WesterVilla Amsterdam | Boutique Hotel & restaurant

Tucked away in a hidden, yet beautiful part of Amsterdam, you can find the newly opened WesterVilla. A luxurious building that will feature as a hotel, restaurant and bar.

The villa, that dates back to 1896, is located next to the Vredenbrug cemetery and has been completely refurbished. Westervilla is now ready to receive  its first guests.


The Restaurant

For the purpose of all day guests, WesterVilla has build the restaurant area in the glass veranda. This results in a wonderful view and the perfect place for breakfast and lunch if we may say so. In total there will be space for about 70 guests, a large terrace, plus there will be a private area big enough for 50 people that will also be used for the cemetery. The menu will mainly consists of international dishes with Italian influences, which is good news for food and wine lovers! (who doesn’t love Italian food, right?) On the breakfast menu you’ll find avocado on toast but also vegan pancakes or granola. For lunch you can feast on burrata, antipasti, sandwiches and much more.

Lunch WesterVilla
Not the best presentation, but it was tasty!

WesterVilla Restaurant

The Hotel

In total, the hotel has 7 beautiful rooms, all designed with classical features. The interior has been designed by House Your Brands in collaboration with stylist Sanne Uivel. Rooms are not available to book yet, but we will keep you posted on that one.

Bedsheets Westervilla

In essence, WesterVilla is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Haarlemmerweg 369, Amsterdam
Open from 8AM- 10PM

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Artist Residence | The perfect getaway in Brighton

Brighton is somewhere you can plan an idyllic weekend escape, especially during the warmer summer months. This coastal city is only 30 minutes on the train from London Gatwick Airport, or 1 hour from London city itself. Known for its pier, thriving creative industries and nightlife, it’s little wonder that stylish boutique hotel Artist Residence is seen as such a destination and as a celebration of this quaint and quirky city.

Artist Residence

Located on a quiet street at the top of historic Regency Square and spanning two 19th-century townhouses, this quintessentially English set up is within a 10-minute walk from all the buzz of the city. But with everything you’d need on site, due to its well-rounded atmosphere you may not want to venture far at all. Upon arrival, it’s quite clear that almost every guest has made the happy decision to tuck themselves away in this hotel and not move far. In essence, this is an ideal place for couples looking for a weekend getaway to switch off and unwind.

Brighton beach


Artist Residence was so named due to its characterful interiors. When the founder Justin Sailsbury inherited the hotel from his parents in his early twenties, he enlisted local artists to decorate each room in return for boarding at the hotel. Brighton’s art scene draws in the crowds, so this perfect plan resulted in sophisticatedly playful rooms which feel individual yet part of a collective red thread.

Pop-art and posters and retro furniture makes for an eclectic vibe in each room, this is comfortable luxury at its finest.

Artist Residence Brighton

Artist Residence Brighton lamp


With 25 bedrooms to cater for, staff are attentive, friendly and effortlessly helpful. When you walk into each room, Jazz FM oozes an invitation to simply chill out and relax. For where else would you rather be but sinking into their divinely comfortable beds or lounging back in an armchair overlooking Brighton’s coast? (And thinking how to incorporate similar design elements into your own home!) Soft furnishings – from the pristine white bedding to the textured cushions – perfectly compliment the neutrally painted walls and bedside angle-poise lamps bring a retro-filled nostalgia to each room. Finishing touches are mirrors and the rather fabulous artwork. If you’re lucky enough to bag the grandest suite in the hotel, you’ll find it hard to check out: a four-poster bed competes with a copper slip bath as the focal point for the room.

bathtub at Artist Residence Brighton
Bathtub goals!


Should you decide to leave your elegant bohemia bedroom, you can head to cocktail bar The Set for a pre-dinner toast, and then sit down in their cosy, quirky restaurant The Fix. Here you’ll find hotel residents and locals alike sampling a delightful menu featuring creative yet tasty ingredients. After your meal, guests can play ping-pong in the basement before enjoying a nightcap. Each room comes with an inviting wall-mounted bar with red wine, miniature local spirits and nibbles to make your stay even more pleasing. Three course tasting menus start at £31 per person.

