At the ground floor and entrance an exhibition of various photography and art objects, while an installation made out of safe lockers filled with fake banknotes reveals the history of the building. A white spiral staircase leads to the first floor where the shop and restaurant are located.X BANK is more than just a shop, it is showcasing and selling the work of established Dutch designers like Marcel Wanders, Denham and Scotch & Soda to name a few next to smaller brands. The work of couturier Mattijs van Bergen’s is beautifully displayed, he also designed the uniforms of the hotel staff, and product designer Dirk van der Kooij is represented with his lamps, that you will also find at the lounge of the hotel.
Books, graphic design, photography, parfum, bags, ceramic and many more in all price ranges are sold, and the work of graduates of the Design Academy can be admired while you buy some flowers and wander around and get inspired. As an extra unexpected given everything is organized by colour, the common factor however is that everything sold and showcased at X Bank is by Dutch designers only.
From the shop you walk straight into restaurant ‘The Duches’ offering everything from breakfast to dinner and high tea to cocktails in a classic surrounding with marble and velvet. XBANK is the latest addition to Hotel W and the building includes additional rooms and a spa and gym. The main hotel is located right across the street from X BANK at Spui Straat, until now this part of Spui straat town has always been a bit of nowhere land, I guess it will fastly become a more lively area.
Hotel W Amsterdam must have one of Amsterdams best views, from the rooftop lounge you overlook the city centre, and the outside area has a swimming pool with a look on the royal palace.
1012 VT Amsterdam
Daily from 10AM - 10 PM
website: X BANK
pictures via X BANK | Last picture ©Amsterdam Next