Images by Richard Powers
Ideally located within the city’s historical canal ring, between the areas of Weesperbuurt-en-Plantage and Oude Pijp, citizenM Amstel Amsterdam is housed within a striking property dating back to 1928.
Built in the Amsterdam School style of architecture, the decorative red brick exterior, with its multitude of elegantly slender windows, stands out among the neighbouring buildings on Sarphatistraat.
At street level, the hotel will distinguish itself even more with a bespoke art installation across the eight main windows. The artistic photographer duo – with whom citizenM collaborated for its Schiphol property – Freudenthal Verhagen have created a series of water-themed pieces inspired by Amsterdam’s centuries-long reliance on rivers and canals.
Designed by Concrete, the hotel will offer the famous Citizen living room with a 24/7 bar, canteenM kitchen, designated work areas, designer furniture by Vitra, and tall bookcases filled with interesting objects, art and browsable books.
At the rear of the living room, double doors lead to an enclosed courtyard with greenery and garden furniture.
Upstairs, 88 rooms have been designed especially to fit the existing structure, and feature sleek furniture is by Vitra, the famous XL king-size beds, powerful rain showers, flatscreen TVs and a MoodPad to control room ambiance.
As always, citizenM has adhered to its philosophy of ‘affordable luxury for the people’ by giving the guests everything they want, and nothing they don’t. There are never queues to reception, because there is no reception desk – instead, self check-in kiosks put a key in every guest’s hand in just one minute.
In a prominent place nearby, guests will find collectionM – the carefully curated retail selection for the modern traveller, where essential travel items and stylishly amusing gifts make it easy to take a little bit of citizenM home.
Business travellers seeking a professional yet inspiring place to meet don’t need to leave the hotel. citizenM Amstel Amsterdam includes two societyM creative meeting rooms for up to 14 participants.