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Droog Hotel

The coolest Design Hotels in Amsterdam: Droog, a Dutch pioneer of innovative design, added a hotel to its resume back in 2012, and I always visit it during my annual vacation in my hometown of Amsterdam. Hotel Droog (meaning “dry” in English) is a great place to go for a drink, a bite to eat, or a relaxing stroll through the beautiful garden, all situated in a stunning 17th-century house in a historic district of the city. You might find it difficult to book a room, however—this hotel boasts exactly one room. To be fair, it’s a pretty fantastic room. Droog designed the entire top floor to showcase the most amazing views of Amsterdam. (Staalstraat 7B, 1011 JJ Amsterdam; +31 20 523 5050) © Droog Hotel

Hotel 717

The coolest Design Hotels in Amsterdam: This hotel is situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage canal district. When you enter the inn, you’ll relive Holland’s Golden Age with majestic suites in an atmosphere of privacy and comfort. Hotel 717 opened its doors in 1997, and I still consider it one of Amsterdam’s best places to stay if you’re looking for genuine Dutch hospitality. (Prinsengracht 717, 1017 JW Amsterdam; +31 20 4270717) © 717 Hotel

Dylan Amsterdam

The coolest Design Hotels in Amsterdam: Close to the famous Nine Streets in Amsterdam’s canal district, you’ll find the city’s most interesting fashion boutiques, interior design shops, restaurants—and The Dylan. The hotel is chic and sophisticated, but it still has the slightly laid-back air you’d expect in Amsterdam. I recommend one of Dylan’s signature suites with floor to ceiling windows and a breathtaking view of the canals. (Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam; +31(0)20 530 2010) © The Dylan hotel

Conservatorium Hotel

The coolest Design Hotels in Amsterdam: The Conservatorium Hotel is at the doorsteps of Amsterdam’s famous Museum District, situated in what used to be the city’s most reputable conservatory (the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music). The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum are only a five-minute stroll away. The hotel’s design is stunning, as is the Van Bearle Shopping Gallery, which features a number of stylish boutiques. The Conservatorium Hotel is the first Dutch hotel awarded with a Green Globe certification, and you’ll see sustainable practices throughout the building, from eco-certified spa products to the organic restaurant. (Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam; +31 20 570 0000) © Conservatorium Hotel

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

The coolest Design Hotels in Amsterdam: The Lloyd is not simply a hotel—it is a place created by more than 50 designers where artists gather to participate in exhibitions and other special projects. The hotel caters to all types of guests with a variety of one- to five-star rooms. But the experience of the hotel’s “Cultural Embassy” will make your stay unforgettable. The Lloyd is located at the “IJ” river, about ten minutes away from the Amsterdam city center and in the heart of what is called the Amsterdam “Eilanden” or “Islands” neighborhood, a trendy area where many young families live and work. (Oostelijke Handelskade 34, 1019 BN Amsterdam; +31 20 561 3636)

The College Hotel

The coolest Design Hotels in Amsterdam: Intimate, warm, and luxurious—not exactly how you would describe your old college, right? But that’s exactly the atmosphere of the College Hotel, located in a former school that was built in 1895. The old Dutch architecture combined with the contemporary design gives the hotel a distinct feel, and the location can’t be beat. From the hotel, a short stroll will land you in the middle of the museum and fashion districts. As a warm-weather bonus, you can have your dinner—or post-work drinks—in the courtyard where the school’s playground used to be. (Roelof Hartstraat 1, 1071 VE Amsterdam; 31 (0) 20 571 15 11) © The College Hotel

Hotel de Hallen

The coolest Design Hotels in Amsterdam: Hotel de Hallen is located at a former streetcar depot just outside the famous Jordaan neighborhood in Amsterdam, a place where industrial heritage meets modern-day design. Spacious surroundings and lots of greenery make it hard to imagine you’re actually in the heart of the city. An oasis of tranquility and comfort, Hotel de Hallen has quickly become aa buzzy destination since opening in early 2014. You can enjoy food and a Dutch lager at Remise47, all while mingling with the locals. (Bellamyplein 47, 1053 AT Amsterdam; +31 20 820 8670)© Hotel de Hallen



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