Dutch delights: Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague

A selection of the best hotels, venues and activities in the three largest cities of The Netherlands.

The Hague's beach and pier
The Hague's beach and pier

While Amsterdam’s Golden Age canals are well known around the world and are a compelling attraction for The Netherlands, the country’s second city of Rotterdam boasts a floating pavilion, historic hotels and world-class venues.

The Hague, meanwhile, is as populated with bureaucrats as it is with businesspeople – and, of course, there’s the renowned Mauritshuis museum.

THE HAGUE

HOTEL

Hotel Des Indes (pictured, below) is a landmark in The Netherlands and is set directly in the historical Lange Voorhout in the city centre of The Hague. The hotel was completely renovated by Jacques Garcia. His classically modern design has brought this monument to life, while respecting the history of the building. Try the famous four-course High Tea served in a historical setting with live music played by a pianist or harpist.

VENUE

Museum Mauritshuis is home to ‘Golden Age’ paintings, but also has conference venues on its upper floor. Set in the historical centre, next to the Binnenhof, the monumental Mauritshuis houses a first-rate collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings.

Treat your guests to its regal atmosphere in a setting that can host small parties or large gatherings of up to 350 guests. An event can be combined with a visit to this exceptional collection.

ACTIVITY

Glope Events, with its many years of experience, is one of the best companies for events in the centre of The Hague or on the beautiful beach of Scheveningen. The firm offers city tours on Segways, eco solexes (a kind of electric moped), bicycles, steps, sloops, gCabs and TukTuks in The Hague’s centre.

On the beach, guests can have a go at power kiting, sand sculpting, beach golf, beach volleyball, surfing, surf canoeing, powerboating and yacht sailing.

ROTTERDAM

HOTEL

Room Mate Bruno is set in the historic Pakhuis Meesteren warehouse on Rotterdam’s Kop van Zuid peninsula. This lifestyle hotel is part of the Room Mate chain, based in Spain. The property has 217 rooms, various conference facilities and an indoor car park. The building’s original condition has been preserved wherever possible to retain the historic value of its older sections.

Additional floors have been added on top of the building to increase capacity. The hotel is in the same building as the Rotterdam Foodhallen (Food Halls).

VENUE

The Floating Pavilion (pictured, above) has been moored in Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven (Rhine Harbour) in the Kop van Zuid district since 2010. This striking construction is made up of three transparent half spheres floating on the surface of the water. It was designed to cope with changes in climate with its innovative, sustainable and flexible design.

The Floating Pavilion is a business event venue suitable for congresses, meetings, presentations, dinners and parties. The auditorium can hold 150 people theatre style and 75 for dinner. The exhibition space can hold 250 people theatre style and 200 for dinner. The whole venue can hold a maximum of 400 people.

ACTIVITY

Bike & Bite is a fantastic way to discover Rotterdam’s cultural and culinary delights on a guided bike tour. The tours take time to stop at the city’s highlights and hidden treasures. Guides can talk about the history of each location and what they mean to the city now. Between each point of interest, delegates will make plenty of pit stops to enjoy the tastiest and most unusual bites and drinks that Rotterdam has to offer.

AMSTERDAM

HOTEL

Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam, styled as a new urban oasis, is a unique and energy-neutral hotel on Amsterdam’s Java-island. It boasts a structure of wood, concrete, steel and glass, and a solar panel roof. But the unique aspect of the hotel is its subtropical indoor garden, created in cooperation with Hortus Botanicus.

The property has 200 Indonesian-influenced, boutique-style rooms, most of which have a balcony overlooking the River IJ on one side and Amsterdam North on the other. Suites are positioned at the tip of the hotel, with a 180-degree view over the river.

The hotel has a wellness centre, an indoor pool, an underground car park and Café Jakarta, with its waterside terrace. On its top floor, skybar Malabar offers panoramic views over the city.

VENUE

NEMO Science Museum’s (pictured, below) 13 meeting rooms or even the museum itself (once it has closed) make for a great place to host something special, surrounded by exhibitions. Delegates can dabble with a fascinating menu of science activities: with a starter at the ‘Spaceship Earth’ demonstration, the main course served in the middle of the museum and a dessert of experiments in a real laboratory.

Ideas to surprise guests at your event include cocktails served in test tubes, molecular snacks, edible flowers and nitrogen ice cream. Planners might also like to arrange drinks by a meteorite or dinner among telescopes. There’s also the brand new Museum Café with its wood interior and views of the museum’s exhibits, for a reception, lunch or drinks party.

ACTIVITY

I-Dock, located smack bang in the city centre, is Amsterdam’s only restaurant with its own floating terrace and marina. Groups of guests can start the evening with a glass of Prosecco in the bar and dinner in the restaurant.

The cuisine is international with a modern twist: traditional products prepared using contemporary techniques. For the full experience, I-Dock will collect guests by boat at their meeting site and take them back to their hotel after dinner.

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