For our first Interrail stop on the continent it was decided to stay close to where the ferry landed in the Hook of Holland. The Hague on the coast very much appealed more than the other easy to get to place Rotterdam. One of the draws was the beach as puppy had never played on the beach and Scheveningen beach allows dogs from 1st October until the middle of May.
The Hague/Den Haag
The Hague is the 3rd largest city in The Netherlands and is located on the west coast of the county. The Hague is the home of government of the Netherlands as well as being the location of the International Court of Justice, one of the most important courts in the world. King Willem-Alexander lives in Huis ten Bosch AKA House in the Woods and works at the Noordeinde Palace with Queen Máxima. Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are housed in the city. The Hague is known as the home of international law and arbitration. The International Court of Justice, the main judicial arm of the United Nations, is based in the city, as well as the International Criminal Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Europol, and many other international governmental organisations.
We had arrived in The Hook of Holland ferry port early in the morning after an overnight crossing and had loosely planned to use trains to get to The Hague. The Metro heading towards Rotterdam was located at the exit of the port so should be very easy. But nothings ever simple…
We were on a budget for our stay in the Hague and required somewhere cheap as well as being dog friendly. After scouring a variety of websites and a few aborted choices after reading some nightmare reviews for other “nice” options we opted for En suite at Regentesselaan 94, Den Haag. On arrival in the city we were invited to call ahead to drop our bags off before checking in, we didn’t need inviting twice phone call made and hopped on the tram to meet the owner to leave our heavy backpacks.
We were greeted with a friendly welcome and revealed our backs of rucksacks and switched to the pre-prepared day bag and left the property with planed to pick keys up from a key safe later at our convenience. I prefer the key-safe option when travelling, means less commitments to be anywhere at specific times and I’m sure it makes life easier for hosts too.
I was suitably impressed with En suite, it was a ground floor room in a terraced property in a leafy suburb near to canals and a few local shops including the nicest petrol station I have ever been in. The rooms was spacious with a big comfy double bed, en suite bathroom and somewhere to sit. There was a shared toilet on the ground floor and provided a source of amusement, it was tiny and was very difficult to fit in, if I was one inch taller and the door would not have closed properly. More about En Suite…