Hotel: Grand Winston
Location: Rijswijk, a district midway between the centre of the Hague and the town of Delft, and a two-minute walk from the train, tram and bus stops to both of these and beyond.
Highlights: Vast, hot and cold breakfast buffet in the Kessler Park restaurant; free wifi; Ladies’
Business Rooms near lifts that are kitted out with bolt-lock doors, step machines, iron and ironing board, safe, powerful hairdryer, deliciously scented Ritual bath products, high-tech scales in pounds and kilograms, fruity and ordinary Revolution tea bags, a Nespresso machine, lighted make-up mirror, cuddly bathrobe and slippers, and flatscreen TV.
The comfortable, well-equipped rooms are a generous size, so there’s no squeezing around the bed, and their clean, brown and white decor reflects this modern hotel’s blend of comfort and efficiency. Windows are large, so rooms are light filled. Staff are friendly, helpful and all speak perfect English. Nothing is too much trouble and they can direct you wherever you need to go, offer tips and local information. They can also help you plan and host a meeting, from booking one of the six boardrooms, which come in a variety of sizes to suit just a handful to an entire conference, to catering, whether that’s simple tea and coffee right up to use of the private dining room for evening functions.For casual dining, the Grand Canteen serves dishes including burgers, sandwiches, soups and curries, and is open for lunch and dinner. The Lounge Bar is the place for a pick-me-up coffee fix any time of day or a wind-down cocktail or glass of wine before bed. And, if your in-room Kettler step machine isn’t enough, there’s a 24-hour dedicated fitness suite with more extensive exercise machines.
Why go? The convenience of the location, with regular, fast trains into the centre of the Hague or Delft (both just 5 minutes away) or Amsterdam, Rotterdam and beyond, along with the bus and tram stop, all within a two-minute stroll, make this an incredibly easy place to stay and to entertain clients or conduct business. The hotel is luxuriously comfortable, with on-site restaurants, bar and helpful staff. When you’ve finished your working day, you can explore the pretty canal-based Hague or Delft; or take yourself back to your room and have a soak in the ginormous bathtub with endless hot water, then lie back on your sublimely comfortable bed and zone out watching TV, which has British channels as well as European ones.
In the morning, you absolutely have to go for the breakfast in Kessler Park: a vast selection of breads, rolls and pastries; as well as eggs anyway you want them, bespoke omelettes, baked beans, bacon, cold meats and – my favourite and totally irresistible option – real American pancakes and Vermont maple syrup. There’s also a wide range of cereals and muesli, yogurts, fruit, teas and coffee, freshly squeezed juices and, for those with an intolerance, a good gluten-free range of breakfast choices. It was all so deliciously wonderful that it was almost impossible to choose just one breakfast. Totally recommended.
Need to know Check-in to one of the 252 rooms in this 4-star hotel, including suites, apartments and Ladies’ Business Rooms, is from 2pm; check out is 12 noon. Rooms start from €149 (£114).
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