Small houses on the bridges of Amsterdam, which were used by operators, are transformed into the hotels
If you had a chance to visit Amsterdam, you know that one can spend the most memorable evening by sitting next to one of the canals, looking at the boats and people walking and moving along them. These canals create the incredible charm of the city and the unique atmosphere of the unity with nature. A new chain called SWEETs Hotel offers an incredible opportunity to live right near one of them. Furthermore, you are able to stay not in the hotel, but in the small booth of the local boat traffic operators.
What are we talking about? There are small houses located right next to the majority of canals in Amsterdam. The first of them was built in the 17th century in order to observe and control boats moving along the city. The number of houses was constantly growing, and they appeared almost near all the canals in the city. In some cases, there can be even a couple of them at the same place.
Later the work of operators was not required, while the houses became abandoned. Local authorities decided to keep them in order to make them a distinctive feature of the city. Many of them were empty for many years in a row, until the moment when local architects decided to use them. Space and Matter architect bureau decided to renovate them giving the houses the second chance. They made an agreement with Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam in order to transform these houses in small, yet really comfortable hotels.
What was the result?
Houses located on the bridges of Amsterdam, which were abandoned for many years in a row, are actively transformed into the luxurious hotels.
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“Space and Matter offered us a very unusual idea of a hotel, - says Suzanne Oksenaar, the founder of SWEETs Hotel. – We were really interested in their idea, even though it was a complex task to transform small houses into the hotels. We tried, and we managed to succeed.”
Today 28 houses on bridges are transformed into the hotels. They have the very similar look from the outside. The hotel management renovated the walls, the roof, windows, and doors, keeping the original style of the buildings.
However, the interior of the buildings was made from scratch. The main task was to transform houses not into another hostel, but into luxurious hotels, which would become the new face of the city.
“These houses are really old, - says Suzanne Oksenaar. – They are really adorable from the outside, but it was too hard to create the luxurious atmosphere inside them.”
For example, it was impossible to create a separate kitchen due to the small size of the houses. However, guests are able to use a small cooking panel, a kettle, and a coffee machine. The idea is that the tourists, who want to stay in such places, won’t really cook, and they will eat in cafes and restaurants.
Another difficult task was to create fully functional bathrooms. All of the houses offer comfortable and convenient bathrooms because this is the key for the comfortable stay in the city.
Nevertheless, the final result offers the highest level of comfort. Each of them offers a bedroom, a bathroom, a set of furniture, and even a hall in some of them. The key benefit of these houses is the unique atmosphere of the canals, without having the need to leave this place in order to get back to the hotel. Now one can live right next to the canal...