< NETHERLANDS | AMSTERDAM: Hampshire Hotel - Amsterdam American
The Hampshire Hotel - Amsterdam American opened its doors for the first time in 1882. Since 1972, it has been listed as an important example of architectural
Art Nouveau style. The guestrooms still feature original stained-glass windows and vanities lined with an elegant granite surface.
The original American Hotel was built by the Dutch architect Steinigeweg. The most important characteristic was the bell tower which stuck out on an altitude of 36 meters above the Leidsesquare.
With approaching the 20th century, the 20 years old building became simply too small. The hotel entered a new phase between 1900 and 1902. The style of the previous building was preserved when architect W.G. Kromhout designed a great Dutch Art Nouveau building with floating arcs and elegant bell tower. Architectonical details can be found in the façades of the hotel, among others tracery works, mosaic, copper bird lamps. The life-size statues on the façade at the Leidsekade symbolize the five continents of the world.
From the beginning the famous Café Americain was the place to be - for musicians, artists and intellectuals. It is known for its Art Deco interior featuring large arches, original Tiffany lamps and stained-glass details in its high windows. The wallpaintings show the story of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Nowadays the hotel has 175 guestrooms, divided in three room types; Classic American Rooms, Deluxe American rooms and Junior American Suites. All guestrooms are non-smoking and equipped with facilities a guest can expect of a deluxe hotel.
Guest book of American hotel include names of: Robbie Williams, Herman Brood, Oletta Adams, Billy Ocean, Percy Sledge, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Ruud de Wild, Gijs Staverman, Johnny de Mol, Andre van Duin...
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