Amsterdam, Netherlands—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private lifestyle
Opening its doors on the site of the former Public Library on the Prinsengracht – the “Prince’s Canal”— the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is marvelously located in the cultural heart of Amsterdam, surrounded the Jordaan district’s culture of creation and dynamic character. The new 117-room, five-suite hotel lies within walking distance of the city’s major attractions, prime retail and business districts, and boasts the world’s largest video art collection; making it so much more than just another luxurious pillow upon which to place your travel-weary head.
Based on the premise that the hotel should beat with the same heart as the city, the unique flavors of Amsterdam are embedded in the property’s adventurous design concept brought to life through the vision of local and legendary interior and product designer, Marcel Wanders. Reflecting a modern view of Dutch history and local culture, guests can delve into a piece of Amsterdam wherever they turn, whether it is through the artistic wallpaper in the guestrooms or the books on their shelves.
Part of the hotel’s overall design concept incorporates a unique video art collection that represents a diversion from “regular” art. The 40 unique works from various emerging and established local and international video artists, such as Ryan Gander, Erwin Olaf and Mark Titchner, make Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht the hotel with the largest video art collection in the world. Depending on the work’s level of intensity and outspokenness, selections from the video art collection are showcased in different areas of the hotel, including the Lounge display screen comprised of nine 60-inch televisions.
A hotel is always only as good as its stay experience, however, and at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht guests will experience truly personal style, comfort and sophistication in one of the hotel’s 122 guestrooms and suites. Due to the unique 1970s-style structure of the monumental former Public Library, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht offers a total of 15 different room types. With suite sizes ranging from 592 to 1,517 square feet, the hotel is home to some of the largest guestrooms in compact Amsterdam. This is reinforced by the open plan layout of the rooms that allows for maximum space and natural light. Even the bathrooms feature an open structure and include a multi-functional vanity centerpiece carved from 330 pounds of concrete.
Meanwhile the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht’s dining and social hub is located on the ground floor of the hotel, where the restaurant, bar, lounge and library are seamlessly intertwined. Facing the hotel’s landscaped garden, including the Chef Julien Piguet’s own herb garden, Bluespoon Restaurant showcases an inventive western seaboard cuisine, serving seasonal farm-to-table food in an open kitchen atmosphere. In the style of a typical Amsterdam café, the Bluespoon Bar exudes an intimate and elegant speakeasy atmosphere. Make sure to take a seat at the large communal bar where the action and entertainment is brought tableside by professional bartenders who serve hand-crafted cocktails from pre-Prohibition, Prohibition, and post-Prohibition eras.
Working off those drinks is as bespoke an experience as the cocktails themselves, with the hotel’s fully equipped, 24-hour gym and signature urban spa designed to enhance the health and lifestyle of guests with high-impact, results-oriented treatments that are crafted specifically for each individual.
Dedicated to creating a stage and motivating creative minds to come together, share their passions, work and play, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is offering a series of local cultural events through the Andaz Salon, kicking off with the Amsterdam Art Weekend in December.