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'The End of The Hotel Room' is Here With ZOKU Hotels

May 19, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (4)

In a time when the behemoth hotel operators are launching new brands to target millennials, (see Moxy, Hyatt Centric, Canopy, Radisson Red, Vib, Venu etc.) one hotelier is thinking outside the box in an effort to disrupt the home-office concept.

ZOKU, a new hotel brand created by ex-CitizenM founder Hans Meyer and co-founder Marc Jongerius, is ready to shake up the hotel industry yet again with a revolutionary new concept which shifts the focus from the bed to the living and work space.

The ZOKU loft hotel room revolves around a central feature which will be a four-person table that can be used to work, dine and entertain, or just hang out. The interiors will be customizable in addition to a retractable staircase, a lounge area, a kitchen and a funky yet functional storage area. While the concept caters more to long-stay guests, visitors can stay anywhere from one night to three months.

All ZOKUs will have an open-plan communal living and co-working spaces to highlight and encourage interaction and networking. Additional features include free and fast WiFi (Thank God!) and a 32-inch LED TV with BYOC (Bring Your Own Content!) The concept replaces the traditional hotel staff with Sidekicks, employees who are globally centered yet rooted in the local scene. They connect guests to any and all services, which range from housekeeping, bike rentals, laundry, and meeting room services.

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The Hoxton Amsterdam Opens Reservations from July 13, Under $150

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  Site Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Is Amsterdam on your travel itinerary this summer? You may want to reconsider your hotel choices, as there will be something new to try: The Hoxton Amsterdam beat our estimate of an opening in September (along almost-neighbor W Amsterdam) by unleashing reservations from July 13.

Officially, rates start from €89, which currently comes out to a clean $100. Playing around with dates in the second half of July, a Saturday night seems most expensive, with rates from €159 ($178) a night, while on Sunday, we even spy a “Shoebox” for €69 ($77) a night. We’ve heard of dorm beds in an Amsterdam hostel going for more than that. All in all, depending on the size of the room you pick, you should be able to get an average of around $150 a night, which is outstanding value.

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Amsterdam's Newest Hotel Will Be Millennial-Friendly and the Largest in Benelux

May 1, 2015 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is your Friday trivia question: What is Benelux?

Answer: It may sound like a butter-substitute spread, but it’s the abbreviation given to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, three neighboring countries that aren’t always known for being the life and soul of the party (you might say boring, we would say underrated).

And Benelux has big news today: NH Hotels has announced plans to open the largest hotel in the region. Sadly for Belgium and Luxembourg, it’ll be in the most fun city of Benelux: Amsterdam.

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Which Hotel Group Will Pick Up Amsterdam's Former Palace of Justice?

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  Site Where: Prinsengracht 432-436, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The hotel news and gossip out of Amsterdam just keeps coming in: perhaps sensing we were somewhat disappointed with Hotel Pulitzer picking Preferred’s LVX Collection after leaving the Starwood fold, a kind tipster dropped us a link to a possible hotel project further down the city’s Prinsengracht canal in the former Palace of Justice.

Dating back to 1664 and 1864, the 15,000 sq m (161,000 sq ft) building was put up for sale earlier this year by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (the Dutch government’s real estate agency of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations), complete with glossy interactive pdf that shows how the vast building could be put to different uses – including conversion into a luxury hotel, reportedly one of the last ones the city will allow within its historic core.

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The Newest Lifestyle Brand, 'Jaz In The City,' Will Open in September in Amsterdam

March 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

On the ever-expanding bandwagon of hip, urban lifestyle brands, Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts is officially getting on the bus with Jaz in the City, opening September 1 in the hipster city of Amsterdam.

This is the third brand for Frankfurt-based Steigenberger Hotel Group (after Steigenberger and InterCityHotel) who are mostly "Hotels made in Germany," with expansion planned in other parts of Europe, Egypt, China and the Middle East. Plus more in Germany.

For the Jaz in the City debut in Amsterdam, expect to be immersed in eternally hip Dutch culture and in particular, the music scene. While the Jaz web site has few renderings at the moment, when you "get down" to it, the overall message is pretty clear. Get down.

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The Hoxton Amsterdam Is Counting Down Until Reservations Open

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  Site Where: Herengrach 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 17, 2015 at 8:17 AM | by | Comments (2)

We said last week that Amsterdam was having a hotel moment, and the race between two of its biggest arrivals this year, only a few minutes’ walk between them, is officially on. The Hoxton was first with a select few photos of some its very handsome rooms projected for “summer” this year. The W countered with a slew of renderings and a “September” opening.

