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ALHI adds Netherlands’ 5-star Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin to portfolio

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Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its worldwide portfolio and Western Europe options with the addition of the Netherlands’ acclaimed Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin in Noordwijk, just outside Amsterdam.

Located directly on the beach, in the picturesque province of South Holland, the 5-Star hotel provides stunning views of the North Sea and has won the prestigious “M&IT Award” for “Best Overseas Hotel” in 2014, 2016 and 2017. ALHI, the world’s leading independent hotel Global Sales Organization, now represents the renowned 254-room hotel to the European and North American meetings, conventions and incentive market, according to ALHI’s Chief Sales Officer Mark Sergot.

ALHI Global Luxury Sales features a distinguished portfolio of more than 250 luxury and upper-upscale hotels and resorts around the world, plus 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. All of ALHI’s member hotels and resorts are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and specialize in serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences and Exhibitions/Events (M.I.C.E.) marketplace.

Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin becomes ALHI’s third member hotel in the Netherlands, joining the luxurious and historic Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht, offering 121 guest rooms and 935 square meters of meeting space in Utrecht/Amsterdam; and the elegant 75-room Duin & Kruidberg Country Estate in Santpoort-Noord in the truly beautiful South Kennemerland National Park.

With this newest member, ALHI’s luxury portfolio now features 38 distinctive hotels and resorts in Western Europe; 13 in Eastern Europe; more than 150 in the USA and Canada; 16 in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean region and Mexico; 13 in the Middle East; 33 in Asia; 9 in Africa; and 4 in South America.

“Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin is a remarkable hotel offering an impressive beachfront setting, first-class accommodations and wonderful meeting and event space,” said Sergot. “We are very proud to now showcase this exceptional hotel to meeting professionals, incentive specialists and business executives throughout Europe and North America.”

Sergot added, “The Netherlands continues to be a very popular choice for groups, and the addition of this acclaimed hotel will help us address that demand. Add in Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin’s ideal location just 20 minutes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, and it is a terrific new option for meeting and incentive groups.”

The Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin is a family-owned 5-star property that offers 254 luxurious guest rooms, which includes 20 attractive suites and 4 stylish penthouses. Featuring its own private beach, the hotel also has 19 meeting rooms, with a total of 2,650 square meters of meeting space, making it possible to accommodate up to 1,500 guests. Plus, the hotel offers the celebrated MC Wellness spa, an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a wide selection of dining outlets including Restaurant Latour, Breakers Beach House, and Brasserie La Terrasse. Besides its beautiful beaches, Noordwijk is known for its museums and picturesque tulip fields. The hotel is just 30 minutes from Amsterdam, Leiden, Haarlem, and The Hague.

Brand Spotlight: Generator Hostels

Brand Spotlight: Generator continues Europe expansion

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Generator, the cutting-edge European lifestyle brand responsible for leading the hostel revolution, announces the opening of three new properties: Generator Stockholm and its bar Hilma; Generator Amsterdam and its club Oosterbar; and Generator Rome.

These consecutive, milestone launches, round out the company’s portfolio to include 11 destinations in Europe.

In its quest to continue to provide true native experiences at each location, Generator is opening up their food and beverage venues, and other on-property programming to locals in respective communities. Beginning with Hilma and Oosterbar, and continuing across existing units, this new initiative will bring like-minded travelers and locals together to create a unique social experience driven by design, art, music, food, drink and entertainment.

Brand Spotlight: Generator Hostels“Generator redefined the shared accommodations sector, and transformed the industry as we know it,” said Fredrik Korallus, Chief Executive Officer, Generator. “We are thrilled to offer our unique concept in these three world class cities, and connect our global traveler with even more exciting experiences.”

Stockholm, Rome, Amsterdam, and the addition of new bars and restaurants across the portfolio are an integral part of the company’s robust expansion efforts. 2017 property openings include a city center location in Madrid and the brand’s US debut in South Beach, Miami.

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Generator Stockholm is located in Stockholm’s city center at Torsgatan 10 and includes edgy bar and restaurant Hilma. In a prime location, dubbed the heart of Europe’s Silicon Valley, the new hostel and Hilma have attracted the traveling and local stylish, creative, and technology elite.

Brand Spotlight: Generator HostelsAlso newly opened, Generator’s arrival to Rome – a major European hub – will disrupt the city’s hostel and boutique hotel scene with its upscale shared accommodations. Centrally located on Via Principe Amedeo in the Esquilino neighborhood near the colorful Mercato dell’Esquilino, the 75-room, 174-bed property provides convenient access to notable attractions like the Roman Colosseum and Termini Station. An array of churches, parks, bars, cafes, and pizzerias line the surrounding streets, which are some of the oldest in the city. On-property features include:
– A rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the Apennine Mountains and ancient Roman aqueducts
– An open layout lobby programmed with live music and local art, including a mural by famous Italian street artist Luca Maleonte

Following the March 2016 opening of Generator Amsterdam, the 168-room, 564-bed property recently launched, Oosterbar, a club located in the building’s basement, the former boiler room of what was the University of Amsterdam’s science department. Its original tiles combined with a new dramatic metal piping sculpture, other raw and industrial-chic elements, and intimate lighting create an energetic nightlife vibe.

Guests can expect diverse DJ programming including special one-off performances, live acoustic acts, comedy shows, and international themed music nights ranging from hip hop and R&B to bass, house and elective to disco. The space will also feature exhibitions with local, emerging artists and fashion designers.

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Movenpick The Hague

Design-led Movenpick to open in The Hague

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed a lease agreement with one of Germany’s main real estate asset managers, Deka Immobilien, to operate a landmark design-led property in The Hague – a move that accelerates its growth strategy in The Netherlands and Europe.

The stylish 72-room Mövenpick Hotel The Hague will also mark a new era for the Swiss hospitality firm as it looks to evolve its interior design strategy with concepts that reflect the lifestyle preferences of modern global travellers.

In keeping with its location, this new hip property promises a contemporary take on quintessentially Dutch motifs and will stand out as one of The Hague”s coolest hotels to date while introducing a new design-focused dimension to Europe”s hospitality landscape. The agreement was brokered with the involvement and advice of DLA Piper, leading agent RV&C/COG, as well as corporate property specialists CBRE and JLL and legal firm Rechtstaete.

