‘ZOKU… a thriving neighbourhood for global nomads’
I am so excited to share today’s post with you. It’s all about the down right incredible place we stayed during our trip to Amsterdam, back in December. ZOKU is an exciting hotel concept in East Amsterdam, designed around working and living away from home. Whether it’s a short or long, social or working visit, these lofts are super duper stylish and have everything you could possibly need during your stay. Essentially created as a communal home away from home, the complex includes a huge social area, roof terrace, restaurant, on-site shop and gym. ZOKU mainly targets the ‘long-stayers’ but the co-living, communal vibe also makes it the ideal place for the solo traveller to meet others, or like us, people wanting a more homely feel to their holiday digs.
The complex is based on Weesperstraat 105; two minutes’ walk from Waterlooplein tube station, 3 tube stops from Centraal Station and around 10-15 minutes’ walk to the centre. Upon arrival, we downloaded the ZOKU app to enable our phone as a door/loft access key. That way check-in was simply a case of pushing a button – seriously handy indeed. Card keys are also available because you know an iPhone battery cannot be trusted to last an entire day.
I cannot tell you how excited I was when we arrived. In all honesty, ZOKU blew me away. Our loft was ultra cool and filled with tech gadgets and contemporary Mutto furniture. It was fitted out with apple TV, surround sound, adjustable mood lighting and huge windows that light poured through. I loved all of the artwork too. Each floor has a hub where guests can swap prints as and when they choose; such a simple but personal touch.
The loft was compact but we had plenty of space, and beyond being clean, it felt totally fresh and new. Our little loft felt like our home during the whole stay, but it was nice to have the amenities of a hotel – bike hire, friendly staff, luggage storage – on hand when we needed them.
The king sized beds are hidden away behind a retractable staircase and wooden pull-back shutter – such a fun, quirky feature. Tucking them in meant we were able to make best use of the space throughout the day.
Being in the bed felt oh so snug and dreamy. It was unbelievably comfy with fluffy duvet and pillows and super soft 100% organic cotton sheets. Had we not wanted to explore Amsterdam, I’d have happily hibernated in there for longer each morning. In keeping with the tech throughout the loft, the snug was fitted with electrical sockets. It even had little pockets to store our phones whilst charging over night.
Speaking of quirks, check out the gymnast hoops. I had so much fun practicing my aerial tricks on those bad boys. Only available in the XL lofts.
The loft had a small kitchen area packed with all of the essentials; oven, hob, microwave and dishwasher. Oh and most importantly, a coffee machine. Basic cooking utensils and pots are provided and each floor has a pantry packed full of additional bits and bobs.
Get shit done; I thought that was quite appropriate for three jam packed days of sightseeing.
In addition to the kitchen area, the hallway comprises of laundry cupboard, storage and wardrobe space, plus a handy little work station for people needing to get their heads down and be productive. The bathroom is located at the front of the hallway. It is seriously swanky and the walk in shower is huge.
Heading on up to the top floor of the building, we walked out of the lift and into this beautiful green house. I’m not going to lie, I had total plant envy.
Although we didn’t spend too much time in ZOKU’s social spaces we did go up to have a nosy around and oh my, talk about interior inspo. The whole space is just awesome; clusters of pendant lights, more scandi furniture and incredible views out over the City. ZOKU have literally thought of everything. There’s (most importantly) the bar, which serves fresh coffee, craft beers and towards the evening bread, cheese and wine. The music and game area that also includes a strong movie catalogue. A 24/7 store catering to your practical needs; gotta have that milk for a morning coffee. Workspaces and pods with Wi-Fi access. Finally, the restaurant. Now, we didn’t get chance to eat here but having read reviews, that’s our loss. The food looks incredible and the prices are all really reasonable. Offering breakfasts, lunches and Dinners that includes dorado, pizza and poached eggs.
If you find yourself vising Amsterdam and need somewhere to stay, definitely check ZOKU out, I really can’t recommend them more!