by Matt Alderton | September 05, 2017

A 144-year-old former monastery in the Netherlands is set to become a new luxury hotel -- the first Dutch member of its Curio Collection -- Hilton Worldwide announced last week.

"Having entered the Dutch market more than 50 years ago, this signing marks the introduction of Hilton's sixth brand in the Netherlands," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton's senior vice president of development, EMEA. "A perfect match for our growing Curio Collection, the hotel will offer travelers an authentic local experience, within the historic surroundings of the former monastery building. The Netherlands continues to prosper as a thriving tourist destination, and this exciting project presents another opportunity for guests to enjoy our world-class hospitality."

Located in Koningsbosch, a village within the Dutch municipality of Echt-Susteren, The Monastery Hotel Koningsbosch, Curio Collection by Hilton, is scheduled to open in 2020 inside a structure that dates back to 1873. The building, which is known for its neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque architecture, is expected to commence a property-wide renovation, restoration, and conversion this fall. Upon completion, it will offer 100 guest rooms, as well as an upscale restaurant and bar. Other amenities -- including meeting space -- have not yet been announced.

Said Echt-Susteren Alderman Jos Wackers, "As a community we are very happy that a renowned firm like Hilton wants to open a hotel in our municipality. Echt-Susteren will be placed on the map in a wonderful way. It is also good news for the viability in Koningsbosch and for the conservation of the historical Monastery."

Launched in 2014, Hilton's Curio brand consists of "distinctive" independent hotels operating within the Hilton network. It currently consists of more than 35 upper upscale hotels and resorts around the world.

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