CityHub Amsterdam – Changing Budget Accommodation! (REVIEW)

We are always on the look-out for new ideas and concepts in the travel industry, and when we found out about CityHub we knew straight away that this was something out of the ordinary, and something we had to experience.

During the past few years, the way people travel has changed drastically.

Not only are we completely intertwined with technology, but we are getting pickier, and our needs are more and more difficult to satisfy.

Today, a stinky crammed dorm bed is not enough – we want comfort, wifi, good locations, privacy and social interactions – and all of it for budget prices.

Out of all these variables, CityHub has come up with a fun, urban alternative to your ordinary hotel, combining the social vibe and technology, with privacy and comfort, and a revolutionary room idea to save space and keep the prices low.

The rooms, or “hubs”, are private sleeping units in something that looks like a futuristic “box”.

Each hub features a large comfortable double bed, a makeup mirror and table, bench, mood lights around the bed, and built-in speakers installed in each hub which you can connect to your iPhone.

Downstairs is a hang-out lounge where you can meet other travelers or watch the live-feed on CityHub’s facebook page (which in the future will be a way for guests to get tips  from the hosts while out exploring the city) to get tips and updates of what’s happening in Amsterdam.

The location is fantastic, right next to Vondelpark (one of our favorite places in the city) and surrounded by lots of shops and cafes.

Sem, one of the founders and the host of the week, is a great guy, very friendly and social and we liked how he really spent time with the guests, making everyone feel welcome and at home.

The hotel is just in beta mode, and has only been open to guests for a couple of weeks, but is already fully booked for the next few months – which tells you that this is the type of hotel people have been waiting for.

The idea is to become an interactive hotel, both online as well as at the hotel itself, and the owners have a lot of ideas on where and how to take it all to the next level.

We’re excited to see what CityHub will turn into in the next couple of months, and definitely recommend that you check it out next time you’re in Amsterdam!

CityHub – Overview:

Price: from €39 per hub, each hub fits two people (right now you can only book via airbnb, but in the future it will be possible to book via their website)

6 Responses to CityHub Amsterdam – Changing Budget Accommodation! (REVIEW)

  1. Gerard ~ GQ trippin September 5, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    o0o.. that’s my kind of style too. And that guestbook is a great place to plug our blog. =P

    • Sofia September 9, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Haha exactly. It’s really an awesome place and you get good value for your money.

  2. Gene September 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    That’s fantastic! I have always been a fan of “minimal living”. When traveling, why take up a lot of space!

    • Sofia September 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      It’s nice, minimalistic, but it still gives you all the space you need. Glad to hear you like it :)

  3. jmayel el-haj September 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    this looks awesome, great design. There should be more places like these.

    • Sofia September 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      I think they’re going to expand next year, and they are looking into more locations, so hopefully we will see more of them soon.