In short, this stylish boutique hotel is one of five (the other locations include London, Oxford, Cornwall and Bristol) and quite the unique, on-trend, fun and friendly place to eat, drink and sleep. Small rooms are available from £95 per night. Book now.



This is most Instagramable hotel in the world

The Maldives is home to endless coconut trees, white sandy beaches and one ama-zing hotel. Looking at the photo’s, it’s no wonder that Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has been voted Most Instragrammable Hotel in the World by Luxury Travel Advisor.

Most instagrammable hotel in the world
Well hello!! Photo source

Luxury Travel Advisor is the insider’s publication for travel and tourism operatives, detailing what’s happening, in trend and upcoming in the world of hospitality. The inaugural contest saw 121,000 votes cast online, with Anantara Kihavah taking the lead!

Most instagrammable hotel
Photo by @Mvandersluis

The hotel is Designed by Maldivian architects Group X Design Associates, and offers guests the world’s most stunning backdrop. Even though luxury to the mex, it still feels natural and laid back. 

Jealous making jacuzzi shots by @Mvandersluis

Ride a white bicycle to get to your villa. Photo credit: @ulianaberdysheva

The hotel offers one in a lifetime experiences such as underwater dining, overwater stargazing, and swimming with mantas and turtles and plenty of photo opportunities! 

Dinner with the fishies

Situated on the western Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah is a 30-minute seaplane flight from Malé and Velana International Airport. If you want to go and see it for yourself, you need to save up some cash because a villa at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas start from £787. (and yes, that includes the devine breakfast) 

For ore info about the hotel visit this Website.



New Hotel in Paris! Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon

It’s time for a baby shower because the Marriot Hotel family is welcoming a new member. Her name is Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon; a hotel created by business travelers, for business travelers. Consisting of 19 floors, 249 guestrooms and a 360° hypnotizing view. With her passionate personality, modern style and bubbly attitude she’s not only a valued addition to the Marriott chain but also to the city of l’amour & la moda; Paris

Courtyard meets Gare de Lyon
No more green, grey and white: courtyard is completely restyled. The design of the hotel is spacious and professional. No frills or overly decorated rooms. What I personally appreciate is that they manage to give the hotel a creative twist, but still very functional, by using a lots of yellow. By using Mondrian like lines as a symbol for train tracks throughout the building, the hotel integrates the surrounding, where the famous station Gare de Lyon is based. Not only the interior of the hotel is brand new. This old office building is completely renewed to match the restyling. Also on the outside you can find train track inspired details, like the lighted lines which form a rail design over the length of the building.

It’s not only the beautiful Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon which will rejoice you looking out of the window. The hotel offers 46 rooms with Eiffel Tower view and 51 rooms where you can see the Sacré Coeur.

Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon

Everything that you need and nothing more
By leaving out unnecessary luxury but only providing the standard necessities for a comfortable night sleep, Courtyard manage to offer quality for a lower price point. Simple and smart perfectly describes the room. The rooms have a modern design; clean and cozy at the same time which, for me, is the perfect combination. Because the strong focus on business travelers the rooms are also very suitable for catching up a few hours of work in between meetings (what I also should have done but the bed was too cozy so I took a power nap instead).

The lobby of Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon

In my opinion the room only had 2 downsides.
● They don’t offer room service, which is not possible for the current price point but still something you should take into account.
● The bathroom is really small. Very nicely designed, but small. This could also just be my room. And, alright, I’m 1,80m so it’s pretty easy to find something small but it took away some of the comfort 😉

Hotel view

International Food with a twist Francaise.
The menu is a combination of authentic, seasonal local specialties mixed with international dishes. The whole hotel staff is very passionate about the qualities of the kitchen which was a great thing to see. They don’t just focus on providing the guests with a meal, they aim to provide an experience. The chefs work with a lot of local produce, offer vegetarian options and even grow their own herbs on the roof. This is not only beneficial for the seasoning but also a far more sustainable way to cook which I strongly promote. Craving some good-old comfort food? No worries, you can still find the hamburg & fries on the menu.