Movenpick The HagueThe Mövenpick Hotel The Hague, which is due to open in the heart of one of The Netherlands” most famous cities in 2019, will introduce leading-edge interior design concepts developed in partnership with premier global design firm Wilson Associates NYC.

This project will be “unmistakably Dutch” with references to regal motifs and the quirkiness for which Dutch design is renowned. The new Mövenpick Coffee & Wine Lounge concept will be unveiled at this property too, while key hotel features include an all-day dining brasserie, a gym and three meeting rooms, all designed to appeal to modern travellers.

Hotel TwentySeven, in the heart of Amsterdam at Dam Square, opposite the Royal Palace, will open end of October this year

Luxurious TwentySeven Hotel to open in Amsterdam

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One of the Netherlands’ most celebrated hoteliers, Eric Toren, is opening a new luxury boutique hotel in Amsterdam that offers luxury design and services which are unprecedented in The Netherlands.

Hotel TwentySeven, in the heart of Amsterdam at Dam Square, opposite the Royal Palace, will open end of October this year. Toren’s crème de la crème team consists of two-star Michelin master chef Pascal Jalhay, the world’s best wine taster and sommelier Lendl Mijnhijmer, renowned architects, designers, the finest staff in hospitality and more.

Every inch, every surface and every corner of the lavish interior of the hotel is ordained in the richest, finest and most surreal design and atmosphere, directed and curated by award winning Dutch designers Wim van de Oudeweetering and Cris van Amsterdam.

The hotel will offer extensive and virtually endless services including options of private butlers, personal assistants, personal shoppers, personal trainers, “insider” city tours etc.

TwentySeven is located in the true centre of Amsterdam, on Dam Square, the most significant square of the city, the heart of the historical centre and home of the Royal Palace.

The hotel has 16-suites, ranging from 45 square meters up to the largest suite of 219 square meters, which includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, three Jacuzzis and a private terrace of an additional 27 square meters.

The signature bar, made of specialty cut onyx, is headed by top award winning Mixologists and will feature a never been done before menu of discerning probiotic cocktails and more.

Zoku

Guest Blog: Youri Sawerschel – is Zoku the next Citizen M?

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Solicited for his creative thinking skills, Youri Sawerschel has been involved with projects focused on creating, launching and managing brands in Europe, China and the Middle-East. He has worked with brands as diverse as Kempinski Hotels, UBS, EPFL and Mondelez. He discusses below what we can expect from the brand Zoku…

The success of Citizen M, Mama Shelter or Ace Hotel has been watched by the entire industry. As hoteliers around the world are raising their game, we ask ourselves – who will set the new benchmark? We picked the hotel brands that, we believe, have the potential to become the next hits. Discover Zoku.

Located in the Eastern Canal District of Amsterdam, Zoku is a new brand that blurs the lines between hotel, apartment and office. We spoke to Zoku co-founders Hans Meyer and Marc Jongerius to understand their vision. To stand out in the dynamic Amsterdam market, the two co-founders knew they needed a good story.


“Hotels don’t sell a bed anymore but an emotion,” says Hans Meyer. That’s why the brand launched in 2016 with the mission to “connect people and ideas.” To make this position clear from its opening, Zoku partnered with Startup Fest Europe to host the conference attendees and to organise learning and networking events.

The hotel’s name meaning “family, tribe or clan” in Japanese, Zoku places great emphasis on the common spaces. Everything within the hotel is designed to foster social interactions – From a giant kitchen to communal working spaces and a rooftop garden. The room design is inspired by a functional Asian micro-apartment.


It combines a living and a working area in just 25m2 – perfect for long-stay customers. To open 50 new properties in the next 10 years, Zoku relies on a copy-paste approach.

Yet, “finding the right balance between standardisation and personalisation is a key concern,” explain Meyer and Jongerius. They are now working on a prototype for the next generation of Zoku rooms. “Beta is our most important value,” says Meyer.

Indeed, that sounds more like a tech startup than a hotel company.

Originally published on Hospitalitynet.org. Youri Sawerschel is a Branding Expert and Founder of Creative Supply, a strategic branding agency based in Zurich.

Kimpton De Witt opens in Amsterdam

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the doors to the highly anticipated Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam. The unveiling of the hotel in the heart of the city, marks the first Kimpton in Europe and outside of the Americas.

The hotel has been fully transformed with Kimpton’s bold and playful design. Inspired by Dutch heritage with Kimpton’s signature wit, its spirited edge is immediately evident from the striking ‘living wall’ of vibrant florals and botanicals trailing the entrance. It marries the old and the new – a late 20th century building with architecture from the Dutch Golden Age – interlocking modern luxury and historical elegance.

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

The hotel’s 274 rooms, which include 9 signature suites in the original Golden Age buildings, are inspired by Dutch design, from a modern take on classic Dutch art in the bedrooms to the blue Delft-inspired tiles paving the bathroom floors. Within the property stands a three-storey ‘Little House,’ which dates back to the 1600s and was once the childhood home of the Dutch playwright, P.C. Hooft. Little House can be rented for groups looking for the luxury of a private abode; it offers two king-sized rooms and a first floor living room. Kimpton De Witt’s signature suite, Penthouse De Witt, is split over two storeys and its 30-square metre roof terrace offers spectacular views of the city and the iconic canal house rooftops.

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton’s much-loved perks and thoughtful touches can be experienced throughout the hotel. Guests have access to a modern fitness centre, Gaiam yoga mats in every room and a complimentary all-day tea station in the lobby. True to Kimpton form, extra special perks take on a local slant. Guests can pedal away and explore the city on complimentary VanMoof bikes, luxurious in-room toiletries are supplied by Amsterdam-based natural skin care brand, Marie-Stella-Maris, and a hosted social hour every evening gives guests the chance to socialise and enjoy the hotel like a local.

