During the planning of the restoration of the Amstel Hotel, all old facade images from the city archive were thoroughly studied. A particularly striking aspect was that eight lion statues, that crowned the corners of the building, had disappeared. The return of the protective lions was part of the recovery plan. In consultation with the architect, it was decided to reproduce the lions from the beginning according to traditional methods. The lions are 1.60 meters high and have a weapon in their front legs.
Sammy and Friendly
We asked the help of all local children up to 12 years old to choose a name for our Amstel Lions. Since we have two different lions, we chose two winning names. Mick Ramler (7), our neighbour, came up with the beautiful name ‘Sammy’. The name refers to the founder of our hotel Samuel Sarphati, but also to one of his stuffed animals. Mara (7) is practising sports at the Only Friends Foundation. Mara came up with the beautiful name ‘Friendly’, named after the lion mascot of Only Friends.
We would like to thank all children for their great efforts in finding the names for our Amstel Lions!