Inntel Hotels Zaandam
The Netherlandish city Zandaam played a special role in the history of Russia: this is where tsar Peter the First lived and studied shipbuilding, working as a carpenter at a local shipyard. The house-museum dedicated to to the tsar’s life is a local place of interest, same as the architectural wonder – the four-star hotel built by the Inntel Hotel company. It’s notable for looking like a large conglomeration of different houses assembled into a gigantic “puzzle”.
You could call this hotel an object lesson of Netherlandish architecture. It’s composed of approx. 70 different “houses”, which could belong to citizens of completely various social statuses: from a wealthy lawyer to an ordinary laborer. The hotel’s walls are painted in four different shades of green, which is also a traditional thing for the Netherlands. The walls are also sheathed with timber, which grants them a truly authentic look. The hotel itself is equipped generously: the 11 levels of the building contain 160 comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, SPA, a Turkish sauna and a restaurant-bar.
The architects of WAM, the company that designed the hotel and successfully finished the construction in 2010, claim the local architectural traditions to be the foundation of the hotel’s design, and Claude Monet’s picture “The Blue House” (1871) to be the source of their inspiration.