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Rotterdam Cube Houses Become New Stayokay Hostel
Famous Rotterdam Cube Houses become new Stayokay hostel
On Wednesday, 24 March 2010, Dutch hostel chain Stayokay officially opened a brand new hostel in part of the famous Cube Houses complex in Rotterdam. The houses were designed by the Dutch architect Piet Blom and were built between 1982 and 1984. The unique architecture has been an attraction for tourists from the Netherlands and abroad for 25 years now. In December 2009, the Cube Houses became the most modern of Rotterdam’s listed buildings.
Stayokay is eighty years old and will be celebrating its anniversary with the official opening of Stayokay Rotterdam. Rotterdam’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, will be unveiling a Cube House named after him in festive spirit. A special two-person room with private entrance has been built in a separate house on stilts.
Cube Houses: architectural symbol of Rotterdam
The expressive and colourful cube-shaped houses on concrete pillars are located right in the heart of the city, near the Old Harbour. All forty-nine rooms, with a total of 245 beds, are equipped with their own shower and toilet. No two rooms are alike. The light is different everywhere, as are the dimensions and the view from the Cube Houses. In some rooms, the walls slope towards you, whereas in others, they slope away from you. In order to accentuate the cube effect, an extra cube hangs in the platform of the main building, its tip pointing downward. Four catwalks and a lift bisect this cube and connect the floors. Spending the night in a tilted cube is quite a unique experience.
Dynamic, hospitable interior
Stayokay Rotterdam has a sleek, modern interior with a fresh, welcoming feel. An interior that has been created with guests’ need for privacy and a certain degree of luxury in mind. The city hostel is brimming with energy thanks to the dynamic red and orange colour accents. Warm, natural hues and unusual materials have been used in the stylish and comfortable bedrooms. The interior concept of designer Edward van Vliet (SEVV) was used as a starting point. Several rooms even have flexible bunk beds, allowing the beds to be easily rebuilt into single or double beds. The hostel has rooms to accommodate from two to six guests, which are suitable for individual guests as well as families and groups. One night’s accommodation including breakfast starts at just €23.50 per person. In addition to the forty-nine spacious rooms, Stayokay Rotterdam also has a restaurant, bar and two rooms for meetings and workshops.