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is famous for its award-winning restaurants and bars and Kimpton De Witt is no exception. Next to the hotel, Wyers Bar & Restaurant, run by Executive Chef Sam DeMarco aka SammyD, offers American staples with Dutch influences, whilst House Bar provides guests and locals with a luxurious resting post where bartenders craft creative cocktails using unexpected ingredients as well as serve an extensive menu of local gins and genevers. Local passers-by can grab a hot cup of strong coffee, made with coffee beans roasted locally especially for the café and fresh sugar-dusted beignets, at Miss Louisa Coffee & Beignets. The walk-up window is open for early morning, afternoon and evening snacks.

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

The hotel, which is in the heart of Amsterdam’s vibrant city centre and near the city’s Centraal Station, marks a milestone for IHG as it brings the Kimpton brand to Europe for the first time. “Europe was the original inspiration behind Bill Kimpton founding the brand and now we’re bringing the brand home again. Opening in Amsterdam, gives us the perfect opportunity to indulge in the playful, creative and innovative approach to luxury that the city inspires in Kimpton’s unique and special way,” comments Angela Brav, IHG’s CEO, Europe. “Amsterdam as a city is effortless in design, highly diverse and a hotbed of creativity, making it the perfect match for our first Kimpton hotel in Europe. We’ll be bringing Kimpton to Paris next and have big plans for other cities across the continent.”

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam Hotel. Interior Design. Photography. Laure Joliet

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants was acquired by IHG in 2015. IHG announced the further expansion of the brand across Europe with its second Kimpton hotel set to open in Paris in 2020. There are currently over 60 Kimpton hotels and more than 70 Kimpton restaurants, bars and lounges in 33 cities across Europe and the Americas. This is IHG’s 20th hotel in The Netherlands and is an exciting addition to the 675 IHG hotels across Europe.

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Student Hotel

The Student Hotel group expanding across Europe

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The Student Hotel group, pioneers of hybrid high-quality co-living, co-working hospitality and student accommodation to open in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

The Student Hotel will increase its European portfolio to 16 properties following the introduction of three new locations by 2019. Hotels in Eindhoven (already open) and Delft will add to its business in the Netherlands, which includes two properties in Amsterdam and one in Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Maastricht. Delft is due to open in September this year.

Plans are agreed to open a third property in Italy as Rome joins Florence and Bologna, while Madrid marks The Student Hotel’s entry into the Spanish market.

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While the buildings are all different, they share a mix of contemporary student rooms, hotel rooms and co-living studios. The ground floors are accessible to the public and house study areas, meeting rooms, TSH Collab – co-working space for start-ups and local business – restaurant, bar, games room, gym and garage to house guest bicycles.
Charlie MacGregor, The Student Hotel’s CEO and founder, says: “Wherever we are, The Student Hotel connects students and hotel guests with start-ups, freelancers and the local neighbourhood. This expansion into new markets is just the start, expect many more acquisition announcements as we aim to fulfil our goal of 41 hotels by 2021.”

Madrid
The group’s first co-living and co-working Spanish location will be in the heart of Madrid at the “La Imprenta” building, the former printworks at Cuesta de San Vicente 28. The building, which has been empty for 10 years, will be transformed into a 300-room hotel set to open in September 2019.

The Student Hotel Madrid is near to the city’s Gran Via, close to Principe Pio metro and Suburban railway stations, and within walking distance of the Complutense and Politécnica Universities, plus other learning centres including ICADE, ICAI and IED.

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Rome
The third Italian property will be located in the heart of Rome’s San Lorenzo district, an up and coming area popular with artists, artisans, writers, intellectuals and actors.

The group has acquired a site in Viale dello Scalo S. Lorenzo, which currently houses two buildings. It will refurbish one and demolish and rebuild the second to create the 649-room Student Hotel Rome, scheduled to open in August 2019. Construction will begin in February 2018.

The Student Hotel Rome is a short walk from Sapienza, the city’s main university where 113,000 students are enrolled, and 15-minutes walk from the main train station, Termini.

Delft
The 342-room Student Hotel Delft is a central location right on the Station Delft and the future Van Leeuwenhoek quarter. The most striking part of the hotel is the open front facing the station and park development. Designed by KCAP Architects & Planners, construction is scheduled for 2018 with the opening slated for summer 2019.

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Eindhoven
Now operational, The Student Hotel Eindhoven is a complex with 400 rooms located next to Central Station and adjacent to the campus of the Technical University Eindhoven, the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven and the city centre. The site is part of a larger redevelopment project, Light Courts, which was dormant from 2008 until The Student Hotel became the first investor to kick start the project in 2015.

European Expansion
The Student Hotel will add eight properties to its current eight-strong portfolio by 2019. The four new announcements join Florence, Maastricht, Bologna and Berlin as properties that will open between 2017 and 2019 to bring the total number of Student Hotels in operation or in development to 16.

In Paris, where The Student Hotel operates under the Melon District brand, the property has been refurbished and will rebrand as The Student Hotel Paris this summer.

In Barcelona the Melon District properties will be refurbished and brought in line with The Student Hotel, focusing on international students and study abroad groups. It will launch in September this year.

Future
By 2021 The Student Hotel plans to have 41 properties across Europe that will offer 17,550 rooms and over 620,000 square meters of co-living and co-working space in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and Germany.

The Student Hotel seeks out and develops dormant and unloved buildings that, once renovated, bring positive economic and social benefits to their neighbourhoods. Each property is open to the community at large and encourages people who live and work in the hotel, or in the neighbourhood, to use its connecting space and facilities.

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Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam slated for Spring 2017

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Kimpton De Witt, the first European luxury hotel from leading boutique brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, will open in the heart of Amsterdam this spring.

Fresh, modern approach to luxury
In true Kimpton style, the hotel has a playful, provocative edge with thoughtfully curated design that honours the local heritage — from the striking ‘living wall’ of vibrant florals and botanicals trailing the entrance, to the large Delft-inspired tiles lining the floors. The hotel also offers an interior open-air courtyard and its very own flower shop. Bedrooms embody the spirit of the modern collector, incorporating unexpected yet refined touches, such as the contemporary interpretations of classic Dutch art and the bird bedside lights that reflect their glow onto blush marble tables.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam

A house within a hotel
The hotel has 274 guest rooms, including 15 signature rooms and suites — many of which have private terraces. Kimpton De Witt is set within three original Renaissance-era buildings and combines locally inspired touches. Within the property stands a four storey ‘Little House’ which dates back to the 1500s and was once the childhood home of the Dutch playwright, P.C. Hooft. The Little House can be rented privately for groups looking for the privacy and luxury of their own abode; it offers ground floor meeting space, a first floor living area with luxuriant couches, bar stools and a plentiful wet bar.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam

General Manager of Kimpton De Witt, Mike Robinson joins with over a decade of experience working across a number of Kimpton properties in the US. He says: “After working for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for ten years, it’s such an honour to be chosen to pave the path across the pond. Amsterdam is the perfect fit for our first hotel in Europe – it embodies the style, flavour, and fun spirit of our brand perfectly. Our personal service and bold design will resonate well with this diverse, open-minded and fashion-forward city.”

