Completion of our restoration
InterContinental® Amstel Amsterdam has been brought back to its former glory. Its original architecture has been preserved and the return of the eight lions on the roof marked the final stage of the year-long restoration of its roof and façade.
More than 150 Years of Elegance
One of the most iconic buildings on the banks of the River Amstel has been fully retained and its design, dating back to 1867, is kept with the founder’s original vision. Restorers used the original colour and design palette by restoring the balustrades and iconic architectural ornamentation that define this much loved landmark.
Founded by Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a prominent doctor in the 19th Century, the hotel was created as an architectural landmark - a palace on the Amstel River banks - that would put Amsterdam on the international map and encourage visitors to the city. Built in collaboration with Cornelis Outshoorn, one of Amsterdam’s most progressive 19th Century architects, the hotel was inspired by some of Europe’s most famous buildings. With beautiful detailed arches of the architectural style of the ‘Golden Age’ in the richly decorated lobby, the hotel has attracted many prominent figures and guests looking to experience the glamour of the Amstel Hotel since it first opened its doors on 27th April 1867.
The Amstel Hotel is owned by Katara Hospitality, a globally recognised hospitality owner, developer and operator, with a particularly renowned reputation of renovating heritage buildings and ensuring the culture and history of its iconic portfolio of its hotels is not lost. The company takes immense pride and pleasure in rejuvenating historically iconic hotels, restoring them to their former glory and ensuring their hospitality heritage is secured.
Preserving the history of Amsterdam's original 'Grand Dame'
During the planning of the Amstel Hotel’s restoration, all the old facade images from the city archives were thoroughly studied. One specifically noticeable aspect was that eight lion statues, which crowned the corners of the building, had disappeared. The return of the protective lions formed part of the restoration plan. An in-depth research was conducted for months, but we couldn’t find the lions’ current location. In consultation with the architect, a decision was made to produce the lions from scratch, using traditional methods. A replica of the lions, found on the Biljoen castle grounds, served as a model for this purpose. The lions are 1.60 meters in height and have a coat of arms clasped in their front paws.
Restorers have used the original colour and design palette and restored the balustrades and iconic architectural ornamentation that define this much loved landmark. All these activities ensure the Amstel is once again ready for future generations.
For more information or details on our restoration project, please contact us via +31(0)20 520 3238.