Xerxes Cook


with Xerxes Cook
  • Where:Amsterdam

  • Why:A couple of days in Amsterdam checking out the Unseen Photo Fair and its satellite events across the city.

  • When:A sunny September, 2014

  • Who:Flying solo.

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Highs & Lows

  • The surprises in the ‘special’ rooms: ‘oh a bath, and look, a projector and cinema screen!’

  • Though Amsterdam isn’t known for its skyline, the roof terrace is a major sunspot and offers great views.

  • Working from your laptop in the shared workspaces, and the creative yet unpretentious vibe that surrounds the lobby in the day.

  • Finishing touches to the rooms were a little rough around the edges when I visited, but as they were still under construction at the time, all is forgiven.

  • It would be a major help if you could borrow bikes from the hotel, as most rentals you have to return them by 7, and then you’ll inevitably need to get a taxi back at night.

  • Bottles of water in the hotel rooms – gratis of course.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Creative work, sleep and play space.

  • Vibe

    Industrial yet cheeky, millennial yet mindful.

  • Location

    Just outside Amsterdam’s old town towards the East of the city where the vibe feels closer to Berlin but with even more bikes and of course, canals.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Bouncy background tunes in the lobby by day, FKA Twigs and The Brothers Johnson upstairs – all in all, pretty chilled. The presence of turntables hints this isn’t always the case.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Urban Resort.

  • Pool/Gym

    A sauna and three hot tubs on the 8th floor.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, a great brunch spot in the lobby and the buzzy restaurant, bar and sunny rooftop lounge, Canvas.

  • Bar

    The 7th floor Canvas restaurant segues into bar mode after midnight.

  • Minibar

    A couple of small bottles of wine, beers and sodas. However, no spirits or water.

  • Wifi

    Fast and free throughout the building.

  • Children

    If you’re the type of person that likes staying in a place like the Volkshotel, most likely your kids will be too.

  • Price

    Very affordable – it could give the backpacker hotels in the city centre a run for their money.

All marked on maps playfully designed by a young design firm based in the building.

Cycle around and swing by the cafes, galleries and hangouts of East Amsterdam

Rokin 164, 1012 LE Amsterdam, Netherlands

All marked on maps playfully designed by a young design firm based in the building.


Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam, Netherlands

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