CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, the first Hyatt hotel in the Netherlands and the ninth addition to the Andaz brand.
“We are pleased to introduce the Andaz brand to a city that is synonymous with style and character, two elements that are core to the Andaz ethos,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president – acquisitions and development for Hyatt International – Europe, Africa, Middle East, in an announcement. “The opening of Andaz Amsterdam marks a significant growth milestone not only for Andaz but for Hyatt overall as the first Hyatt hotel in the Netherlands. As we celebrate this expansion into Europe, we look forward to the future growth of the brand in the next several years with developments in other new markets, including Maui, Hawaii; Delhi and Jaipur, India; and Costa Rica, among others.”
Andaz’s signature service includes a hassle-free check-in process; an Andaz Host uses a computerized tablet to check guests into their rooms while offering them a complimentary glass of wine in the Andaz Lounge. Guests will also enjoy complimentary Internet access, local phone calls, non- alcoholic beverages, and locally sourced snacks in the minibar, including the Dutch brands “Just Nuts” and “Lovechock” chocolate.
The property was brought to life and infused with local flavor by interior and product designer, Marcel Wanders. Throughout the hotel, Wanders played with various sources of inspiration, integrating the heritage of the hotel surroundings (including the Golden Age, Dutch Delft blue, tulips and the color orange), the knowledge of the books once housed at the former Public Library, and connecting polarities.
Part of the hotel’s overall design concept incorporates a unique video art collection that represents a diversion from “regular” art. The 40 works from various emerging and established local and international video artists, such as Ryan Gander, Erwin Olaf and Mark Titchner, make Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht the hotel with the largest video art collection in the world. Selections from the video art collection are showcased in different areas of the hotel — in the public areas of the ground floor, in the hallways throughout the various floors, or through a special video channel available on the televisions in the guestrooms. The largest display screen for the presentation of video footage is located in the Lounge and is comprised of nine 60-inch televisions.
Due to the unique 1970s-style structure of the former Public Library, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht offers a total of 15 different room types. With room sizes ranging from 24 to 36 square meters and suites measuring between 55 and 141 square meters, the hotel is home to some of the largest guestrooms in compact Amsterdam. This is reinforced by the open plan layout of the rooms that allows for maximum space and natural light. Even the bathrooms feature an open structure (with closed shower and toilet) and include a multi- functional vanity centerpiece made from 150 kilograms of concrete. Comfortable reading chairs, full-length mirrors, walk-in closets complete the rooms.
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht also offers the Studio, a meeting space that is unique to Andaz hotels. The three different Studio spaces at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht offer more than 400 square meters of flexible space, and everything from a boardroom meeting to a large cocktail reception can be accommodated.
The hotel also features a fully equipped, 24-hour gym and signature urban spa.