Acquired by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in January 2015, the acclaimed US hotel group was founded by Bill Kimpton following inspiration from his European travels as an investment banker. There are now over 60 hotels and more than 70 restaurants in 30 US cities, with an opening in Paris slated for 2020.

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Design Hotels - Sir Adam, Amsterdam

Design Hotels presents six new members across four continents

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On a continued quest to discover the unique and inspired, Design Hotels has scoured the globe and selected six new member properties, spanning four continents.

Complementing a curated portfolio of over 290 member hotels, the new additions epitomise the ethos and values that Design Hotels holds dear — from effortless living paired with mindful design to the regeneration of treasured buildings.

Starting in Design Hotels’ home city of Berlin, Provocateur — a collaboration between three Design Hotels Originals, Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu from Roomers and Liran wizman from SIR hotels—draws inspiration from 1920s Paris and its buzzing Charlottenburg neighborhood. The latest addition to the SIR hotels stable, Sir Adam, is a cultural, artistic, and culinary gathering place in the new heart of Amsterdam.

With a spectacular waterfront setting, the Altis Belém Hotel & Spa acts as a gateway to old and new Lisbon. Across the pond, Chicago’s iconic Coyote Building plays host to The Robey, which has already established itself as a hip neighborhood spot for locals and guests alike. A heritage building also forms the foundations of Singapore’s The Warehouse Hotel, housed in a turn-of-the-century godown on the banks of Robertson Quay. In the South Korean capital, GLAD Live Gangnam’s 210 rooms and suites are design-conscious hubs for the stylish at heart.

Provocateur
Set in Berlin’s pulsing Charlottenburg district, Provocateur seduces guests with fusion cuisine, 58 lavish rooms, and an award-winning bar concept. The interiors mix 1920s Paris with the urban Berlin of today—think twinkling chandeliers, low lighting, contemporary artworks, and velvet curtains—while the building is a perfect picture of the neighbourhood’s archetypal modern-style Art Nouveau architecture.

Design Hotels - Provocateur, Berlin

Sir Adam
ICRAVE, the renowned New York-based design studio, is responsible for Sir Adam’s 108 guestrooms and The Butcher Social Club, a full-service “living lobby” open 24/7. Inspired by the its achingly cool neighbors, including Sony and Gibson, music plays a huge role in Sir Adam’s aesthetic and cultural concept, from the curated music library to the Crosley Cruiser record players in each room.

Design Hotels - Sir Adam, Amsterdam

Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
Given its striking architecture and enviable waterfront location, wedged between the dramatic Monument to the Discoveries and the fairytale-esque Torre de Belém, it comes as no surprise that Altis Belém Hotel & Spa has swept up a multitude of awards already. Facing either the Tagus River or the marina, the cool simplicity of the hotel’s 50 rooms and suites is lifted by custom-created wall panels depicting scenes inspired by Portugal’s former colonial outposts.

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The Robey
Set in the Coyote Building, which was originally designed by the iconic Chicagoan firm Perkins, Chatten & Hammond, each of the hotel’s 69 light-filled rooms, lobby, and roof spaces have been transformed by Belgian design duo Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors. The Art Deco façade of The Robey is bookmarked by the ground-floor Café Robey.

The Robey, Chicago

The Warehouse Hotel
Encompassing a meticulously renovated turn-of-the-century godown, on the banks of Robertson Quay, the inspiration for the hotel’s design language came from the building itself. The unique structure from the late 19th century once stood in the midst of a hotbed of secret societies, underground activities, and liquor distilleries. The restored heritage building is a proud illustration of old and new thanks to the award-winning local agency Asylum. Original details like the triple-pitched roof and raw brick stand alongside a custom-made light in the lobby made of wheels and pulleys, and tailor-made, single-unit copper wall pieces that unify the rooms by integrating everything from desk to wardrobe.

Design Hotels - The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

GLAD Live
Offering a “curated lifestyle” that is in full harmony with Seoul’s chic nightlife offerings, the 210 rooms and suites are design-conscious hubs for the stylish at heart. Culture and entertainment are at the core of the GLAD Live Gangnam experience, with the hotel’s afterhours club, DStar, and its lush EDM music and 3D projection mapping, intensifying one’s escape into music and the moment.

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Sir Adam, Amsterdam

Sir Adam opens in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam has welcomed a new headliner as Sir Adam took to the decks at the city’s landmark A’DAM Toren for its official opening. Drawing inspiration from its creative neighborhood, the hotel perfectly combines first-class musical credentials with its own inimitable brand of artful luxury.

For Sir Adam’s visual identity, renowned New York-based design studio ICRAVE was responsible for creating an environment that reflects the raw power and musicality of the space it inhabits. Embracing the original structure of the tower, exposed concrete pillars and ceilings frame the interiors, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow the city’s iconic skyline to take center stage.

Sir Adam, Amsterdam

“Sir Adam is like Amsterdam: cool, edgy, creative, culturally-rich, a little off-beat— but always interesting,” says Liran Wizman, CEO of Europe Hotels Private Collection. “Sir Adam’s cutting-edge design combined with the innovative lifestyle programming of the A’DAM Toren is committed to fun and will bring a new dimension to the Amsterdam hotel scene.”

