The Japanese capsule hotels take Europe by storm! Amsterdam's CityHub deserves particular attention with its mission to look after travel within the digital age. Besides each hub (as they call them here) have excellent Wi-Fi connection, built-in speakers and app-controlled lighting – you can actually take your Wi-Fi on the go having a mobile router supplied by the hotel! Neat, right?
You go for your own personal city guide. Inside a digital form, obviously. With the CityHub smartphone app you'll access sightseeing tips, walking routes and restaurant recommendations in real-time and from real locals.
The hotel is located in an old warehouse right alongside one of the hottest cultural spots in Amsterdam – De Hallen. This location is bit farther away from the best touristy spots but the owners assure that it offers a more authentic experience of the town by immersing you in a neighbourhood where locals live, work and party.
With rows and rows of white, sleek capsules lit up in various colours the dorms look fittingly futuristic. The hubs are in fact bigger and comfier than in a typical capsule hotel: each has a king size bed and some extra space for a shelf along with a mirror, where one can fully stand up.
By comparison, the common spaces are cosy and inviting with exposed brick and a little bit of 70s flair.
CityHub fully lives as much as its digital hotel title having a self-service bar where you pull your own pint and pay it off having a wristband. You do the check-in and check-out at a self-service terminal, too. Quick, simple and easy , human-contact-free.