I haven't stayed at the Babylon for a while. It has now become the Hampshire babylon and is still very pleasant with a very nice helpful staff. The restaurant is not bad at all. The dining room and bar are airy and very comfortable with very large windows giving onto the park.
The rooms and beds are very comfortable.
On the down side, the rooms and bathrooms were quite clearly designed by men for men. You need to love grey and beige. The Dutch economy light bulbs now found everywhere doesn't do much to warm up the atmosphere. The bathroom shelf and mirror are quite high up and the lighting is not women-friendly. Making up becomes a hap-hazard affair. The (very good) dryer is also quite high up with a short tight spiral cord. Hair drying can be a challenge if you're left-handed and not very tall.
But the strangest thing is the new buildings on two sides of the hotel. They are disturbingly close even in the upper floors to the point of being a bit oppressive. I've never seen anything like it. Right now the buildings are empty, but once the offices are in use, guests may feel really exposed. It isn't possible to see inside the rooms during the day when the lights are off, but guests will be visible at night with the lights on unless you draw the curtains (I asked). If you're on a business trip and in your room at night only, you'll be fine with the curtains closed.
The upside is that those two sides are very quiet. The other two are noisier.
It is however a very nice hotel and ideally located for downtown, trains, buses and trams.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampshire Hotel - Babylon Den Haag is situated next to the main train station, in the midst of the bustling city life, with across the street an oasis of peace in the beautiful Haagsche Park. This modern 4-star hotel has a prominent reputation for outstanding service and quality comfort. Bright and spacious rooms and a warmly decorated restaurant and lounge provide guests with inviting spaces to dine and unwind. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of town, Den Haag's main attractions are easily reached. With the station providing direct links to Schiphol and the beach just 10 minutes away, this is the ideal hotel for business and leisure travellers alike. Certified with the Golden Green Key. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eden Babylon The Hague
- The Hague Eden Babylon