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A canalside celebration of Amsterdam by the Lady Gaga of Dutch design
To accommodate the biggest private collection of video art in town, the lighting at the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is dim, but that’s about the only thing that’s muted about this daring, design-focused hotel, which bears all the giddy hallmarks of its extravagant creator, Marcel Wanders, dubbed the Lady Gaga of Dutch design. The decorative concept is "Alice in Amsterdam" and – from the Mad Hatter mural to the incredible hanging light installations in the central atrium – that’s very much in evidence.
Bed and Bath
Ichthyophobes approach with caution: Guestrooms feature giant murals of gasping herring, right above the immaculate beds. The walk-in shower – screened by a two-way mirror so the occupant can still see the bonkers room and beyond – is the enclosed element of the "bathroom," which bleeds into the bedroom via a freestanding concrete table topped with a large mirror and a blue and white Delft pottery–inspired wash basin. The bespoke Amsterdam-themed wallpaper in the (mercifully separate) lavatory is a joy to behold, and it's full of city trivia. Who needs a travel guide?
Like many members of Amsterdam’s new culinary fraternity, Julien Piguet, executive chef at ground-floor restaurant Bluespoon, prides himself on using locally-grown ingredients that haven’t been messed about with too much. This approach, along with the more-open-than-most open kitchen, makes for a robust yet glamorous evening meal — if you can get a table, that is. The light-flooded gym is worth a visit for its perky fluorescent paint job by Italian artist Daniele Innamorato, as is the lobby bar, which serves a mean peppery gin and tonic.
How to Get There
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht - a concept by Hyatt