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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Wins 'Best Design' Hotel Award 2014

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Wins 'Best Design' Hotel Award 2014
, the world’s leading luxury travel site, announced on June 11, 2014 the winners of its 2014 'Best of the Best' Hotel Awards. The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht won in the category 'Best Design Hotel'. The awards are issued to hotels that not only meet with Jetsetter's rigorous quality standards, but also, according to Managing Editor Leigh Crandall, "capture the style, sense of place and outstanding experience that makes a Jetsetter hotel the best in a given destination."

This award is the latest addition to a powerful list of industry-recognized awards attributed to the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht since its opening in November 2012. Among these are the Travellers' Choice 2014 - Winner Luxury | Romance | Top Hotels (TripAdvisor); Hotel of the Year 2014 (GaultMillau); Best Guest Review Score 2013 - Winner Five Star Hotels Netherlands (; Hot List: The World’s Best New Hotels 2013 (Condé Nast Traveler); It List: The Best New Hotels 2013 (Travel + Leisure). Furthermore, the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht also proudly holds a Green Globe certification.

Marcel's comprehensive design for the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, a building that used to be the public library of Amsterdam, cherishes Dutch heritage in a multitude of ways. Sensibilities from the Golden Age and the Discovery Age, as well as Delftware, historical maps, navigation instruments and Amsterdam's creative and knowledge economy, all inform its design. The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengrachtalso owns a curated video art collection, which is constantly updated.

In the atrium, the carpeted floor represents a map of the world and the lighting installation an ancient navigation system for travelers, with its constellation of shimmering stars. The wallpaper depicts Amsterdam’s architectonic heritage and an array of symbols are organized to illustrate the ascending from hell to heaven. The lavishly proportioned signature Bell Lamps, with their internal royal chandeliers, welcome international guests to this smart yet relaxed hotel. 

Every guest room door number is hand painted in traditional Dutch house style, giving the feeling of returning to your apartment at the end of the day. The furniture and textiles, carpets and wallpapers are custom designed, and every piece tells a story. In Marcel's own words, "As a designer, I always try to design things with personality and character. I even hand painted each wash basin in my one minute style myself! They are all unique. The Andaz is my gift to Amsterdam!"


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