The Hague may be better known as the political centre of The Netherlands, but it’s also home to a culture steeped in art and an experimental foodie scene that draws influence from across the globe. If you’re planning a trip, make the most of it with a stay near the canal, the fairytale Noordeinde district, or the Mauritshuis art museum – home to classics by the Dutch Old Masters – at one of these top-of-the-range hotels.
Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde
Formerly the Dutch National Bank, this posh hotel retains authentic features such as circular vault doors, oak-panelled walls, art deco stained glass, marble columns and royal portraits. It all combines to evoke the prestigious world of private banking, so expect classic cocktails served in the Gold Bar and gourmet fare at the Brasserie Stocks and Bonds. Every morning, there’s a breakfast buffet loaded with fruits, straight-out-the-oven pastries and a smorgasbord of jams and preserves. In guest rooms, you’ll find original beam features and plush velvet cushions, offset by brass lamps and old safes that hide minibars.
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Parkhotel Den Haag
Like the city itself, Parkhotel Den Haag wears its prestige proudly; interspersed with offbeat colour combinations and printed feature walls, the place recalls the city’s cultural pedigree at every turn. The lofty bar is flooded with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. Here, you can sample signature Dutch snacks on charcuterie boards or nurse a cocktail. Or, you can order takeout to your room from a range of partnered restaurants – just ask the staff on reception for more details – and they’ll happily provide their top recommendations.
Mahogany wood furnishings and a palette of charcoal and bottle green create a darkly romantic atmosphere that riffs off The Hague’s Gothic architecture make this one of the best hotels in The Hague. Think open fires, Baroque feature walls and splashes of eccentricity – a zebra-print chair here, a bursting floral mural there – it’s these details which make each guest room unique. Electrically adjustable beds and blackout curtains make getting a good night’s rest ahead of a day of trawling Gallery Row that much easier.
Restaurant, Hotel & Spa Savarin
Every room at Restaurant, Hotel & Spa Savarin comes complete with a painting of the Hague’s Royal Academy of Art – but it’s the large and luxurious spa that you’ll really want to write home about. A swimming pool with whirlpool, Finnish saunas, infrared saunas, a Turkish steam bath, a hot tub and a cool bath… they’ve thought of everything. The spa is also open to the public so opt for an early morning dip or pre-dinner indulgence if you want the place to yourself. Treatments – to which there are three full A4 pages dedicated – are performed by students or recent graduates of the ROC Mondriaan beauty school, so expect extra-attentive therapists. The Bar & Bistro specialises in French cuisine with a few local dishes thrown in for good measure.
The Collector Hotel
Like the eclectic paraphernalia that covers every conceivable surface within it, The Collector Hotel is a celebration of the city’s rich and diverse offering. Rooms are a cacophony of curiosities – quirky artworks and toffee-toned leather furnishings anchor the look together while a peppering of collectables means there’s always something to hold your attention. If you’re looking to fill your days with off-beat offerings that go against the grain of the old-world arts, the staff at The Collector are full of recommendations. They’ve also got some top tips on which local restaurants to try out, too, from Indonesian eateries to French bistros and vegan cafes.
This charming boutique hotel features 20 nautically-themed rooms that match wonderfully with its seaside surroundings. Like other establishments in the Hague’s Scheveningen district, Hotel Mimosa stands metres away from the sea and the many other attractions that run alongside the city’s coastline. The hotel offers three affordable accommodation options, ranging from ‘small but nice’ basic rooms that are perfect for solo travellers to larger family-sized lodgings with enough room for couples with two children. For a little extra, it is also possible to book package deals with Mimosa, that include bike rental services, nights out and breakfast buffets.
Housed inside a stunning, former office block from the early 20th century, located in the heart of the Hague’s equally splendid Zeeheldenkwartier neighbourhood, this boutique hotel contains six luxurious suites that are ideal for city breaks or romantic getaways. All six suites are individually designed and feature site-specific furnishings adapted around each space’s high ceilings and spacious layouts. While there’s plenty to see and do nearby, guests at La Paulowna can also spend their downtime relaxing at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Hortus, which is renowned for its expansive terrace and impressive organic, vegetarian menu.
