Located in the attractive Oosterpark and housed in a historic university building built in 1908, Maurits at the Park is the sixth and newest property from Pillows Hotels, the hospitality brand with luxury hotels and restaurants in the Netherlands and Belgium. And what a gorgeous place it is, just outside the hubbub of central Amsterdam, ideal for a relaxing weekend break.
With 88 luxurious rooms and suites, a fine dining restaurant, a brasserie, two bars, and a private lounge area, the hotel just launched a month ago and is already attracting plenty of overseas and local visitors. Situated on the edge of the expansive Oosterpark, the hotel was designed by award-winning architectural firm Office Winhov, with interiors by Studio Linse. The architects won an award for their work at Pillows Hotel Ter Borch Zwolle while Paul Linse of Studio Linse is well known for his creations at the Rijks museum, Royal Opera House,London and Pillows Hotel Zwolle. Paul Linse says a “noble simplicity” runs throughout the hotel, connecting the carefully chosen interior elements. Soft, tactile materials and a warm, earthy color palette create a calm atmosphere.
The guest rooms and suites combine French chic with Dutch modernism. Understated and inviting, every room features thick, cosy carpets and super comfortable, king-size beds made with high thread count Egyptian cotton linens. An elegant extra feature is the striking individual artworks by Dutch painter Raphaël Hermans in every room. Artwork throughout the hotel has also been carefully chosen, including a Picasso print in the bar.
A nice touch is the common area, The Living, an airy private lounge accessible only to staying guests, with an impressive library and coffee and drinks on offer. A well-equipped gym is open 24/7 and downstairs there’s a sauna and spa offering treatments.
Eat and Drink
VanOost is an incredible fine dining restaurant, certain to fast become one of Amsterdam’s top destination restaurants. The room itself is magnificent, with fifteen-meter-high ceilings and design elements that were inspired by the world culture Tropenmuseum next door. Headed by chef Floris van Straalen, the menu features dishes from all over the world, prepared in view of diners in a slick open kitchen. The eight or six course tasting menu is both creative and delicious and includes items like: mussels with tamarinde, celeriac and salty herbs; seabass with escabeche, smoked sea lettuce and Dutch shrimps; a genius dish featuring a 62 degree egg served with oscietra caviar and young garlic foam; langoustine with “Zolderspek” (typical dutch bacon); and three preparations of duck. The sweet course include an astonishingly good, heart shaped Burrata coin and a deconstructed, typical Dutch apple pie made with some guanabana (fruit from Suriname).
Spring Cafe Brasserie is in a lovely setting overlooking the park, ideal for a leisurely weekend brunch or more casual dinner. Chef Luigi di Benedetto’s menu combines Italian and French cuisine and his desserts are divine. Try the Tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream or the Blackout cake and raspberry sorbet.
Fitz’s Bar is an intimate space for cocktails, with red leather, wood, felt and velour design details. This 1920s inspired bar is led by manager Nick Vrielink, who recently qualified as Dutch champion for the IBA World Cocktail Championship in Rome. In warmer months a rooftop bar offers stunning views of the park and the city, the ultimate setting for summer drinks.
What to See and Do
If you can bear to leave the zen setting of Maurits at the Park, there’s plenty to do a short cycle or cab drive away. Picturesque canals and historic architecture aside, Amsterdam has much to offer culture lovers. For jazz fans, Amsterdam has one of the finest jazz clubs in Europe with regular world-class gigs. Bimhuis, located right on the banks of the, IJ river, Amsterdam’s waterfront has been showing top acts and emerging talent since 1974. Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra are just a few of the major names who’ve performed here.
For artlovers, the Rijks, Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums are all close together, offering a brilliant art day out. The Rijks, the national museum of the Netherlands, covers 800 years of Dutch history and is filled with famous works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals. In the spring of 2023, the Rijksmuseum, will dedicate a retrospective exhibition to the 17th-century master Johannes Vermeer for the first time in its history. With loans from all over the world, this promises to be the largest Vermeer exhibition ever. The exhibition will be on display from 10 February until 4 June 2023. Essential viewing at the Stedelijk contemporary art museum is whatever is on show from their extensive permanent collection of over 100,000 art and design works from . around 1880 to the present. Many of Van Gogh’s masterpieces, as well as his drawings and letters are housed in the Van Gogh Museum. Temporary exhibitions are impressive too. There’s a Klimt exhibition on until 8 January 2023.
If you’ve been to Amsterdam before, have seen the main attractions and want to explore a local neighborhood, the De Pijp district, about 15 minute walk from the Maurits hotel, is filled with independent shops, cafes, restaurants and the Albert Cuypmarkt street market. Stop by Tjin’s, a Malaysian grocery store with a takeaway food counter serving the tastiest, most mouth-watering sandwiches and snacks.
Pillows Maurits at the Park, Mauritskade 61, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands. Double Rooms start from 350 EUR per night, breakfast included.
Eurostar trains are always an excellent alternative to flying, with daily, direct services to Amsterdam via Rotterdam from London. With journey time at just under four hours, this is a much simpler, eco-friendly, more enjoyable way to travel.
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