Where to Stay in Amsterdam: Hotel The Exchange
As a creative person, nothing excites me more than coming across aesthetically pleasing places & spaces. I've discovered a quirky, fun and incredibly unique hotel in Amsterdam called Hotel The Exchange -- and yes, I got to sleep here for a night. Before you feast your eyes on the beautiful photos of the hotel I took, let me give you a brief background on what Hotel The Exchange is all about, because trust me, you're going to know a thing or two to really appreciate the photos below ;-) Here are the main things about Hotel The Exchange:
- They are an independent design hotel that playfully weaves fashion and architecture in unique rooms ranging from one to five stars. (An interesting note, the rooms change star rating depending on customer feedbacks too!)
- The rooms at Hotel The Exchange are dressed like models hot off the catwalk. Every interior piece in their hotel is the perfect accessory for the model rooms; tables, chairs, and light fittings are no longer ornaments but body accessories.
- The accessories in each room are designed and created by real fashion design students, all specially made for Hotel the Exchange. The students use an experimental mix of yarns such as paper, viscose, cotton, mohair and golden latext. As a fashion design graduate, I was incredibly amazed by this tidbit and seeing their work with my own very eyes inspired me and made me remember why I took up fashion in the first place.
The Room We Stayed in: The Naked Emperor
The Naked Emperor room, whose title is based on the short tale by Hans Christian Andersen, represents the freedom from overt materialistic needs typical for fashion victims. It's lucid, demure and enchanting. A cool little tidbit about this room is that it creates a camera obscura effect when the windows are closed (but more about that in my future Amsterdam vlog!)
A Little Tour Around Hotel The Exchange
Hotel the Exchange was kind enough to give me a quick little tour around the hotel and even showed me some rooms.
The couch and pillows found in this common area are also designed and made by fashion students.
That obligatory selfieRemember when I said the rooms were dressed like people? This room is an example of this!
This chair has a shirt, and the table has got socks on! How quirky is that?
This is one of my favorite designed rooms.
It features custom made cloth with a graphic dreamscape woven in.
What's fashion without a little dreamworld fantasy?
The room of Misunderstood Creatures features a fashion installation including three lovely yet troubled illustrated characters,
a pitch black ceiling that cries dark tears down the walls and accessorized with hand drawn strangely proportioned furniture.
Colorful shiny sequins can be found everywhere, which adds a magic sparkle to the gloomy setting.
Another interesting room I found incredibly unique is called History Repeated. The room's walls have been rendered with photographs of the original 70's style before it became Hotel The Exchange, making the room literally dressed in memory of itself. The photographs are all printed and placed in the exact same position where the old bathroom, closet, mirror, curtains, lights, even decorative paintings, were before.
A common area with an abundant amount of reading material for guests.
You are also free to use the sewing machine if you need to! I found this pretty cool, so if you're ever a fashion student visiting Amsterdam who needs to bring along some school work, you could stay here and get work done! haha The "neck" of the hotel, which explains the necklace light installation.
The photos above feature just a number of rooms I was able to see for myself. Hotel The Exchange has so much more to offer and I invite you to explore it if you're ever in Amsterdam. It's centrally located (about an 8 minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal and only 3 minutes from the Dam Square), and if you like staying in beautiful and affordable places, it's perfect with their 1-5 star room ratings and offers. I love Hotel The Exchange because not only were their rooms beautiful, it felt like I was experiencing a fashion exhibit, it was eye candy every where I looked. It inspired me, it excited me, and it made me appreciate the passion and hard work put into every single last detail -- how can you not love that? :-)
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