Inside Amsterdam’s newest luxury boutique hotel

Pillows Maurits at the Park Amsterdam
Pillows Maurits at the Park Amsterdam

Pillows Maurits at the Park has just opened inside a former university building in Amsterdam’s leafy Oosterpark neighbourhood.

Maurits at the Park is the newest luxury addition to the Pillows portfolio of boutique hotels, set in the leafy surrounds of Oosterpark in central Amsterdam.

The sophisticated property, which sits within a historic former university building, features 88 rooms and suites; a fine dining restaurant, VanOost, helmed by rising star chef Floris van Straalen; a brasserie, two bars, and a private lounge that hosts a schedule of events and activities.

“Maurits at the Park encapsulates everything our brand stands for: exceptional hospitality in intimate, elegant settings. Located in a stunning building in the heart of the city, the hotel is seamlessly connected with a vibrant park, offering guests numerous experiences without having to leave its premises”, said Pillows Hotels CEO Loes Dingemans.

Grand Boutique Hotel Maurits at the Park Amsterdam
The guest-only lounge space at Pillows Maurits at the Park Amsterdam features an impressive library

Design notes

The architectural firm Office Winhov led the building’s design with a concept that merges old with new and returned more than 4,000sqm of parkland to the neighbourhood. A new wing was added with varying styles of windows that let the outdoors in.

Studio Linse was responsible for the interior design, and also considered the building’s 1908 heritage. Soft, tactile materials and a warm colour palette create a serene and calming effect, and furnishings are welcoming to invite guests to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

In guest accommodations, which range in size from 18sqm to 50sqm, neutral tones and natural finishes are complemented with artworks by the Dutch contemporary painter Raphaël Hermans.

At VanOost restaurant, 15-metre-high ceilings and an open kitchen create a grand space, with design features that are said to be influenced by the neighbouring Tropenmuseum.

The intimate Fitz’s Bar is a 1920s-inspired space featuring leather, wood, felt and velour design details, while at Spring Café Brasserie, there’s a light and airy interior, which connects with Oosterpark through an outdoor seating area.

Room rates start at €288 (about AUD$445) per night.

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