REVIEW | Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade

To get away from the routine of work my friend Michel asked me to join him for a weekend stay at the Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade. It is a 5 star hotel located in a green park setting next to the Van Stolkpark in between the city centre of The Hague and the seaside resort of Scheveningen. Madurodam is just down the road and a number of embassies can be found in the streets surrounding the park.


The hotel consisted of a main building built in 1969 and a new hotel tower added in 2011 next to it. In the spacious lobby there was the check-in desk at the left hand side when you entered the building while the bar and restaurant on the right hand side.

While we originally booked a club room in the new tower (which has the peculiarity of the hotel not having a club lounge but the minibar is included in the room rate) we received an upgrade to a recently renovated corner suite room in the old wing of the hotel (but now the minibar wasn’t included in the room rate anymore) thanks to the IHG Rewards Platinum status.


The room was located at the end of the corridor and you entered through a narrow corridor alongside the emergency escape stairs into a small ‘living’ area. It featured a sofa with a foot rest, the minibar with a big TV above, and a high top table with the water cooker, Nespresso machine, a fruit bowl and some complimentary infused water.


Behind a sliding door was the bedroom with a big double bed located under a wood covered wall and ceiling, looking very stylish. There was also a chair with another foot stool and a TV above a mood lighted magazine rack and a big window into the bathroom.


The corner towards the bathroom and the separate toilet contained a built in closet with glass doors (a good idea to see where you put everything) where you could find your bathrobes and slippers.


The toilet was in its separate cubicle at the end of the corridor, but the light switched on using a sensor and it took quite a while before it went dark again which was annoying if you needed a midnight toilet break.


The bathroom itself was a very stylish affair with a beautiful free standing bath near the window towards the bedroom. In the middle you had double sinks with ample storage space for your toiletries and an abundance of towels as well as some decent individual toiletries. At the far end was the separate shower cabin, with a very nice rain shower head. As we were almost at the upper level of the hotel the water pressure wasn’t fantastic but the water was nice and warm.

The floor of the bathroom and the shower cubicle was one continuous surface but it was sloped enough so the shower wouldn’t flood the bathroom. The only downside of the bathroom was the big window towards the bedroom, while there was a lockable entry door there was no way to close off the window. Maybe adding some window blinds could be a good idea for people that would like a less exposed bathroom.


In the basement level of the hotel there was a spa and health club, around the central seating area you could find a number of treatment rooms where you could get the typical beauty treatments as well as of course some changing rooms. Inside a sort of glass box was the fitness area which looked rather big and well equipped, across the basement was another glass box which contained the pool.


The Pool area was nicely designed and warm and the pool was sufficiently large, with just 5 loungers there was however a severe lack of loungers so a number of people had to drop their stuff on the floor if they wanted to go for a swim.


In the evening (as it was raining outside) we decided to eat in the hotel Restaurant Brut and tried their monthly set three-course menu for €37 with a wine pairing of €15.


The first course consisted of some scallop carpaccio with some melon and lettuce which was a very nice and surprising combination.


The Main course was some wild duck with its vegetables.


For Dessert there was a fruit tart with some chocolate ice on the side. It was a very nice, high quality and tasteful meal and sure wouldn’t shun the hotel for a nice dinner.


In the morning breakfast was served in a buffet style. With the usual offerings of bread, cold cuts and some hot dishes like scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon.


There was also a healthy corner with fruits, vegetables, cereals and yoghurts. Of course you could get some juice and coffee and tea from the buffet as well.


The buffet also held some typical Dutch elements like the cheeses and the colourful sandwich sprinkles.


One of the most fun items must have been the bake it yourself waffle maker, I can’t help but bake my own waffle whenever I see one.


All in all we had a very enjoyable stay at the Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade, it’s a professionally run hotel with a good and dependable product. It is one of the best Crowne Plaza properties I have stayed up to date. I will for sure consider this hotel for a future stay in The Hague.

What is your view on the trend of having ‘open’ and exposed bathrooms in hotel rooms, do you like it? Or do you prefer a more classical closed bathroom? Let us know in the comments below!

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