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Marcel Wanders’ Awarded Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht HotelSaturday 3 June 2017
Awarded on June 11, 2014 byJetsetter.com, the world’s leading luxury travel site, as ‘Best of the Best’ Hotel Awards, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht not only meets with Jetsetter’s rigorous quality standards, but also, ‘captures the style, sense of place and outstanding experience that makes it the best in a given destination’, announces the Managing Editor Leigh Crandall.
But this is not the only industry-recognized award that has been given to Leigh Crandall since its opening in November 2012. Among these, we have the Travellers’ Choice 2014 – Winner Luxury | Romance | Top Hotels (TripAdvisor); Hotel of the Year 2014 (GaultMillau); Best Guest Review Score 2013 – Winner Five Star Hotels Netherlands (Booking.com); Hot List: The World’s Best New Hotels 2013 (Condé Nast Traveler); It List: The Best New Hotels 2013 (Travel + Leisure). In addition to this list, the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht also proudly holds a Green Globe certification.
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One of the responsible for this huge success is Marcel Wanders, a Dutch designer and architect in the Powerhouse studio in Amsterdam, who designs architectural, interior and industrial projects. He became internationally known by his iconic Knotted Chair.
Marcel’s comprehensive design for the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, a building that used to be the public library of Amsterdam, cherishes Dutch heritage in a multitude of ways. Sensibilities from the Golden Age and the Discovery Age, as well as Delftware, historical maps, navigation instruments and Amsterdam’s creative and knowledge economy, all, inform its design. The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht also owns a curated video art collection, which is constantly updated.
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In the atrium, the carpeted floor represents a map of the world and the lighting installation an ancient navigation system for travellers, with its constellation of bright stars. The wallpaper depicts Amsterdam’s architectonic heritage and an array of symbols are organised to illustrate the ascending from hell to heaven. The lavishly proportioned signature Bell Lamps, together with their internal royal chandeliers, welcome international guests to this smart yet relaxed hotel.
Every guest room door number is hand painted in traditional Dutch house style, giving the feeling of returning to your home apartment at the end of the day. The furniture and textiles, carpets and wallpapers are custom designed, and every piece tells a story. In Marcel’s own words, ‘As a designer, I always try to design things with personality and character. I even hand painted each wash basin in my one minute style myself! They are all unique. The Andaz is my gift to Amsterdam!’