Hotel Restaurant Bitter en Zoet (Bitter and Sweet) is located in the middle of the beautiful Drenthe countryside. This hotel is housed in the stunningly renovated former hospital complex of Veenhuizen. The complex was originally built to provide care and rehabilitation for orphans, the poor, and vagrants from the big cities. It was later turned into a penal colony. You can learn all about the turbulent history of this complex at the nearby Gevangenismuseum (Prison Museum).
Those who appreciate peace, space and good food have come to the right place. The staff are both welcoming and helpful. There is a private spa with a traditional Finnish sauna, an infrared sauna (short wave) with colour-light therapy, as well as an infrared sauna (medium to long wave) with daylight and colour-light therapy.
The elegant spacious double rooms are housed in three former official residences, each with their own name, Toewijding (Devotion), Bitter en Zoet (Bitter and Sweet) and Plichtgevoel (Sense of Duty). Each room has a unique atmosphere as well as good box-spring beds, a flatscreen television, and a bathroom with a shower and/or bath tub and toilet.