Last week we were in the Netherlands for the Christmas Holiday. The first time since our move to England. It was nice to see friends and family again and to have planned activities in cities that we normally liked to visit. Besides that we have slept over at friends and family, Ralf and I also decided to book a couple of nights in a hotel. Similarly in Amsterdam, where we stayed at the Volkshotel.
The Volkshotel is located in the old Volkskrant building on the Wibautstraat in Amsterdam East, close to the Amstel, De Pijp and the market on the Waterlooplein. The Volkshotel is not only a hotel, but also a club, restaurant and workplace. A multifunctional hotspot in Amsterdam where encounters between different people are stimulated. And like the Volkshotel can describe itself the best way:
The Volkshotel is a place for single mothers. But also for brokers and punck rockers. For dandies and poets. Dishwashers and underwater welders. For biologists, workers, moths and artists. In short, for everyone.
The Volkshotel creates encounters. And the encounters create the Volkshotel. This is a hotel of the People. This is Volkshotel.
I had not been in the Volkshotel before, but I had already heard a lot about it, so I was very curious about this cool place. Upon arrival, the building is clearly recognizable from the outside, little has changed from the previous Volkskrant building, even the original characters ‘Volks‘, of the ‘Volkskrant‘ have remained in honor. ‘Hotel‘ was added later.
After a warm welcome upon arrival and a brief explanation about the building, we are checked into a special room that is still available. The hotel has a total of 172 standard rooms with names such as ‘Miss Petite’ and ‘Ms Big’, and 9 special room including ‘Danny’s Room‘ and ‘Cinema Boudoir‘. We let us surprise. ‘Johnny Jukebox‘, a room with the theme of music. Sounds good, Ralf and I like to sing and swing so bring it on!
The Volkshotel is a vibrant hotel where everything seems possible. You don’t have to be bored for a moment. During the day an inspiring place where artists and entrepreneurs come together and can use flex workstations, quiet cabins and the adjoining café. In addition, the Volkshotel also offers the possibility to rent spaces for meetings, presentations or workshops for example.
At night, the Volkshotel transforms into a place of entertainment where you can enjoy a lively program varying from (live) music, film, theater and poetry at Canvas on the seventh floor and at Doka in the basement. A pleasant surprise is the ‘Badplaats‘ on the roof terrace of the building where hotelguests can use the sauna and hot tubs. Ofcourse with stunning view over the lively city Amsterdam.
We look forward to our stay and move ourself to the Johnny Jukebox room on the sixth floor. Immediately upon entering, it becomes clear that we are entering the music room. Or rather, our own private club. Built-in boxes in the walls, disco lights at the ceiling, a turntable, LPs on the wall and a complete sound set. Even while you are taking a bath or shower, the disco ball is still turning while the music is coming out of the speakers. The room is playfully arranged and decorated. Large colorful closets provide enough space for all your stuff, a projector with screen as big as the window presents unlimited Netflix and a seating alias stage in the windowsill offers a beautiful view of the city.
The Volkshotel cooperates a lot with established (creative) entrepreneurs who rent a workplace in the adjacent Broedplaats VKG. (Since 2007, this part of the building is managed by the Urban Resort Foundation, which develop and manage breeding grounds for artists, artisans, freelance traders and starters.) For example, the room in which we stayed is designed by an architect who rents his studio in Broedplaats. And the newspaper of the hotel is designed by graphic designers who also rent a workplace overthere. A fusion of encounters, cooperation, disciplines and creativity is clearly visible in the Volkshotel.
After we get ready for the evening, we decide to start with a drink at restaurant and club Canvas on the seventh floor of the Volkshotel. A place where you can go day and night for food, drinks, weekend parties and a breathtaking view. We toast to our stay in the hotel and the reunion with Amsterdam and his friendships. Let’s jump into the night!