Tip: had un croissant or plateau de fromages too many? The gym in the hotel is open 24-hours.

Re-discovering Paris
Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon is not directly in the touristic centre of Paris but just wait with ordering your Uber right away. This area, the geographic centre of Paris, is an upcoming neighbourhood and currently attracting many millennials. Big-hitting must-see sights such a Bastille and Notre Dame de Paris are within walking distance. In addition, the area is also a transport hub so if you do want to visit the other side of the city there are many travel possibilities.

Colourful Rue Cremieux

Tip: Enjoy Paris from the water during a cruise or increase your instagram likes by taking a photo of the colorful photography hotspot Rue Cremieux.
Tip: Still got some energy left at the end of the day and want to jump into the nightlife? Wandering up towards Bastille you’ll find many bars but if you’re up for a new experiences, try LeCallbar. You’ll get your favorite drink served by a staff member only in underwear. Don’t ask me why.

Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon

The most important question after visiting an hotel is: would I visit the Courtyard again? For me, it is a definite yes. The main reasons are the comfort of the rooms and functional but creative design of the hotel. It’s the perfect place for a business trip or even sightseeing weekend.
And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to wake up standing eye to eye with the Eiffel Tower?

Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon
209-211 Rue de Bercy, Paris



*Eva is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam. She’s a city girl who only leaves her heels at home when wearing a backpack. Living by the urge to be where she’s not, to explore, experience, fall and get up. You can follow her on Instagram.

Moxy Amsterdam, the Hotel for Millennials

Want to go for a swim? Sure you can! Up for a game or two? What about seven? Want to have a workout at the gym? Of course. Looking for that amazing breakfast buffet? You’re at the right address. We checked out the Moxy Amsterdam. This place will meet more of your needs than most of the hotels you’ve stayed.

A Quiet Location
The closer you’ll get to the hotel, the more you’ll feel lost. Don’t get me wrong, this definitely is a good thing. In the Amsterdam I know, you have to watch your back so you don’t get run over. This part of Amsterdam was new to me: quiet and serene, but still warm and cosy. From Central Station it takes around 15 minutes by bicycle and 20 minutes by public transport to get to the Moxy Amsterdam which is located at the Houthavens, an area in Amsterdam that is under major development. The building is not easy to miss in the industrial area by the waterfront, it’s the only building lit up in purple.

This is a place where you can enjoy yourself endlessly

Moxy Amsterdam

Each corner has its own vibe
While checking we could barely keep our attention towards the receptionist. There is so much to do and see in the lobby. Plants, ropes, funny lamps and chairs hanging around. The vintage corners that will take you back in time and invites you to play a lot of fun games like huge Jenga and ‘What do you Meme?’. Overall, this is a place where you can enjoy yourself endlessly and take many Instagram-worthy photo’s.

Larissa in Moxy Amsterdam

the bar is open 24/7

Good food for good cravings
Good news for the wicked ones who don’t need any sleep: the bar is open 24/7. And also for those of you with serious night cravings, we all know how annoying that can be. Even at 3 a clock at night you’re welcome downstairs for a late night snack, so after you can step back into that heavenly bed to catch your beauty sleep.

Eat more of what makes you happy

Speaking of food, the breakfast is amazing. Breakfast is the first thing I look for in reviews of a hotel. How you begin your day is important and fortunately, Moxy Amsterdam understands that. With an open buffet, you can eat as much as you can. Healthy choices as fresh bread, eggs, cheese, greens, yoghurt, fruits and granola, but also not so healthy but delicious choices as waffles, bagels, cinnamon buns and croissants. As Moxy quotes: ‘Eat more of what makes you happy’

pool moxy Amsterdam

Staying in?
Most of the time we book a hotel to get ourselves a bed to sleep in at night. Nothing more, nothing less. Of course the Moxy Amsterdam also provides you in this need, but there is so much more to do here. In the neighbourhood you won’t find a lot of things to do, so everything happens at the Moxy. Get yourself in shape in the gym, book a massage, have a morning swim, relax in the sauna, enjoy yourself with a lot of fun games to play in the lobby and take place at the computer table if you still have some work left to do.

