Terras van Boutique Hotel & Brasserie ErkelenS

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Hotel & Restaurant ErkelenS:

a household name in Rolde for 59 years!

You can enjoy delicious food in the Boutique Hotel & Restaurant ErkelenS and spend a comfortable night in a unique environment. And you could have been doing this for 59 years, to be exact! 

The current owner, Jan Erkelens, was raised in hospitality. Jan practically grew up in the hotel and represents the third generation at the helm. Together with his wife Agnes Holtjer, he turned it into a modern and personal business that considers hospitality of paramount importance.

How it started

Johannes Arie Erkelens & Hillie Mennega settled in Rolde on 1 April 1958, on Hoofdstraat in a building that now houses Bowling Drenthe. Exactly five years later, the opportunity to take over the current premises at No. 1 Grolloërstraat from the Piest family presented itself. In the 1960s, the main source of income for the business was weddings and parties. They supplemented their income by renting out simple rooms for overnight stays of a business or tourist nature.

In the early 1970s, Jan Erkelens Sr. passed the baton to his son Leendert Erkelens and daughter-in-law Geertje Sanders. The large reception hall was converted into 26 modern hotel rooms that served a greater need for modern hotel accommodation meeting the requirements of the times. In the following years the name of Hotel ErkenlenS was established.

The Erkelens family was and will always be a family of entrepreneurs in heart and soul. They are always involved in the business and are very active in entrepreneur associations and executive committees. As a reminder of our entrepreneurial past, a large black-and-white photograph from 1963 can be seen in our renovated meeting room. The photo depicts a meeting of the local entrepreneur association with Johannes Arie Erkelens in the front and to the right.

The third generation of Erkelens

The third generation of Erkelens

We, Jan Erkelens and Agnes Holtjer, have run the hotel since 1 January 1993. When we took over it still carried the brown, green and orange colours that were so typical of the previous period. Although the authentic elements were preserved, the entire business has been further modernised and adapted to meet current demands. While doing that we developed our very own style, which can be described as personal and rural.

The best hotel in the province of Drenthe?

As mentioned before, we consider hospitality to be of paramount importance. It is more than just a passion, it is a calling. We do everything in our power to let you experience unforgettable professional hospitality. That our concept works is clear from the many positive reviews we’ve received from our guests. And if we may believe their reviews, we even among ‘the best hotels in Drenthe’!

About Jan & Agnes

As mentioned before, Jan Erkelens practically grew up in the hotel. It became clear fairly quickly that he, as his father and grandfather before him, liked the sound of a future as a hotelier. After Hotel School he worked in Switzerland for a year in various restaurants and he worked on board the of the cruise ship ‘Song of America’.

The hospitality business is Jan’s life!  Because of the small scale of our business, Jan is not only the owner but also the face of ErkelenS, which is where our strength lies. We like to know our guests personally and we gladly take that extra step to offer you an exceptionally pleasant stay. We invest greatly in the training of our staff. We find it important that they welcome you in a professional manner, but we also want them to be very knowledgeable regarding which wine is suitable for which dish, for example!


In addition to being a hostess/hotelier with a great eye for detail, Agnes also fulfils certain administrative functions. As chairperson of the Recreatie Expert Team, and as a member of the board  of Koninklijk Horeca Nederland(the Royal Dutch Hospitality Association), she is greatly committed to the sector. Finally, Agnes also advises other entrepreneurs on the subject of hotel management through her own company: Agnes’ Advice on the Hospitality Business.

Van harte welkom

Gastvrijheid is onze passie én ons vak.

Dit ziet u ook terug in de beoordelingen van gasten die u voor gingen. Wij hopen u binnenkort in ons hotel of restaurant te mogen begroeten, zodat u zelf het verschil ervaart! Mocht u nog vragen en specifieke wensen hebben, neem dan gerust contact met ons op!


Agnes & Jan Erkelens en medewerkers


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