The Simplon Jongerenhotel is ideal for the experienced traveller: a good and inexpensive place to sleep. This hostel, located just outside the city centre, provides the opportunity to meet other guests from all over the world. There are luggage lockers and a laundry. Find your bed in one of the three dormitories or one of the rooms, and watch television, have a chat, or read in the special sitting area. Breakfast is included if you take a room, and is available for 4.- if you sleep in the dormitory. They also have a many, many tips concerning activities in the city, and public transport connections take you anywhere you want to go!
Hotel Bourtange, in the beautiful eastern part of Groningen, is entirely non-smoking and wonderfully located just outside of the famous Bourtange fortress. It is particularly popular because of its tranquil location, charming ambiance, and hospitality. Most rooms are on the ground floor on a quiet location, remain cool in summer and are equipped with all conveniences. The sunny south-facing terrace is surrounded by a 3000 m2 garden, while the lounge with bar is a delightful place for reading and a friendly chat.
Artist Gert Sennema placed a door and a bluestone step in front of it in a blank wall, which is not very unusual in itself, but the door does not have a door handle and therefore cannot be opened. Behind these closed doors hides the history of the Folkingestraat, a history that can no longer be told because the people who once lived there were carried away during World War II. The door seems to be solid wood but upon closer inspection is made of bronze. Sennema treated it with patina that conjures up the structure and colour of wood. The work is part of the Verbeeld Verleden (Past in Images) project.