Best art and design hotels
With so many museums, galleries and design studios in the city it's little wonder that Amsterdam’s creative scene has spilt over into the hotel world. You'll find lavish art hotels showcase cutting-edge contemporary paintings throughout the lobbies, secret sculpture gardens and quirky boutique establishments boasting masterful interior décor. Anyone seeking an inspirational night’s sleep should check out this round-up of some of the best art and design hotels in town.
This sleek and sophisticated hotel is decked out with artworks by Atelier van Lieshout - the studio founded by visionary Dutch sculptor, Joep van Lieshout. Throughout the premises, you’ll find dazzling works to catch the eye. And if you need more of an arty fix, there’s even a basement gallery that hosts a rotating programme of exhibitions, events and regular social nights. If that doesn’t satisfy your cultural needs for an overnight stay, we don’t know what will.
With its trendy open lobby and cocktail den, this upmarket boutique hotel is a buzzing meeting point for Amsterdam’s arty entrepreneurs and creatives. Artworks spread throughout the building pay homage to the local art and design scene, whilst the events programme encompasses exhibitions, pop-up shops and talks by local makers.
The Hoxton | Herengracht 255
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengrcht
Entirely designed by famous Dutch icon Marcel Wanders, Andaz Amsterdam turns a stunning 17th-century canal house into a surrealist paradise. With playful details and curiosities around every corner, a stay here is a dream for every design lover looking for an unforgettable sleepover. For a final touch, guests can head down the rabbit hole to the Alice in Wonderland-themed garden - a rabbit warren of interlocking spaces peppered with objects and statues linked to Lewis Carroll’s story.
Hotel Not Hotel
Finding that sweet point somewhere between a hotel and a museum, Hotel Not Hotel undoubtedly offers guests a memorable bedtime. Every room here is a work of art, each with its own story and personality, dreamed up by the young designers of the Eindhoven-based collective Collaboration-O and the duo Arno Coenen/IRIS. You could end up sleeping in an antique Amsterdam tram carriage, behind a secret library door in the library or in a Spanish villa.
Anyone seeking to immerse themselves in art history should look no further than De L’Europe. Throughout the building, you can admire replicas of Dutch masterworks by Hals, Rembrandt, Steen, Vermeer and Van Dijck. What’s more is that this landmark luxury establishment is situated just a stone’s throw from the Museum Quarter - home to the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk and the Van Gogh Museum.
nhow Amsterdam RAI
This architecturally stunning building, located at the RAI Convention Centre pairs exquisite interior design details with exceptional city panoramas. The room design is inspired by the six cardinal directions to which the building’s corners point: South, East, North, South West, South East and North West. In the decor, you’ll also notice Dutch 17th-century themes which highlight Amsterdam as a commercial centre of Europe tied into well-known international symbols.
Named after Hélène Mercier, the founder of the folk home ‘Ons Huis’ who established this monumental building over a century ago, Hotel Mercier blends art deco romance with contemporary design. Amongst the vintage pieces and tactile furnishings, guests can lose themselves in a reverie of Modern Regency decor. Everywhere you look you’ll find magnificent artworks and eye-catching textiles including rich prints, floral curtains and handmade tapestries by fashion designer Claes Iversen.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Occupying a series of interconnected canal houses built on the Herengracht in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Waldorf Astoria provides the perfect blend of classical grandeur and homely elegance. Inside, the refined furnishings reference the colour palette of the Dutch canals and famous paintings such as Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’ The best-kept secret is the tranquil courtyard and finely-manicured lawns which double as a private sculpture garden for guests.
Night at the museum? Art aficionados can have the feeling of spending the night in their very own gallery in the Pulitzer Hotel’s Art Collector’s Suite. The room houses sculptural furniture and renowned pieces from the hotel collection, including ‘Hals Brunch’ by Thierry Bruet. This six-meter long painting, commissioned and painted specifically for the Pulitzer, features tongue-in-cheek references to Frans Hals’ masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ including beer cans, a laptop and hamburgers.
WestCord Art Hotel
The four-star WestCord Art Hotel is located on the edge of the historic centre, near the peaceful, yet happening Westerpark area. The deluxe designer rooms boast many special features and there’s also the option of renting a luxury suite if you fancy an exceptional treat. Throughout the public areas you will find art by the famous Dutch musician and artist Herman Brood. Whilst culinary delights are provided by the breakfast restaurant The Gallery and the cosy ART Brasserie.