Lizzie Evans

Hotel The Exchange

Amsterdam

by: Lizzie Evans

  • Why

    Sourcing trip for my London design store, SMUG.

  • When

    October 2013

  • Who

    Brief sightings were had of my husband Dan who was in Amsterdam designing and building the new Urban Outfitters store fit out.

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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.

: 43/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Independent 1 - 5 star boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    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.

  • Location

    Slap, bang in the middle of the main highstreet in Amsterdam - Damrak.

  • Rooms

    61

  • Music

    Didn’t hear any in the hotel proper. Pop was playing in Stock, the attached café and Options, the adjoining hotel shop.

  • Year Opened

    2011

  • 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.

  • Pool/Gym

    No.

  • Restaurant

    Stock Café is located on the street level in the interconnecting buildings that house The Exchange and the associated design store, Options.

  • Bar

    No.

  • Wifi

    Yes.

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

    €100 - €380 depending on the number of stars you go for. I was in a 4.

In the Area

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.

Hotel Droog

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.

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.

Hutspot

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.

Have a sit down and a bite to eat here having shopped along Haarlemmerstraat. Don’t miss the design shop Restored <br> or Clothing Label Tenue de Nimes also <br> on this street.

Vinnie’s Deli

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 is housed in three interconnecting buildings  on the Damrak.

Hotel The Exchange

Damrak 50, Amsterdam

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