Both have been withholding reservations so far, but The Hoxton has gone out and put the countdown right on its website, with now less than 50 days until bookings open. In fact, unless our math is way off, reservations should open on April 1. We’ll assume that’s not a joke, and further assume that The Hoxton will open first and at cheaper rates, unless the W pulls a rabbit out of a hat (on the rates front, we don’t think that will ever happen).

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Your First Look Inside W Amsterdam, Opening September

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 VN
March 9, 2015 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (6)

It’s rendering time! Having semi-stalked W Amsterdam for well over a year now, with our latest look at the hotel just behind Dam Square showing discreet signage in place, the moment is here: an impression of what will be inside the 238-room hotel.

Take a gander at what is labelled as a Wow Suite above. There’s a lot to look at, but we're digging the 70s Amsterdam vibe, with the corner fireplace, the carpet, the dual-faced sofa, and the yellow / white / grey / black in the modular bookcase. Then there is the circular bed, with what looks like a sheer curtain that can be drawn around it. We’re not sure if that’s actually a balcony or just a ledge for the plants, but given what we’ve seen of the two buildings, we doubt there would be the kind of rooftop views the rendering would suggest. Keep reading for so. Much. More.

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Soho House to Open a Hotel, with Bike Storage, in Amsterdam

March 3, 2015 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

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Amsterdam has quietly been upping its hotel scene in the past few months.

Recently, we've told you about the upcoming Generator Hotel/Hostel, The Hoxton, two new Sir Hotels, the Hyatt Regency, The W and Element Hotels, and the millennial-friendly Student Hotel. That's in addition to recent notable openings like the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (last May) and the Andaz Amsterdam (late 2012.)

And now comes Soho House.

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Sir Hotels Brings Albert to Amsterdam, Adam Is On His Way

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  Site Where: Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1072 CT
January 29, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Like the very handsome rooms The Hoxton is tempting us with for its upcoming Amsterdam hotel, but need a place to stay that gives you something similar in the meantime?

Here is one suggestion that floated into our inbox: the new Sir Albert Amsterdam, just opened in a former diamond factory next to the city’s Museum Square. Part of Sir Hotels, with each property based on a particular character in a borderline millennial-esque way, the group has a few hotels in Germany (Berlin, Munich, Hamburg) and one in Tel Aviv, Israel. Above a shot of one of the 90 rooms and suites: white walls contrasting with dark floors, furniture, and a shade of brown in the curtains and throw on the bed. The building being a former factory has the advantage of high ceilings and those factory-style windows we love. The vanity you see gives you a hint of where the bathroom is going for its color scheme – check it out below.

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Hyatt Regency Amsterdam Will Look Like This In 2016

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  Site Where: Sarphatistraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
January 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have seen some demolition last year at the former children’s hospital in Amsterdam that will become the city’s first Hyatt Regency, but boy did we underestimate how much bulldozing was still to be done.

Before we show you where things are today, above is the end result planned for the 211-room hotel, scheduled for 2016. Take note of the three historic facades on the right (three stories with the white vertical stripes, then the mishmash of windows, then the four stories in darker brick) and check out what that looks like today below.

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An Exclusive Preview of What's Inside the Hoxton Amsterdam

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  Site Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Talk about our prayers being answered: when we looked at the canvas Hoxton Hotels would be working with for its Amsterdam hotel, we said no one would regret the departure of the awfully bland rooms of the former Rembrandt Classic Hotel.

Not only did a recent walk by the canal-side hotel confirm that gone they are, with the interior stripped down to its bare bones, here are some photos of the seriously good-looking rooms Hoxton will have for us come summer 2015. It’s a very masculine mix of dark herringbone floors, exposed beams, what looks like appropriate Vermeer blue on the walls (like we saw at Waldorf Astoria, further south on the same canal), solid wooden desk, a bit of leather on the chair, and a pop of mustard on the stool. If Hoxton can give us all this at the right price, it may knock out both the Waldorf Astoria and the equally-hyped W Hotel.

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W Amsterdam Is Busy Adding Its All-Glass Rooftop Floor and W Signage

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012VN
December 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

Nearly a year has passed since we last walked by the upcoming W Amsterdam, right behind the city’s Dam Square, due to open sometime in the Fall of 2015. We’re glad to report that aside from news about expansion into an additional building (more on that in a second) W Hotels is making lots of progress.

On the left the 1903 Telephone Exchange Building as it was twelve months ago, on the right what it looks like today: a series of windows has been removed (you can just about make out the brick inserted on the right), the all-glass rooftop floor that will house Living Room, restaurant, and bar is clearly visible (go here for a rendering), and of course, the W is proudly displayed on the corner. More photos, including of the KAS Bank Building next door the hotel will spread out to, below.

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