Andaz Amsterdam was designed as a sophisticated hotel to express and be compatible with the relaxed nature of the people and Dutch city. Andaz is located in the center of Amsterdam and this localization has inspired the designer Marcel Wanders the idea that the hotel can be viewed as the heart of the city, therefore the interior design must be representative to Amsterdam. The heart must pulsate and transmit through its interior design all the vibration of the city, including the golden age of the city-port, with sailors and their adventures, but also the thrill of the economic metropolis of today. As a space that hosts the visitors of the city, the hotel is like a vessel that connects the foreign guests with the places, being designed to provide a local experience.
As a matter of fact the design, graphics and decoration pieces, many of the navigation domain, remind to the guests that Amsterdam was in the seventeenth century – its golden age – one of the richest cities who founded the global trade network. On the ceiling of the entrance hall, there is a fitting decoration symbolizing a constellation of bright stars and an old navigation system used during the conquest of the seas and oceans of the world. The building in which the hotel operates is a public library of Amsterdam that had functioned here until 2007, when it was moved. Images from historic books belonging to this library, some about Amsterdam, served as a source of inspiration for the graphic decors and other decorative objects encountered in Andaz, offering visitors an authentic local experience. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is winner of the GaultMillau Award 2014 for ‘Hotel of the Year’, Condé Nast Traveler Hot List: The World’s Best New Hotels 2013 and Travel + Leisure It List: The Best New Hotels 2013. Source Marcel Wanders