Opened in 2013, the brand new hotel of the Spanish Room Mate hotel chain is located on the IJ Dock, an artificial Island in the heart of Amsterdam. The thirteen story glass building was designed by the Dutch Architect Jan Bakers and Spanish interior designer Tomas Alia. The location on the water as well as many architectural features give me the impression of a cruise ship anchored on this island. The design of the hotel is colorful and modern with strong colors such as green, red and blue used throughout the hotel in combination with geometric shapes and Scandinavian inspired furniture. The rooms have floor to ceiling windows offering unique views on the cityscape.
I love the effective way color blocking is used to create impact in the rooms and that someone through of using rugs that weren’t simply rectangular. I think that it adds a lot to the design. The variously shaped side tables in the main lobby paired with the over sized floor lamps, the blue and white mural and those beautiful colored glass pendants create a unique setting with a quirky note to it.
Have you ever stayed in a hotel whose decoration inspired you to try out something new at home? I certainly love to stay in places that have distinctive decoration styles that are not always my own. It’s like with food, I like to experiment new design ideas: it’s not like I have to stay forever in a hotel room so it’s a risk I gladly take; Sometimes I even end up adopting an idea or detail I liked.
* Pictures courtesy of Aitana Room Mate Hotels.