It’s a movie cliché you’ll probably recognize – that scene with the long line in front of a nightclub. You know what I mean. The one with the velvet rope, the giant doorman and of course the hostess holding the all-important guest list. That one. I felt I was in that movie scene when my husband Patrick and I walked up to the entrance of the new Volkshotel in Amsterdam two weeks ago. And you know what? We walked right up to the bouncer, told him we were staying at the hotel and were let in. Call me superficial, but that was a great moment.
I had arrived at the Volkshotel earlier that afternoon for a press tour and some drinks. Last minute preparations were being made wherever I looked. Lamps were being installed, flowers delivered and floors mopped one last time. Renovating the former Volkskrant building right next to Wibautstraat metro station was a hell of a project, but luckily everything was finished JUST in time. In spite of all the last-minute frenzy, I got a warm reception at the reception and had a wonderful time exploring the hotel along with the other invited journalists and bloggers. The Volkshotel has both ‘standard’ rooms and ‘special’ rooms that were designed local Amsterdam professionals and non-professional designers alike. I especially liked the room designed by one of the toilet ladies. I don’t care if you call it camp, it was cosy, it smelt nice and definitely felt like a room I wanted to get home to after a long day in the city. So there! Oh and don’t get me wrong, the ‘standard’ room I stayed in was just perfect as well.
People in Amsterdam know how to throw a great party – and the Volkshotel was no exception as you can see in the pictures below. At night, there was something to do on practically every floor of the hotel. And that includes the basement and the rooftop terraces (yes, plural!). By the way, how nice is it to party all night long and then go straight to bed in the same building? I feel a new nightclub concept coming up as I type this blogpost.
Stay at the Volkshotel for only 69 euro!
If all these compliments I’ve been heaping on the Volkshotel have piqued your interest, be sure to check out their website. The Volkshotel currently has a great offer where you can book a room for only 69 euro!
Flowers at the reception
Pictures of the standard room I stayed in – looks pretty darn great, doesn’t it?
One of the ‘special’ rooms of the Volkshotel – this one was designed by the toilet lady of the Volkshotel, who as you can see was more than happy to pose for a picture.
Party time at night – from the basement all the way to the rooftop terraces on the 7th and 8th floor.
Yay, party time! Loved the scary fashion models, by the way!
We explored an area of the ground floor and realized that the Volkshotel building also houses eighty-five studio’s and offices for creative entrepreneurs. Sweet!
See that light on the fifth floor? That was our hotel room!
No really, please don’t wake me!