Cobbled lanes and canals meander between squares and 18th-century gabled houses. But Amsterdam is no museum piece — street food, vintage shops and now a crop of new hotels are providing an upmarket counterpart to the city’s red-light district and coffee shops.
The Hoxton kicked things off last year in a series of canal houses — Shoreditch-cool distressed sofas, exposed brick, cocktail den — followed by W Amsterdam in a historic telephone exchange building; just steps from Dam Square and topped by the city’s first rooftop pool.
And the new openings continue throughout 2016. April saw Generator Amsterdam turn an old brick university into a ‘poshtel’ complete with speakeasy, library and views of leafy Oosterpark. In May, Zoku emerged as a home-office hybrid with long-stay lofts and Scandi-style communal spaces.
Meanwhile, ewchewing the traditional canal house, the Sir Adam took to the skies this summer in the A’DAM Toren tower with rooms brimming with vinyl, local artwork and concrete columns.
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Published in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)