We arrived on the night of the great storm in October 27th. 2013! Luckily we took off from Bristol airport on EasyJet before the storm hit....the flight to Schipol is only an hour, so it wasn't too long before we were boarding the 197 bus from outside the departures lounge. This is by far the quickest and cheapest - at 4€ each - way to get to the bus stop which is literally at the end of the street on which Hotel Fita is situated.
The hotel is all about location!location!location.
It is very close to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
The 'Van Gogh at Work' exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum is absolutely brilliant....the museum has had a lot of money,time,care and effort put into its re-shaping. You must....(a) book your e-ticket on the web-site...it lets you leapfrog any queue....(b) invest 5€ in the multi-media tour handset ..it is well worth It! The tour picks out certain exhibits for a lot of fascinating information and background detail.
The museum also has a good cafe/restaurant. We split our tour either side of lunch.
That evening we booked into the Sama Sebo Indonesian restaurant - again very close to the hotel....their rice table meal is very flavoursome and very good value for money! Make sure you book well in advance as they are often full on most days of the week!
Second day we took the number 2 tram from the end of the street and caught the train from Amsterdam Centraal railway station to the Hague (Den Haag Centraal railway station).
Fleur, Julia's sister-in-law has lived in The Hague and she gave us an excellent circular tour to follow.We walked from Den Haag Centraal to Binnenhof (Dutch Parliament) then walked via the Buitenhof over the "Hoogstraat" and "Noordeinde" which are some the nicest shopping streets with the more luxurious shops. Then onto the Palace "Paleis Noordeinde". Next we walked to the "Lange Voorhout", this has very nice streets/square has lots of old residential houses, big old trees etc. and even a little old palace which is not in use as such but has a permanent exhibition of Escher.
From there we made our way to the Panorama in the city centre which showed a wonderful painting of the Hague coastal area in the 19th century in the round. This was an unexpected delight which we would thoroughly recommend.
To round off the day we ate at the restaurant Fleur recommended ...De Tapperij ….where we had a really lovely meal. The owner let us in early (5.30p.m.) and we had a drink while the staff had their meal. As the weather had taken a turn for the worse this was really kind of him and we had an excellent dinner..... we wound our way back to Den Haag Centraal and went back to Amsterdam. It sounds like a lot of walking but The Hague is a compact city and we managed it easily.
On the third day we went to the newly re-vamped Rijksmuseum....fantastic lay-out - once again the multi-media tour is a must...."The Nightwatch' never fails to amaze us....the weather had picked up by now, so we took advantage of the sunshine and went on a Blue Boat canal trip...once again, this canal cruise line is very close to Hotel Fita.
Our room in the hotel was a good size - and it has a high spec coffee machine and tea making facility in the room, There is an 'honesty' bar where you can get a beer/wine soft drink at any time...breakfast was very good - their pancakes are not to be missed!! All of the (young) staff were very helpful and cheerful....if we stayed again, we would insist on a room at the back of the hotel - our room at the front had a nice balcony but there was some traffic noise from the street.
All in all, a very good stay...the Dutch are such friendly people....and their lovely country is ideally close for a short break!
Ron&Julia - Ross-on-Wye
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