Bed Moxy Amsterdam

Moxy Amsterdam
Danzigerkade 175, Amsterdam



*Larissa is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She is only 22 years old, and just graduated, but already runs the two lifestyle magazines BLVD and MisterDaily for two years. Her dream is to write a book one day, but now she’s focussing on her writing and content creation for brands and magazines among which Wander-Lust. Follow her on Instagram!

Soho House Amsterdam is finally opening!

Soho House Amsterdam has been under construction for a few years now, but because of neighbours objecting to the project, the building was put to a hold. Today, after a few years of endless discussions, they finally got the green light to open this summer.

What is the Soho House?
The Soho House is an exclusive members club, located in grand capitals around the world. Soho House describes themselves as more than just another hotel and they put their money where their mouth is. The first ever “House” opened back in 1995, and now you can find at least 20 Soho Houses across the globe. London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Barcelona, New York, Toronto, Miami, Istanbul and the list goes on..

A Soho House membership can cost around €1800,- per year

Members Only?
There are four types of memberships available: Local House, Every House, Under 27 Local House and Under 27 Every House. The most expensive membership, Every House, can cost around €1800,- per year plus a registration fee of around €500,-. In order to get one, you must be nominated by 2 other members. Yup, it’s pretty expensive and hard to get in, but hold on, this is giving more than just the entrance fee. Hotel rooms are available with a members discount, you gain access to cool events, all the facilities such as the gym, spa, rooftop, screening room etc. So can you visit the Soho House as a non-member? Well, the way it usually works is like this; A member can bring up to 3 guests to the Soho House. Your guest need to stay with you at all times (ok, you can visit the toilet), and the reception must be notified. With a membership you can visit all houses around the world. 

Soho House

There are a few rules at the Soho House and to be honest, you got to love them for it. Ok, here we go:

  • No cameras, video or recording devices may be used while in the House. This also means, no phone pictures or social media. (On boy, the insta-babes are going to hate this one). If you are caught, you have a problem. The reason is, that members like to feel comfortable. The occasional celebrity will stay at the Soho House, so I guess it’s understandable. 
  • To protect the relaxed atmosphere within the House, members may not take or make phone calls and phones should be in silent mode while in the House.
  • No ties. We heard a rumor that men aren’t encouraged to wear them. It’s a place to feel at home, and ties aren’t something you wear at home do ya?
  • No smoking is allowed inside the House at any time. Fair enough.
  • No animals will be allowed in the House except for assistance dogs. Fair enough 2.

Soho House Toronto
Soho House Toronto Source

Soho House Amsterdam
So, Amsterdam is happening, finally. We’re happy to say that we cannot wait. Yes, despite all the rules, regulations and expensive fees, we are super exited that the Soho House Amsterdam is finally going to open it’s doors. Most Houses have a rooftop swimming pool, and Soho House Amsterdam will be no exception. ( see header) Let’s pray for some sunshine! There will be a total of 79 bedrooms, all with their own features. Expect victorian style bathtubs in the middle of the room, large beds, exclusive art on the walls and a place to work. If you are a member, you will feel like you’re at home 3.0.

Soho House Amsterdam bedroom
A sketch of one of the bedrooms in Soho House Amsterdam (courtesy of Soho House)

Soho House Amsterdam will be more inviting though. On ground floor there will be a restaurant that will be open to everyone, member or not. The Spa is also for everyone that would like to relax and there are conference and creative rooms for hire. The plan was to open this summer, that means only a few months. We’ve heard that the rooms are more and less ready and the kitchen equipment has been installed. When it does open, you’ll be the first to hear about it!

