I’m a mixed Dorm Room. I’m a Mixed Dorm Room. Up to 8, young and old, can stay with me. I have 4 ‘bedstee’ bunk beds with storage space. The beds were designed by interior design students. In the room there is a shower and a place to brush your teeth, the toilet is just out in the hall, and not just one, there are 3. The great thing is that my room has access to the patio, just step outside and enjoy the ever shining Dutch sun.
An old men’s alms house can be seen as a early precursor to a retirement home. From the 16th century these houses were established because older men are generally less able to care for themselves than older women. There are still some of these houses preserved in the Netherlands, however their uses have changed. For example the former old men’s house in Haarlem has been the Frans Hals museum since 1913. There you now find a wonderful overview of Haarlem painting during the Golden Age.