Sir Adam, Amsterdam

Award winning designers ICRAVE were entrusted with the design of Sir Adam’s 108 luxurious guestrooms, which are dotted with curated works from local artists, and custom-made furniture and lighting. Elements such as a Crosley Cruiser record player and mirrors etched with song lyrics nod to the hotel’s achingly cool musical neighbors such as Sony and Gibson. Bathrooms are outfitted in calacatta tile and feature rainfall showers and signature DEAD CLEAN amenities. Corner rooms also boast full-length windows overlooking the capital’s historic center and pulsating port.

Sir Adam, Amsterdam

Rejecting the concept of the traditional and staid hotel lobby, Sir Adam introduces The Butcher Social Club, a “living lounge” that comprises an oh-so-cool gourmet burger joint, an island bar with live DJ sets, and a river terrace with mobile bar. Featuring a two-storey living green wall and dotted with original artworks, game tables, and swing seats, the open, flowing space is a versatile and eclectic spot for guests and locals alike.

Sir Adam, Amsterdam

On the mezzanine overlooking The Butcher Social Club, music junkies will truly find their tribe at The Hub, a co-working space-meets-concept store. Sir Adam’s Music Library is also on hand to ensure the party never stops, featuring a curated collection of new and exclusive tracks all accessible by Bluetooth.

Sir Adam, Amsterdam

From here, a spiral staircase ascends to the Beergarden, a rooftop drinking den that serves Amsterdam’s best craft beers amid lush, landscaped greenery and sculptures. Boasting a panoramic vista over the city, the sky-high space is sure to play host to the capital’s hottest events, accommodating up to 200 guests.

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Generator Hostels

Sneak Peek: Generator Hostels in Amsterdam, Rome & Stockholm

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Generator Hostels have opened three new beautiful design hostels in Amsterdam, Rome and Stockholm…

Amsterdam
The Amsterdam hostel has been built in a former zoological university building reusing the old lecture hall as a bar and chill-out lounge.

Rome
The Rome hostel has the interior covered with a tapestry of Roman heritage with stylish private rooms.

Stockholm
Finally, the Stockholm hostel has a unique style with luxurious private rooms and everything design-led from the bar to the rooms.

SIR Hotels

Sneak Peek: SIR hotels set to take Berlin, Hamburg, and Amsterdam

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Looking to add to its collection of hotels unified by discerning design, SIR hotels announces three brand new properties opening in Berlin, Hamburg, and Amsterdam.

This autumn will see the opening of Sir Savigny in Berlin, followed by Sir Adam, their second outpost in Amsterdam, and finally Sir Nikolai in Hamburg. Although each property boasts a unique design concept defined by their namesake, they all reject the traditional hotel model and instead imbue a sense of staying at the home of a close friend — albeit one with impeccable taste in city pied-à-terres.

“With three new openings, 2016 is an exciting year for us. Ever since we envisioned our first SIR hotel, we wanted to see the SIR family grow in other urban hotspots and we’re thrilled to announce it’s happening,” says Liran Wizman, Owner and Founder of Europe Hotels Private Collection.

Sir Savigny, Berlin, Germany
Sir Savigny’s eponymous host is the consummate epicurean traveler finally putting down roots in the emerging district of Charlottenburg, west Berlin. Opening in October, Sir Savigny’s traveling sense is demonstrated in the 44 luxurious guest rooms, elegantly outfitted by Amsterdam-based designer Saar Zafrir to ensure the utmost comfort and convenience.

SIR Hotels - Berlin

SIR Hotels – Berlin

The fluid design of the ground-floor reception rooms has been created by award-winning interior designers Baranowitz + Kronenberg, allowing guests to slip seamlessly between perusing Sir Savigny’s book collection in The Library to sipping aperitifs fireside in the Winter Garden. The flowing space leads to The Butcher, a hip neighborhood burger bar offering haute fast food, defined by culinary craftsmanship and the finest Aberdeen Angus beef. Bookending the property is the Savigny Garden, a leafy urban retreat perfectly placed for whiling away halcyon city days amid stylized graffiti and Sir Savigny’s eclectic art collection.

Sir Adam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Innovative, award-winning New York-based agency Icrave has been entrusted with the design of SIR hotel’s second outpost in the Netherlands, the achingly chic pad of music aficionado Sir Adam. Taking to the decks at the iconic A’DAM tower in winter 2016, Sir Adam is set to become the pulse-quickening cultural hub at Amsterdam City IJ-River. The host’s love of music permeates every aspect of the hotel, from the Crosley record players and illuminated song lyrics in the 108 guestrooms to the fully comprehensive Music Library.

SIR Hotels - Amsterdam

SIR Hotels – Amsterdam

However, music junkies will truly find their tribe at The Hub, a co-working space-meets-concept store overlooking The Butcher Social Club. Defying definition, The Butcher Social Club comprises an oh-so-cool gourmet burger joint, island bar with live DJ sets, and a living lobby complete with river terrace. From here, a spiral staircase ascends to rooftop drinking den The Beer Garden and creative studio space The Deck, boasting an unrivalled vista over the city, which is best viewed from one of its four hot tubs. When combined, the two sky-high spaces are set to play host to the capital’s hottest events.

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Urbane, charming, and effortlessly elegant, Sir Nikolai’s hosting skills are a lesson in philoxenia, as guests at the waterside mercantile mansion will soon discover. Opening winter 2016 on the Nikolaifleet canal in Hamburg’s old town, design agency FG Stijl have directed their award-winning nous to artfully combining the stately merchant townhouse and adjoining goods store to create Sir Nikolai’s 94-room debonair digs.

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SIR Hotels – Hamburg

Extending into the glasscovered Courtyard, the patio is the beating heart of the hotel with its fluid inside/out setup playing host to both cozy fireside soirées and the eternal cocktail hours of summer. The subterranean SPA takes on an elegant yet casual vibe, taking care of body and mind in Sir Nikolai’s inimitable style. While more immediate nourishment comes courtesy of IZAKAYA, an innovative Japanese-Peruvian dining experience which pushes the boundaries of Nikkei cuisine in urban-chic surroundings.

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Sneak Peek: Pulitzer Amsterdam completes head-to-toe restoration

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The final touches of Pulitzer Amsterdam’s extensive restoration have been put into place, and the iconic 45-year old hotel celebrated its grand opening recently with the completion of a quintessentially Dutch redesign across its labyrinth of 25 Golden Age canal houses.

