Named after mischievous Prince Hendrick – a colourful character who married into the Dutch Royal family and whose love of women was well known – boutique hotel flair and eccentric elegance exude at this quirky 25-room hotel, located on the Prins Hendrikkade in the city centre, facing the IJ waterway and just a stones-throw from Central Station.
Housed within two 18th century buildings which are joined together internally but appear as separate houses to passers-by, the property was formerly occupied by Twentsche Bank. The buildings then fell into disrepair and were inhabited by squatters, until a few years ago when the current owners were able to purchase the properties, and, in conjunction with Fusion Interiors, set about converting them into a funky boutique hotel.
The designers’ creative approach to the hotel’s decor and theming is what sets apart The Hendrick’s Hotel from Amsterdam’s other boutique properties. Individually designed guest rooms are themed around trade, travel and romance – all major players in the world of Prince Hendrick. The lobby has been designed in the style of Prince Hendrick’s living room, complete with bookshelves brimming with eclectic antiques from the Prince’s personal collection. Ropes reimagined as light fittings and a huge yacht wheel hanging on the spiral staircase add a nautical feel to the proceedings, create a unique atmosphere and bring-to-life the Prince’s interesting and slightly playboy-esque world.
Whilst every bedroom is different they are separated into eleven room types. “Royal” rooms feature ceilings with exposed beams and are decorated in silvery greys and royal blues with gold accents. Two have deep red freestanding baths. The Vault Suite is the hotel’s largest room and very much one-of-a-kind in Amsterdam – the characterful, open-plan space occupying the area that was once-upon-a-time a 17th century bank vault. Today, double-glazed windows and privacy curtains keep wondering eyes from seeing what goes on inside the suite. And even the hotel’s Do Not Disturb signs say that the guest inside is busy “having way too much fun”.
The Hendrick’s Hotel is outwardly an establishment where one can enjoy both the cultural highs and naughty lows of the famed Dutch capital. But what goes on behind it’s closed doors is another story.