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Herringbone, living green walls and concrete in Amsterdam’s greenest neighbourhood

Sometimes it feels like all our current interiors obsessions come together in just one place. We love Amsterdam, we love herringbone parquet, we love Concrete (both the material and the design studio) and we’re crazy for the current biophilic trend for living walls, tropical planting and rich woods.

So, when we saw what Dutch design firm Concrete have done in Amsterdam’s Plantage district at the new Hyatt Regency, we couldn’t help but get excited.

Hyatt-Regency-AmsterdamBringing green to the heart of the city

Like all right thinking cosmopolitans, we love to visit a nice boutique hotel when we’re on a city break and we’d be the first to admit that a 200+ bedroom hotel wouldn’t be our first thought, but how the Hyatt Regency is something else! One of our favourite places in A’dam is the botanical garden (Hortus Botanicus), which is just down the road and has the sweetest cafe and plant shop. The hotel takes a leaf (sorry!) from their book by decorating its rooms with botanical artworks, blooming florals and beautiful finishes (and walk-in rain showers for that tropical touch).

A taste of the East

The restaurant is likewise inspired by the spirit of natural adventures, featuring Indonesian food and exotic cocktails inspired by the plants, herbs and spices of the Far East.

Some Local Style

And we love the mix of exotic greens and golds, concrete-edge palm patterns and gold and marble finishes throughout. And we can’t get enough of those rhombille tiling floors — are they a subtle nod to Escher? He was Dutch after all!

Keeping things local, Dutch family firm Hakwood have contributed throughout to the beautiful finish with a mix of herringbone flooring in the bar and restaurant and chevron and plank flooring in the ballroom, gym and spa. Parquet and hardwood flooring are having a real renaissance at the moment. This place is about as far as you can get from those dreary maroon-carpeted corporate junior suite hotels that we used to have to stay in when on business in the US. This is boutique style on a grand scale. We love it.

How to Get the Look at Home

This design features so many of the latest hottest looks:

  • Rhombille tiles – these are pretty hard to find, but we’ve found some available from a couple of designers on the high street. We love these ones at less than £30 per square metre.
  • Parquet floors – check out our guide to parquet.
  • Concrete – we’ve featured concrete in a lot of articles. Take a look here
  • Living walls – these guys have some nice solutions for the home
  • Botanical prints – John Lewis has some wonderful leaf and flower inspired wallpaper, including the Cole & Son jungle wallpaper featured in the hotel
  • Marble – marble is really big right now. Take a look on the high street in Oliver Bonas, Dwell, West Elm and Heal’s.
  • Cocktails – you don’t need us to tell you how to make a cocktail, right?

Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam start from around £200.

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  • Stephen hails from the north of England but has spent more of his life in Oxford, Cambridge, Boston and London than anywhere else. He lives in an architect-designed modern house in North London which was featured in themodernhouse.com which he is slowly filling with midcentury finds to complement the bare bricks and skylights. Stephen wishes he could afford all the things we feature on The Idealist.

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