Off to Holland
Just a short break in these weird times - what could be more natural than Holland? With the ICE, I'm (almost) at sea in a good two hours - comfortable and environmentally friendly. I had chosen the Leonardo Royal Hotel as my domicile - a good choice, as it turned out. The former Crowne Plaza is located between the beach and the city, close to Madurodam, the amusement park with Holland in miniature. Both Scheveningen and the centre of The Hague are within easy reach by tram in a few minutes; the stop is less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel. You can also get to both destinations on foot.
Leonardo Royal Hotel Den Haag Promenade - excellent Location
The walk to Scheveningen (approx. 20 minutes) is especially recommendable. You walk through a forest with a view of magnificent villas until you reach the busy Keiserstraat. The wild North Sea is at the end of the street with its wide, seemingly endless beach. It is April 27 - and that means "Koningsdag" in the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander is celebrating his birthday, and almost the whole country is with him. At the Leonardo Royal Hotel, we don't notice much of the hustle and bustle. However, the orange ("oranje" - we know this from football) garlands that some staff members have wrapped around their necks or the proudly worn national flags as make-up on their cheeks are striking. Long live the king!
Speaking of the staff - they are friendly here and infect us with their good mood. Perhaps it's also due to the famous king.
A royal Suite
But now to the hotel. I have already described the location—the 170 rooms and suites in six categories in two wings. I am amazed when I enter - surprise - my suite—modern, straightforward furnishings without much chi-chi. The highlight is the bathroom, separated from the bedroom by a pane of glass (don't worry, the toilet is separate), with a chic bathtub on which reading material invites you to linger for a while. However, I instead use a separate shower. A wonderfully scented "Deep Sleep Pillow Spray" is on the bedside table, which is supposed to ensure a good night's sleep. What can I say - I heard absolutely nothing at night in this hotel, so the sleep quality was correspondingly fantastic. After a certain age, that becomes more and more important, true?
Otherwise, the Leonardo Royal Hotel Den Haag impresses with its modern interior, even if the floral masterpieces in the lobby are artificial. The bar "LEO's International Flavors" is particularly chic, right next to the reception, and the restaurant is adjacent. There was nothing wrong with my vegetarian dinner on the first evening, and the service was perfect too.
The hotel had many guests during my stay, so it was correspondingly busy in the morning. In the breakfast restaurant, there is a buffet, which is usual for this hotel category. I sat a little further away from the coffee machine on the second day. The morning caffeine boost is now widespread. It always amazes me that such a good espresso flows out of devices that many people use. What were the days when good fairies came to the tables in the morning with coffee pots (honestly? Thank God that's over). And - I truly liked the cool silver chairs, right my style!
It was still a bit too fresh for the terrace at the end of April. But I can well imagine how pleasant breakfast in the fresh air must be. In the evening, the deck becomes the perfect place to chill out.
Let´s get physical
An exceptional feature at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Den Haag is the spa with a chicly lit indoor pool and a gym, worthy of all honour for a hotel of this category. "Members who are not guests at the hotel also train here," says Anton, the friendly personal trainer from Germany. I skip my workout because I'm more or less on my feet all day - that will have to do. After the exertion, you can relax with massages or indulge in an anti-aging treatment with caviar or pure gold. But I'd instead leave that to the ladies.
The Leonardo Royal Hotel Den Haag is the perfect place for a few days in The Hague.
Central and at the same time quiet location close to the beach and the city.
Van Stolkweg 1, 2585 JL The Hague
Reservations +31 70 3525161
Room rates as of 119 EUR per night (May 2022)
From The Hague Central station you can reach the hotel by cab in approximately 15 minutes (cost 17 EUR as per May 2022)-
Are you interested in other Leonardo Hotels? Here is my article about the NYX Hotel in Milan, Italy.
I have already mentioned that you can do a lot in The Hague and the district of Scheveningen. Please have a look at my article about The Hague.