New Hilton Hotel opens in The Hague, Netherlands
Saturday 3, July 2010
Hilton Hotels today announces the opening of Hilton The Hague, the latest addition to the global Hilton portfolio. The new upscale hotel is set within the restored 1950's shell of the former Royal Dutch Telecom headquarters.
Hilton The Hague is the fifth Hilton hotel to open in the Netherlands, where the brand has had a presence since 1962.
"As the global leader in hospitality, we are pleased to open this new upscale hotel that brings our signature style and service to this great international city," Dave Horton, Global Head, Hilton Hotels brand said. "Visitors to Hilton The Hague will enjoy an interior designed by noteworthy Dutch talent, contemporary meeting facilities and exceptional food and beverage offerings."
The Hague is the country's third largest city, seat of the Dutch government and home to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The new Hilton The Hague, prominently located in the embassy quarter of the city centre, offers 195 bedrooms, many of which have views over the grand cityscape. The hotel is on the door step of some of The Hague's best shopping. Noordeinde Street is known for its 15 unique art galleries and high end shops, as well as the rich cultural heritage and architecture of the many stately buildings, renowned museums and points of interest - all of which are just a short walk from the hotel.
"It is with great pleasure that we can begin welcoming guests to our latest hotel in Europe, Hilton The Hague," Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide Area President, Europe said. "Hilton has a long tradition in the Netherlands and this wonderful addition to our portfolio, in a city historically associated with excellence in hospitality, demonstrates that our brands are growing successfully, with iconic properties in all parts of Europe. "
The Hague is home to one of the world's most esteemed hotel management schools such as the Hotel School The Hague, where many of the new hotel's team members, including its cluster general manager, Jan van der Putten, trained for their career in the hotel industry.
"I am delighted that our new Hilton hotel is now open in this wonderful city. For many years the former Telecom headquarters has been a building of significant interest in The Hague and it has been a dream to help restore this structure so it can become one of the finest hotels in the region. We will be offering guests our world-class service, with our new take on hospitality, in the beautiful surroundings of The Hague," Jan Van der Putten, General Manager, Hilton The Hague, said.
Launching at Hilton The Hague is Grand Café Pearl, offering locally sourced and seasonal dishes cooked in an authentic and simple French style. The restaurant is inspired by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer's painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" which is on display at the local Mauritshuis Museum, a 15 minute walk from the hotel. With soft, colourful lighting effects, the painting forms the basis of the design of the restaurant interior, decorations and tableware. Grand Café Pearl also benefits from a large outdoor terrace, opposite some of The Hague's most exclusive shopping boutiques, where coffee, light lunches and dinner will be served during the warmer months.
Adjoining Pearl is the upscale Bar Lutine, named after the famous French Warship "La Lutine" and offering a wide selection of cocktails and sparkling wines by the glass. Furnished with luxurious leather chairs and decorated in traditional colours, Bar Lutine provides a warm environment for hotel residents and Dutch locals to relax.
Interior design influences for the hotel have been created by local Hague designer Angelika Kok (Barzileye Concept & Design). Inspired by the geographic and historical roots of The Hague, the atrium has the atmosphere of the nearby dunes and seaside, with a six metre high sculpted sand wall. The Grand Cafe is based on the paintings of Vermeer, realised with modern columns and a 17th Century lace pattern with complimenting chandeliers. The influences of another famous Dutch painter, Mesdag, play a key role in the design of the ballroom, where Mesdag "skies" and colours complement the functionality of the space. The public areas reflect the splendour of the "Golden Age" and is realised with contemporary materials and design techniques.
Hilton The Hague boasts ten meeting rooms including the Mesdag Ballroom, with a maximum capacity of 400 guests, and an atrium designed for pre-event functions. The Hague is conveniently linked by motorway and train to major European cities, including Brussels and Paris. Both Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Rotterdam - The Hague airport, can be reached within 25 minutes.
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