Our story, our people

Creating memorable stories since 2012

Our story

A passion for design and storytelling

In 2012 we had the vision to create something unique in hospitality. A business that would partner with investors, real estate and brands to create truly amazing guest and employee experiences. We are proud to be different, and as white-label operators of respected global hotel brands, we leverage our deep understanding of the hotel and hospitality markets - and our industry connections. From our first hotel in Sindelfingen in 2013, our innovative start-up mindset has created a team of passionate hospitality specialists determined to offer exceptional guest experiences.

Odyssey Highlights

Although we're growing fast, we're a business about local and personal connections.

5 countries
3,316 rooms
9 brands operated
150 hotels by 2026
545 Bravehearts
364,000 guests in 2022
92.2% employee retention rate
10 years of magical stories
+22.2% employee growth
5 countries
3,316 rooms
9 brands operated
150 hotels by 2026
545 Bravehearts
364,000 guests in 2022
92.2% employee retention rate
10 years of magical stories
+22.2% employee growth

In 2016 our vision was born

A pivotal moment


2016 was when we opened our first hotel, conceived, designed and transformed by the Odyssey team. With a strong sense of storytelling and unique design, Hotel Nassau Breda is a destination on its own. The unique historical venue tells the ancient stories of a time nobility inhabited the building, and the time nuns housed local children. The remarkable combination of the old architecture and the cutting-edge interior design makes the guest's stay unforgettable.

Visit hotel Nassau

Effortless style

Throughout Odyssey we encourage everyone to embrace Sprezzatura – the Italian mindset of a life lived with effortless style and a passion for every detail. This Italian word means so much to our teams and is a wonderful reminder to make every moment matter. Sprezzatura: (n) The ability to make one’s actions seem effortless

Hospitality artisans

Odyssey teams are hospitality artisans understanding the value in the detail of every moment.

Culinary excellence

Our passion for unique and locally inspired menus means memorable experiences from breakfast to dinner.

Luxurious interiors

Hotel design is where we start: inspirational, always paying homage to the architecture and creating the wow factor.

Our Philosophy


Our purpose, vision and mission are aligned to enable guests and employees to create amazing experiences with inspiring stories. Using our passion for storytelling in the environments we create, our purpose is for everyone to share a story of their time with us.

Our purpose is
why we do what we do

Amazing stories for our guests, employees and partners

Our vision is
what we do

Breavehearts creating magical moments

Our mission is
how we do it

Empower each other
to deliver more

Together we grow

A unique & inclusive culture

We are proud to be positive disruptors of an industry we love. We enable everyone who works with us to take full responsibility for delivering on our purpose of creating amazing stories for our guests, employees and partners. Our high-performance culture recognises the importance of quality employees and leadership, continuous improvement, and openness with an action-based, change-embracing mindset.

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Our leadership team

People who have Odyssey in their DNA

The leadership team consists of people that have Odyssey in their DNA. This team shapes our future strategic direction, supported by our strong culture and well-executed planning and operations.

Rick van erp
Founder & CEO
ARnoud Griffioen
Nathalie Zonneveld
VP Legal
RUTGER van Erp
VP design & construction
Jules van Gaalen
VP development &
asset management
Katharina Barenthien
VP Operations

Our partners

Unrivalled brand guardians

Being a trusted partner to world-class brands is an honour and a responsibility. We are built upon the strength of our relationships with our brand partners - and all those who work with us to create hospitality magic.

Always celebrating success

Every team member in every location makes a difference and although seeing happy guests is the best recognition of all, the praise and accolades from our wonderful industry and peers are also very welcome.