Stadsvilla Hotel Mozaic Den Haag
This award-winning boutique hotel stands just outside the Hague’s city centre, in an area known as Archipelbuurt that’s surrounded by beautiful parklands. All of Stadsvilla Hotel Mozaic’s 25 rooms are equipped with luxurious beds, plus additional mod cons like flat screen TVs and iPhone docks. There are six different kinds of suites to choose from inside the hotel, which include standard, single lodgings with street-side views and more glamorous suites tailored around honeymoons.
Boutique Hotel Corona
It is difficult to imagine somewhere better suited for travellers who want to discover the Hague’s historic centre than Boutique Hotel Corona, considering that it is located right next to Het Binnenhof Palace (the Dutch houses of parliament) in the city’s innermost and oldest quarter. Although it isn’t quite as old as other nearby buildings, the hotel blends in perfectly with its stately surroundings and contains 36 stunning rooms, complete with luxurious furnishings, deluxe beds and ensuite facilities. Prospective guests at Boutique Hotel Corona can also add some additional services to their bookings to make their stay even more memorable, such as breakfast buffets at a nearby restaurant, or romantic arrangements that involve champagne, rose petals and hot tubs.
This stunning four-star hotel stands a few metres away from the Hague’s famed Noordeinde Palace, which currently serves as King Willem-Alexander’s workplace. As there are many other important heritage sites here – including the hotel itself, which dates back to the 17th century – guests at Paleis Hotel have immediate access to the Hague’s long, vibrant history. The rooms available inside Paleis Hotel are divided into three categories, namely deluxe, superior and executive, with each offering varying degrees of luxury.
Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus
Sun, sea and high-end services await potential guests at this five-star hotel in the Hague’s coastal Scheveningen neighbourhood. The hotel has served as the centrepiece of Scheveningen’s resort area since its completion in the mid-19th century and ranks among the most famous pieces of architecture located in the Hague. It has changed hands several times throughout its history, and has been renovated to meet modern requirements. Nonetheless, it still features many of its original, opulent design elements and now houses hundreds of luxurious rooms, an exclusive restaurant with the largest terrace in Scheveningen, and a ritzy spa, where guest can pamper themselves free of charge.
Hotel des Indes
This exclusive boutique establishment has existed in one form or another for over 130 years, and maintains a standard of excellence befitting its heritage. What’s more, the hotel stands within the Hague’s most stately quarter and is surrounded by monuments associated with the Dutch royal family, including Noordeinde Palace and Escher in Het Paleis. The entire hotel looks as though it has miraculously remained untouched since the early 20th century, but nonetheless features everything modern travellers will need to enjoy their stay in the Hague. Guests can choose between several accommodation options at Hotel des Indes, ranging from classic lodgings with beds, marble bathrooms and beautiful views across the Hague, to presidential suites with multiple rooms and rooftop sun terraces.
Located right next to the Hague’s main railway station, within easy reach of the city’s main cultural hotspots, this modern hotel offer guests the opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of the Netherlands’ political capital, while providing space for rest and relaxation. Due to its stunning, skyscraper-like design, the hotel has essentially become a landmark in its own right since its completion in 1976. Furthermore, the hotel’s unique architecture means that most of its rooms feature panoramic windows that look out on to the Hague and its surroundings. There are six types of rooms available inside the hotel that are priced according to their size, views and amenities.
’t Goude Hooft
Each of ’t Goude Hooft’s eight luxurious suites are christened after famous historical buildings found in the Hague, such as Het Binnenhof or the Peace Palace, and are designed to capture a measure of their namesakes’ cachet. These stunning suites are equipped with stylish high-end furniture plus additional luxury facilities like deluxe bathtubs and flat-screen televisions. Though there are plenty of excellent spots to eat nearby, guests at ’t Goude Hooft can also enjoy excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner meals inside the hotel’s restaurant, which features spacious indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Mischa Smith contributed additional reporting to this article.
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