Alkmaar is best known for its cheese. The oldest "ordinance on the cheese bearers" dates from the year 1593. Until the First World War, the cheese market was a vital centre for the trade. In 1916, an average of three hundred tons of cheese were sold on every market day. At that time, the market went on until one o'clock at night. Every year, on 22 Fridays from mid-April to mid-September, the market takes place on the Waagplein. The hotel is 21 miles from Alkmaar.