The Hampshire Babylon, formerly known as Eden, has changed hands a number of times over the last few years. It is all you need when you are travelling, but nothing luxurious. There is a fairly small and efficient entrance with friendly staff. Service is minimal (labour is expensive in Holland), but that isn't necessarily a bad thing: no bell boys or other people to carry your luggage. It is the way the Dutch usually like it. There is free wifi in the entire hotel. Worked fine for me.
The breakfast is sufficient, with mostly European style breads, cold cuts, boiled eggs, brioches, cheeses, yoghurt and a small corner with sausages, scrambled eggs and bacon. There is cappuccino and tea and orange juice. It is all you can eat so a hearty breakfast in the morning carries you through most of the day. Make sure you sit at the window and enjoy the steady stream of hundreds of cyclists cycling by, it is a sight to behold.
The rooms were a tad small, but more than good enough if you plan to be outside most of the day. You don't come to The Hague to sit in your room anyway. My room had a window that opened, which I left open 24 hours a day (June). The rooms are somewhat dark, which means you have to have lights on all the time. I wish the hotel room had at least one bright 120 Watt light, I was straining my eyes all the time. I also never really figured out which light switches belonged to which lights. The bathroom has an odd shelf over the sink, which prevents you to splash your face with water or drink water from the tap (safe everywhere in the Netherlands). Very awkward design.
I arrived form overseas (red eye) and the staff was good enough to check me in at 9 am (which was a bit of luck as it was the only room available). I thought that was great and very much appreciated.
The location is great. Next to the Central train station (connecting to Amsterdam-Schiphol airport in under an hour), you have to lug your luggage at the most 300 ft from the station to the hotel. The station connects you with the main network in the Netherlands (efficient) and the Randstad Rail (a combination of Light Rail and subway, that connects you to down town Rotterdam in 40 minutes. A real bonus. The hotel is also on a 10 minute pleasant walk to the mostly car free centre. Street cars shuttle you through The Hague and all the way to the beach in Scheveningen. No need to take taxis. There is a bike rental place underneath the train station I believe. You need a Publi Transport chipcard in public transport, which works in the entire (!) country. Search for "OV chipkaart" on line. There is very little reason to have a car in The Hague so save that money.
All in all, great location, clean rooms, (4th floor) , good breakfast, friendly helpful staff. Only downside are the darkish rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampshire Hotel - Babylon Den Haag is situated next to the main train station, in the midst of the bustling city life, with across the street an oasis of peace in the beautiful Haagsche Park. This modern 4-star hotel has a prominent reputation for outstanding service and quality comfort. Bright and spacious rooms and a warmly decorated restaurant and lounge provide guests with inviting spaces to dine and unwind. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of town, Den Haag's main attractions are easily reached. With the station providing direct links to Schiphol and the beach just 10 minutes away, this is the ideal hotel for business and leisure travellers alike. Certified with the Golden Green Key. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eden Babylon The Hague
- The Hague Eden Babylon