Best known for being the home of Paleis Het Loo, the favorite palatial gathering spot for members of the Dutch royal family, Apeldoorn is a well-off city of 160,000 in the province of Gelderland. Apeldoorn MICE venues range from the royal to the futuristic.
No airport is very close to Apeldoorn, but 60 miles to the west straight along the A1 freeway is The Netherlands' most important, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), which has service to all over Europe and the world, including, in North America, all-year, direct service to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Montreal, Newark, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC.
The most appropriate venue in Apeldoorn for larger meetings is the Theater & Congres Orpheus, which is a futuristic building beside a rectangular pool and an auditorium, five theaters, space for 1,300 persons and eight meeting rooms for up to 200.
MICE hotels include the 160-room Van der Valk Hotel Apeldoorn-De Cantharel, which is tucked away in the countryside just outside of the city and has all manner of outdoor activities and meeting space that includes 16 meeting rooms and an auditorium; the 93-room Bilderberg Hotel de Keizerskroon, in the northwest of the city, close to the royal family and which has seven meeting rooms for up to 295 persons; the 90-room Princess Hotel de Wipselberg, in the southern suburb of Beekbergen that has 16 meeting rooms for up to 200 persons; the 70-room Bastion Hotel Apeldoorn-Het Loo, also close to Het Loo and with meeting space for up to 200 persons; and the 63-room Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Apeldoorn, which has six meeting rooms for up to 100 persons.
Unique MICE venues in Apeldoorn include the orange-and-white-striped Omnisport Apeldoorn, which has a cycling velodrome for 5,000 persons, a hall for 2,000, an athletics track, a winter skating rink and several meeting rooms; CODA, a contemporary art and regional history museum that specializes in jewelry and paper art and which has meeting, seminar, reception and gallery spaces; of course, the Paleis Het Loo itself, not all of which is kept for royalty, and which contains restaurants, lawns, a colonnaded area overlooking gardens and reception space for high teas and other suitable refinement; Pitch & Putt Golf Busloo, which is a crazy golf-style course inside a lake park called Busloo that puts on other activities and can arrange receptions and catering, and Landgoed Middachten, a mansion-castle to the south in the suburb of De Steeg that is a jewel, the main house sitting in a small, square lake reached by arched bridge and amid landscaped gardens and has reception space for lunches, lawns, evening receptions with light shows and an orangery, among its facilities.
Restaurants able to cater to groups include Bon Vivant, which opened in 1994 in a handsome gabled building and has a fine-dining menu; canal-side De Brugwachter, in a cozy space with fireplaces, a local menu and reception space for up to 200 persons; Spicebrush de Proeverij, which has more fine dining in tasteful surroundings and with tasting menus. Another exceptional choice, De Wilde Pieters, has four possible scenarios for groups, the largest catering to 180 persons, and a Mediterranean menu; and for surf n' turf, Farmer's Steakhouse, with plenty of bric-a-brac to look at.