Pillows Hotels will arrive in the center of Amsterdam • Hotel Designs
In the heart of Amsterdam, a 20e Monumental building from the last century has found new life as a five-star luxury hotel, following a delicate and meticulous transformation process. Maurits at the Park, set to open later this year, is Pillows Hotels’ seventh property.
With 88 luxury rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant, a brasserie, two bars, a private lounge and several meeting spaces, the hotel is set to become Amsterdam’s latest hot spot. A center for fine dining, events and curated experiences drawing inspiration from its beautiful natural surroundings, Maurits at the Park is next to the Tropenmuseum and a short walk from Artis Amsterdam Zoo.
Despite its imposing exterior, this iconic building has been redesigned from its origins as a university to become a welcoming and cosmopolitan meeting place. Offering a different kind of hospitality experience in Amsterdam, it combines privacy with instant access to the bustling city center.
“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to celebrate our fifth anniversary than to return to Amsterdam, the city where it all began, with the first five-star property in our portfolio,” said Loes Dingemans, CEO of Pillows Hotels. “Maurits at the Park is all our brand stands for: exceptional hospitality in an intimate and elegant setting. Located in a monumental building in the heart of the city, the hotel is perfectly connected to a lively park, offering its guests many experiences without having to leave its premises.
Located in vibrant Oosterpark, the hotel was designed by Office Winhov, the award-winning architectural firm, as an open and essential part of the neighborhood where everyone is welcome. More than 4,000 square meters of parkland will be returned to the people of Amsterdam, removing all existing partitions and fences. The hotel’s open invitation is also extended to the park’s adorable feathered friends, thanks to nesting boxes, feeding areas and an aviary that helps protect the birds. Evergreen gardens are a constant highlight of the landscape.
“We are adding the hotel to the park; usually it’s the other way around,” added Uri Gilad of Office Winhov, who took into account the building’s unique location and complex features of its past. This is particularly evident in the new wing of the hotel, where different types of windows harmoniously connect the interior with the exterior; the new and the old intermingle harmoniously, becoming one. Warm lighting transforms the monumental space at night, adding a serene touch and creating a relaxed ambience.
Careful consideration of the building’s heritage has also been applied to the interior. Interior design manager Studio Linse is no stranger to the brand, as the company won an award for its work at Pillows Hotel Ter Borch Zwolle.
A “noble simplicity”, as Paul Linse described it, runs throughout the hotel, connecting the meticulously selected interior elements. Soft, tactile materials and a warm, earthy color palette create a soothing harmony, while comfortable furnishings are ideal for lounging away from the bustle of the city. It’s the perfect counterpart to rugged exteriors.
Touches of Parisian elegance are combined with Dutch sophistication, setting a relaxing tone in the 88 gracious rooms and suites, which range from 16 square meters to 50 square meters. Understated and welcoming, the rooms are like upscale sanctuaries ready to nurture and nurture the soul. With striking individual works of art by established painter Raphaël Hermans and every detail of the room carefully planned for maximum comfort.
Great attention has been given to the culinary offer of the hotel, celebrating gastronomy from every point of view. Felix, run by Michelin-starred chef Floris van Straalen, is a gourmet restaurant serving heavenly dishes prepared in an open kitchen. This truly stunning space with fifteen meter high ceilings and design elements from a bygone era pays homage to the illustrious Tropenmuseum next door.
Meanwhile, Spring Cafe Brasserie adds a playful twist to the mix with mouth-watering dishes inspired by Italian and French cuisine. Its generous outdoor seating area in a large green urban garden blends in perfectly with the atmospheric Oosterpark.
Guests also have the chance to experience signature cocktails at Fitz’s Bar, an intimate space with leather, wood, felt and velvet details in its design. The stunning park and city views from the rooftop bar make it the perfect setting for summer drinks.
The three sumptuously decorated lounges, another integral part of the hotel, are ideal for meetings and private events. The Living, a private lounge accessible only to staying guests, offers an impressive library and lavish design. A thoughtful entertainment plan, currently in the works, includes various events and activities organized by local creatives.
Offering a new approach to luxury hospitality, the new Pillows Maurits at the Park is a breath of fresh air. In the heart of bustling Amsterdam, it’s a welcoming retreat where dreamy rooms and star-studded cuisine mingle with irresistible cocktails, served in a stunning rooftop bar overlooking the city’s skyline.
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