DESIGN HOTELS represented by Ken Baron writes : “A love affair with the city of his birth has driven Paul Hermanides to great heights, both as a hotelier and as a key shaper of Amsterdam’s cultural scene. If you grew up in the 1980s and 90s, like Dutch hotelier and entrepreneur Paul Hermanides, then you can be excused for still seeing the world through a lens of youthful energy and unbridled possibility. After all, the Amsterdam of the 80s was a time of groundbreaking clubs, liberal excess, and great music. In other words: sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.......” Robert RIEGER c/o EMEIS DEUBEL was commissioned by DESIGN HOTELS to capture Amsterdam hotelier and entrepreneur Peter Hermanides and his latest project Hotel ARENA photographically.
Paul Hermanides : “Recently, there has been a lot of controversy about how Amsterdam is too busy, with too many tourists. But I disagree,” he says. “If we want to think of ourselves as a tiny metropolis, then we must accept that we will be busy. The question is what does ‘busy’ look like for locals and visitors, and how we can make it work for everyone? I like to imagine it from the position of the hotelier, politician, and inhabitant because I care greatly about how this city is evolving.” Paul Hermanides is married, we discover in the extensive interview, to his interior designer Sanne Schenk from design firm Tank. GoSee : designhotels.com///paul-hermanides
About - HOTEL ARENA. The monumental building (1886), in which the hotel has been located for 27 years, has been transformed over time from an orphanage to a four-star hotel. The old ornaments, such as the original wooden marble staircase and the restored chapel, have been kept in their original state and continue to tell the impressive history of the building. Hotel Arena is part of Amsterdam Oost (East), one of the hippest districts in the Dutch capital and the perfect place to enjoy the quiet and lush green surroundings just outside the city center. Several museums and popular destinations are practically around the corner, and within walking distance to Beukenplein, you’re surrounded by the best bars and restaurants. GoSee : hotelarena.nl