Hotel Des Indes, a Luxury Collection Hotel, The Hague
What We Love
- The dramatic color scheme and no-expense-spared glamorous details
- All rooms have luxe marble bathrooms with rain showers and heated floors
- The 4-course High Tea served daily in the plush lounge
- The spa has a Swedish sauna, solarium, and swimming pool
What To Know
- Pets are not allowed
- There’s a fee for WiFi (although the first hour is free)
- Breakfast isn’t included and costs around $48 per person
- There’s a some will love it/some will hate it cigar lounge
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Interior design legend Jacques Garcia is behind the knockout glam décor of this centrally located 92-room hotel, housed in an 1850s palace. Guest rooms are fitted out with lavish colors inspired by royalty–rich purple, gold, scarlet– and feature plush floor-to-ceiling drapes, elaborate chandeliers, and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and rain showers. Sip hand-crafted cocktails in the swanky bar, with its gorgeous jewel tones, leaded windows, and high ceilings before heading to the restaurant, where the food is as rich as the surroundings: think poached duck liver, oysters on ice, and truffle-marinated guinea fowl.
In the Area
Soak up the extraordinarily rich culture of this city with a visit to the Mauritshuis, where you can admire the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt. Discover Holland in miniature at the adorable Madurodam, a Dutch city built on a tiny scale, including miniature landmarks and an elected mayor. Cap off the day with schnitzels or croque monsieur Dutch style at industrial-chic Dudok Brasserie, where you can expect to rub shoulders with pols and hipsters alike.
How to Get There
This hotel is an iconic hotel in The Hague. However it is over priced and starting to look dated. My suite was dusty and chairs stained. This used to be an amazing hotel but times have changed. Good location.
The best hotel in The Hague with a historical twist. Great location and friendly staff! The rooms are amazing, with classical decor, clean and super comfy beds, while the bathrooms are modern and updated with amenities to fit all your needs and bask in luxury. Will be back for sure!
This hotel has some great history and you will never know who you will meet who is staying there! It has some major people like Mick Jagger! With more than 130 years of remarkable history behind its doors, elegance and grandeur come standard at Hotel des Indes. The property was originally built as a stately mansion to host private functions for the treasurer of King Willem III before being turned into a hotel in 1881. Widely known for its high tea, a celebrated tradition of The Hague, Hotel des Indes offers French-inspired gastronomy at its tastefully adorned restaurant and lounge.
Beautiful place. Went in for dinner on the offchance of a free table. Empty restaurant, but they had a private function on somewhere, meaning service was ridiculously slow throughout. Complimentary canapes were very nice, amuse bouche of oyster left a horrible taste. The main of sea bass, when it finally arrived an hour after entering, was undercooked in the middle. Tried to eat around it as didn't want to wait, eventually sent it back. A complimentary dessert was supposed to replace it but this took so long to order (20 mins with another ten mins expected to bring it) I gave up and asked for the bill. When pushed they didn't charge me for the main. Ended up leaving almost 2 hrs after arriving without having had a satisfactory dinner.
Hotel is about a half kilometer walk from the main train station, across the park, down a lovely avenue and then through another park. I walked it the night of check-in and taxi (it was raining) back to the Train station the next day (9 euro).
There is a tram / light rail from the train station, but I wasn’t sure of the correct route to take, that probably would have dropped me right by the hotel – for my next trip, I’ll look to check that out.
So as I’m walking through the tree lined park toward the hotel, from the main thoroughfare (Koorte Voorhout), down the brick lined pathway and under the pathway lights (similar to old gas lamps) I see the Victorian architecture of the hotel in the near distance and my first thought was ‘wow, this is going to be a really cool hotel at which to stay’ – jumping to the ending – it was!
This was my first trip to Den Haag (The Hague) and it was a really lovely city with plenty of trees, wide thoroughfares and beautiful parks.
Check-in was brisk and efficient, and I was offered a seat and a glass of citrus infused water to drink while processed into the room. The young woman at check-in was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and efficient – it was like a flashback to earlier times.
The hotel felt freshly renovated to the original Victorian standards from when it was built, so old style, but clean and new. I loved the furniture, artwork, stone columns and painted ceilings – just a delightful place.
I got to my room but had a bit of a challenge finding it. There are no numbers on the doors, but instead a vase on a shelf next to the door with the room number painted on the vase. Beautiful touch but took me a bit to figure it out.
Room was large, bright and comfortable. Really comfy bed, nice desk, two windows that actually opened and Nespresso coffee maker in the large Armoire. While the room maintained Victorian charm, the bed was modern and super comfortable. They put the nice little mat next to the bed with a pair of slippers on it – lovely touch. While the room was styled to an older era, the bathroom was ultra-modern (big stone sink) and the shower was magnificent with really hot water and great pressure in a dark grey slate tile. Just about everything you want in a hotel room; comfort, size, style and modern conveniences. Plus, it was nice and quiet – which I loved.
It had been a long day and was late in the evening, but I decided to check out the bar. I’m glad I did, great wine and scotch list in a small, cozy and very nice bar. But they had a beautiful 2-story atrium with tables where they would also serve from the bar. Made me feel like royalty – just super. They brought some free bar snacks, which is rare these days. Big olives, spicy nuts and….truffle crisps (potato chips). OMG the truffle crisps were to die for.
I had breakfast in the morning. They have the traditional buffet, but also menu service and also menu service, so I opted for the mushroom omelet (large and delish) and coffee. While the breakfast room was rather empty, the service was a bit off. I ended up going to the kitchen to hunt down my coffee after it hadn’t appeared in 5 minutes. Omelet was large and tasty, but again, getting my 2nd cup of coffee was a chore.
The free wi-fi is horrifyingly slow in the lobby – ok in the room, but they do have a faster version for pay.
I’d love to bring my family here (Maybe during Christmas holidays, as I would guess they have a beautiful Christmas market), this is one of those hotels where I did NOT pay an arm and a leg, and I will remember forever. Definitely in my top 10 hotels of all time.
Grumpy old guy rating: Two thumbs, waaaaaay up!