Last month, W hotels invited me to try out out their newly opened Bank building in Amsterdam. And when W invites you, well you go right? Three days of Amsterdam, in a luxurious setting? Yes please!
So let me tell you about this hotel. W Amsterdam actually has two buildings, the former telephone exchange building and a former bank. They are exactly opposite each other in the Spuistraat, functioning as one hotel but showing off different sides of Amsterdam.
The Exchange building, a brick and concrete structure, dates from 1925, was designed by Joseph Crouwel and was influenced by the design of the Larkin building by Frank Lloyd Wright. The renovation of this part of the hotel by Office Winhov was completed last year, and houses the Mr Porter restaurant, W Lounge rooftop bar and a rooftop pool.
The Bank building, originally designed by F.W.M. Poggenbeek in 1908, had vaults on the ground floor and basement, a monumental bank hall on the first floor and offices above. The vaults are now home to the lobby and fabulous Away Spa, the hall has been converted into The Duchess restaurant and the offices are now rooms. On the first floor, you can also find X Bank, a concept store that also serves as a creative incubator for Dutch talent and design. Anything but ordinary, they have such an interesting selection!
The Bank hotel was also renovated by Office Winhov, creating a beautiful balance between the historical building and contemporary design. From the amazing spa, to the lavish suites, nothing is boring in this hotel.
My top 3 at W Amsterdam:
3. Sipping a cocktail while watching the sun go down at W Lounge.
2. Book an amazing spa treatment at Away Spa. I had the Local anti-aging treatment and I highly recommend it. It was so relaxing and rejuvenating, it’s making me want to book a trip to Amsterdam as I’m writing this!
1.Have dinner at The Duchess. Nothing pleases me more than good food in beautiful surroundings. And it has to be noted that they took my lactose intollerance into account in an extraordinary way. We had a fixed menu, and I never felt like I was getting a B-list version of what my company was having, and let me tell you, that’s still quite rare. The menu was extremely well thought out and presented and I absolutely loved it.
And at the end of the day, there is the plushest bed where you can sink into and dream about your Amsterdam adventures. What more could you want?
Thank you, W Hotels for inviting me! All views and opinions are, as always, entirely my own.