Hotel The Exchange
by: Lizzie Evans
Sourcing trip for my London design store, SMUG.
Brief sightings were had of my husband Dan who was in Amsterdam designing and building the new Urban Outfitters store fit out.
If you’d like to take home some of the fashion-meets-interior design fun, then stop off at Options, the hotel shop next door.
The comfy reception area.
The ‘80s room. Think tube tops and rainbow colours.
The much more mellow ‘Epaulettes’ room.
The hotel was designed with help from Amsterdam fashion students. The theme - ‘Rooms Dressed As Models.’
Loved the kooky knotted fabric covering parts of the ceiling.
Bathroom not huge, more of a wet room, but all that you need.
The seating area provided a nice chilled spot for planning my next move in Amsterdam and made the room feel, well, roomy.
Installations are hidden on landings throughout the hotel. Have an explore.
Stock Café. A regular stop-off point for me. Crepes, juice,
muffins and pastries.
Hotel The Exchange is housed in three interconnecting buildings
on the Damrak.
Highs + Lows
Every opportunity is taken to ‘dress’ the hotel. Padded fabric lifts, cross-stitched room numbers… a feast for your eyes.
Options, the next-door hotel shop, is a nice addition to the Exchange family. Here you can purchase one of the bonkers cushions from the reception area or something smaller to remind you of your stay.
The hotel has a really peaceful vibe even though it’s slap bang in the middle of Amsterdam’s busiest street. As soon as you’re inside and in the lift it feels super chilled, which you might not expect.
I wouldn’t go for the ‘80s room if you have a choice. It’s fun but pretty loud and started to give me a bit of a headache. Staff were super nice though and moved me into a room more to my taste with no fuss at all.
No mini bar, but you can just pop downstairs to café Stock to ‘stock up.’
Location is both a plus and a minus. Damrak is Amsterdam’s main high street so you’re close to everything, but it’s a bit touristy.
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Independent 1 - 5 star boutique hotel.
The theme that the students of AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institution) were given when designing the bedrooms was ‘Rooms Dressed As Models.’ Every room is different and the shared spaces pull the whole thing together.
Slap, bang in the middle of the main highstreet in Amsterdam - Damrak.
Didn’t hear any in the hotel proper. Pop was playing in Stock, the attached café and Options, the adjoining hotel shop.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Otto Nan and Suzanne Oxenaar in cooperation with students of AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) with the help of Architects ONSWERK and interior designer INA MATT.
Stock Café is located on the street level in the interconnecting buildings that house The Exchange and the associated design store, Options.
Leave them at home.
€100 - €380 depending on the number of stars you go for. I was in a 4.
In the Area
Staalstraat 7B, 1011 JJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
my favourite design-store-come-concept-boutique in Amsterdam. I had a delicious yet unexpected brunch in their cleverly named ‘Room Service’ cafe and a great time perusing their design exhibitions and shop.
Van Woustraat 4, 1073 LL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam’s answer to Paris’s Merci. Not as big, but full of fashion, homeware and design with a great café and interesting spaces. Well worth a look.
Haarlemmerstraat 46 HS, 1013 ES Amsterdam, Netherlands
Have a sit down and a bite to eat here having shopped along Haarlemmerstraat. Don’t miss the design shop Restored
or Clothing Label Tenue de Nimes also
on this street.
Hotel The Exchange
Damrak 50, Amsterdam
Neighborhood: Red light District
Hotel Location: Damrak 50, Amsterdam