The rooms come with communal bathroom facilities, come have a bathroom inside. Every guest sleeps on a comfy hotel bed in a minimalistic interior. There is enough room for luggage and plenty of sockets to charge electronics.
The building and the many seating areas encourage people to leave their rooms and interact with each others; staff are always on hand and know the area as they are all locals.
The story behind Hotel Not Hotel are Bruno Bont and Tijmen Receveur. Bruno has many years of experience as an entrepreneur in several types of businesses, while Tijmen did get a small taste of the hotel industry before embarking on his adventure.
They both wanted to offer visitors something different in which visitors can explore the city. They envisioned big living rooms where guests can feel at ease. Their place was to be a home that avoids the usual dull rooms, hotel lobbies or hallways.
Their friends from designers collective Collaboration-O and Dutch design rebel Arno Coenen came up with a collection of unique cottages and rooms. They also created the inviting, laidback hotel bar called Kevin Bacon, named after the actor himself.
Originally the building was to become a Turkish bazaar, but these plans fell through and hence created the opportunity for the duo. The high ceilings, classic brick arches and walls, the steel bridge between the two sides of the top floor, combined with the quirkiness of the space has helped it to become popular with the creative set in the town.
There are 50 beds in 23 rooms, ranging from 70 euros for a double in the week to 90 euros in the weekend. Basic rooms come with communal bathroom facilities, while others have their own. The neighbourhood is very much gaining in popularity, with new restaurants, bars, and cultural hotspots opening their doors on a regular basis.
The hotel knows that the way to enjoy Amsterdam is on a bicycle, so has Veloretti bicycles for rent too.