T+L Reports: The Suite Life
A temple of modern design ensconced in a row of 18th-century working-class homes, Lute Suites (5458 Amsteldijk Zuid; 31-20/472-2462; www.lutesuites.com; doubles from $370) is the brainchild of renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and local chef Peter Lute. The seven duplex suites, 20 minutes outside Amsterdam, bear little resemblance to a traditional hotel's—each has its own front door, and there's no lobby. Wanders has also given the rooms individually distinct personalities. Suite One is cheerfully modern, with bright lamps and a 10-foot-high window overlooking the Amstel River. In stark contrast, Seven is a contemporary take on Gothic style, featuring an inlaid metal floor and a spiral teak staircase. Each morning a wooden basket of fresh breads and cheeses is placed outside your door. —AMY WESTERVELT
Located in the village of Oudekerk aan de Amstel, this renovated row of 18th-century buildings houses seven, apartment-style suites overlooking the Amstel River. Traditional brick exteriors are contrasted by functional, design-heavy interiors—clean mixes of wood, marble, and steel with pop touches, like a wall-size flower canvas or tile mosaic, that are set against wood beams and steeply pitched ceilings. The property is owned by chef Peter Lute, whose Lute Restaurant is located on the premises and whose wooden box of breakfast items, including fresh breads and fruit, is delivered to each suite daily.