Ink Hotel — Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam-based architects Concrete, have stitched together three early 20th century canal houses – one of which is the former HQ of De Tijd newspaper – into a lovely 149-room hotel. A few blocks from the bustling Dam Square, Ink faces the city’s picturesque canals, its entrance barely noticeable in the fluid way in which Concrete has morphed inside and outside spaces with greenery, rough hewn stones, glass walls, and a light-washed atrium that mimics one of the Amsterdam’s famous open squares. Perhaps a little obviously, the décor takes its cues from the building’s printing past – hence, the all day Pressroom bar and restaurant and quirky furnishings of vintage typewriters and glass inkbottles. Still, there are plenty of enjoyable distractions, not least artist Jan Rothuizen’s intricate hand-drawn maps of Amsterdam on bedroom walls, and the open bathrooms lined in white marble and brass, and styled like a bar.