Over 30 years of service at the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel has given Navigator Lourens Speksnijder a unique perspective on what visitors are looking for when they arrive in the city — and he knows all the best places to point them toward. Lourens joined the hotel staff at the age of 19, working as a porter for 12 years before becoming a doorman for another 13. Eventually he took on the coveted role of Lead Navigator — and believes it was the best move he ever made. “There’s never a boring day,” he explains. “If you have such a great team as we have it's hard work but we have so much fun together. Lourens believes teamwork is key to the role and encourages his team of Navigators to be observant and report back on new finds. He follows similar methods himself: he regularly walks around the city and scours social media to find places that may be worth a visit. He finds many of the new places in the neighborhood surrounding the hotel, which Lourens retains a deep affection for. “It is always changing,” he says. “If there are new trends you will find them here and that is very exciting and keeps me inspired." His desire to make new discoveries extends to trying out a different place for lunch each day, but the Navigator does have a collection of favorites he returns to again and again. And as he enthuses about the café where you can “watch the world go by” and the one-stop shop that “sells everything I need", his motives for staying at the hotel become clear: he has found his home. Perhaps he will stay for another 30 years.