It’s August and we’re still dreaming of summer holidays, whether it’s beachside or in the heart of an amazing city, and this month’s Destination Design takes us to the latter. We find ourselves heading to The Netherlands to check out the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, an enchanting hotel right on a canal that is the vision of legendary designer Marcel Wanders.

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The 122-room hotel is like a quirky paradise that incorporates plenty of Dutch history and local heritage, full of Wanders’ signature majestic flair and drama. You’ll spot various sources of inspiration, like Dutch Delft blue, the Golden Age, tulips, and the color orange. (Watch Marcel Wanders talk about the hotel and chairs here)

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Each space is full of visual delight with vibrant patterns, textures, and colors making the hotel feel like a culturally rich place to spend time while you’re taking in the sights of Amsterdam.

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The moody blue bar looks like a place you could spend hours relaxing and having conversations while you’re sipping on your cocktails.

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The Bluespoon Restaurant boasts a cozy speakeasy-type atmosphere to enjoy seasonal farm-to-table eats.

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This corner table lets you dine semi-privately while enjoying views of the garden.

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The breakfast spread is set up under Wanders’ Sky Garden pendants.

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The standard rooms are even swank and overlook the Observatory, a universe-themed interior space in the lobby.

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They also have deluxe rooms with views of the city.

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The Andaz Suite feels more like a big city apartment than a hotel room. There’s plenty of extra space for sleeping, lounging, or working.

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The Andaz Large Suite is located on the top floor with floor-to-ceiling views of the Observatory downstairs. On the other side, you have views of the canals.

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Notice the large white tub that resembles a bar of soap? It’s from the Wanders Collection for Bisazza.

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The hotel also offers several types of meeting rooms if you’re in town to conduct business.

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If you’re there for pleasure, there’s always the spa.

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Who’s packed and ready to go?

What: Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
Where: Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1016 HT
How much: From approximately 352 EUR or US $470, depending on room or suite.
Highlights: A lobby with a universe-themed Observatory and a central, on-the-canal location.
Design draw: A quirky paradise that incorporates plenty of Dutch history and local heritage and is full of Wanders’ signature majestic flair and drama.
Book it: Call +31 (0) 20 523 1234 or email [email protected]