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Rendering of the lobby
The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is going to be a masterpiece of design when it opens mid-October. We had the pleasure of getting an in-person sneak peek of the
construction zone hotel in August and, although much work was to be done, even we could see the great bone structure that will make this latest Andaz a work of art.
This 122-room hotel has wunderkind Marcel Wanders (big name Dutch designer and co-owner of local design shop Moooi) at the design helm and, with the hotel’s savvy management fully behind him, the hotel will be a mixture of modern design that’s warm and inviting in feel, and authentic to Amsterdam, and yet, as with all good design, is beautiful as well as practical.
Hotel Pulitzer is a quirky hotel that's part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection and is comprised of 25 restored canal houses from the 17th-and 18th-century. Being in this hotel is akin to staying in a living maze. For a true workout, at check in say you don’t need help with your bags or in finding your room, and watch the getting-lost antics commence.
One other thing to note: The hotel has a wonderful changing art gallery, so if you get lost while going from your room to the restaurant, you’ll have plenty to see and ponder.
The Hotel Pulitzer is made up of different canal houses that are all joined together so room size may vary greatly even within the same category. Let’s just say that our Deluxe Room was a bit on the bijou side of the scale, at a mere 180 sq ft. This was too small for travelers trekking across the Atlantic for a few days, but rooms in this category do go up in size to approximately 320 sq ft. But they do have lots of character – ours had original wooden ceiling beams and French doors that opened onto the garden (although we did have to move furniture to open both of the doors!)
Although eccentric, and full of Old-World charm, there are some modern shout-outs here. The lobby had a soft reno earlier this year and is an up-to-date vision in black-and-white with plenty of sit and chill-out areas. Right off the lobby there's an Espresso Bar with lattes so foam thick, one is simply not enough. We spent an entire afternoon sipping on them in the attached garden, consisting of separated areas to eat, drink and read.
It's just minor delay but we were slightly crestfallen to hear that Andaz Amsterdam has pushed its opening date back to October instead of late September.
A tipster let us know that the hotel's website has been officially updated with the new opening date. Alas, reservations are still not being accepted. However, there are some new renderings up, including a few that we didn't see earlier this month. (Click the "Explore Hotel" button for a look-see.) Don't worry, the funky goldfish spoons are still in effect.
While we're still waiting to hear when reservations will open up, we have been lucky enough to get our hands on some more renderings of the property which has been done up by renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
Below you can peep at the lobby (do you hear bells ringing?), the welcome lounge, a larger guest room shot (yup, the sink is next to the bed) as well as the entrance to the spa.
We've known this summer would be the summer of Andaz Hotels as they get to rebrand Avia Hotels in Napa and Savannah as well as open up the long-awaited Andaz Amsterdam but now that the Andaz Amsterdam website is up and running, we find ourselves wishing summer would hurry on up and end!
That's because the Amsterdam property is set for an "Late Summer" opening. Our tipsters say Late September is more likely. The 122-room hotel is located on the site of the former Public Library on Prinsengracht, “Prince Canal” in the heart of the fashionable, art-centric Jordaan district. And its interiors will be Wanderful as in Marcel Wanders Wanderful.
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Something weird is going on with airport hotels. It's a full-circle effect really, in that the original airport hotels opened on auto routes to airpots in the dawn of the jet age, when people considered air travel a rare luxury and made the flight experience an event all its own. The 80s and 90s saw the reputation and quality of airport and roadside hotels drop, but now there's been a definite upturn with the re-introduction of style. Just look at the proliferation of Alofts, Elements and Yotels.
Just a second let's turn the clock back. Let's reflect on those original, full-service hotels that marked the beginning of a landmark trip in someone's life, in the 1960s. Welcome to Euro Motel, located on one of the main motorways leading into/away from Amsterdam-Schiphol International.
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The latest addition to Amsterdam's, ahem, smokin' hot hotel scene is The Conservatorium, recently opened near P.C. Hoofstraat, otherwise known as the city's version of Rodeo Drive. Our intrepid sources have been scouring for early reviews of the petite 129-room escape, but all we've learned about the hotel so far is that it's aiming to "[bring] back the essence" of the iconic 19th Century ex-music conservatory renovated to create the space (hence the name).
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Hotel JL No. 76's "An Ornament and a Crime" Lenin Bust by Studio Qubus/Maxim Velcovsky.
Walk into the Hotel JL No. 76 on the quiet Jan Luijkenstraat nearby Amsterdam's Museumplein and, first thing at reception, you'll come face-to-face with Lenin. Sure, it's only a bust of good ol' Vladimir, but the interest is in the traditionally Dutch delft design that covers his porcelain visage.
Have you ever walked into a hotel room and spotted a piece of furniture where you're just like, "what the heck is that?" The hope is that it's something awesomesay a turntable closet or a washer/dryerbut at luxury Amsterdam hotel The Dylan, the surprise is a custom-made minibar cabinet.
Open its mother-of-pearl handles (yes, they're real). The Dylan's bespoke cabinets can be found in each room, and they contain everything from fancy teas and bottle opener to Pringles, Heineken, and a fridge of champagne and soda. You won't find Keurig cups or plastic stirrers here; the espresso machine is serious business and so are the china and glassware. For rooms which begin around $460 per night, amenity overkill of this sort is not only appropriate, but appreciated.
We're not going to lie; this autumnal weather makes us want to do two things: drink lots of hot "seasonal" beverages and ride mopeds around on quaint cobblestone streets. Fortunately both of these can be had in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and even at your hotel if you choose the right one. For sure, we know two properties in the Dutch capital that rent Vespas right from the front desk: Hotel JL No. 76 and Inntel Centre.
Of course if you're unwilling to fork over around 40 Euro/day for the privilege of breezing by the masses of cyclists in the city, you can always join them with a bike rental.
Know of any other hotels with Vespa rentals? Let us know in the comments below!
All it seems we talked about in spring was Yotel NYC this and Yotel NYC that. Well, there are other Yotels out there, you knowmore budget-friendly ones. The thing is, yu have to go to Europe and the UK to lay your head upon their pillows.
Unlike the NYC Yotel which sits just west of Times Square, you'll find the three other Yotels exclusively at airports: London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Wanna see inside? No problemwe've already done a full video tour, photo gallery and review of one of the smallest "cabins" at the Heathrow Yotel, but last week we spotted the elusive Amsterdam Yotel!
Why elusive? Well, this Yotel sits in Schiphol Airport after security, so you've got to be in transit to somewhere outside the Schengen countries to claim a room. Luckily we were this time, but after playing around on the self-serve kiosk, discovered that the whole Yotel AMS was booked up full. Not even a brief 4-hour block was available. For this reason, better check ahead before setting off.
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Unless you're staying at the The Dylan Amsterdam, you could easily walk right by it along the picturesque Keizersgracht canal without realizing you were passing one of the original five-star, design-oriented boutique hotels of the world. In car terminology, The Dylan is a "sleeper." So calm on the outside and blending into its 17th century surroundings in De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets) neighborhood, The Dylan conceals its opulent modernity only for those staying the night to discover.
Indeed staying here and experiencing the intimate service isn't cheap; nights in one of The Dylan's 40 rooms go from $460 and up, but for that you get seriously stylish (and tech-friendly) design, a location to make others jealous, free and fast WiFi, a massive bathroom and hotel staff that will go so far as to remember your name and help you park and lock one of the hotel's rental bikes.