Family Van der Valk
The family Van der Valk
In the year 1935, Martinus and Riet van der Valk founded their little tourist restaurant
"De Gouden Leeuw" in Voorschoten (Netherlands). At first, they only sold lemonade
and coffee, but soon Riet began to prepare pancakes and other dainties for their hungry
guests. The news of good food and drink for good value spread quickly, and in no time
the place was too small so that a bigger coffee shop had to be added.
In the meantime a butcher's shop had also been established, since the couple strove to
produce and market on their own goods that were needed for their restaurants (and
later on their hotels). Today, also furnishing houses, furniture factories, kitchen suppliers
and travel companies belong to the group. In 1939, the street where the restaurant
was situated, was broadened, so that the tourist coffee shop was pulled down and a new
building with 10 hotel rooms was constructed.
When Martinus van der Valk passed away in 1969, there already were 16 hotels and
restaurants! The foundation stone of a family company was laid, with each son and each
daughter of the large family owning a hotel or a restaurant. Over the years, also grandchildren
and great-grandchildren went into the family business, which today consists of
more than 80 hotels and restaurants.
From the very beginning, each business has been run by a family member, and so it is no
wonder that the private and familiar atmosphere has remained until today, despite the
enormous growth of the Van der Valk hotel chain. As soon as you see our heraldic animal,
the toucan, in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, on the Netherlands
Antilles or in the USA/Florida, you know that you have found the ideal spot for relaxation,
recovery, congresses and many more activities. And traditionally, it is all excellent value
for your money.
In Germany, the first hotel was established in Moers, in 1986. Today, the Van der Valk
group is represented in Germany with 9 hotels, two castles, two holiday resorts, two indoor ski arenas
and a water-plant. All hotels are situated conveniently, close to bigger cities and mostly
offer a free of charge car park.
We are looking forward to welcoming you.
Van der Valk Family