I live very nearby, a few minutes walk but had to come here as the heat forced me to look for an airconditioned hotel, so I could finally sleep.
I was VERY pleasantly surprised that this hotel is even much better than I ever thought. I am appalled to see that currently this is only the number 5 at TA. People who voted less than 5 stars should be deeply ashamed, although I agree with the previous reviewer that the baths are very deep and inaccessible for people with mobilty problems. I stayed in a room with just bath and shower, not a separate shower so I too had problems getting out of this deep and slippery bath (I am 61 and fat).
I had room 208, a very small single with about 100-110 cm wide bed.
It's opposite the elevator but that does not disturb except the people talking. Direct connection with the spa down in basement with small swimming pool. With the marvelous personell I had only very good experiences. Each of them was exemplary in kindness and service and it's a privilege to talk with doorman Antonio Mareirros, who works there for many years and has all sorts of stories (like in the hotel book in the room) on this legendary and very famous hotel from 1881. Manager Mr Bovsovers writes in the hotel book that he hopes that one day the hotel will be well-known all over the world. If that's not the case yet, the world should be ashamed.
It's the ONLY Dutch hotel that has a miniature in Madurodam!
Great also is that Des Indes has very decent prices in the weekend and a great restaurant, my world's favourite but closed in July and August.
Breakfast is in the lounge, a nice place but with slightly annoying piped music (boring muzak ,should be classical), but a waitress said they cant change it and it's decided in Canada.
Breakfast buffet ( from 7 AM ) is pricey (35 euro, 30 for me) but astonishing in it's offerings, unlike ever seen before. Special breads, salmon, Innocent juices, dried fruits, fresh fruits, everything else you expect, plus (very special ) scrambled eggs in a glass jar with lid. No eggs made to order though but there were hardly any guests, none when I went at 8.30 AM on a Sunday.
This hotel is part of Starwood's Luxury Collection with renowned hotels like Gritti and Danieli in Venice and Imperial in Vienna (and Pulitzer in Amsterdam).
It has top-service. like it once was able to have a museum opened. within 10 minutes ,especially for a delegation who requested it at a time the museum was closed (must have been celebrities).
So it has a swimming pool (open 7 AM till 10 PM, weekends 8 till 8), small but very nice with 2 powerful jet-streams that enable you to swim against the current. Also sauna and steam room and rest room. Massages for 55 euro (1/2 hour) or 95 ,full hour).
My small room 208 was still delightful and had everything you'd wish and a Siemens climate control, which is totally silent, nothing to be heard and as cool as you want. Ultra-comfortable bed ( Sealy, see www.vandamqualitybeds,nl ), Molton Brown products in bathroom, a SCALE, Dutch and English magazines, minibar, hotel history book,coffee machine, water cooker, DVD player and radio, Ironing board, 95 channels on TV
(Incl. BBC and 3 ITV channels) above a small but nice desk, and radio channels on TV incl. classical Radio 4)l. However no culture channels, like Mezzo or Dutch BravaNL. about 21 films on demand for 15.75 or 2 oldies like Out of Africa and Meet Joe Black for 12,95, and 3 documentaries for 9,50 , incl. Felix Baumgartner's Space Dive in 3 languages. All films in English , subtitled in different languages, one in Polish and in Hungarian, some in Dutch.
Best films now are Grand Budapest Hotel and Enough said.
Also on demand music, including classical for 5 euro.
Expensive minibar, drinks 5 euro, 1/4 bottle wine 8,50 euro.
Room service with several meals for 24 hours, good prices. Bottle champagne 99 euro (not highest price I ever saw).
Beautiful hotel in rooms, corridors, lounges, There's a sigar room (the library). Nicest surprise was that there are rooms (incl. my 208) around a courtyard which makes it very quiet (just 2 screams from the street on a Saturday) but for quietness avoid this hotel during the fancy fair around end of April and summer music festivals.
STAY HERE, NOWHERE ELSE !!
- 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