I returned to the hotel Des Indes after 3 years from my last stay, and it is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed. There is something unique about this hotel which I haven't found in any other hotel. It's full of history, and at the same time it is a wonderful contemporary hotel. You sense its 132 years of history, but you are also surrounded by a wonderful, rich contemporary design which gives the Des Indes a theatrical look and feel. It's also extremely well proportioned: it's not a big hotel but it is not small either. The common areas are suitable to host anything from a royal dinner (in fact, they have!) to an informal conversation over tea. There are plenty of cozy corners, all enriched by the red, gold and purple velvet chairs. I find the color scheme of the hotel just fantastic.
Accommodation is superb. We stayed in a junior suite, which is in fact one very large room with a canopy bed, a sofa with table and chair, and a work desk. Despite the fact that there is no separate living room, the suite is big enough to make it a very pleasurable space to work or enjoy a drink in company. The little touches like a Nespresso machine, superb teas and the possibility to complement them with local sweets and snacks only add to the welcoming feeling of the hotel.
On both nights of our stay I had the best sleep I can remember in a hotel; the bedding is of really very good quality.
The bathroom is stunning, large, contemporary and functional. Small details such as the dimmed light by the mirror which is perfect at night make the accommodation very pleasant and pleasurable.
Breakfast is abundant and of excellent quality. There are several sorts of bread and pastries, cold cuts and cheese, eggs, bacon, fruits and cereals. Many products are local. We had dinner one evening during one of the special "des introduce" weeks, when there is a special menu. The dinner was very good (5 courses to discover the "umami" taste, all with a Dutch flavor) and the wine arrangement let me discover some really good wines. The service was outstanding, and all the staff were extremely professional and friendly. Elmar in particular was an example of how the staff makes the difference in a hotel like Des Indes.
The gym and the spa are truly enjoyable even if they are not very large. The gym is very smartly arranged so that there are a variety of machines and treadmills and also space for exercises. The spa has a large sauna, a steam room and a small swimming pool. The pool however has some jet streams that make it possible to swim as if one were in a lap pool. It does the trick - and after a few strokes you can relax on one of the four relax beds nearby. There are also a number of massage and treatments rooms in the spa.
All this makes the Des Indes one of the top hotels I've ever stayed at. The difference is made by the staff, by their true desire to serve, respect and listen to the guests. As an example, at check out I suggested that they could install 2 more reading lights by the relax beds in the spa. When I got home, I found a personal email from Emelie, the duty manager, thanking me for my stay and for my suggestion about the lights, which she will discuss with the management team. It's only a small example of how this hotel makes staying there special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historical grandeur and elaborate elegance, Hotel Des Indes is a haven of luxury in the heart of The Hague. This five star deluxe retreat already embraces you even before you enter with the yellow facade and features a 315-square-metre health club, exceptional restaurant and sophisticated meeting facilities. Each room blends contemporary amenities with iconic architectural statements. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien The Hague
- The Hague Le Meridien