Discover Benelux, Issue 30, June 2016

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Discover Benelux | Hotel of the Month | Netherlands

Those who have stayed at the hotel before will be familiar with the excellent service from the attentive staff when they come back to stay at the Europa Hotel, but there is not much else they will recognise. The renowned hotel, established in 1960, has been given a complete new look and feel in past months. “The rooms, all with a private balcony, were upgraded last year, but this is all brand new,” says Diana Bartels, the hotel’s general manager, standing in SALT Coastal Bistro & Bar. The decor and menu of this exquisite restaurant have been inspired by its magnificent location: a stone’s throw away from the sea. Hints of distinctive salts are used in many of the mouth-watering dishes. To allow guests to taste and share a variety of delicious creations of chef de cuisine Michel van Dijk, all starters and main meals can be ordered in three quantities: tasting, normal and sharing. After a relaxing dinner, why not order a cocktail and some bites at the bar and enjoy the sunset from the terrace?

As can be expected of a four-star hotel, Bilderberg Europa Hotel’s facilities are excellent. The wellness centre features a swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and sun beds; there is a fitness centre and the rooms include all amenities one needs for a truly comfortable, luxurious stay. The hotel’s conference centre has been completely redecorated too. “The entrance hall – the Europa Boulevard – and the light wall in our biggest conference room can now be lit up in 2,000 different colours, to colour any event,” says Bartels. A Philips light system has also been installed to create a pleasant atmosphere throughout the conference centre and on the entire ground floor of the hotel.

excellent for jogging and cycling – and right on the lively boulevard of Scheveningen.

But as impressive as the facilities may be, what really makes this fabulous hotel stand out is that staff always go the extra mile to “provide the best possible guest experience”, as Bartels calls it, and its location, of course. It is just minutes away from Den Haag city centre, a short walk from the astonishing Meijendel dunes – Issue 30 | June 2016 | 89