© citizenM / Photography: Richard Powers

A decade after opening its first property in Amsterdam, situated in the city’s emerging Zuidas business district, citizenM returns to plant a flag smack in the middle of town. The new property is situated a stone’s throw from the Amstel river, and thus aptly baptized citizenM Amstel, occupying a former bank office built by Dutch architect Christiaan Posthumus Meyjes in the late 1920s. Contrary to the majority of newly built citizenM hotels across the planet which see modular rooms and space, this is an existing building which required an entirely different design approach for Amsterdam-based architecture practice and longtime collaborator Concrete. Featuring only 88 rooms, it may be the hotel chain’s smallest outpost, but has all the perks the company has become known for among a growing number of discerning travellers.Upon entering citizenM Amstel, guests come across a small check-in counter situated on an elevated podium at street level which  shared with a variety of seating areas, all brimming with iconic Vitra design pieces and further embellished with carefully curated artworks.

A few steps down canteenM can be found, a seamless extension of the social spaces, but one equipped with a fully stocked bar and pantry. The bar comes with the prerequisite stools, but the setting also oozes buzzing local culture as the artworks have been curated by Foam Editions, and some were even commissioned. Mind you, a series of 8 windows serve as a canvas for Dutch artists Freudenthal/Verhagen and adorns the façade. Double doors at the rear end open up to a charming enclosed courtyard filled with outdoor furniture and lush greens. It’s a real hidden treasure within the busy city. Adjacent to the bar, two spacious societyM meeting rooms and a breakout area invite to get some work done. But let’s not forget about the rooms. Designed to meet all modern standards, and perhaps exceeding them here and there, the pads are equally stylish, and come with supersized comfy beds with a headboard on two sides, a powerful rain shower, and free WiFi. A handy mood pad allows you to arrange arrange the temperature, the blinds and other amenities. As said, citizenM Amstel has an ideal location – it’s just a short stroll away from the scenic Canal District, and the underground and tram station right outside allow easy access of all the city’s leading museums and landmark sites.

citizenM
Sarphatistraat 47 (Centrum)
1018EW Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 20 8117020

© citizenM / Photography: Richard Powers