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History

THE HISTORY OF PARK HOTEL DEN HAAG

We are honoured to play a part in the building’s long, incredible story. We can trace the history of our building back to 1858. From then until 1862, it was Openbare Lagere School Molenstraat, a school for boys, and 10 years later it became a special primary and secondary school that offered three-year courses from the Middle Trade Union.

Things took an exciting turn in 1912 when Hotel Pomona took over the building. It was completely owned and operated by women, a rarity for the time. (And fun fact: an apprentice of Hendrik Petrus Berlage, the preeminent Dutch architect, designed the staircase.) A year later, the hotel caused a stir by opening the Hague’s first-ever vegetarian restaurant. It attracted the greatest minds of the day. For instance, just after World War I, British philosopher Bertrand Russell and Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein met there to discuss Wittgenstein’s early draft of what would become Tractus Logico-Philosophicus, one of the most significant philosophical works of that century.

In 1949, Hotel Pomona became Park Hotel, and then in the late ’60s, Park Hotel and the next-door Hotel de Zalm combined to become Park Hotel de Zalm.

In 1972, Levi Lassen took over the hotel and it became Park Hotel The Hague. In 2010, it was renovated to have 120 guest rooms to accommodate the city’s booming tourism. The hotel celebrated its 100-year anniversary on 12 May 2012, a huge milestone for the property.

In 2018, Park Hotel Den Haag was acquired by Europe Hotels Private Collection. We look forward to sharing many more milestones with you in this historic property.

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