The last time I was in Amsterdam, I visited the Volkshotel. The hotel is located in Amsterdam East, near the Amstel river, and is housed in the former Volkskrant (national newspaper) building. When you enter the building, the first thing that strikes you is the gorgeous urban design of the hotel. The architect wanted to maintain as much as possible of the old building. There are pillars still visible everywhere and the massive grey concrete is showing everywhere you go in the building.
The hotel offers standard rooms and nine uniquely designed ‘special’ rooms. There’s a room that pays tribute to the bicycle (‘White Bike Room‘), the main transportation device for Amsterdammers, a room that has a bed suspended from the ceiling to make you feel like you’re in the woods sleeping in a cabin or treehouse (‘Cabin in the Woods‘) and a vintage room filled with old Dutch cabinets and wallpaper decorations and a gigantic deer statue in the corner by the window (‘Deer Danny‘). That’s right – a deer statue (how awesome is that)!
We stayed in the ‘Bathing Bikou‘, a room designed to make you feel all zen and relaxed. The design is minimalistic with a beautiful mix of woods and concrete. The sliding doors provide space and privacy at the same time. The room features a Japanese wooden bathtub in the middle of the room, perfect for a bath after a long day of hauling yourself from one meeting to another. And after the bath, why not end the night with watching a Netflix movie with the home theater projector installed in the room (how’s that for a Netflix and chill night).
If the design of the room isn’t winning you over already, the view from the hotel definitely will. The hotel has a near 360 degree view on each floor.
It was hard to pack our bags and leave the hotel again after our stay. The view, the stunning design of the room, the cocktails at Canvas, we couldn’t have wished for a more pleasant stay.
Volkshotel has a treat for all November visitors. Planning a trip to Amsterdam soon? Book a standard room this month using the code AUTUMN15 and enjoy a special rate of EUR 79 – a steal for a hotel in Amsterdam.
Don’t worry, this deal won’t come with me (that is, unless you invite me and I have vetted you thoroughly and/or you are Keanu Reeves).