A former water tower turned into a funky hotel
Villa Augustus in Dordrecht (Netherlands) is a hotel and a restaurant surrounded by
celebrated gardens, situated in a former water tower just 15-min walk from Dordrecht
historic center. It’s one of the most funky places I’ve ever seen.
Villa Augustus has 37 beautifully decorated rooms, no two rooms are identical (20 rooms
in the water tower and 17 in the garden) with a breathtaking view over orchards and Dordrecht.
And there are two special rooms in the Villa – the Lantern room, high up in the tower,
and the room in Giardino segreto, like a summer-house in a secret garden. Villa Augustus Hotel
is decorated in a mix of styles, giving the Hotel its own specific atmosphere. Some of the original
historic materials are preserved in the Villa and mixed with industrial-style furniture, Warhol prints
or botanical paintings reflecting the herbal garden and orchards outside. Villa Augustus is colorful,
homey, comfortable and very unique in so many ways.
Villa Augustus Restaurant
In the middle of the vegetable garden of Villa Augustus there’s a restaurant, where visitors
and employees get in touch with the seasons. Its menu with limited number of dishes changes
weekly and the only permanent item on the menu is pizza from the woodoven. Sometimes
dishes change daily!
Villa Augustus Garden
The heart of Villa Augustus is its gorgeous garden. This organic garden mixes color,
form and flora. Several of the rooms open directly on to the garden and guests can enjoy
the view and smell of beautiful flowers, fruit trees and rows of vegetables – it does feel like
you’re sleeping and eating in a garden! Thought the plot doesn’t produce enough for the
restaurant and all its guests, it serves as an inspiration to the chefs and keeps them in touch
with the season.
Villa Augustus Market Cafe
Near the entrance of Villa Augustus’ Restaurant is the Market Cafe, a place where you
can buy seasonal fruits, vegetables and home-made products that are used in Villa Augustus
itself, you can enjoy drinks at the bar, delicious breakfast or a meal and coffee with a home
made cake or biscuits. There’s also a small gift & souvenir shop where you can buy all kinds
of pretty stuff like books, seeds, fresh flowers, home decorations, etc. They sell a bit of everything
for everyone’s taste.
From the moment guests enter Villa Augustus it offers one wonderful surprise after another!