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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Europe -

FLAM­BOY­ANT de­signer Mar­cel Wan­ders has trans­formed the for­mer pub­lic li­brary on Prince’s Canal into a sort of high-camp love let­ter to his adopted city. The se­date brick fa­cade of Ho­tel An­daz Am­s­ter­dam Prin­sen­gracht con­ceals a prop­erty with huge per­son­al­ity; you’ll wish you had a cu­ra­tor on hand to de­code all the mo­tifs and con­cepts. In­te­ri­ors are a mash-up of Delft patterning, ta­pes­tries, gable stones, St An­drew’s crosses, tulips and the colour orange. While the 122 gue­strooms rate off the charts for fan­tasy and fun, com­fort and prac­ti­cal­ity have not been ne­glected — half-mir­rored show­ers blend cleansing with canal views; toi­lets wall­pa­pered with quirky city facts turn toot time into a self- en­rich­ment ses­sion. There is art ev­ery­where ( 40 video in­stal­la­tions play on con­stant loop).

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