The stately Hotel Des Indes conjures a bygone era with its 19th-century opulence on The Hague’s photogenic Lange Voorhout. Dine amid high gilded ceilings in red-cushioned comfort, sleep in a luxe canopied bed and relax in the hotel’s extensive spa facilities.
On a stately green in the Willemspark district of The Hague stands the elegant Carlton Ambassador, a 19th-century white-stone building decked with yellow-and-white striped awnings and surrounded by embassies. The tree-lined setting offers a private and secluded feel while still being close to all the major sights of the city.
The hotel keeps its historic charm by retaining the shape of the building and maintaining a classic yet contemporary style, with all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
Inside, the rooms are vibrantly decorated, with pure white linens offset by bold hues in the carpets, accent furniture and wallpaper, with either an English Tudor or Dutch Hindeloopen design. Either way, the effect is regal and understated despite the many patterns.
Sophia, the hotel restaurant, serves an international menu with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. The hotel also makes its own beer, which you can enjoy in the lounge, or on the peaceful terrace, which offers outdoor dining in the warmer months.
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The rooms come in three categories: Classic, Royal and Residence. Boasting a classic Dutch or English Tudor style, they tend to be decorated in shades of Royal Delft blue or in red. The updated bathrooms have a vintage tiled style, with patterns expressive of the overall look of the room.
Royal rooms have views of either the surrounding park of Sophialaan or the elegant street, Zeestraat. The rooms have tall windows that admit a lot of natural light, and some have balconies.
The Residences are in the oldest part of the building, and feature original ceilings, tiled fireplaces, varnished wooden desks and plush blue velvet chairs.
All rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
Located a little outside of the old town of The Hague, the Carlton Ambassador is mixed in among residences and embassies and surrounded by grand mansions. It’s still within walking distance of many of The Hague’s sights. Mauritshuis and the Binnenhof are around 20 minutes' walk away, while the Escher in Het Paleis museum and the Haagsche Bluf district are around 15 minutes’ walk away. You can get to both the Peace Palace and the Noordeinde Palace within a ten-minute walk.
Food and drink
- Buffet and à la carte breakfasts are served daily in Sophia restaurant or outside on the terrace.
- Sophia restaurant offers lunch and dinner all day, with a menu that serves high-quality comfort food like burgers and steak, as well as signature dishes of seafood or brisket, soups and salads. A sumptuous five-course afternoon tea is also available here, with pastries, sandwiches and fresh fruits.
- Lounge Bar by Sophia serves drinks and small bites all day, including signature homemade beers.
Facilities and activities- Bike rental
- Laundry service
- Terrace for your use
The hotel has elevators throughout, but isn’t wheelchair-friendly due to steps on all floors from the original building design.
We’ve chosen this hotel for its feel of seclusion and sophistication. The hotel’s original building and interior decor encompasses Dutch heritage.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Hotel Indigo is centrally located in The Hague and boasts a chic style that pays homage to its past as a bank. Admire the marble columns and old bank signs, or head below ground to the former bank vault that is now home to the hotel’s bar.
The Collector boasts a quirky and artistic atmosphere, along with a convenient and stylish location. Explore the many nearby shops and restaurants, or admire the various collections and eccentric artworks throughout the hotel.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
You’ll spend the day walking the cobblestone streets of Delft, then at the Royal Delft factory to see how the blue-painted pottery is made. There, you’ll take a workshop where you can paint your own tile and take it home with you the very same day.