Ink Hotel — Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bedroom in neutral tones with an open bathroom featuring a white marble sink and brass highlights
(Image credit: Luuk Kramer)

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.

Dining room furnished with blue chairs, tiled floor, and walls lined with shallow lidded boxes and ink bottles

(Image credit: Luuk Kramer)

Different angle of the dining room

(Image credit: Luuk Kramer)

Different angle of the dining room

(Image credit: Luuk Kramer)

View looking towards the entrance of the hotel, featuring 3D letters abstractly hung on one wall, and seating around a tree.

(Image credit: Luuk Kramer)

The illuminated bar, with bar stools and an overhead shelf lined with bottles

(Image credit: Luuk Kramer)

ADDRESS

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67

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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.