At last! There is a quality hostel in the city centre of The Hague.
Kingkool opened its doors in April 2014 and was founded by Jan de Koning (the king in Dutch). He had a vision regarding affordable accommodation and noticed that The Hague was in need of such an option. An establishment which welcomes guests from all around the world, offering a budget friendly but comfortable accommodation in a creative way which inspires others.
After travelling the world 3 times and visiting many countries, surfing epic waves and sleeping in heaps of hostels, he had seen enough to figured out that The Hague was in need of a quality hostel. It all started in a surfcamp in Portugal on a small piece of paper with some friends, a BBQ and lots of port.
The search for the right location wasn't easy and it took a long time, some failed attempts and a few disappointments before we stumbled across the perfect location. Super central, public transport on the doorstep, music venue across the street, everything within walking distance, our monumental building is the perfect location for a hostel in The Hague.
The whole permit phase of the project seemed to go on forever. In the end it took about 2 years of preparation to finally open Kingkool. When all the legal stuff was sorted, we started renovating our monumental building. Here are a few pics from before we took over and during the construction period.
Kingkool is forever changing and we are always improving our setup. In the winter of 2017 we restructured the basement and the ground floor. The Reception, bar and lounge are now on the front of the building. In the basement we have created more new rooms.
By now we have been open for more than five years and although the building of the hostel was an adventure, managing a hostel is an adventure on its own. We have been very lucky that from the beginning people from all over the world found us and trusted us enough to stay with us. Apparently, we did something right because our guests tend to leave with a smile, just a look at all the reviews. That's why we do our best every day. We have been blessed with many KOOL people who helped us out in many ways and we always had fun doing it.