What if you had the chance to tell fashion designers to dress a room? Literally. Well, there’s a way to find out, because this actually happened.

Imagine an independent design hotel, that playfully weaves together fashion and architecture in unique rooms ranging from one to five stars. If this already sounds interesting to you, you should consider visiting Hotel The Exchange in Amsterdam, because it's only gonna get better.

Holistically looking, the idea of themed rooms isn't really popular in the hotel industry.

It might be risky but brings satisfaction to those who look for unique experiences.

How to explain the uniqueness and unpredictable design of each room? They were all dressed by young designers from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.

Keeping in mind the unusual approach I've already mentioned, I guess it won't surprise you anymore that all of the rooms have names. Due to that, you might end up in Unaware Reality, City Camouflage or The Naked Emperor... For example, in case you've always dreamt of the eighteenth-century experience or admired the luxurious taste of Marie-Antoinette, you might easily decide on picking a room named in her tribute. Or if you aren't a fan of costume drama style, what would you say about some unbridled fantasy?

When the idea of subconscious wonderlands appeals to you, don't hesitate to book the Misunderstood Creatures room. And what if you want to see a contemporary furniture inspired by seventeenth-century luxury fashion accessories? Well, then go for the Rembrandt Room New, just like I did.

Rembrandt Old, Rembrandt New? Yes. In fact, there are two of them.

We're in Amsterdam, what better place to glorify the icon of the Dutch Golden Age? In case you aren't familiar with the seventeenth-century millstone collar, that used to be worn by the notable men of those times (which is absolutely fine), take this, as an inspirational clue.

In Hotel The Exchange you will find two slightly different interpretations of this idea. In the "Old" version (picture on the right) you might lie below a monumental white cotton cloud, while in the "New" one (picture above) you can satisfy the visual needs by the three-dimensional origami structure.

Understanding the category

I had a chance to find out myself what the rooms in all of the categories look like and my first impression on the differentiation is that it's mostly about the size.

You can't really say that some of them are better designed than others as all of them are so different. When it comes to visual aspects, I found it pretty difficult guessing the right amount of stars assigned to the room.

Can you believe that the room pictured on the left is assigned to the 1-star category?

While the rooms are dressed, the staircase is in the color of the skin.

Believe it or not, you might really appreciate the presence of these signs at some point.

In fact, at the beginning, I underestimated the warning that it's easy to get lost in the hotel. If you plan to head directly to your room and back, you might not experience the fun of getting lost. However, to me, the idea was too appealing to stick just to my floor.

Here's the thing you probably wouldn't guess from the outside look. In reality, the hotel isn't located in one building, but three connected ones.

In case you're ever interested in getting lost some day, you should definitely consider doing it here:

Hotel The Exchange

All photography by Weronika Dali, Thomas Spruit