Soho House Amsterdam
Spuistraat 210, Amsterdam
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Sweets Hotel, a new tiny housing concept in Amsterdam is now open!

As of today, Sweets hotel is open! And yes, you should be exited because it’s a rather special and unique hotel concept..

28 different bridge houses, connected by the waters of Amsterdam, have been transformed into cute, but comfortable accommodations. The tiny houses situated on the bridges of Amsterdam, lost their original purpose, and Sweets Hotel has brought these monumental properties back to life!

Each tiny house has their own story to tell. The oldest house for example, dates back from 1673 and is located on the Amstelschutsluis in front of Carré Theater and the latest edition is from 2009. Each house gets a interior designed specifically to match the architecture. 

beltbrug 1 Sweets Hotel

Sweets Hotel is also on trend because “tiny houses” are super hot right now, because of their innovating use of space. Even though the houses are small,  there is space for a comfortable bed and cozy atmosphere that you can enjoy to the max. Sweets hotel is a concept and co-initiative of Space&Matter, the same people behind De Ceuvel (a creative and eco-logic hub in Amsterdam), Grayfield, Suzanne Oxenaar, Otto Nan (from Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embass and Hotel The Exchange). A huge project to say the least!

At the Kinkerstraat

Yay for Pink bathrooms!

At the moment, 11 of the 28 bridge houses are available to rent, with the city as their lobby. The other houses will be designed over the next few years. Curious? You can rent them here!



Sweets Hotel
Several locations in Amsterdam

La Suite West » A new female friendly hotel in London

Travelling for work is something I have to do quite often, it’s a love and hate relationship between me and these business trips. On the one hand I love to be in Barcelona, Paris or London, grab a glass of wine after work and breath in a different culture to keep life interesting. On the other hand it’s a lot of shitty European airlines with delays, long days and missing the comfort of your own home. So when you travel around, it’s nice to stay in a hotel that actually feels like home. 

Female Friendly
This is the main reason why a hotel is so important to me when I’m working in different cities. Last week I found myself in London (again) and stayed in the La Suite West hotel that position themselves as a female friendly hotel. Normally I would say that a term like ‘female friendly’ feels a bit off to me, but when boarding the airplane in Amsterdam and looked around at the gate, I realised that this term isn’t silly at all. I suddenly noticed that I was the ONLY solo female waiting to board the airplane. It was just men in suits and a few couples on a romantic break together who were waiting to board this early Wednesday morning flight.

New kid on the (London) block

Normally I always go straight to the office from the airport so I checked in later that evening. The location of La suite West was absolutely perfect for me as it was situated near the tube station to hop on the central line, and most important, next to the park. I love going for a walk in the morning to clear my head before the start of a busy day at work.

The hotel is decorated by British designer Anouska Hempel and the bedrooms and suites are swathed in black and white with Asian infusions teamed with sleek marble bathrooms. Outside are beautiful long tables in a quiet street, perfect hotel also in spring or summer and to enjoy your morning breakfast outside before strolling Hyde Park and exploring Notting Hill. With Bayswater and Queensway tubes around the corner, it’s the perfect spot to explore the city!

I stayed in the junior suite and loved it, there was enough space to move around and create my own little home while in London and the bathroom was every girls dream. All marble, heated floor, big bath, a shower that makes you feel you’re under a waterfall, and to top it off some lovely toiletries from the British White Company. So thank you for a lovely stay La Suite West! And keep up the good work, acknowledging solo female travellers like me and make sure we feel welcome and safe on our travels.

The all marble bathroom was a dream!



LA Suite West Hotel
41-51 Inverness Terrace, London

QO will be one of the most sustainable hotels in Europe

Last week I was invited to the QO Amsterdam that is set to open at the end of this year. Fully under construction, i got an exclusive tour and even managed to see one of the finished rooms. I’ve been to many hotels in my life but there has never been a hotel I’ve looked this forward to. Why? Because it’s set to be one of the most sustainable hotels in Europe.

