IHG Hotels & Resorts’ premium collection brand, voco Hotels, has opened its very first hotel in the Netherlands. voco The Hague sees quintessential Dutch design and voco’s unstuffy style come together in the royal and administrative capital of Den Haag (as it’s known in Dutch).
Based in the city’s Royal Quarter, this striking former bank building is located near the city’s shops, museums, and heritage sites, plus the embassy quarter and Peace Palace are within walking distance. The historic building, which dates back to 1923, has undergone a complete transformation with bank offices and ATMs making way for 204 elegantly furnished rooms, spread over the hotel’s 7 floors.
When walking through the doors of the hotel, guests are immediately greeted with a spacious, airy atrium full of greenery which sets the tone for the hotel design which is inspired by nature and offers an indoor green oasis. As guests walk through the lobby, they can admire the hotel’s butterfly installation named “born of flowers”. The stunning 3D installation was specially curated and stretches 143m across the hotel’s ceilings into the atrium. Made of thousands of metal butterflies composed into an enchanting swarm of flying flowers, the piece leads guests to a beautiful garden. In keeping with voco’s sustainability credentials, the hotel’s Garden Terrace was designed by an expert ecologist who created a welcoming space for nature to thrive.
Every voco hotel offers guests a unique voco welcome treat upon arrival and at voco The Hague guests can enjoy a traditional Dutch fondant “Borstplaat” which is said to be one of the oldest sweets in the Netherlands dating back to the early 17th century. Guest rooms at voco The Hague have a metropolitan design, with a warm, but also playful touch, in true voco style. Rooms include signature voco touches, such as high-quality bedding made from 100% recycled materials and eco-friendly large size bathroom amenities from Antipodes, an award-winning plant – based organic skincare company. The hotel offers a brand-new fully equipped gym and non-hotel guests are welcome to combine work and pleasure in the hotel’s “Play Work” area of the lobby.
Restaurants & Bars
The hotel’s Botanica Kitchen Bar & Lounge is a destination in itself serving fresh local ingredients with an 80% vegetable-based menu, whilst offering tranquillity in an extraordinary space that blurs the boundaries between the inside and outside. Standout dishes include the grilled vegetable platters and proteins cooked in a Josper charcoal oven.
By day, the hotel’s Ultramarijn Wonderbar is a place to start the day with a pastry and dark Roast Factory coffee. All-day breakfast dishes, and authentic comfort food are served fast and made simply with the best ingredients. Come evening, mixologists rustle up the most creative cocktails inspired by Dutch Sea explorations.
General Manager, Inge van Weert commented on the opening: “This iconic building on the Kneuterdijk has been transformed to be the first voco hotel in the Netherlands, nodding to the brand’s diverse portfolio of hotels located in new and heritage buildings. “voco” means ‘to ‘invite’ or call together’, originating from Latin. This is exactly what we hope guests will do at voco The Hague. From their first cup of coffee in the morning in our butterfly garden, to locals coming for lunch in restaurant Botanica, or ending their day with a cocktail in gastrobar Ultramarijn, we hope to bring people together to enjoy a slice of voco life.”