AmstelBotel: powering socially - innovative hospitality projects in Amsterdam
New heartwarming hospitality projects to include Pieminister Amsterdam now open in Red Light District
Now the Heartwarm Hotel - a full service hotel for Amsterdam’s homeless - is fully functioning the AmstelBotel team has set up even more projects to make Amsterdam happier.
The hotel - Reception Hotel Ruysdael, is a 50-room full service hotel collaboration between homeless foundation HVO-Querido and the Amstel Botel . In the hotel, HVO-Querido provides guidance and a team from the Amstel Botel hotel takes care of reception, catering, cleaning, linen and the restaurant in the hotel which provides three good quality meals a day for each guest.
Not content with all this, AmstelBotel has launched an Amsterdam pie shop with UK ethical brand Pieminister to get good healthy food and top quality surroundings for tourists and locals in Amsterdam’s red light district.
The homeless hotel project was the brainchild of hospitality entrepreneur Sandra Chedi and Clemens Blaas of HVO-Querido.
"There are shared house rules that guests respect" says director of Amstelbotel Sandra Chedi. "Our experiences have been positive. There are no more problems than in a standard hotel."
Obviously, If you live in a warm bed, you are less inclined to fall back into old behavior. Guests can relax with a roof over their heads and really good food. They have energy for a job or to work on their problems there, this way they have the opportunity to take back control of their lives.
Sandra’s other hotel is a pretty unique enterprise too - the three star 175 room Amstel Botel is exactly what it says on the label; a custom-designed hotel boat on the Amstel in one of Amsterdam's latest artistic hotspots - the NDSM Quay.
Just a 10 minute free ferry trip from Central Station, the area is gradually morphing from a massive shipbuilding works to a massively exuberant and colourful art centre. Media businesses, art houses, top cutting edge restaurants, night clubs and a year full of festivals from the high culture Over the Ij festival to Robodok are making it a place to see and be seen
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And Sandra has not run out of ideas yet!
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