Reception area featuring a marble desk, lounge area with low seating and large low-hanging lights
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By any yardstick, the Hyatt group is unexpectedly bullish about Amsterdam, recently opening its third property in the Dutch capital to go with the Andaz Amsterdam and Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport.

An entire team of A-listers was assembled to convert a mid-19th century children’s hospital into 211 guestrooms. Van Dongen-Koschuch, a local outfit headed by the former Chief Government Architect, Frits van Dongen, restored the façade with hand-glazed tiles and carved out new interiors that are dressed by Jestico & Whiles (guestrooms and spa) and Concrete (ground floor) in shades of green, and floral and botanical artwork – a quiet nod to the nearby zoo and public gardens. 

Meanwhile, in-house restaurant Mama Makan references Holland’s links to Indonesia. In a bright dining room anchored by 200 paper lanterns and a brass cage-like cabinet that encompasses bar, chef’s table and show kitchen, executive chef Paul Verheul oversees a fragrant spice-inflected Far-East menu that includes chicken curry cooked with coconut milk and tomato sambao, and gado-gado, the classic Indonesian fresh salad of vegetables, eggs, tempeh and peanut sauce. 

The spa facilities are limited to a gym, sauna and steam room, but even these seem a little redundant when the city with its splendid cobbled streets and architecture, and nearby Oosterpark are all on offer.

Dining room featuring a living wall and parquet flooring covered by a large turquoise rug

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Large bar area with leather seating along the entirety of one wall, mirrored ceiling and botanical-style wallpaper

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Dining tables with stools in a room with botanical-style wallpaper and geometric floor tiles

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Dining area with a curved bar, geometric floor tiles, parquet flooring and numerous large white lightshades

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Bedroom featuring a large piece of artwork, and a window into the en-suite bathroom

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.