That phrase is inextricably linked to family Van der Valk. Nicolaas van der Valk, a father of 24 children, the grounds of De Gouden Leeuw in Voorschoten purchased in 1862 for 4,000 guilders at auction in the Arms of Voorschoten. Youngest son Martin, born in 1895, took the Golden Lion cafe and built this into bar – restaurant. Martin and his wife Rie strove with their entrepreneurial spirit in order for each of their eleven children to achieve their own business. And with success.
Van der Valk now has 65 branches in the Netherlands, 14 in Germany, 9 in Belgium, two in France and one in Spain and two in the Caribbean. The most recent additions include Hotel Uden – Veghel, Hotel Horn Hotel and Veenendaal. There are also several sites under construction or opening leading, for instance Hotel Utrecht (completion in 2016). For almost all locations is that both the properties owned and the management held by descendants of Martinus and Rie van der Valk.
In Van der Valk Hotel Nijmegen-Lent management will be formed by Marije van der Valk and her partner Thijs Boomkens . Marije, 4e ‘Hawk-generation, is the daughter of Peter and Gera van der Valk, who have built up since 1980, the former’ Café-pension West End “to the current ” Van der Valk Hotel Arnhem . Anno 2016 Hotel Arnhem 100 rooms in eight categories, 11 multipurpose halls, a restaurant, bar and a wellness and fitness area. Marije van der Valk has from an early age part-time at Hotel Arnhem worked with a focus on all-round service employee. In 2005 she received her Bachelor of Hospitality Management at the Hotel School The Hague and then went to work at Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Australia on Corporate Sales.
In order to gain experience outside the hotel business she chose, back in the Netherlands for a job as Ticketing & Hospitality Manager at Tele2Nederland and she was partly responsible for activation of tickets and events arising from sponsorship contracts by 17 Eredivisie and the KNVB. Because both traveling as well as the hospitality industry continued to draw, she went along with her partner Thijs Boomkens adventure as hospitality Manager at the exclusive (6 star level) Charter Yacht Blue Gold in the South Pacific. Since 2009 she has been working full time at Hotel Arnhem in Guest Relations Manager function. The daily focus areas Front Office, Sales, Marketing and Guest Relations.