Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde: a royal base for your city trip

Indigo is one of my favorite hotel chains within the IHG brand portfolio. And although the quality of the hotels sometimes vary (I like the Indigo City Centre in Antwerp, but not so much in Madrid, for example), overall most Indigo properties are really really nice. So when I had a reason to stay at the Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde, I obviously did. So here’s my review of Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde: a royal base for your city trip.

Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde

Hotel Indigo The Hague - Palace Noordeinde: entrance
Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde: entrance

Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde is currently the only Indigo hotel in The Netherlands, with the Indigo City Centre in Antwerp being the closest other Indigo hotel.

Hotel Indigo occupies the historic former Dutch National Bank building, originally built in 1883, on Noordeinde, one of The Hague’s most prestigious shopping streets, with stunning art nouveau buildings.

The new hotel design gets inspiration from the building’s history and location – the designers mixed restored original details with thoughtful modern additions such as pop art-style portraits of the Royal family, luxe fabrics and colours, and motifs inspired by The Netherland’s historic currency (before it became the Euro on January 1, 2001), the Dutch guilder.

The hotel retains a sense of the formidable with its dark marble columns and wood panelling but is softened by large glass windows, artisan vases of brightly-coloured flowers and pieces of Delftware pottery. With high roofs, constellations of orb lights and an open-plan reception and restaurant, there is a sense of space that is both refreshing and peaceful.

The lift is still original and clanks loudly between floors.

Location of Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde 9/10

Hotel Indigo The Hague - Palace Noordeinde: view from my window
Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde: view from my window

The hotel is only a quick tram ride away from Den Haag Centraal station or a 20-minute walk through the beautifully cobbled streets of The Hague’s city center (although, not suuuuper convenient when you’re carrying your four-wheeled suitcase – in my case my Rimowa).

The hotel is surrounded by an eclectic array of cafés, bars, restaurants and shops, and is a wonderful location from which to set out and explore the city by foot, bike or tram. Whether you feel like a quick peek at Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring in the Mauritshuis or a wander through the gardens of Palace Noordeinde (I could actually see the palace from my window – see the photo above), the area around the hotel is concentrated with art and culture.

Rooms at Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde 8/10

Rooms are normal-sized (maybe even a bit small in comparison to other hotels) and have plush bedding, hard surface flooring with large rugs and a lot of old details.

The 63 rooms are all quirky angles, huge original beams, space and warm lighting. They strike a delicate balance between paying homage to the old bank, while benefiting from modern elements. That makes that the rooms feel really warm and welcoming. The walls are often decorated in prints of the Dutch guilder (see the photo of the bathroom bewlow) and the minibar is encased in an old safe (how cool is that?!).

Bathrooms have walk-in showers with glass window showers, really nice wood-enclosed bathroom sinks, Rituals soaps and creams (bit surprised though to find the Antwerp Indigo has a different supplier).

Hotel Indigo The Hague - Palace Noordeinde: bathroom
Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde: bathroom

Service at Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde 7/10

Hotel staff is local and friendly and welcoming, but can’t say they were remarkable in any way.

Getting stuff done at Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde 7/10

As I don’t like to work from my hotel room, I always try and look for places to work in the hotel. I spend most of my evening working from the Stocks and Bonds Brasserie and when I woke up the next morning, the night guars allowed me to work from the same Stocks and Bonds Brasserie. The coffee machine was self-service (I literally had to turn it on myself), but staff was friendly and helpfull early in the morning.

Stocks and Bonds Brasserie and bar Gold Bar at Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde 6/10

The Stocks and Bonds Brasserie is a spacious room overlooking the busy Noordeinde street. It’s an all-day dining affair, but left me a bit confused. As it was raining outside, I was planning to have dinner in the Stocks and Bonds Brasserie. But as the only people there (around 18h30 in the evening) were a bunch of super-loud Russians drinking vodka and beers and a Dutch family that were only drinking, I grew a bit suspicious of the food. I tried the bread basket, which consisted of some roasted bread and butter and some condiments didn’t give me much more appetite, so I decided to weather the rain and find my dinner elsewhere. Feels like a missed opportunity to have a great restaurant and bar in the hotel.

One story down rom the hotel’s reception is the old bank, turned into the Gold Bar, which offers a range of heady cocktails, beers on tap and Dutch gins. It is a really nice place with moody lighting, cozy corners and small private tables.

Breakfast at Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde ?/10

Hotel Indigo The Hague - Palace Noordeinde: breakfast
Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde: breakfast

I really regret I wasn’t able to have breakfast at the hotel when I was there (but I will have a re-try soon), as it looked amazing. Breakfast is served in the Stocks and Bonds Brasserie.

My stay at Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde 8,5/10

Overall, I really really enjoy my stay at Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde and I would most definitely return. Apart from being a cosy place to stay, it really is a nice base for your visits to The Hague as it is super close to many of The Hague’s must-see highlights as well as some great places to have food or drinks.

In total, I have stayed 2 nights at the Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde, with 2 different stays. The average price I paid per night was approximately €115,- (excluding breakfast).

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