The Vibe: Future living (global nomad/inclusive/hipster home).
The Area: On a not particularly inviting street in the eastern part of Amsterdam’s city centre, near the university and a 5-minute walk to the Amstel river and Skinny Bridge.
The DNA: Meaning family, tribe, or clan in Japanese, Zoku fundamentally offers a place for like-minded individuals to thrive whilst getting to know a new city, a venue that balances work-life and leisure; eschewing the traditional and rigid nature of hotels. With companies still figuring out how the returning to the office will look, Zoku makes it easier for employees to come together in one environment. Now residents and locals can work and live under the same roof, simultaneously tapping into co-working trends across the globe. Zoku offers diverse social areas to encourage interaction between residents, locals and the hotel’s community manager, who organizes events allowing residents to mingle and network. Open-plan living and communal working spaces are available 24/7. The Zoku app further connects residents with a social network and chat feature. The Living Kitchen serves locally sourced fresh, healthy food quickly and conveniently with ingredients from Zoku’s rooftop garden and greenhouse and extends the community approach with communal tables.
Suite-Me-Up: Zoku’s key feature is a loft that shifts the focus of the room from the bed to the living space, with a four-person table. The loft features a fully equipped kitchen, extensive storage space, office supplies and an elevated, loft-style sleeping space that can be accessed by a retractable staircase and screened off. The loft’s furnishings are from Danish design brand Muuto. Residents can choose their own art, making the spaces truly personal.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 133 rooms & studios (16-30m2) (172-323 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2015 • interior design: Concrete Amsterdam • on-site parking (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk