Lizzie Evans

Hotel The Exchange

  • Where:
  • 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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Hotel The Exchange 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.

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.

Hotel The Exchange The comfy reception area.

The comfy reception area.

Hotel The Exchange The ‘80s room. Think tube tops and rainbow colours.

The ‘80s room. Think tube tops and rainbow colours.

Hotel The Exchange The much more mellow ‘Epaulettes’ room.

The much more mellow ‘Epaulettes’ room.

Hotel The Exchange The hotel was designed with help from Amsterdam fashion students. The theme - ‘Rooms Dressed As Models.’

The hotel was designed with help from Amsterdam fashion students. The theme - ‘Rooms Dressed As Models.’

Hotel The Exchange Loved the kooky knotted fabric covering parts of the ceiling.

Loved the kooky knotted fabric covering parts of the ceiling.

Hotel The Exchange Bathroom not huge, more of a wet room, but all that you need.

Bathroom not huge, more of a wet room, but all that you need.

Hotel The Exchange The seating area provided a nice chilled spot for planning my next move in Amsterdam and made the room feel, well, roomy.

The seating area provided a nice chilled spot for planning my next move in Amsterdam and made the room feel, well, roomy.

Hotel The Exchange Installations are hidden on landings throughout the hotel. Have an explore.

Installations are hidden on landings throughout the hotel. Have an explore.

Hotel The Exchange Stock Café. A regular stop-off point for me. Crepes, juice, <br data-src=

Stock Café. A regular stop-off point for me. Crepes, juice,
muffins and pastries.

Hotel The Exchange Hotel The Exchange is housed in three interconnecting buildings <br data-src=

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 43/50

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.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

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

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