thanks to technological advancement today's world is a much smaller place. but quite surprisingly, it hasn't put the pattern of our social interactions more in sync. instead, it has made us more of an individual than ever before. at citizenm hospitality is redefined for a new breed of travelers, and in a way that's almost holistic. while avidly making use of web-based technology - allowing guests plentiful of handy options, from booking to customizing their room comfort - and sleek modern design, the hotel chain's secret trump card is its attentive staff. highly sociable personalities picked for having a genuine smile, caring attitude and in many cases a dazzlingly multi-lingual ability, it's they who anchor citizenm's acclaimed hospitality formula. citizenm's newest property has just opened its doors in rotterdam, one of the planet's busiest ports and as such an important commercial hub for the dutch economy.
the hotel is situated downtown at oude haven, a popular entertainment area which currently undergoes a significant expansion and redevelopment scheme, and is a collab - the hotel brand's very first - with dutch real estate developer maasstede. facing the city's scenic oldest port, citizenm rotterdam features 151 rooms spread over four floors. at 16 sqm. [172 sq.ft.], rooms are compact in size but they're cleverly configurated and packed with a set of nifty amenities that'll surely please today's savvy traveler. first and foremost: the bed. it's super kingsize and made with luxurious frette linen, so a good night's sleep is guaranteed. but it also serves as a lazy sofa from where to watch movies on a wall-mounted tv screen. a futuristic transparent cabin accommodates a suspended toilet and one very soothing rain shower. a handy tablet allows you to arrange lighting, curtains, internet access and other settings at the touch of a fingertip.
the hotel's public spaces - or living rooms, as they choose to call them here - have a welcoming, homey vibe, and although geared for social interaction, they also feature spots where to get some work done or allow yourself some private time. good design is a key ingredient at citizenm, and the new property in rotterdam is no exception. amsterdam-based design agency concrete supervised the interior design, juxtaposing its very own furnishings with rather cool vitra design pieces, plentiful objets d'art, striking trophies from citizenm founder rattan chadha's private art collection and glossy coffee table books curated by bookshop mendo. canteenm is very much the hotel's buzzing heart. it's where food and drinks are served around the clock, from signature cocktails to a light breakfast or a savoury snack. you're literally always welcome. but then again, making you feel right at home is what citizenm is all about. location: gelderseplein 50 [centrum]