This month, London’s “lo-frills hip hotel brand”, the Hoxton opened their first foreign outpost in Amsterdam, in five 17th century canal houses on the Unesco-listed Herengracht. (The brand plans to open two other outputs next year, one in Paris and an other in New York.) The five townhouses – that used to be home to the Mayor centuries ago – were entirely renovated and redesigned by a local interior designer team, the Nicemakers (mentioned in the previous post). As a result, today they house chic 111 rooms spread across five floors with plenty of quirks including some monumental ceilings and lots of canal views, as the hotel has two canals, on each side of the houses (the Herengracht and Singel canals). Downstairs there’s the restaurant Lotti’s run in partnership with Soho House & Co, plus they also have ‘The Apartment’ a meeting and events space and a mezzanine bar called ‘Up Top’. Thanks to the thoughtful planning and design, the Hoxton Amsterdam offers way more than just a bed&breakfast concept.
Dear Reader, take your seat and enjoy the unfussy, stylish and modern result of Nicemakers’ excellent job!
The character-filled interiors take cues from the historic building and its neighborhood:
The plush velvet sofas bring some playfulness to this space:
In the lobby all the guests can feel at home thanks to the warm colors, comfortable seatings and the natural materials:
From the lobby, guests can take a spiral staircase to ‘Up Top’ a mezzanine bar serving coffee and cocktails:
The view of the lobby below from ‘Up Top’.
There is a retractable glass roof above the main seating area which provides vast amount of natural light. The roof can be opened in sunny weather. The wooden chairs and tables reinforce the warmth of the lobby:
Wood and metal combo in the ‘Up Top’ bar:
Lotti’s, the in-house restaurant is dominated by a peacock blue seating running around the whole space. The seating paired with the white metro tiles form a super cool atmosphere:
Lotti’s serves Italian-inspired cuisine with a Danish influence and is run in partnership with Soho House & Co:
‘The Apartment’, a function space for meetings and events is also attached to the hotel. It consists of five separate rooms centered around a kitchen for during and post-meeting drinking and meals. Blue reigns this space too, but it’s way more casual because of the simple pendants, the Smeg fridge and the playful tiles on the floor:
Off the kitchen is a splendid courtyard. Thanks to the same floor the interior is almost merged with the exterior:
Let’s see some of the 111 rooms now!
The interior designers tried to individualize the rooms as much as possible. Many have original features such as original wooden ceiling beams in attic rooms:
They used brave colors here too, like peacock blue and orange, while respecting the historical characteristics:
Rooms vary from the ‘Shoebox’, a single bed room, up to the very spacious ‘Roomy’. This one below is one of the five rooms that have an old fireplace restored (The sixth fireplace is in the lobby.):
Most of the rooms have beautiful canal view, like this one:
…or this one:
Even the smallest details are so stylish:
The most spacious rooms, the Concept Rooms are all described as being ‘fit for a Mayor’ just like they once were. In the ‘Fruity’ room for example the ceilings have monumental fruit paintings and it there is also an original fireplace:
The ‘Floral’ room features doors hidden in the walls, that lead to a golden mosaic double basin and double shower:
In the corner of the attic-style ‘Tubby’ room an original Hoxton bathtub is tucked:
En-suite bathrooms feature rain showers and copper heated towel rails. Simply stylish:
The entrance of the latest Hoxton hotel on the Herengracht: