Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC

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Address: Strawinskylaan 241, Buitenveldert, 1077 XX, The Netherlands

Star rating:

3.6

Budget, design "pod" hotel by the World Trade Center.

Though Qbic is referred to as a "pod" hotel, the term strikes me as a bit misleading here, as most of its 55 rooms are actually a decent size and have external-facing windows.

Location
2
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Eating/drinking
3.3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
3.4
90%

Location

Qbic lies within one of the glass blocks of the World Trade Center. It has its own ground-floor entrance, but you can also access the hotel through the center's lobby. Though not in the city centre, transport links are excellent. Trains from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam Zuid station (by the World Trade Center) take just five minutes, and the metro and trams from the WTC will get you in to the city centre in 10-20 minutes.

Bedrooms

The focal point in all rooms is the "Cubi" - a freestanding, cube-shaped, aluminium unit, comprising a large, comfy double bed, a shower and loo behind the bed's headboard, and a work-cum-eating surface at the foot of the bed. A drawback with the set-up is that though the bathroom is visually screened from the rest of the room, it's not sealed off with a door, limiting privacy. Bedroom floors are wooden, and you can adjust the colour of the lighting in the room to suit your mood. Try to avoid ending up in one of the rooms with no windows, or which overlooks a loading bay of the World Trade Center.

Public areas

The lobby doubles up as a rather cramped lounge area, with funky red leather armchairs, and a laminated table of varying heights running through it. There's an Apple computer to use (for free - WiFi is also free).

Eating and drinking

A simple buffet breakfast appears in the mornings in the lobby lounge, where there's also a coffee machine, and vending machines for soft drinks, confectionery, soups and pot noodles (with a microwave to warm them up).

Service

Stretched at times, but helpful and efficient. The reception is manned 24/7. You can check in with staff, or at a self-service machine.

Who stays there

Weekdays mostly businesspeople, weekends mostly holidaymakers.

Price advice

Out of season, rates are dirt cheap - though they double at popular weekends. Breakfast 8 euros per person extra.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Singles
  • No fuss
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Interesting design
  • Can be very cheap for Amsterdam
  • You're not in the city centre
  • Lack of privacy when on the loo
  • You can't open bedroom windows
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