Amsterdam is a quirky city where plenty of off-beat design touches flourish. Among the dangerously crooked houses you’ll find eccentric boutique shops, artistic graffiti, and bursts of bright orange, the unofficial national color. You’ll also discover plenty of stylish and design-centric hotels across the city, one of the most intriguing being The Toren.
Location, Location, Location!
Filling two 17th century buildings along a peaceful canal on the edge of Amsterdam’s hip Jordaan district in the city center, The Toren is right around the corner from Anne Frank’s house and a short walk to most of the city’s top sights. If you’d rather not walk, they rent out bikes too—and in a city with 802,000 inhabitants and 881,000 bikes, getting around by bike is the perfect way to experience Amsterdam like a local. The neighborhood is also the ideal setting for an evening walk. Nothing beats strolling along the canals, past leaning gingerbread buildings, as you watch the city’s lights bounce off the water.
Hotel Style: Dutch Manor House Meets Glamorous Nightclub
On the outside, the Toren looks like the other buildings on the block—which is sure to catch you off guard—since inside is nothing short of a theatrical wonderland. Lush patterns and fabrics greet you everywhere you turn, from the curtains to the rugs to the wallpaper of the rooms. Flowers that seem to be dusted in metallic hues adorn the hallways, and the lobby resembles what could pass for a stylish home or a cozy bar that would be loved by any “Sex and the City” fan. Mirrors are plentiful, and the hotel is outfitted in bold colors like blacks, plums, reds, and golds.
In the lobby and adjoining bar, old world chandeliers set the perfect mood. From gold rimmed chairs and couches with plush plum and pink fabrics, you can relax by the cozy fireplace, or play a round of chess. A hearty buffet breakfast is served in here as well, with some tables overlooking the canals.
One of a Kind Bedrooms
The 38 rooms in this hotel each have their own charm. Everything is a tiny bit crooked, and walls slope and bend at funny angles in places, which is part of the charm of staying in an old Dutch building. Once you get past the gorgeous common areas of this hotel, be prepared to be wowed once again. The Toren’s guest rooms are dreamy, with themed elements throughout. Full of patterns and more bold fabrics decorating the curtains and pillows, the rooms feature cool touches like gold framed paintings of cherubs sprinkling flowers onto clouds. In the bathrooms you’ll find details like glass art nouveau bathroom lamps and bubbled glass doors, that compliment jacuzzi tubs.
For a unique departure from the standard hotel, the Toren will take your breath away. With exceptionally friendly service, a picture perfect location in the one the city’s best neighborhoods, and beautifully adorned rooms, this is the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam.
1015 CZ Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 622 60 33