Alex Catarinella

Zoku

  • Where:
  • Why:Needed an international staycation away from my cat. We’ve been fighting.
  • When:Summer 2022
  • Who:Solo!
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Zoku Honey, I’m home!

Honey, I’m home!

Zoku To check in, you must take the elevator to the top floor where you’re immediately greeted by a rooftop greenhouse and garden

To check in, you must take the elevator to the top floor where you’re immediately greeted by a rooftop greenhouse and garden

Zoku I never wanted to leave the greenhouse/nearly forgot to check in

I never wanted to leave the greenhouse/nearly forgot to check in

Zoku The first thing I did once inside my “Zoku Loft”? Make a coffee/take this photo

The first thing I did once inside my “Zoku Loft”? Make a coffee/take this photo

Zoku And then a totally quick and effortless photo shoot…

And then a totally quick and effortless photo shoot…

Zoku This sofa was so comfy and cat nap-friendly

This sofa was so comfy and cat nap-friendly

Zoku Cute. But how do you get to the lofted bed?

Cute. But how do you get to the lofted bed?

Zoku Tada!

Tada!

Zoku Cool vibes. The kitchen came with a dishwasher btw

Cool vibes. The kitchen came with a dishwasher btw

Zoku Rainy day from the bedroom view

Rainy day from the bedroom view

Zoku All the lavender smelled amazinggg on the rooftop at Zoku

All the lavender smelled amazinggg on the rooftop at Zoku

Zoku Tons of cute seating

Tons of cute seating

Zoku In my own little sun-drenched corner…

In my own little sun-drenched corner…

Zoku Happy but also dying inside (I arrived during a heatwave!)

Happy but also dying inside (I arrived during a heatwave!)

Zoku Couldn’t get enough of it up here

Couldn’t get enough of it up here

Zoku Views from above

Views from above

Zoku Here’s one of the few pics I took of a corner in the sprawling rooftop lobby/common room because it was consistently packed with creative types on their laptops and I didn’t want to be a creep

Here’s one of the few pics I took of a corner in the sprawling rooftop lobby/common room because it was consistently packed with creative types on their laptops and I didn’t want to be a creep

Zoku Have several seats

Have several seats

Zoku Here’s the open concept kitchen restaurant, aptly called Living Kitchen. Zoku loves a communal table moment

Here’s the open concept kitchen restaurant, aptly called Living Kitchen. Zoku loves a communal table moment

Zoku A final goodbye to my favorite spot

A final goodbye to my favorite spot

Highs & Lows

  • The rooftop greenhouse and garden = my favorite thing about Zoku. The breeze, the views, the happy birds, the aroma of lavender! A perfectly peaceful oasis to zen out with my morning coffee(s).

  • I stayed in one of Zoku's 133 lofts, and it was spacious yet homey and relaxing.

  • The lofts with their home/office hybrid setup are great for those looking to book a longer stay.

  • I was into the vibe of the room. Smartly designed with stowaway furnishings. Plenty of storage. Plenty of sunlight. Nice large table. Comfy and cute sofa.

  • If you’re a social person, you’re in for a treat with the many fun and quirkily-designed coworking spaces, which includes a music room.

  • There’s even a basement laundrette (the first wash is free) and a changing room for guests who arrived before their room was ready or have checked out and need a shower.

  • If you want to stay close to Amsterdam's picturesque street, Zoku is not your place. But the dreamy canals and charming neighborhoods are easily and quickly reachable.

  • I wasn’t the biggest fan of the lofted bed situation. A bit claustrophobic, and the mattress wasn’t super comfy (I think it was a thin futon mattress?). But yes, the lofted look is quite Instagrammable and offers more living space.

  • This is more of residential hospitality than a regular hotel, so keep that in mind when booking Zoku. And do expect things to get lively on the rooftop in the open-plan common room where everything (bar, restaurant, coworking spaces) blends together. Zoku’s all about connecting folks, so it can and does get busy — Amsterdammers pay for day passes and monthly memberships to hang here too. If in the morning you just want to grab a coffee in peace, stick to zenning out solo on a bench in the greenhouse.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Serviced Apartment

  • Vibe

    A very lively global nomad’s playground that offers funky loft apartments plus lots of green spaces and coworking spaces. A hotel that doesn’t really feel like a hotel. (Also, a magnet for creative millennials)

  • Location

    Very centrally located on Weesperstraat, in the Eastern canal district of Amsterdam

  • Rooms

    70 Zoku Lofts and 55 Zoku Loft XL’s and a few specials, offering 133 Lofts in total

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Easy breezy. Received a pre-arrival email with details about getting there from the airport, how to check in, etc.

  • Future Forward

    Yes, which is clear before even checking in: you have to head to the top floor and walk through a glorious rooftop garden and greenhouse to check in via a tablet or with the help of a “sidekick” (The staff goes by “sidekicks” here.) Fun future forward facts: Zoku’s chefs make dishes using fresh ingredients from the greenhouse. The garden also grows moss sedum, which, according to a Zoku Instagram post, helps cool buildings, absorb air pollution, and catch rainwater. And I didn’t spot any single-use plastic crap in my room beside a few coffee capsules. No plastic water bottles — Amsterdam’s tap water is great, by the way

  • Music

    I cannot remember. Blame the jet-lag. Probably hypnotic tunes in the lobby/workspace? IDK

  • Year Opened

    2016

  • Designed By

    Dutch design agency Concrete

  • Health & Wellness

    No gym, but, understatement alert, Amsterdam’s a biking city. There is a treatment room though, and you can book massages from a team of specialists that consist of “medical fitness experts, massage gurus, yoga and meditation professionals, acupuncture artists and talented beauticians”

  • Food

    Laidback rooftop spot, The Living Kitchen, which serves mostly healthy dishes that change daily. Grab an outdoor terrace seat

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Another laidback rooftop spot, Kindred Spirits Bar, for cocktails and coffee. Check out the Zoku event calendar though — they constantly host a slew of events, from rooftop open mics to meditating and writing workshops

  • Minibar & Retail

    No mini bar in the room. Just some tea bags and a Nespresso thing with coffee capsules. And a kitchenette, but I don’t cook, especially when on vacation. You can swing by their grab-and-go 24/7 store on the top floor to buy a snack or a SIM card, borrow a travel adapter, etc. There’s also a pantry on each floor if you run out of basically anything, like olive oil or cleaning supplies

  • Accessibility

    Yes, one Zoku Lofts XXL has wheelchair access

  • Pet Friendly

    Pets are allowed on the terrace and in the living room and co-working space, but not in the Lofts or Living Kitchen

  • Children

    Allowed but not ideal

  • Price

    If you don’t care about treating yourself to fancy room service in bed, and a roomy loft apartment with a Williamsburg-y aesthetic is more your thing, then it’s totally reasonable

  • Tel.

    +31 20 811 28 11

  • Website

    Visit website

Zoku

Zoku

Zoku Amsterdam, Weesperstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Bakers & Roasters

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Beethovenstraat 140II, 1077 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Gartine

Gartine, Taksteeg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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