The word 'leiden' may translate as 'to suffer' in English, but do not fear: experiencing the charm and atmosphere of the city is anything but a tragedy. Situated halfway between the prominent business capitals of Amsterdam and The Hague, Leiden hotels offer a range of venues perfect for meetings and conferences of any size, making it the ideal base from which to work and commute.
What can I do in Leiden outside of work?
When walking to and from your hotel, keep an eye out for the red, white and blue Leiden Stones. The hexagonal stones – one of which is in the middle of a zebra crossing – were once the scenes of medieval court cases, law creation and public executions. To lighten the mood, and particularly if you're a fan of elephants, you may want to see the unusual and historic Elephant Drainpipe. In your lunch break, you could take stroll up to the Keep's panoramic park. Or for something educational, visit the medieval Leiden American Pilgrim Museum to learn about life in the sixteenth century.
Where could I go for business-related activities?
Trade shows and conferences are held across the city in specially-designed business hotels, as well as the Event & Convention Centre and Leiden University. Amsterdam and The Hague, both less than an hour away by car and train, also hold numerous trade fairs, shows and exhibitions. For an unusual team-building activity, see if you can work together and escape the Escape Room. There are three to choose from, but make sure you book ahead for English-language slots during the day or in the evening. You can also find good WiFi at Bagels and Beans, De Catwalk and Doppio Espresso if you're out and about in the city.
What can I see outside of my Leiden hotel?
If you like adventure, kayaking down Leiden's canals is a fresh way to explore the city. Turn detective at a murder mystery dinner, great for team-building and a unique dining experience! For those interested in science, the Boerhaave and Natural History Museum regularly host exhibitions on anything from famous Dutch scientists to woolly mammoths. If you find yourself staying with a hotel in Leiden on a Wednesday or Saturday, you might catch the city come alive with several wonderful street markets.