This time I had the opportunity to have a look behind the front door of the monumental building (1880) Laan Copes van Cattenburg 38-40, since November 2008 the Hotel Mozaic. I am fond of hotels. Many years ago I worked for a travel-organization and travelled abroad to contract hundreds of hotels. I was curious to see what I would find behind this front door.
I spoke to the owner, Corina Waaijer (who was pregnant with her third child): “My parents are entrepreneurs, so one might say that entrepreneurship is in my genes. I studied business administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and I worked a number of years for Microsoft, but my dream was to have a hotel of my own. Therefore I attended the Hotel School and after that I looked for a suitable location in Amsterdam, where I lived at the time. A friend told me that this twin-building, the former Hotel Cattenburg, was for sale and when I saw it I fell in love with it. Except for the two stair-wells we rebuilt the entire inside of the building and we added a little bit at the back.”
On the hotel’s website it says: “Hotel Mozaic offers a combination of first class service and modern design.” And this design is the first thing that catches the eye. Claudia, one of the managing assistents, took me on a tour of the hotel. The Hotel Mozaic contains 25 guest-rooms, a comfortable breakfast-room (that can also be used as a conference-room), a large conference-room (12 persons) and a small and comfortable lounge where guests can enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. And coffee, tea, cake and fruit are free of charge.
I was glad to hear that the (copious) breakfast buffet, the wines and the paintwork come from entrepreneurs in the Archipel.
The hotel enjoys a high occupancy that Corina is righty proud of. She is also proud of the poem by the American poet William Carlos Williams on the outside wall on Bankastraat. “We have many guests from Ambassies and international companies, like Shell. During the week we have businessmen (many of whom are regular guests) and in the weekends tourists, often families with children.
The guest-rooms are light and spacious and a special feature is the wall covered with photo-wallpaper, with photos of photographer and Archipel-resident Karen Kommer.
Mozaic has three types of rooms: the Standard Cozy Double Room of about 20 square metres, the Comfort Room of 25 square metres and Suites of 35 square metres. All rooms have a bath or shower, flatscreen tv and (except the Cozy Rooms) a small safe and ironing facilies. “It is amazing how many men iron their shirts themselves”, says Corina.
When you are looking for an accomodation for family or friends who want to spend a weekend in The Hague and who would like to stay close to you in a charming hotel, you can visit the website www.mozaic.nl where you will find information and special offers.
Josephine de Vijlder
13 January 2014