Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – First Look

Last week we were treated to a sneak peek of the much anticipated Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam ahead of its opening next month. Having visited many months ago when the project was a building site I was excited to see the transformation within. And what a transformation it has been – the six canal-side town houses Waldorf Astoria have taken over have been impressively and sensitively morphed into a gorgeous boutique hotel. Aside from furniture encased in protective plastic covers much of the hotel looks ready for business. Already the staff welcoming us for our preview had things running like clockwork.

Waldorf Astoria have come up trumps with their choice of property – alongside Herengracht, one of the prettiest canals in town, the former town houses are steeped in history and offer gorgeous views from the huge windows – giving you the feeling that you really are in the heart of the city.

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Think beautiful stuccoed ceilings, light filled rooms, and lots of original details that have been uncovered in the renovation process.

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One of the Suites, the Backer Suite, has a stunning painted ceiling, evocative of Rembrandt and dating back to the seventeenth century. We saw the final stages of its painstaking restoration – it’s going to be a very special ceiling to sleep under.

There’s a tranquil garden behind the hotel, onto which the private club-like restaurant looks.

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A surprise is the sleek, modern spa, found in the depths of the hotel. With sauna, steam, sensory showers and a beautiful pool, it’s going to be an impressive cutting edge oasis amidst the historical property.

Large and light filled guest rooms are each individual due to the shape and characteristics of the buildings – even the entry level rooms are extremely spacious and super elegant.

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Love this suite which feels like your own private apartment on the canal.

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam opens in May 2014, joining Waldorf Astoria’s prestigious collection of hotels around the world.

We can’t wait to stay the night next time!

Visit www.waldorfastoria.com for more information.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago – With Howard Harris

Filmed in Chicago, Rome, Berlin and Shanghai, the cinematic, documentary-style series of Unforgettable Stories features cultural tastemakers and notable figures who have played a role in shaping Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts’ unique and inspirational environments.

The Unforgettable Stories documentaries are hosted on the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Facebook page and can be accessed through a custom built Facebook app unique to Unforgettable Stories at www.facebook.com/WaldorfAstoria.

We take a look at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, through the eyes of atelier Howard Harris, the artist behind the epic iron curtain sculpture in the Waldorf Astoria Chicago lobby.

Howard Harris, President and CEO of Rare Form Design Group, and Master of Metal & Glass talks about his Waldorf Astoria special feature wall – almost 20ft wide and 30ft tall.

Gina Deary comments on Chicago’s ‘amazing architectural history’ and about how they found a picture of a gate that was bound in Chicago, and felt that this was a great element to inject a little Chicago twist, giving the hotel a sense of place within the city.

Howard Harris discusses how the chandelier in the space in front of the wall piece is a wonderful complement – the chandelier is an art piece, the wall is an art piece, and both of these combine, juxtaposing elements of glass, metal and polished surfaces. Indeed, the transmittance of light in the fixture brings out sparkle in the wall piece, meaning that the sculptural wall is uniquely illuminated by that fixture with the two reflecting off of each other…

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Check it out here – Waldorf Astoria Chicago with Howard Harris

To find out more visit www.waldorfastoria.com