May 23, 2017 | By Carla Buzasi
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Amsterdam is proving itself to be a truly forward thinking city. It’s already known for its excellent independent shopping scene, picturesque canals and up-and-coming foodie scene, but it’s the city’s fresh and inspiring approach in bringing together accommodation, co-living and working that’s putting it on the radar right now.
Three hotel concepts here do this particularly well, and are highly recommended as places to not only stay, but to work and network, host events, or meet for drinks or dinner. Be sure to check them out when you’re next in Amsterdam.
Student Hotel Amsterdam
Wibautstraat 129 / 31 (0)202149999
The Student Hotel concept is a simple but original one; hotel meets student accommodation. Responding to the growing number of international students, the housing shortage and city convenience demands, the Student Hotel offers well-designed accommodation for short or long term stays, with one wing of the hotel dedicated to students, and the other for travellers. The hotel features uber stylish lounges, a restaurant/bar, and plentiful social and games areas as well as breakout spaces for studying or working. The design provides ample space in which to live, work and collaborate while the hotel itself offers all the necessities of a city stay. What’s more, the hotel’s ambassador’s named ‘Connector’s’ act as the bridge between students and guests, bringing groups together, organising events and activities and answering any questions.
Wibautstraat 150 / 31 (0)202612100
Previously the headquarters of newspaper De Volkskrant, Volkshotel is based in the hip Oost neighbourhood, taking over what was a dilapidated looking building. Redesigned and smartened up by Urban Resort Foundation alongside architect Steven Steenbruggen and interiors studio Muller van Tol, the building now houses 172 rooms, a restaurant, a workspace area and a speakeasy bar in the basement. On the ground floor in the day expect to find a cool mix of entrepreneurs and creative working in the lobby/bar, while in the summer months, all the cool kids can be found on its packed rooftop bar sipping cocktails and admiring panoramic views of the city. A hip and affordable stay in the city’s hottest new neighbourhood.
Weesperstraat 105 / 31 (0)208112811
The first Zoku opened in the heart of Amsterdam mid 2016, representing a new work-meets-play hotel concept created with the global nomad in mind. Zoku has positioned itself as a new form of accommodation offering – a home-office hybrid, suitable for working, short and long stays, events and more, with all the services of a hotel alongside the social buzz of a thriving local space. Its cool loft rooms feature mini kitchenettes, a dining table, sofa, and a mezzanine area for sleeping – perfectly designed for working or relaxing and resolutely nothing like the usual generic hotel room. Arguably the heart of Zoku is to be found within its communal areas on the 6th floor, comprising a beautiful greenhouse-like rooftop garden, bar/lounge area, restaurant, and casual meeting rooms and event spaces. It’s here where the concept of Zoku really comes together, as Hans Meyer, Co-Founder and MD of Zoku says: ‘Our objective is for Zoku to connect thinkers from various industries, and facilitate the emergence of a new hub where talented international travellers mingle with locals.’
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