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Hotel Des Indes The Hague

Old Sep 16, 20, 4:46 pm
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Hotel Des Indes The Hague

I like to report About my stay at Hotel des Indes The Hague. The hotel used to be member of Starwood Luxury Collection (before it was Le Meridien when the brand had still some nice hotels) but left it last year after the merger with Marriott. Now itīs member of the Leading Hotels of the world, but no member of Virtuoso or FHR.
The hotel is quite a legend with many famous guests. It has definitively history. I was often shortly before booking it but always decided to do somethimg else. When I checked in August prices had fallen compared to last year. While a Junior Suite was in 2019 between 400 and 500 € per night, it now 262 € with breakfast full flexible. I thought about booking the Presidential Suite (which is with 80 sqm the only "real" Suite in the house), but itīs not really spectacular judging from pictures. It would had been over 1000 per night so I decided to go with a Junior Suite for our 2 nights. 2 times before our arrival we got E-Mail with "deals" like reserving a parking space at 40 € per night, getting a dinner at 45 € per Person (normal Price) or Booking breakfast for 30 € instead of 60 € (great deal if already included in your rate). After this E-Mail I really thought about canceling my stay…..
When we arrived we were greated by a doormen who told us we could park at the parking lot opposite but it would cost 40 € per day. I couldnīt resist to say I would have been surprised if itīs for free. For my 40 € I parked under a linden tree which meant my car was covered with a sticky mass after the 2 days. Not the Hotels fault and my local car wash was happy after my return. From outside itīs a nice yellow building.


The location is right in the heart of the city with the Binnenhof and Mauritshuis within a (slow) 5 minutes walk. Quite perfect.
Check-In were very fast, after a minute we had our keys without further explanations. I must say the lobby and the public spaces are nice and show the hotels history.













They have 2 elevators, 1 is now for the way up and 1 for the way down. The hallways are quite nice.



Did you mention the cup on one picture? Yes, such things are a must on every hotel floor so for this reason this nice decoration remained for nearly a whole day:

Our Junior Suite 305 was on the corner of the floor and very Junior. More a room than a Suite. I only thought: If this is a Junior Suite please please never let me stay in the normal rooms.










You can like the furniture or not, judge yourself. While I have sympathies for the style it was not always very practical. Therefore the bed was OK. During the 2 days bath aminities were not filled up but you can also shower with shampoo.....
I really looked forward to the breakfast. Due to Corona it was a la carte but thatīs not a real problem. We got this breakfast menu:

Well, this was in addition to the "products served", which meant bread and butter. When we asked if it would be possible to get some pancakes the waitress looked irritated and told us we could only get whatīs on the menu. Thatīs the luxurious breakfast of our first morning:





The scrambled eggs tasted like a conveniance product, the bread was of low quality. But there is always a second morning. This time we had an especially nice rose on our table:



Nothing says more than a beautiful flower..... Therefore they serve 2 different kinds of chees this day (Luxury!!!!!!)
They also have a pool but I didnīt use as it was by reservation only and didnīt look spectacular.
We also had one dinner at the restaurant. I really like a well preserved table and they even did some stains for me on the tablecloth.

The window was quite dirty (as in the "suite") but likes to watch out in such a room?


The food was quite good, service below average. It all lasted very long (many guests were not the reason) and when they offered me majonaise neither the waiter or any majonaise were seen later, therefore we could hear the staff chatting obout wedding cards.







Did I like my stay? Not really. I understand they have hard times at the moment but such a performance is pitiful. I also donīt believe itīs only a Corona problem, as many Things could be easy fixed with a caring management. They have pictures of their famous guests everywhere (even over the toilet) but thatīs not everything. Our guide from Binnenhof told us she were dreaming about a night in this hotel but I canīt really say she would be impressed.
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Old Sep 16, 20, 4:52 pm
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No pancakes in the Netherlands is a travesty. I think travesty is the best word for this hotel too.

Thanks for taking one for the team.
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Old Sep 16, 20, 5:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
No pancakes in the Netherlands is a travesty. I think travesty is the best word for this hotel too.

Thanks for taking one for the team.
To be fair poffertjes (the small pancakes) are not as easy to find these days as we thought. In Den Haag we had to ask a local were to find one after searching half the city
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To be fair poffertjes (the small pancakes) are not as easy to find these days as we thought. In Den Haag we had to ask a local were to find one after searching half the city
True but a luxury hotel should be making them happen. I thought you were asking for pannenkoek though.
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Old Sep 16, 20, 11:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
True but a luxury hotel should be making them happen. I thought you were asking for pannenkoek though.
I asked for Pancakes (would perhaps specified it) and they made clear nothing off the menu. I agree they should have been able to offer it. It's also not that difficult to do.
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Sorry to hear about some of the lapses. I do like the Des Indes and feel it has a good sense of place and the location can't be beat. Some excellent restaurants nearby. Our breakfast (pre-Covid) there was very good. Some rooms are very small but this also has to do with the age of the building. For The Hague it's one of the better options.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 9:41 am
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Sorry to hear about some of the lapses. I do like the Des Indes and feel it has a good sense of place and the location can't be beat. Some excellent restaurants nearby. Our breakfast (pre-Covid) there was very good. Some rooms are very small but this also has to do with the age of the building. For The Hague it's one of the better options.
I agree about the hardware and of course location. I think there are not much other Options in The Hague. Rooms at the Kurhaus looks awful even if they have some proper suites and the location is not great for sightseeing. The Promenade (stayed many years ago) is not on one level.
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