INK Hotel

INK Hotel Amsterdam Pressroom
INK Hotel Amsterdam

A couple of weeks ago I went to Amsterdam. It has only been two months in the City and already I feel like a foreigner in my own hometown. I played tourist. I hauled around my camera from one place to the other. I completely blended in with the other Asian tourists carrying ginormous cameras. Of course my Longchamp tote didn’t help either (in case you haven’t noticed – nearly every Asian carries a Longchamp tote).

When I arrived at the INK Hotel in Amsterdam I was finally able to get a little bit of piece and quiet. In the middle of the city center, amidst the hectic streets of little Mokum, I sat down at the hotel’s lounge and restaurant Pressroom. If ever you are in need of a good cup of cappuccino, do stop by (and tell them I sent you).

INK Hotel Amsterdam Pressroom

INK Hotel Salad
INK Hotel Cocktail

INK Hotel Executive Suite

It was nice to be back in Amsterdam again. I had never realized how compact the city really is until now. You can get anywhere in the city within half an hour. I had missed the warmth of the city. Not that Amsterdammers are the friendliest of people – quite the contrary. We’re direct, we’ll say anything to you in your face even when it’s rude. And it’s not even Amsterdam – it’s the whole of the country. But then, everybody is so open, we don’t hide anything.

And nothing beats a city where you are able to run into people you know. K and I were sitting at the Pressroom bar at night, enjoying the hotel’s signature cocktails – INKredible, aptly named – when suddenly we see two familiar faces walk in the door. Sure, it wasn’t a Casablanca moment – but of all the cocktail joints in the world Amsterdam…

INK Hotel Executive Suite

INK Hotel Amsterdam Interior
INK Hotel Amsterdam Interior
INK Hotel Amsterdam Interior
INK Hotel Amsterdam Interior

INK Hotel Executive Suite

INK Hotel Executive Suite

INK Hotel Breakfast
INK Hotel Breakfast

Even though my room was on the street side of the hotel, a busy street mind you, I slept like a (pretty) baby. I packed my bags again the next morning with a sense of serenity and satisfaction. I could waste hours and hours at the hotel writing, reading and dreaming. It’s part of the hotel’s vibe – a place where stories are written. Mine has yet to unfold and I’m curious to see what’s next. For now, I don’t think I’ll be able to let go of Amsterdam just yet. 

INK Hotel Amsterdam

INK Hotel by MGallery / Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67

Shortlisted for the European Hotel Design Awards 2015 in the categories Interior Design Bedrooms & Bathrooms en Lobby, Lounge & Public Areas, to be presented on 23 November at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.

See previous posts here, here and here.

  • Love all the minimalist style of the hotel room design, looks like a good place for having a rest!
    xx,
    Nataliya

    http://www.ndudlagirl.blogspot.com
    http://www.instagram.com/ndudlagirl

    • It definitely is a good place for some peace and quiet! I love the design of the hotel too – hope they win the European Hotel Design Awards this year!
      Thanks for stopping by Nataliya!

  • Gosh, I adore your photography. I’ve been dying to see Amsterdam for ages. This post isn’t helping those travel pangs one bit.

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

    • Ahw thank you so much Sonia!
      Definitely go – there’s loads to do and see! Hope I can spark your enthusiasm every time I post something about Amsterdam haha! 😀
      Thanks for stopping by Sonia – have a great day!

  • wow this hotel is gorgeous! great post

    alexamjohnson.com

    • Thank you so much dear! I love the hotel design too!
      Thanks for stopping by Alexa!

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  • Tim

    I worked at this hotel earlier this year, I followed the avantguardian’s advice and travelled and you came to me.

    • Ah how lovely to hear! I’m always happy to hear people trying out my recommendations! Hope my future recs are interesting for you as well 😉 Thanks for your comment Tim! Hope you have a great weekend!