Rotterdam, you have a new place to drop anchor. Yes, I’m talking about CitizenM.
In October last year I took a trip in the Netherlands for the first time. It was definitely difficult to make a choice between all design hotels. In the city of architecture and design, Citizen M happened to be the best choice.
From its origins as an Amsterdam startup to its successful expansion in Glasgow and London, Citizen M’s fifth property takes place next to Rotterdam’s Old Harbour (De Oude Haven) and the amazing Markthal. The designer to thank is Rob Wagemans and his team at concrete who created a bold slice of luxury at an affordable price. The concept of the hotel is to cut out all hidden costs and remove all unnecessary items in order to provide guests with a luxury experience.
The interior falls in line with citizenM’s signature black and red color scheme. A collaboration with Vitra provides designer furniture for the communal spaces and chairs for the bedrooms. The idea is very much that you sleep in your room and do everything else in the shared lounges, canteen or co-working spaces downstairs. The hotel’s concrete-clad lobby and open spaces are a live/work “third space” with a 24-hour canteen, free Wi-Fi, iMac-equipped workstations and sofa-and-plasma-screen chill-out areas. Series of shelves are filled with curated objects and literature from Amsterdam bookstore Mendo, while the art pieces are by artists Gijs Frieling and Paul Beumer. Concrete designed the helical, wooden staircase, manufactured by EeStairs, that ties in the black and wood elements of the massive, double-height bookcase in the space.
The hotel exists of 14 sqm rooms all prefabricated produced in citizenM’s own factory and easy to transport. Each bedroom has a wall-to-wall, super-king size bed located under the window with a table that doubles as a desk. Underneath the bed is a huge drawer to store suitcases or other personal belongings. There’s also a touchscreen mood pad that allows the guest to control every aspect of the room, like the lights, curtains, climate, and TV. It also has six pre-programmed light settings to create different atmospheres for various situations.
To create maximal space, the bathroom element is placed separately in the room. The wet room, which contains a powerful rain and hand shower and the toilet, is a semi-circular cabin situated on one side of the room. The wet room is constructed from frosted glass to create transparency yet ensure a sense of privacy with an outside curtain. On the opposite side of the wet room there is a vanity table including a make-up mirror with lighting and storage space, and a floor–to-ceiling mirror beside it.
Positive and negative aspects:
Personally, I find the rooms extremely comfortable from any point of view. Despite being small, there is enough space for everything. Plus you have and extra large window too. I don’t find it suitable for families with little kids because there are no extra beds. Or for people who are not confortable with transparency. Better not book if you’re gonna hate later ;)
Thanks CitizenM Rotterdam for hosting my stay!
And thanks to concrete for providing me the information I needed. As always my opinions are my own.
For more info and bookings: www.citizenm.com | Photos: ©richard powers for concrete, ©nooktwelve