Once I arrived that the Den Haag station, I had to conquer another obstacle…getting to my hotel. I had Google Mapped it before the plane ride so I knew it was relatively close to the station, and that I did not need to use a taxi, however, I could not figure out which direction I should start. I ended up asking a group of Dutch guys who used their Google Map app to point me in the right direction. Following that interaction, I ran into a “travel ambassador,” who was able to draw a map for me. You may be wondering why I wasn’t able to pull up this information on my phone…well I had a phone, but I could only use my features when I had WiFi access. I had just purchased my phone about a month before my trip, but the mobile company would not unlock it because the phone had not been active for over a year. Yea it doesn’t make any sense to me either, especially because I have had an account with this company for over 5 years.
Above: This is a panoramic view of my hotel room.
First Impressions: Corner room farthest from the elevator and right by the staircase…Is this safe for a single female traveler? Ooo, this is a nice room. How do I turn on the light? Okay, the button is not working.
I made my way back downstairs, only to have the receptionist inform me that I have to stick my key card into the light switch and then flick the button.
It was around 12:30pm when I finally managed to get settled. At that point, I was exhausted (it would have been 6am Eastern time), so I tried to take a nap, but the bed felt like concrete. I’m not much of a complainer, but there was no way I would have been able to sleep comfortably on that bed for the length of my stay. If I was going to be “annoying” and visit the front desk again, I decided that I would provide a list of all of my concerns at once. Luckily, it was just the bed and my wifi signal.