22 July 2014


This is the place where once de Volkskrant (a famous Dutch newspaper) was made and after they moved, it was occupied by artists and other creatives. They organized some parties there and if you drove past it with your car you did see the huge building, but it looked rather lifeless. Fast forward to July 2014 when it’s a total different scene at the newly opened Volkshotel. People are sitting behind their computers or chatting with each other in the cafe, there’s a line of hipsters in front of the check-in counter and because the hotel just opened there are still some builders working on the finishing touches. It isn’t just a hotel, there’s also a┬árestaurant on the rooftop (where you have breakfast if you’re staying at the hotel) called Canvas, there are hot tubs on the rooftop, there are many work places in the lobby and in the basement they will open a cocktailbar called Doka soon.


It looks like they’ve been inspired by the famous Michelberger hotel in Berlin (read my review here). You see the same funny details (robot monkeys in Berlin, a real robot here), the furniture looks alike and there are also some old books and comics in the room. While the Michelberger is kind of alternative and creative, de Volkshotel has a more modern vibe. The rooms have huge windows that look out over the city and in the corner room you can even see the Rijksmuseum in a distance. You can understand that you never want to leave your window sill, which can be used as a office desk or a place to sit on. The hotel is located in an up and coming district (around the corner you will find Rijsel, a great restaurant) and there’s a subway stop in front of the hotel. And don’t overlook the prices: you can already sleep here for as little as 69 euro per night.


Check out: www.volkshotel.nl











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