The Windketel is located in Westerpark, a neighborhood known for its unique park on the site of Amsterdam’s former gasworks, now the location of events ranging from fashion shows and concerts to craft and food markets. There’s always something going on, and that makes this neighborhood the ideal home base for culture-loving visitors. The historic Jordaan neighborhood is only a ten-minute walk away.
The neighborhood’s centerpiece is the Westerpark, visible from Hotel de Windketel’s northern windows. The architecture of the gasworks is itself an attraction. All the buildings have been renovated and converted for culture or leisure activities. It’s the site of markets, restaurants, cafes, TV studios, dance venues, cinema’s and theaters. It’s home to many festivals, too, including Amsterdam International Fashion Week and the Holland Festival.
architecture and a rich history
Hotel de Windketel is on the site of the city’s former water works, now known as the ‘Eco-Neighborhood’, the Netherlands’ first automobile-free, sustainably built neighborhood. Urban planners and others interested in sustainability come from around the world to visit the neighborhood. The Eco-Neighborhood’ was built in 1997 and contains many green spaces, 600 dwellings and a number of industrial buildings (now landmarks) built around 1900, the Windketel among them.
Watertorenplein: an oasis of tranquility
The Windketel stands at the center of the Watertorenplein (Water Tower Square), near the 34-meter-high white steel water tower. The square is very quiet and feels more like a village than a city. The main source of visitors, besides the residents themselves, is Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam, located in the former pumping station of the water works.
The compact, octagonal brick tower was built in 1897 as part of Amsterdam’s water works. It contained a giant copper kettle and expansion reservoir (‘windketel’) that helped regulate pressure as drinking water stored in on-site reservoirs was pumped through the station (now Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam) into the city.
In 2003, it was converted into a luxury apartment for two. In the same year, it was designated a national landmark.
Monumental interior, always welcoming, child-friendly, lunch and dinner menus, open 10:30 - 24:00
For breakfast, lunch, high tea or just to grab a sandwich on the go, open 08:30 - 18:00
For lunch, drinks, dinner and dancing. Alternative, terrace, reasonably priced, 11:00 - 01:00
Café-restaurant Piet de Gruyter
Van Limburg Stirumstraat 4-6
Neighborhood cafe. Cozy, for coffee, lunch, a drink, dinner, 10:00 - 01:00