will open in 2017.
WestCord Hotels works proactively to reduce its footprint and protect the environtment.
Green Key is the international certification mark for businesses in the tourist, leisure and meeting & events industry that are serious about sustainability in a controllable way. They practise Corporate Social Responsibility whilst taking the environment into account, both on the premises and its surroundings.