The Hague has style. This will come as no surprise, of course, given that this city beside the dunes is home to the Dutch parliament and the king. Follow sophisticated locals to upmarket delicatessens, or check out the trendy Foodhallen, The Hague has it all. The Collector adds its own style into the mix. Once inside, as a guest you’ll be welcomed into the collector’s world.
Time stands still as you wonder at the extraordinary collections – this is actually what The Collector is all about: wonder. The collections themselves, such as the vast wall of old-school cassette tapes, are cleverly conceived and handpicked. The interior is pleasantly eclectic, with familiar features taken from a variety of design styles, combined with vintage eye-catchers and contemporary art. The Basecamp is the place to meet for lunch or a good glass of wine. Just outside the door, the Haagsche Bluf beckons, a hip shopping area with boutiques and buzzing cafes, and a blend of architectural styles.
The Basecamp is where you start the day with breakfast or meet up later for lunch or an aperitif with fine charcuterie.
The Basecamp and the bar of the hotel are opened daily from 07.00 - 23.00.
You step out of the hotel door straight into the Haagsche Bluf shopping area, packed with things to see and do, from shops and cafes to the trendy Foodhallen. Stroll to the Binnenhof, the home of the Dutch parliament, and there’s a good chance you’ll pass the Prime Minister on his bike. From here you’re just a few steps away from the Mauritshuis museum, with the world famous painting ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer. Art lovers also come for the Hague School (the painting style from the second half of the 19th century) and head for the renowned art gallery Pulchri Studio (established in 1847), the unique Panorama Mesdag museum, or the Kunstmuseum Den Haag.
Shopaholics and lovers of the good life can seek out tempting boutiques and delicatessens. The back garden of Palace Noordeinde makes an ideal spot to unwind, relaxing on the lawn or a bench and making plans for the next thing to see or taste. For a traditional Dutch herring, go to the harbour in Scheveningen, just over 15 minutes away by car. Scheveningen is well worth a visit anyway, for some bracing fresh air and a walk on the beach, in warm weather with the sand between your toes.