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In March 2020, Hotel The Craftsmen was featured in the National Geographic European Cities Collection. You can find the issue here.

Hotel The Craftsmen

Along one of the famous canals in Amsterdam’s historic Unesco listed city center, you will find Hotel the Craftsmen. This 14-room boutique hotel, situated in a historical building dating from 1652, has opened its doors in August 2019. It has fast become one of Amsterdam’s most renowned hotels, welcoming guests from all over the world. The Craftsmen celebrates historical Dutch crafts in cleverly designed themed rooms. A stay at the Craftsman offers the ambiance and luxury of a boutique hotel, combined with a unique sense of design, history and craftsmanship. This with all the Dutch capital has to offer at guests’ fingertips. 

During the extensive redesign and renovation of the monumental building, authentic and original features were either preserved or meticulously restored. New design elements respect the distinct historical character and charm and pay homage to the hotel’s name. Delft blue tiles, bedsteads, monumental floors and the original staircase pair perfectly with beautiful antiques, vintage finds, modern materials and clever reuse of craft related items the designers introduced to offer the comfort of today.  

For the project, local craftsmen joined forces. Their whimsical sense of style combined with their artisan expertise and craftsmanship resulted in various clever and ingenious design solutions. Amongst the unique elements are an old canoe s erving as a ceiling lamp, a wardrobe made with the emergency exit door of a Fokker F28 jet airliner, and reclaimed aluminum shoe-stretchers from the 1940’s getting a second chance in life as wall mounted reading lights. Every corner, nook and cranny offers another design surprise. 

The central location, along the innermost canal, mean that the vibrant nightlife, restaurants and various sights like the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace, museums and the famous 9 streets are within walking distance. At the guests’ beck and call are the hotel’s ‘Ambassadors’. They are the hosts, receptionists and concierges there to make sure all guests feel welcome and are comfortable. The ambassadors are in the know of the go-to spots and can provide tips and tailored recommendations. 

Breakfast is served in the hotel’s Gallery, located on the ground floor. The Gallery boasts stunning artwork at display and a generous view over the canal. With an extensive selection of freshly baked bread and pastries, fresh cold cuts, fruit, juices, teas and coffees, breakfast at the Craftsmen is guaranteed to leave guests ready to start the day, whether for work or leisure, refreshed and full of energy.  

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