Arriving at your destination at Dalen Pier, the end station of the canal, you are greeted by a concierge in a red costume who will carry your luggage to his yellow veteran bus and transport you to your hotel. Although the hotel is known as ‘the hotel from the fairy tales’, this is not imagination but real life and simply the experience of any guest staying at Dalen Hotel. Checking in at the front desk by the grand double fireplace, it becomes clear that the romantic hotel sells experiences – not just overnight stays. After being handed your room keys, you go to your luxurious bedroom and enjoy a glass of port and some fine chocolate, change into your best outfit and go to the garden for a game of croquet, or to the on-site arboretum.