It is not cheap and it is not dull which means that this quirky and highly unusual hotel on the Amsterdam waterfront, is the perfect holiday destination for those who are looking for something beyond what mere money can buy.
What is it?
Housed in the industrial metal framework of an enormous harbour crane, this hotel stretches high into the air and revolves around, using its original mechanism (although it has been modified to ensure the safety and protection of the hotel’s guests).
How many rooms are there?
With only three suites to choose between, you will not be stressed by having the holiday crowd around you, and will have world-beating views to admire from the dizzying heights of the immense crane. Probably not so ideal if you are nauseous or phobic when it comes to living and working at great heights. The crane moves in response to the wind, so the view you go to bed with may well not be the view that you wake up to!
How much is it?
The cost of the rooms depend on the time of year, with in-season prices costing a lot more than off-peak times. Expect to hand over around £500 per night for off-season and considerably more during the height of tourist time, but you will get a lot for your money. The suites are all uniquely decorated, and tend to include a nod to Amsterdam’s sexy side, with a hint of BDSM dungeon here and a sultry boudoir effect there.
What’s the customer service like?
There is nothing in the way of reception area and no communal lounge – in fact, gaining access to the rooms is achieved by meeting up with the owner who hands over the key to your suite: this can make checking in the hotel feel very much like checking into your Airbnb or rented accommodation.
What features are there?
There is a communal hot tub at the very top of the crane which offers views that are likely to be unlike anything you have ever seen before. There is also a seasonal bungee jump, and the staff are around to deal with any queries, questions and to offer advice about the best places to visit.
There are some downsides to this bizarre hotel: there is no accommodation for disabilities and the suites and hotel are not child-safe, so it is not suitable for those with mobility issues and families with young children. But for the young, moderately wealthy go-getter? It is just perfect!