The re-opening of Pulitzer Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal side of the hotel sees the unveiling of areas including the main entrance and lobby, the inner gardens, a two-storey gym, as well as a further 145 guestrooms and suites.

An impressive new entrance, the first new building since the canals received UNESCO status, now welcomes guests in style, guiding them into the eccentric yet luxurious lobby, furnished with vintage Persian rugs, antique furniture and a collection of historic and contemporary artwork.

The jewel in the crown is the inner gardens – occupying an unexpectedly large and serene hideaway nestled at the centre of the hotel. Creative Director, Jacu Strauss, has created a casual park-like feel within the space, a flexible area for guests and visitors to relax, work or socialise amongst seasonal plants and playful sculptures. Spanning areas of the lobby and the garden is Pause at Pulitzer, the hotel’s inviting café which serves drinks and light dishes throughout the day.

A total of 225 guestrooms and suites balance Amsterdam’s rich past and contemporary present in an eclectic mix of finishes, designs and elements which complement each room’s individual charm. Each room provides free wifi, a vintage telephone, Le Labo amenities, a custom-made minibar with cocktail mixing facilities and a bike repair set to complete the experience of the Dutch capital.

Four exceptional Collector’s Suites are inspired by the narrative of elaborate characters who may have lived in the buildings throughout the years; from a compulsive art devotee to an eccentric book lover; a music composer and a grand antique collector.

Quirky features include a dramatic floor-to-ceiling archway of books, a wall of trumpets, and a large painting depicting a modern scenario of The Last Supper. Each has a private entrance and stunning views of the canals. Meanwhile, the beautifully romantic Pulitzer’s Suite, with its freestanding grand bath tub, super king size bed and views over the gardens, is ideal for those staying with a loved one.

Formerly a senior designer at Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, Strauss has worked with a highly skilled team to painstakingly deconstruct the heritage of the canal houses and bring new light to their best kept secrets. From trade merchants to flamboyant Dutch aristocrats, past inhabitants of the canal houses have inspired the rich character of the hotel to invite guests to explore and discover. Eclectic yet elegant, the understated new look blends original and historic features with luxurious modern-day elements.

Pulitzer Amsterdam’s restaurant, Jansz., demonstrates the hotel’s deep passion for elegant culinary craftsmanship. Executive chef Cassidy Hallman has used an old-fashioned, quality-loving approach to create a menu of beautifully crafted modern classics that respect the simplicity of quality produce and ingredients. Next door, Pulitzer’s Bar is a classic and chic hotel bar with sumptuous furnishings and a rich and intimate atmosphere. The cocktail menu offers drinks that are classic in element and style, but modern in execution.

Alexander van Gastel, General Manager of Pulitzer Amsterdam, commented: “We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received so far from guests and locals on the new-look Pulitzer Amsterdam. Our Grand Opening marks the next chapter and a very special moment in the hotel’s history. We are excited to reveal our complete offering and once again fully re-open for business. I am so proud of the dedication from all involved to bring this together, delivering our vision above and beyond.”

Pulitzer Amsterdam is located in one of the chicest neighbourhoods of the Dutch capital’s city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within easy reach is the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and The Anne Frank House. The fashionable Nine Streets, the quaint shops of Jordaan, the flower market and the Royal Palace are also a short distance away.

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Marriott Hotels debuts in Rotterdam

Marriott Hotels debuts in Rotterdam

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Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, has welcomed Rotterdam Marriott Hotel to its portfolio.

Formerly known as The Manhatten Hotel Rotterdam, Rotterdam Marriott Hotel has undergone extensive renovation of its interiors to meet the needs of today’s traveller.

The hotel’s 230 luxurious guest rooms and suites feature modern amentites throughout and are designed with a spacious and upgraded look with tailored solutions that are as inventive as the guest. The lobby has been transformed into a vibrant space to welcome guests and visitors to relax and socialise.

“We want our guests to experience forward-thinking, aesthetically pleasing spaces that help foster their inventive nature,” said Matthew Carroll, vice president, Marriott Hotels. “Marriott Hotels has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation in travel to create experiences that inspire and push our guests’ creativity.

The upgraded interiors are complemented by warm and personal service. Rotterdam Marriott Hotel offers 24-hour room service, valet parking and free high-speed internet. The fully equipped fitness centre offers guests the most high tech equipment for any kind of workout they want. An Executive Lounge, Business Centre, and nearly 600sqm of flexible space for meetings and events cater to guests. Through connections, the hotel also has the ability to coordinate with De Doelen International Congress Centre, which can accommodate groups of up to 3,000 visitors.

The debut of Marriott Hotels in Rotterdam marks a key moment in the development of the world port city. The hotel’s local area and commercial heart of the city, the Rotterdam Central District, has undergone significant change in recent years with the arrival of numerous international companies and extensive regeneration.

Marriott Hotels is on a transformational journey to enable its guests to Travel Brilliantly. Guests and travel enthusiasts can visit www.travelbrilliantly.com to experience the countless ways Marriott Hotels continues to meet the needs of today’s travellers. In addition to mobile check-in, checkout, room ready alerts and Mobile Requests, Marriott Hotels is piloting keyless entry with mobile devices at select properties.

Autograph Hotels

Autograph Hotels opens four new one-of-a-kind properties

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Autograph Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independent hotels, is proud to welcome four one-of-a-kind properties to its global portfolio, in the Florida Keys, New Orleans, Michigan and The Netherlands.

Launched in 2010, Autograph Hotels is a pioneer in the independent hotel space and has grown both aggressively and selectively from less than five hotels in 2010 to over 95 hotels today – making it not only Marriott International’s fastest growing brand, but one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the industry.

“We are very pleased to welcome these four properties to our rapidly growing and diverse global portfolio,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President & Global Lead, Autograph Hotels. “Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been thoughtfully selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.”

