Hotel The Exchange
If you’re looking for a unique boutique hotel in the centre of Amsterdam, look no further than Hotel The Exchange. This memorable hotel is a wonderful mix of hotel design and fashion with each room, ranging from 1-5 stars, displaying its own unique style. The rooms are created by young talented fashion designers from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, giving each room a wonderful feel that you’re in an exhibit in a museum.
The creation of the hotel was part of the City of Amsterdam´s Project 2012 where the city wanted to bring a new vibe to the decadent street of Damrak.
The Hotel got the name Exchange from the Old Stock Exchange building which is opposite. The same applies to the Stock cafe.
The star rating of the hotel has to do mainly with the size and the design of the rooms. All rooms have a basic bathroom with toiletries that include shower gel and shampoo. The five-star rooms have a private balcony and tea and coffee making facilities.
Another interesting fact is that the rooms don’t have closets but openly displayed hangers so that your clothes are on display.
Hotel The Exchange is in a perfectly central location in the middle of Amsterdam. It is easy to get around from the hotel with the Amsterdam Central Station only a short 5-minute walk away, offering easy access to trains, trams, and metros to take you all over the city. The hotel is also extremely close to some of the best restaurants and cafes, making it simple to go grab a delicious bite or have a glass of wine while looking out on the beautiful canals. Not only that, but it is also a short walk from Dam Square, the famous shopping street of Kalverstraat, the Jordaan District, the Nine Streets area, and even the Anne Frank house!
In front of Hotel The Exchange is their adorable restaurant called STOCK, offering a variety of delicious foods and beverages. The restaurant serves all day breakfast along with a large menu of other foods all made with local and healthy ingredients. The freshly baked bread and home-made pies are delicious while the locally brewed beers and delectable wines are the perfect things to sip on while people watching on the patio. Off to the side of the STOCK restaurant, is the tiny entrance of the hotel that leads into a small, cubicle-like reception that is beautifully decorated.
The hotel has 61 rooms, each unique, and spreads across three buildings, the oldest of which is from the 17th century! Because each room is designed by a fashion designer from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, they all have their own special stories. The Marie Antoinette room is described as a princesses’ paradise where you sleep under a giant hoop skirt that covers the bed. This room was designed in 18th-century dramatic costume style, covering the walls in embellishments and giving the whole room an incredibly romantic and luxurious feel that Marie Antoinette herself would have loved.
The Eighties room is another fantastic room to stay in, decorated with bright colours and bold patterns from the 80’s.
One special room where troubled illustrated creatures lurk in the design of the room is the Room of Misunderstood Creatures. This room features a black ceiling that cries down dark tears onto the white walls, and oddly proportioned furniture cover the floor, making it truly a magical experience to spend a night.
I spent the night in the 4-star Braille room while I was staying in this wonderful hotel. In this interesting room, the curtains and even the carpet had beautifully embroidered, or laser burned Braille on them!
My bed was very comfortable perfect for a good night’s sleep after a day exploring the city.
Although the room was overlooking the central road and the beautiful Stock Exchange building, it was very quiet because of the sound-proof windows.
This hotel is one of the coolest and most unique places I have come across. From the moment you walk through the doors, you are treated to some fantastic designs. The rooms are a delight to explore giving you an experience unlike anywhere else.
Hotel The Exchange
Damrak 50, Amsterdam,
For more information, visit: http://www.hoteltheexchange.com/