Though we have enthusiastically discovered the stylish pleasures of Maastricht, and the architecturally daring Rotterdam, it remains a fact that Amsterdam still lords over the Dutch tourism scene to a decisive degree.
But these days Eindhoven is often referred to as The Netherlands’ coolest destination. And in 2018, it was named an “Innovation City” by The Guardian. It is also home to the venerable Design Academy Eindhoven, and fittingly plays eager host to the annual Dutch Design Week.
And now it at last has a hotel that lives up to those lofty aesthetic ambitions. Newly opened on a quiet corner of the De Bergen district, the Kazerne (a member of Design Hotels) is actually housed in a former barracks – and even retains a bit of that military vibe. Proprietors Annemoon Geurts and Koen Rijnbeek teamed up with noted figures on the Dutch design scene, like Maarten Baas, Studio Drift, and Studio Formafantasma, to create what they refer to as “a tapestry of juxtaposition.” The interiors are a fusion of exclusive and inclusive, playing with high and low, dark and light, old and new, all against a primarily black-and-white color palette. There are also featured pieces by the likes of Kiki van Eijk, Daphna Laurens, and David Derksen.
And with just eight rooms and suites, these will be some of the most coveted beds in town – especially the spectacular 140 square meter Penthouse Loft, with its eight-seat dining table and dramatically beamed ceiling. The sleek Palais Loft looks on to a striking glass atrium.
But the Kazerne is very much a social affair, with its industrial-chic namesake restaurant serving up contemporary Italian classics – linguini with sea fruit, pecorino flan, vitello tonnato – in a moody/sexy, Corbusian-like space, plus a wine bar, and a gallery with regularly rotating design exhibitions.
The aforementioned Dutch Design Week will take place this year from October 19th to the 27th – so start making plans for an autumn Netherlands visit – and book into the Kazerne…now.