An historic 13th century castle in The Netherlands has reopened as a unique 26-bedroom hotel, designed by some of Holland’s leading interior designers*, and managed almost entirely by students from the Hotel Management School, Maastricht, part of Zuyd University.The Chateau Bethlehem, situated just outside the historic town in the southeast of the country, offers an innovative perspective of how the hospitality industry can integrate academic and practical management training to cater for the evolving needs of the worldwide hotel industry. The hotel, now opened after a two-year renovation programme, is intended to become a meeting place for creativity, innovation, and design – with current students at the hotel coming from The Netherlands, Turkey, China, the UK, South America, Canada and Germany, underlining the international nature of the hospitality industry.

The hotel rooms were designed by Piet Hein Eek, Studio Job, Richard Hutten, Evelyne Merkx, Jurgen Bey, Fleur Muris and Marcel van Neer, D/Dock (Francesco Messori and Martijn Jans) and Gerben van der Molen of Stars Design. Bart Hagevoort was responsible for the design of the bar, and Leon de Lange for the restaurant. The meeting areas were designed by Luc Coenegracht, and Bart Vos planned the public areas.