When The Hoxton Amsterdam opened on the Herengracht canal in summer 2015, it was given a resoundingly warm welcome; by locals for the arrival of new hangout, Lotti’s, and by those looking for a stylish place to stay amid the meandering canals of Amsterdam’s leafy Negen Straatjes neighbourhood – an area that also happens to be within strolling distance of the city’s major sights.
On arrival, it’s the warm ambience and chic decor that are first to make an impression. Made up of five canal houses, which were home to the Mayor in the 17th century, The Hoxton invites people in with its high ceilinged, light-filled space. Here, original Dutch brickwork and white-tiled walls are the canvas for The Hoxton’s distinctive style – in this case owing to Dutch interior designers, Nicemakers – encompassing floor-to-ceiling bookcases, soft leather and velvet seating, and an eclectic collection of carefully curated objects, artworks and photography.
Across five floors, rooms range from Shoebox and Cosy to Tubby and Roomy Rooms, with the two grandest rooms, Floral and Fruity, available on request. In each one, the building’s original architectural features are enhanced with the same contemporary design that runs throughout the hotel, bringing vintage and retro accents into the picture, with hints of The Hoxton’s sense of humour. A colour scheme of muted blues, greens and warm greys runs throughout, with dark-wood Herringbone floors and geometric design features.
The restaurant, lounge and bar Lotti’s, meanwhile, is run in partnership with Soho House & Co, and is as ‘in the moment’ as you’d expect. Intertwining its contemporary elements with classic Dutch design, the bright modern space encompasses exposed structural features in wood and white, with striking design choices such as the bar’s black and white patterned floor tiles. Teal green leather stools then line the cocktail bar, which is bathed in light throughout the day as the canal-facing windows let sunlight stream in, leaving its popularity for brunch and coffee no real mystery.
And while the space emanates a warmth throughout the day, it truly comes alive at night, with hotel guests and locals gathering around the circular cocktail bar, or settling into the candlelit restaurant for Italian plates with Dutch influence; here, diners tuck into sumptuous dishes like smoky grilled octopus, and guinea fowl with blackberry and pistachio, which are cooked up in the sizzling open kitchen.
On checking in, the Hox staff make a point of giving recommendations on where to go in the city they know so well, from local bars and boutiques to lesser known museums. Bicycles are available for hire, and guest rooms come with an illustrated city map incorporating tips from local experts and the Hox crew. With these insider tips readily to-hand, and a wealth of inspiration to draw from, a stay at The Hoxton Amsterdam really does open up another side to this already captivating city.
Room rates at The Hoxton Amsterdam start at €149 per night, with a breakfast bag included.
Words by Lauren Hill