SANNY VIEWS AT THE A BAR
Amsterdam - On Thurday 1st of February, Sandra Irene Veenstra opened her new exhibition at our A bar
Sandra Irene Veenstra (1971, Amsterdam) is an award winning Storytelling Photographer at Sanny Views®. She has a strong desire to focus on the (B)right Side of Life. If you see Sandra, her camera is always close by. What her eye sees, her camera catches. Sandra's work is like her personality: colorful and urban. From February 1st, till the end of April 2018 a selection of Sandra's pictures of Amsterdam is being exhibited in our A bar. Please feel free to admire the beautiful work of Sandra.
Amsterdam - Eight lions, which once protected our hotel from the roof, returned!
In order to restore the 150-year-old hotel to its former historic glory, documents of the Amsterdam City Archives were thoroughly studied. One interesting detail stood out; eight lion statues, which crowned the corners of the iconic landmark, had mysteriously disappeared. Since the hotel could not collect prove as to whether the lions still excisted, a replica of the lions served as a model for the design of the Amstel Lions.
On Monday the 29th of January, our special Lions Ceremony took place. Our General Manager, together with the director of Artis Royal Zoo and the architect of the restoration, had the honour to reveal the first Amstel Lion on the roof of the hotel! Their names are 'Sammy' and 'Friendly' and are devised by Mick (7) and Mara (7). The return of the protective lions marks the final phase of the restoration of our facade and roof.
After one year and one day, the Amstel Hotel is again ready for its future generations...
Amsterdam - For six months, locals Michaël Pattiruhu and Vicky Kwaaitaal have been working on the construction of a LEGO replica of the Amstel Hotel.
The two, working under the name VicMic, spend their spare time building LEGO artworks. Their collection consists of various LEGO mosaics, a life-size beagle and since last week; the Amstel Hotel. LEGO Amstel, consisting of approximately 60,000 blocks, is made on a scale of 1:50, is 79 cm high, 2.70 meters wide and weighs around 56 kilograms. The beautiful artwork represents the Amstel Hotel after its restoration and can now be admired in the lobby of the hotel. You are more than welcome to come and see the LEGO Amstel!
Tree Lighting Ceremony 2017
Amsterdam - On the 7th of December, the beautiful Christmas tree was lit during the annual Tree Lighting event.
In true Amstel style this tradition was continued and General Manager Anita Bos had the honour to switch on the Christmas illuminations together with the Director of Prince Claus Fund Joumana El Zein Khoury. Joumana spoke the following wonderful words: "At the Prince Claus Fund we believe that cultural traditions are important. The lighting of trees at Christmas time is just one example. The stories we tell ourselves and our children about our traditions shape the way we see the world and are part of our identity".
Ans Markus X Amstel Hotel
Amsterdam - On the 7th of November, in collaboration with Museum Jan van der Togt Amstelveen, Ans Markus opened her new exhibition at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam.
The grand opening took place in our stylish A Bar and was followed by a delicious lunch in our eminent Restaurant La Rive. The Amstel Hotel is proud to have this exclusive opportunity to present pieces of Ans Markus's work in our venue while her exhibition is currently displayed in the Museum Jan van der Togt Amstelveen. During her career, Ans Markus has made a few paintings that she holds dearly. Giclees of these works can now be admired in the Restaurant La Rive and the A Bar; both located in the Amstel Hotel.