The Collection’s latest additions include:

The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection (Key West, Florida)
Located on famous Duval Street just blocks from Mallory Square’s famed daily Key West Sunset Celebration, The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection provides the ultimate luxury destination to enjoy the island’s renowned festivals and water sport offerings. The one-of-a-kind, 36-room property, boasts a spontaneous, eccentric and edgy sophistication for even the most cultured traveler. Guests are met with the brand’s signature “Play Naughty, Sleep Saintly” atmosphere, infused with the laid-back lifestyle and Southern charm of Key West. The Saint Hotel Key West represents the rebirth of one of the oldest operating hotels in historic Key West, with every aspect of the property re-imagined, redesigned and re-appointed to the luxury brand standards The Saint Hotel is known for. Following a $22 million dollar purchase and transformation, the property formerly known as the Southern Cross Hotel, was re-christened The Saint Hotel Key West when it reopened in February 2015.

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Q&C Hotel and Bar, Autograph Collection (New Orleans, LA)

The 196-room Q&C Hotel and Bar is ideally located between the French Quarter and the Central Business District in close proximity to all the major tourist attractions.

The hotel is over 100 years old and located on the Historic Register. As the number 10 rated hotel and number five rated Bar in the City. Following a complete renovation in 2014, the hotel now boasts brand new luxurious modern rooms with Wi-Fi, 47-inch flat screen TVs with tele-adapt wireless capability, fitness center, convenient parking and pet friendly amenities. The lobby has the warmth of a living room and embraces the entire hotel’s unique historic charm. Every dish served at Q&C Hotel and Bar is locally inspired and freshly prepared in the hotel’s open kitchen. Guests can savor a Cajun inspired Q&C Supreme stone-fired pizza and specialty cocktails. The staff is committed to the timeless spirit of hospitality. Like its guests, the staff consists of gastro nerds, music fans, and culture junkies devoted to ensuring everyone has a chance to discover all the wonderful experiences New Orleans has to offer.

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Hotel Nassau Breda, Autograph Collection (Breda, The Netherlands)

In the heart of the vibrant city of Breda, the Hotel Nassau Breda, which opened on May 26, 2016, redefines the Breda hotel market. The hotel is the perfect combination of rich history and contemporary comfort and luxury. On one of the oldest streets in the city centre, Three Court Houses, a convent and a beautiful chapel have been converted into a hotel with 95 rooms, several meeting spaces and a fine dining restaurant. Hotel Nassau Breda has been created for travelers that want to experience the unexpected, that are looking for adventure while also expect traditional values of a luxury hotel. The hotel’s signature is “Nothing to Confess,” reminding guests that within the vast walls of the hotel, everyone can be a sinner. The restaurant serves excellent dishes centering on a “Mad for food” philosophy.
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The Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection (Bay Harbor, Michigan)
The stately Inn at Bay Harbor is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, where broad vistas form the background for some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. Calming hues and nautically-inspired patterns, textures and art provide a relaxing state of mind while enjoying the comforts of the hotel’s 123 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living areas with Travertine stone fireplaces, marble baths, and breathtaking balcony views. The lobby – centered on a spectacular Schonbek chandelier with more than 34,000 gem-cut crystals and nearly 200 lights – has been modernized with a warm ambiance to settle in from a day’s travels. Deep blue wingback chairs, rich leathers, marble tabletops, decorative lighting and a cozy fireplace flanked with bookshelves of northern Michigan memorabilia encourages guests to linger. The Inn’s full-service spa and salon provides the ultimate in luxury and pampering with services that evoke rest and restoration. Lakeside dining at its finest is served up in the all-new Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar where guests can indulge, unwind, and soak in refreshing lake breezes and famed ‘million dollar sunsets’ in this classic all-American steakhouse. The Inn’s Bay Harbor Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills – often referred to as the Pebble Beach of the Midwest – is high on many golfers’ “must play” list.

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Jaz Amsterdam grand opening

Jaz Amsterdam celebrates official opening

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Located right next door to the Amsterdam ArenA and the Ziggo Dome, Jaz Amsterdam has celebrated its official hotel opening and has succeeded in becoming a cult venue in no time at all. The spectacular show to herald its opening, designed by Jung von Matt, also proved a cult attraction.

This is a hotel designed by musical enthusiasts for musical visionaries in which the musical heart of Amsterdam pulsates to the beat of the city. The Jaz Amsterdam is the Steigenberger Hotel Group’s third brand.

As Adele performed at the Ziggo Dome next door, the Jaz Team assembled around Band Leader Joost van Beck. As well as being known and loved for its spontaneous sessions, the first hotel to be operated under Steigenberger’s third brand always has a surprise in store. Its opening very much went off with a bang in a launch event which featured show performances, dance and music on a temporary scaffolding structure specially erected for the purpose. Indeed, what could be more appropriate for a hotel which is “built by music”?

“Today is a great moment,” said Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG. “It is the day on which we officially welcome the Jaz Amsterdam as a new member of the Steigenberger family.” He was also full of praise for the hotel’s staff: “Since the Soft Opening in November, the Jaz Team has put in an outstanding performance.”

Hasan Yigit, Vice President of Jaz Hotel, added: “The key concept behind the opening event is ‘Built by music’. Our team comprises a drummer, an orchestrator, a stage manager, a choreographer and our Band Leader Joost. All work together to achieve perfect harmony with the wishes of the guests.”

The further support programme was just as refreshing and unconventional. Local artists and DJ’s were on hand, and live performances were staged in the lifts. A champagne pyramid, a range of culinary delights and unusual show components also all added to the mix. The highlight of the evening was an appearance by the legendary DJ Fedde le Grand. All of the elements combined to conjure up a sensational atmosphere at the Jaz Amsterdam and truly made it “the place to be” on this particular day.

The next Jaz Hotel is scheduled to open in Stuttgart in early 2017, and the aim is to have ten further hotels operational or in planning by 2020.
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Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam

Hilton continues expansion with new Hampton by Hilton in Amsterdam

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Hilton Worldwide’s Hampton by Hilton brand, the global mid-priced hotel that serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers around the world, today announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East. The property, offering 75 guestrooms, is managed by WIN Hotels and joins the Hampton by Hilton family of more than 2,100 Hampton by Hilton, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels worldwide, and joins a further seven Hilton Worldwide properties in Amsterdam.

Located 15 miles from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East is in the perfect location to explore this adventurous city. The NL Times recently reported that Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe and is expected to remain as one, as the Netherlands’ tourism numbers continue to grow.

Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton by Hilton brand management, Hilton Worldwide said, “We are excited to introduce our second Hampton by Hilton property to this famous city as Hilton Worldwide continues to demonstrate strong growth in the region. Amsterdam has so much to offer including museums, festivals and historical architecture. We look forward to providing our guests with all of our signature services and amenities they will need for a relaxing stay in the city.”

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East provides guests with the brand’s signature hot breakfast included with all rates, a complimentary fitness room open 24 hours a day, a 24-hour convenience hub with a selection of snacks and drinks, all backed by Hampton by Hilton’s Satisfaction Guarantee. Guest rooms also include a 40-inch HDTV and large work station.

“We are delighted to welcome guests to our new hotel,” said Benny Luitjens, general manager. “Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East is based in a beautifully vibrant city that holds a rich culture and history and is the perfect base for families wanting to explore the city. Guests can take a stroll round the 165 canals and dive into art in the many world class museums. Also close by to the hotel is the Artis Zoo and NEMO science center, both perfect for family days out.”

Hampton by Hilton team members proudly exhibit a unique culture described as Hamptonality. The term describes each hotel’s approach to friendly customer service, anticipation of guests’ needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts and fun things to do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and artwork, highlighting each property’s connection and support to its own community.

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel loyalty programme that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. HHonors members always get the lowest price, along with HHonors Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.

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Design-led hostel brand Generator opens Amsterdam property

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Design-led boutique hostel brand Generator Hostels has launched its latest project in Amsterdam.

Generator Amsterdam is located in the up-and-coming eastern side of the city overlooking Oosterpark. This former zoological university building can accommodate 564 guests in 168 twin and quadruple rooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is also a luxury apartment for six people with views of the park and a self-catered kitchen.

Priding itself on building a community spirit, it has flexible and spacious social areas, filled with creative design touches like glass-fronted elevators, a raised café and an outdoor terrace. The designers have turned the former lecture hall into an impressive chill-out lounge and bar, while the old library is now a relaxation and private events room.

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The basement and café are now dining destinations and the original boiler room has become a secret late night bar.

This opening marks a series of three new launches from Generator this in 2016, with Rome and Stockholm scheduled to open in the next few months.

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Hilton’s Amsterdam Schiphol shifting ‘airport hotel’ perceptions

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It’s fair to say that until relatively recently, airport hotels didn’t have the best of reputations. Seen as merely a necessary concession for ease of access to terminals, guests have generally viewed them with apathy. And this attitude hasn’t been helped by all-far-too-often lazy approaches to design and interiors on the hotels’ part. But this is now beginning to change.

In light of its recent opening of the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol hotel, Hilton commissioned a study of global travellers, and discovered what we’ve known for a while – that the majority of people use airport hotels purely out of convenience, often for business and missed/inconvenient flights. Some travellers had no intention of staying again at airport hotels, describing them as “boring, expensive and crowded.”

Yet, given how frequently airport hotels are used, particularly for business travellers, clearly this negative perception must to shift to meet customer’s needs, especially as the survey revealed:
• The majority of business travelers (between 56% and 88%) feel that there is a connection between their satisfaction with their hotel stay and their ability to perform their job well.
• While business travelers are away from home, they still want their hotel to feel like it is their home (63%+), with amenities available that will help them to relax or otherwise enjoy their stay.
• A majority (61%+) say they “always try to use hotel amenities like bars and spas as a way to relax when traveling for work.”

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Inspiring design, updated amenities, unique F&B offerings and wellness options that you’d expect of a top city hotel, rather than a traditional airport hotel – Hilton is incorporating these features into their next-gen airport hotels. The recently opened Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a key example of a next-gen Hilton airport hotel.

DESIGN
o Hotel has a distinct cubic design that features a 42-metre high glazed roof.
o Spanish artist Israel Páez has created a wide range of bespoke pieces for the hotel such as story-telling tile walls in the open kitchens and a series of headboards for the guest rooms representing the Dutch landscape.
o Hotel showcases Hilton’s new lobby concept which brings together, in a single open-plan area, unique ‘islands’ which serve as multi-functional spaces, including a reception area, lounge and bar.

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M&E
o Hotel is the largest conference hotel near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, boasting 23 flexible meeting spaces, including a ballroom with a capacity of up to 640 delegates and offers state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

F&B
o In the lobby and cocktail bar, guests can star gaze within the atrium whilst being able to choose from a large bar selection of gins and jenevers in The Netherlands.
o The Bowery restaurant features three live cooking stations and offers authentic grill and Asian dishes inspired by its Dutch heritage and made with fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers and farmers.
o The Vine Room, seating up to 20 guests, serves as a private, intimate event space.

WELLNESS
o The hotel is home to Hilton’s global spa concept, eforea spa, alongside a 24-hour fitness centre.

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After seeing images of next-gen hotels similar to the above, travellers attitudes change dramatically.
• In the U.S., 72% of those surveyed shifted their viewpoint from “boring” to “modern,” and 71% to “luxurious.”
• 74% who were unlikely to stay at an airport hotel said they are now likely

Given that nearly seven out of 10 travellers would only consider staying at airport hotels for missed or inconvenient flights, the vast majority of travellers are yet to be won over with new concepts, enhanced amenities and a better overall understanding of what next-gen airport hotels have to offer.

The full study can be found here

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The Hague Marriott

Marriott adds The Hague property to its portfolio following 4-month refurb

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Marriott Hotels – Marriott International’s signature brand – has welcomed The Hague Marriott to its portfolio following an extensive four-month refurbishment.

The hotel, situated in the Netherlands’ diplomatic capital, now boasts an array of new facilities and design features; including 306 rooms and suites inspired by the city’s coastline, the ‘Greatroom’ lobby and the Garden Terrace social space.

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The Executive Lounge on the ninth floor – home to an all-day cocktail bar – showcases views over the sea and cityscape. The hotel has a lean towards business travellers with flexible and stylish meeting spaces, with the largest accommodating up to 700 people.

The move comes as part of Marriott’s latest marketing campaign, which urges guests to ‘Travel Brilliantly’. The campaign allows mobile check-in/check-out and room-ready alerts as well as a pilot scheme for keyless entry with mobile devices – currently being tested at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.