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Funky Friday: At Qbic Amsterdam, Sign the Artwork Instead Of The Guest Book

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  Site Where: Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1, 1077 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Qbic Hotels, presently with just two locations (London and Amsterdam), has firmly placed itself on the map of must-stay budget design hotels. Seriously, if it weren’t for the offers of rooms starting at about $100 a night, and a few rooms having no windows, we wouldn’t know these were “budget” hotels from looking at them.

The Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC has a fashionable personality and hip modern look, with just the right touch of quirkiness. We love everything about this hotel but honestly it was the life size artwork in the lobby that sold us for Funky Friday.

Although we like to focus on a single space in a hotel for Funky Friday, in this case the lobby, a little perspective on this tiny but mighty fine looking hotel group is worthy of note. We think that Qbic’s ability to offer rooms as such great prices is because they exercise common sense and they have fun with design— common sense as in the modular bed-bath unit that defines each guest room and requires few carpenters, and the fun interior designers Feran Hugo must have had in specifically creating the lobby and other public areas.

These spaces really come alive in a mix of classic and off-beat furnishings, energizing colors, and occasional kitschy artwork – the visuals only to be completed by the guests in the room.

Speaking of guests in the room, we took a liking to the re-purposed mannequin in the hotel's lobby. Based on what looks like literary graffiti-- which could be a good thing or a bad thing-- perhaps this is officially where guests sign the guest book. If so, it really doesn’t get funkier than that.

Rates from €83

[Photo: Qbic Hotel WTC-Amsterdam]

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