Volkshotel was once a newspaper headquarters and now houses 172 hotel rooms, ranging from “cosy hideouts” to “huge hangouts”, as well as an incredible rooftop bar and restaurant, with a sauna and hot tubs, a club in the basement, and next to reception is a café and co-working spaces for the cool kids having meetings, catching up for coffee, or just typing away on their laptops.
It has a Soho House feel, but cooler, with touches of the buildings former life as the De Volkskrant newspaper, with newspaper print wallpaper and archival photographs seen throughout, even in the rooms, which have been designed with an industrial and simple feel. There are also a few quirky touches such as tiny plastic dinosaurs in the glassed-over cavities of former electrical sockets – why, I’m not sure, but pretty cool if you ask me.
Volkshotel – the location
For me, I always think the best places to stay in Amsterdam are those hotels slightly out of the centre, and the Volkshotel is very conveniently located and from the adjacent metro station at Wibautstraat, you can get anywhere within 10-15 minutes.
While the river Amstel is a 2-minute walk, Oosterpark is 850 metres away, and you can even rent a bike from the hotel directly to cycle around town.
Volkshotel – the rooms
I was in Amsterdam for work, and was only staying one night, so I stayed in an XS room, billed as a “tiny room for tiny budgets” with a double bed, shower, and TV – and in some rooms “a useless pillar in the middle” – thankfully I was spared that.
It was small, similar to the CitizenM concept, a giant-yet-comfortable bed, stylish-yet-minimalistic decor with a pop of colour, and a shower that looks into the bed through little peep holes carved into the newspaper-print lined shower screens. Everything about the decor is intelligently thought out, from the seat-width windowsill so you can sit and look out across Amsterdam, which also acts as a desk with a tiny little stool, to the cosy bed set up and industrial-feel bathroom.
Fancy a bigger room, well the next standard size is medium, and is a little bigger but with a similar format, just more walking about space, while large offers space for four people, including a bed hanging from the ceiling, and the extra large has two double beds and two bathrooms – one with a shower and one with a bathtub and one of the double beds is hidden away in a typical Dutch cupboard with windows, called a ‘bedstee’.
The Volkshotel also has 9 special rooms, which are all individually decorated from the ‘Cabin in the Woods’ where you can feel at one with nature and feel like you are camping in a hotel room to ‘Johnny Jukebox’ for music lovers equipped with surround sound and a big music collection of vinyl, cds, even the good old cassette.
There is also a room dedicated to the Dutch love for bikes that comes with two white bikes to cycle around Amsterdam, while in ‘Danny’s Room’ guests sleep in a giant fruit crate with a large deer looking over them, and for movie lovers you can sleep in your own private cinema. The Volkshotel is a very unique hotel.
Volkshotel – Breakfast
The buffet breakfast is up on the rooftop for €13, and is a great way to start your day, the view really is amazing. It was a delicious, if not basic breakfast spread, think contential than full English or American-style pancakes, but they did have a nice selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurts and pastries, as well as fresh bread to toast. I was just missing something warm, like an omelette or scrammbled eggs.
Volkshotel – Rates
Double rooms available from €69 a night, including all taxes, excluding breakfast. Always check their website for the best deal as they do a lot of special offers.