Amsterdam, 23rd March 2015 – on Wednesday 25th March 2015 the historical Hotel Die Port van Cleve in the Amsterdam city centre will officially open its Grand-Café Brasserie Maximiliaan. The Brasserie, which is located on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, was redecorated by ESTIDA into a venue with international appeal.
Director of Operations of Hotel Die Port van Cleve Koos van Geest, who had worked with ESTIDA before, was in charge of this project. ‘The hotel had not been renovated for many years. When we decided to refurbish the Brasserie, I immediately contacted ESTIDA because of the positive experiences I’ve had with them in the past. The interiors they create are always spot on because of their expertise in the hospitality business. The ESTIDA team makes beautiful designs and their hospitality concepts are always successful because of their extensive product knowledge and skills.’
Grand-Café Brasserie Maximiliaan, situated in the monumental hotel building and formerly known as Brasserie De Poort, was refurbished in line with the international and authentic nature of the location and the mundane hotel guests. The breakfast buffet was removed from the heart of the room, which is also used as breakfast area. Removing the buffet opened up the room and adds wideness to it. Also, it presents a great view of the city, and vice versa. The predominant use of orange, brown and bronze provide for a warm atmosphere with a touch of The Netherlands. The buffet was relocated to a niche in the back of the restaurant which resulted into better routing. The blue tiles and the elevated ceiling make this corner into a proper eye-catcher.
Van Geest adds: ‘Placing round couches to create a seating for six was another smart ESTIDA solution. These spots are located on the side of the Brasserie, between the entrance and the buffet. Usually, people do not prefer to sit on this side of the restaurant but now these seats are the first to be taken.’
The lower part of Maximiliaan, with a separate street entrance, has low seats against the windows, a massive reading table in the middle and a long couch against the back wall. Because of its location in the busy Amsterdam street, the interior of the bar and its distinctive couch draw the attention of the crowd passing by. Also, the original Dutch bar ‘De Blauwe Parade’ was transformed by merely repainting the ceiling blue, which brushes up the entire bar and the historic Delft Blue tile fresco surrounding it.
ESTIDA is an independent agency that specialises in interior design for restaurants, bars and hotels. ESTIDA is able to design, produce and carry out interior concepts and delivers turnkey solutions as well as separately designed elements. For more information, please visit www.estida.nl.
|Grand-Café Brasserie Maximiliaan
Contact; Koos van Geest
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 176-180
ca. 122 seats in Maximiliaan (34 in the lower part)
Contact; Claudia van den Berg