At the entrance of QO I meet Inge van Weert, the general manager of the hotel. She tells me an important detail. “There won’t be a reception downstairs but on the first floor”. “People don’t like to walk into hotels because too often they walk into a reception, and hotels, that’s something for tourists right? We want to change this. Our guests should feel comfortable, meet friends for a coffee or enjoy a dinner”. I can totally relate to that. It’s proven to be an effective strategy that you also see at successful hotels like the Hoxton and the W Hotel in Amsterdam.

groundfloor QO, Amsterdam
An impression of how the entrance and restaurant Persijn will look like


QO is going to grow it’s own vegetables, herbs and even fish in the rooftop greenhouse

Sustainable, yet luxurious
The QO Amsterdam reaches 22 floors and is partly build with the old concrete from the Shell tower, now known as the ADAM Tower. The hotel will have 288 rooms with stunning views over the city. QO wants to show people that sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. The outside of the building is extremely innovative and very special to say the least. It’s provided with revolutionary climate control through the innovative moving panels is making savings on heating, cooling and ventilation possible. The moving Aluminum panels on the outside of the windows respond to time and climate. I had a look at one of the finished hotel rooms and it looked amazing and super cozy, with warm colors, designed by the Conran Design Group from London. The interior of the open spaces and restaurants are designed by award winning agency TANK.

suite QO Amsterdam
One of the suites at QO

Raw Food & Cocktails
On the 21st floor you will find Juniper & Kin, the hotel bar that will serve cocktails with a combination of small “raw food” dishes, meaning that they are only heated up 41 degrees. The ingredients will come from the greenhouse, situated on the top floor. This will be an important element of the hotel, as they will grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and eatable flowers here. When I was there I was able to taste at least 4 different basilicum leaves, so I can only imagine what else they will grow! Besides plants they also grow fish (omega perch) in the greenhouse. This means they are growing fish and plants together in a mutually beneficial way. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants purify the water for the fish. So it is a circular greenhouse. They aim not to waste anything at the QO; so once the fish have lived their natural lifecycle in the tanks, you’ll get to enjoy them on your plate. You can’t get anymore local than this! Downstairs on the groundfloor, you will be able to enjoy an exquisite Dutch menu at restaurant Persijn. There will be plenty of vegetables on the menu that will have the overhand, with fish and meat as a side. It’s perfect for a Sunday brunch but also great for a business lunch or dinner and will be able to seat 140 guests.

QO Amsterdam, rooftop bar
Juniper & Kin

We can’t wait for this hotel to open!

Amstelvlietstraat 2, Amsterdam



Read about the 5 most sustainable hotels in Amsterdam here:

Sustainable hotels in Amsterdam

Sleep in a giant Air-Bubble on top of an Amsterdam rooftop

Sleeping under the stars and feeling on top of the world is now something within your reach, in Amsterdam!  Floor 17, — the rooftop terrace of the Ramada Hotel, has invested in a very special hotel room this month. A giant Air-Bubble is situated on top of the hotel with an impressive view of Amsterdam. 

Are you ready to sleep under the stars?

Inside the Air-Bubble on Floor17

This unique experience starts with a personal check-in that includes champagne (always a good thing), before you will be guided to your rooftop suite. You will have the exclusive access to a private rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Taking a shower or need to fresh up? No problem. When you book the Air-Bubble, it automatically includes a hotel room where you can also store your luggage. In the morning you will receive a Floor17 private breakfast. The special accommodation is decorate by Made.com to give it finshing touch. You and your guest can enjoy the stars at night and the panoramic view in the morning. Suuuper romantic!


zithoek Air-Bubble
Details by Made.com

In addition to sleeping under the stars there is also the possibility of:

» Private Chef’s dinner for 2 for € 105,-
» A Private Rooftop Movie Night for €50,-
» Floor17 Cocktail workshop for €100,- per hour

The Air-Bubble is available to book from €270,- until the 9th of June and there are only a few nights left. Book it here!



Want to know where to catch the best terraces in Amsterdam West? Check them here:

Westerunie best terraces in Amsterdam West