If you aren’t moved with love or hate by The Hotel Inntel in Zaandam The Netherlands by Wilfried van Winden of WAM Architecten I suggest you check your pulse.

The town center of Zaandam is being revamped by Sjoerd Soeters to be brought back to its rich heritage — historical street layouts are being renewed and the dull and impersonal town center is being revitalized with a new hotel — one that incorporates the historical stylistic features of Zaanse Schans village.

The hotel, which opened back in March, is a striking building to say the least. The design has generated quite a bit of attention from international media. Comprising 160 rooms, a pool, and wellness center, the 12-story hotel has already had hundreds of guests. Designer Wilfried van Winden envisioned a place in which guests could feel at home, even when away from home. Therefore, the hotel has been designed to look like stacked houses, resembling a range of residences from a notary’s manse to a worker’s cottage. In fact there are about 70 little houses in four shades of Zaanse Schans green. Particularly eye-catching is the “The Blue House,” inspired by the eponymous artwork that Claude Monet painted in Zaandam in 1871.

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden in architecture  Category

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden in architecture  Category

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden in architecture  Category

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden in architecture  Category

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden in architecture  Category

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden in architecture  Category

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden in architecture  Category

What do you think of this hotel — would you stay there?

Photos by Roel Backaert.