A stylish new Dutch escape, housed in the former offices of a national newspaper, offers reinvigoration for the creatively clogged-up
Suffering from your profession’s equivalent of writer’s block? Then a visit to this freshly-opened Dutch bolt-hole could be just what’s required. Nestled in what was formerly Amsterdam’s equivalent of Fleet Street, the INK Hotel is housed in a building that was once home to broadsheet newspaper De Tijd – and the new venue takes full advantage of its print-industry heritage.
Giant typeset letters flank the entrance to a hip lobby staffed by friendly G-Star clad staff (if you have time to work it out, the letters are an anagram of an inspirational message), and you’ll find that you’re encouraged to scribble and set down your own prose just about everywhere you wander during your visit.
Now run by French hotel group Accor, the hotel was renovated from former incarnation The Convent in just four months by local architecture firm Concrete. Rooms are ruggedly appointed with walnut and brass, vintage typewriters and humorous wall doodles by local artist Jan Rothuizen – which include handy maps of your location in relation to the city’s major attractions, all within strolling distance thanks to the ideal city-centre location.
Director stayed in a spacious executive room, connecting to the speedy free wifi in seconds and gratefully plugging drained work devices into the UK plug sockets that accompany their European equivalents on the desktop – serial adapter-forgetters rejoice!
The blissfully comfortable king size bed and 40in LCD TV were tempting distractions, but the aforementioned typewriter, reams of paper and pens, and piles of inspirational publications around the room – not to mention the espresso machine – were welcome reminders that this is place to create rather than kip (though should you need 40 winks to reboot first, we noted that the rooms are well insulated from the sounds of the bustling city outside).
Food for thought
But you don’t need to be a guest to take advantage of the creative vibe (or, indeed, the wifi). The hotel’s Press Room restaurant and bar offer great sharing food for overnighters and visitors alike, all created by affable executive chef Tjitze van der Dam.
In the restaurant (open 7am to midnight, daily) local ingredients are fused with international styles – like the tasty smoked eel pizza with celeriac and green herb mayonnaise, or the zesty mackerel ceviche with red pepper, beet and lime.
In the bar (open 6am to 3am daily) meanwhile, freshly brewed coffees and superb cocktails can be taken through the comfy Library lounge – so be sure to try the INK Redible (Tanqueray Ten, grapefruit juice and elderflower tonic) if you’re looking for a pick-me-up after a hard day of pondering.
And with clientele during Director’s visit ranging from Converse-clad millennials tapping away at MacBooks, to suited business folk catching up over coffees, it’s clear that this hip new venue already has broad appeal as a place to hang out, network and brainstorm.
Board, not bored
Indeed, if you’re looking to get the whole team thinking on a new project, the private Garden Room can be booked – with its boardroom table, private catering facilities and view onto the courtyard, plus all the obligatory scribing apparatus found elsewhere throughout the hotel.
Whether you’re searching for a new meeting place to discuss ideas with that important client (the Netherlands imports £24bn in UK goods every year, after all), or simply somewhere that will give you the headspace and the fuel to think – this might just be the perfect place to get those creative juices flowing again.
For prices and more information on INK Hotel Amsterdam, visit mgallery.com
Director flew to Amsterdam with KLM, read our review of the flight here.