The newly opened Inntel Hotel, in the Dutch town of Zaandam is now the main eye-catcher of the town center, due to its bizarre design, resembling a number of stacked houses. Inntel Hotel is the brainchild of Dutch designer, Wilfried van Winden. Many of us see hotels as temporary homes, so he tried to emphasize this idea by designing it to look like a bunch of traditional Zaan houses, stacked over each other. The result of his vision is both unique and familar, and definitely stunning. One can identify almost 70 houses in the design of Inntel Hotel, most of them green and one blue, right at the top.

Easily identified by its colorful façade, the Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam is pretty hard to miss. It stands in the heart of historic Zaandem, right on the quiet outskirts of Amsterdam. Guests therefore enjoy the best of both possible worlds—the serenity of a residential neighborhood, and the sights and sounds of the bustling city centre. Other notable amenities at your disposal include free wireless Internet access, multi-purpose conference facilities, a cozy lobby bar and a state-of-the-art wellness centre. Pampering leisure facilities include a refreshing swimming pool, a soothing sauna, an indulgent steam bath and a tropical rain shower.

The new hotel is an important building block, the first structure to be completed within the Inverdan plan. Providing 160 guest rooms, the hotel also offers a bar-restaurant, a swimming pool, and a wellness centre with a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath. The conference accommodation is being built above the provincial road and is set for completion in autumn 2010. The hotel tower, with a footprint that is well-nigh square, is almost forty metres tall and has eleven floors. Constructed of timber and Eternit fibre cement cladding, the edifice is expressive, with varied fenestration, wide protruding sections, and elegant white eaves and barge-boards.