“If you want to build new multistorey hotel in our town, it has to fit in with the existing architecture.”
But the surrounding architecture in the town of Zaandam, just outside Amsterdam, includes the cute little Dutch dolls’ houses and windmills of the Zaanse Schans. They’ve been moved there from other parts of Holland to create a living open air museum which is now a popular tourist attraction. This sort of stuff…
So this is how the designers of the Inntel Hotel handled the problem of fitting in with them:
The Inntel Hotel Zaandam opened a few weeks ago. Not surprisingly, it’s controversial with residents, but it will surely put Zaandam on the tourists’ radar. I made a special trip out from Amsterdam (and hour on the bike, though it would have been just a few minutes had I taken the train) and shot a few photos.
Construction work on the complex is still continuing.
I haven’t seen the hotel from the inside, but I presume each room has a traditional low beam for guests to bump their heads on. According to the hotel’s publicity, rooms are decorated with pictures of chocolates, cookies, cheese and mustard – now there’s a selling point! And there are double rooms available for under 100 euros – that’s more like it!