AMSTERDAM HOTELS TO WRITE HOME ABOUT
With a rush of new hotels opening their doors (Hoxton, NH Collection, Pulitzer and Kimpton we’re looking at you…), the effortlessly cool Amsterdam is having something of a design moment. Here’s our pick of our new favourite places to check in, to check out the Netherlands capital in style:
Ok, So first on the list has got to be the new Kimpton de Witt, as the newest member of Amsterdam’s hotel scene. The hotel is the very first European outpost of the mega brand Kimpton and it’s been no holds barred in its execution. Eschewing a canal side location, Kimpton de Witt has bedded down right behind the lively Centraal Station in two 17th century townhouses. Creative Director Ave Bradley is behind the super-sexy design, which includes everything from blue and white Delft style tiles to brilliant local artwork to quirky bird shaped lamps. Splurge on the Penthouse De Witt Suite, it’s got a 30-square meter roof terrace looking right over the city.
Another brilliant new opening is the Art’otel Amsterdam, which is housed in the former headquarters of a shipping company and is another hotel bringing the area around Centraal Station to life. With sibling properties in Dresden, Cologne and Budapest, this is Art’otel’s first venture in the Netherlands. As its name suggests the hotels have a distinct art theme and each one is designed with the influence of a different artist in mind (Art’ otel Amsterdam’s muse is the revered contemporary multi-disciplinary artist Atelier Van Lieshout). There’s a 12-metre art curtain in the hotel and a 300-square meter multi-functional public gallery in the lifestyle venue 5&33. It’s not just the art scene that’s great here either; don’t miss the indoor swimming pool and Finnish sauna that’s complimentary for guests.
Another new kid on the block is the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam, which joins its sister properties Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht and Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport in the city. The spacious hotspot has 211 bedrooms including 15 suites all with décor and artwork that takes inspiration from the city’s famous Botanical Garden (it’s one of the oldest in the world). Mama Makan is its in-house restaurant, which brings a touch of Indonesia to the Netherlands and there’s a ‘24-hour café-style market’ for round-the-clock coffee and pastries.
Another hotel group that’s expanded to Amsterdam is the MGallery by Sofitel. Its name comes from the fact it’s housed in the former offices of renowned Dutch newspaper De Tijd. It owes its super chic interiors to Dutch superweight design studio Concrete and there’s plenty of references to the buildings former incarnation dotted about the place. Plus, it’s just a short stroll from the canals, Dam Square and the Royal Palace.
As if Amsterdam’s hotel credentials needed any extra validation, keep your eyes peeled for the brand new Soho House Amsterdam, which is slated for a spring 2018 opening.