Hotel Review: Qbic Amsterdam

Hotel Review: Qbic Amsterdam

Hotel Review: Qbic Amsterdam
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Hotel Review: Qbic Amsterdam

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Qbic offers one of the more unique and fun hotel concepts we have ever experienced. We found the Qbic London City location while in England a couple months ago and absolutely loved it, so when we planned a trip to Amsterdam, where their other location is, we knew exactly where to stay. First things first, Qbic Amsterdam is not located in the heart of downtown Amsterdam but don’t let that stop you at all. We had wished it was closer in to the city enter as well but as soon as we jumped on the train and saw how easy it was to get around, we embraced being a bit out of the party madness and out of the center of town a bit.

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‘Now to the rooms, the best part of Qbic Amsterdam. Ever wanted to go to space? Sleep in a pod? Feel like you are living in the future?’

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Located steps from the  Zuid metro stop, it couldn’t be located any closer to public transportation if it tried. One of the first things you will notice about Qbic, as soon as you walk in the front door, is that you are not sure if it is more like a hostel or a 5 star luxury hotel. It has the familiar feelings of a hostel, the friendly staff, laughing common area full of guests and a hip, fresh vibe. But you’ll also notice it is incredible clean, up scale, has fantastic design elements and feels very posh. Qbic has really taken the hostel model and stripped out all that is awful about them, added in luxury elements and in doing so, created one of the coolest hotel experiences around. The internet is always free, the rooms are sound proof, a super healthy breakfast spread and everything is extremely clean.

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Hotel Review: Qbic Amsterdam

 

Now to the rooms, the best part of Qbic Amsterdam. Ever wanted to go to space? Sleep in a pod? Feel like you are living in the future? Each Qbic room features a pod unit which contains a bed, tv, bathroom and shower, all neatly organized in a futuristic unit placed in each room. I would have been the coolest kid in town if I had a Qbic pod in my bedroom when I was 11, and come to think of it, I’d be the coolest grown up if I had one now.

In addition to providing an upscale mix between business casual and traveler zen (is that a term?) Qbic Amsterdam also focuses on healthy eating and daily exercise, but not in an annoying preachy way. As we said, the breakfast is healthy, robust and hearty, containing a great mix of fruits, cheeses, meats, fresh breads, yogurt, etc. Yes, it might be the classic hotel breakfast fare, but the quality is what makes it different, you will start your day feeling healthy and energetic, not weighed down by slop. Another unique and progressive option the Qbic Amsterdam is starting to offer is a partnership with a really cool tour guiding company which offer sightseeing morning runs, how cool is that? If you are feeling energetic and want to start your day of right, not get lost AND see some sights, you can take off on a jogging tour with a guide, see amazing sights in the beautiful morning light and then enjoy a full breakfast, all before your boyfriend wakes up.

So, unless you are 18 and want to drink the night away in the middle of the chaos, Qbic Amsterdam will most likely exceed all of your expectations for a hotel. You won’t regret a stay, will be well fed, meet the friendliest staff we’ve encountered and most likely be left hoping to find more Qbic locations on your future travels.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Love reading your great hotel reviews guys! The QBIC’s in both London and Amsterdam look….well I think the best way to put it is REALLY COOL and trendy and clearly this is the approach that they are trying to achieve. I love this mixture of upscale and boutique approach taken by QBIC, wherever they are getting their inspiration is clearly working.

    You know what is also great about this hotel – free wifi! I know its pretty sad in today’s age that we all look for Internet connection when the reality is when we are away on vacation we should be away from the technology products, but its such a critical piece to assist with so many aspects of our travel lives that we need the freebies when they are on offer.

    A really great review on a really cool hotel!
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    • Thanks Chris! Qbic has it right, and none of this “your wifi pass code expires in 24 hours and you have to re log in each time…” nonsense. That, coupled with the insanely cool rooms and healthy focus make it one of our favorite hotels in 2014!

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