A fine lesson in the art of receiving, MAISON RIKA, a petite guesthouse located across from Ulrika’s office in the hip ‘9 streets’ district in Amsterdam, is a home away from home for anyone who appreciates a warm, intimate reception and gorgeous design. A reception area, gallery section for up-and-coming local artists and lifestyle store welcome guests on the ground floor of this traditional, three-storey townhouse, formerly a gallery. The second and third floors each boast a beautifully furnished bedroom with heart-stirring views over the historic Herengracht canal.
For Ulrika, a former fashion and interiors stylist, it was a natural extension, as a place for curating finds sourced on her travels and works by her favourite artists and designers, including custom furniture by Paul Lelieveld and artwork by San Ming. Curiosities sniffed out in her favourite markets; unique creations like John Derian glass art; random design goodies such as scrapbooks and cards by Rifle Paper — it’s a homey gallery that nourishes the creative spirit. Limited edition Rika travel goods are also sprinkled throughout.
With a decor based around Ulrika’s signature black and cream palette (think old oak floors painted black and black-tiled bathrooms with matching handmade black copper wash basins), the mood is classically elegant yet modern with a vintage touch.
The personal touch extends to the service, with the Rika staff happy to book restaurant reservations and share insider tips for enjoying the city. “Our aim is for our guests to enjoy the genuine, off-the-beaten-track Amsterdam,” says Ulrika.
Maison Rika is superbly located in the centre of-one-of Amsterdam’s most desirable area’s known as the ‘Nine Streets’ famous for its picturesque grand canals, with some of the best shopping in independent boutiques, small book shops and design stores along with cafes, bars and local hot spots.Click here for directions
Maison Rika’s Gallery & Gift Space is the entrance to the guest house, the ground floor serves as versatile exhibition and boutique space. Here you can find a carefully selected range of home and lifestyle pieces, from handcrafted jewelry, Maison Michel hats and pieces by John Derian of NY, along with scented candles, gift cards and leather goods and accessories by Rika.