At last! There is a quality hostel in the city centre of The Hague.
In April 2014 a 33 year old surfer/shaper/traveler/economist by the name of Jan de Koning (the king in Dutch) made a dream become reality by opening the doors of Kingkool The Hague City Hostel. He managed to create this unique establishment in the city centre of The Hague.
Before describing how Kingkool was founded, we like to explain what Kingkool is. Although Kingkool is the brainchild of Jan, by now Kingkool is much more than just the creation of one guy. Due to the help of many others, we managed to create a place where many cultures from all walks of life come to spend a night, meeting likeminded people and just have a good time in The Hague. Kingkool represents a contemporary view on affordable accommodation. In core we are a hostel, we offer dorm rooms with shared facilities. In addition, there are also many private rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Furthermore, we like creativity here at Kingkool and we definitley do not like average! Out of the box? We don't even see boxes from a Kingkool point of view! We gave all our rooms a different theme and created many common areas where our guest can relax and enjoy themselves.
After travelling around the world 3 times and visiting many countries, surfing epic waves and sleeping in a lot of hostels, Jan figured out that The Hague was in need of a quality hostel. It all started in a surf camp 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 some failed attempts, a few disappointments and a lot of time before we stumbled across the perfect location. Very central, with public transport on the doorstep, a music venue across the street. With the whole city centre 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. A long wait for a zoning plan of the city and then the paper battle started for all the permits. It took about 2 years of preparation to finally open Kingkool. When all the legal stuff was sorted, we started renovating our monumental building. Being creative with space and materials is what it is all about at Kingkool. We tried to do as much ourselves as possible. Here are a few pics from before we took over and during the construction period.
We have been open for more than a year now and although building the hostel from scratch was quite the endeavor, 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 have a look at all the reviews. That's why we do our best every day.