Your Dutch Room Mate Is Called Aitana
We first learned about Spanish chain Room Mate when they took over the QT Times Square way back in 2008, and talked to founder Enrique “Kike” Sarasola to understand what they’re all about. In short, that’s individual hotels with distinct personalities (called Oscar, Grace, Isabella, and so forth) that should give you the feeling of staying with a local friend who knows the ins and outs of each city.
That philosophy has resulted in a total of 18 hotels today, from Grace in New York to Carlos in Buenos Aires, and now Aitana in Amsterdam. Not a Dutch name (in case you were wondering whether it was locally inspired), the 284-room hotel is located on the man-made IJ Dock (the IJ is the surrounding water) northwest of the city’s central station.
We like the modern design in the guestrooms, which across the 13 stories of the building offer floor-to-ceiling windows. There is some pretty funky furniture, including the groovy red-and-purple cubist sofa below. WiFi is as it should be – free. Room types range from Queen/Double-bedded rooms and Junior Suites to Suites, with those with the best views at a slight premium.
We found an entry-level Queen Room for €174 ($240) a night on a weekend in March. New Room Mate hotels are in the works in Istanbul, Rotterdam, Milan, Rome, Bogota, Barcelona, and New York.
[Photos: Room Mate Hotels]