Turmeric. Saffron. The colours of the Spice Route. Anouska Hempel has drawn inspiration from Amsterdam's historic Dutch East India Company to bring warmth and life to this exquisite small hotel. Set against the grey, muted light of Rembrandt's canal-side city, with its tall, dignified architecture, each individually-designed room is a glowing jewel, to which are added the pleasures of sophisticated 21st-century living. This beautiful, surprising adaptation of a magnificent old building was the first of its kind in Amsterdam.