27 Apr '13, 10am

#Amsterdam's museums have been revamped, and there's a #hot new design hotel on the scene, too:

This hotel is a visual feast, with striking, modern architecture by Piero Lissoni inserted into the century-old framework of a former bank turned music school. It is directly opposite the Stedelijk Museum (scheduled to reopen this month with a stunning new extension) and is handy for the upmarket shops on PC Hooftstraat. The hotel lobby is in an internal courtyard enclosed by glass, connected to one of the building's wings by an angular, steel staircase. Fig and olive trees form part of an indoor garden in the all-white basement Akasha spa, where there are six treatment rooms, a hammam, lap pool and Watsu pool (for underwater shiatsu treatments). Almost half of the hotel's 129 bedrooms are duplex, making the most of the original building's huge windows and high ceilings. Lissoni's passion for pared-back design is reflected in the conspicuous use of noble but hard materials...

Full article: http://www.cntraveller.com/awards/the-hot-list/hot-list-2...

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