“Rotterdam is known worldwide as one of the hotspots for the new generation of digital natives,” says Pieter van Tilburg, one of the founders of CityHub. Together with Sem Schuurkes, he opened the first location in Amsterdam in 2015. “With this concept, we make a new mix of a hotel and a hostel. A private space to relax, but the opportunity to share experiences with others in a shared spaces.”

The concept
The two entrepreneurs aim to better match the traditional hotel experience with the changing wishes of young travellers. They do this by utilizing technological possibilities in an innovative way and implementing the need of visitors to be part of a community. The hotel concept consists of futuristic sleeping hubs with its own bed, a lobby where you can check in digitally and meet others, and an app that makes travellers wise in the city. CityHosts are also available 24 hours a day. These are locals who know what to do in the city and communicate with the guest by the app. 

The future
CityHub also attracts the attention of the hospitality industry. They were the winner in the category “Best Innovation in Hotel Concept” in the Worldwide Hospitality Awards in 2016. The business owners would like to open eight hotels in the major cities in the Netherlands within six years. In Paris and London, locations are currently being developed. 

“CityHub is a very innovative and award winning concept that is a perfect addition to the hotel market in Rotterdam, which will further enhance Rotterdam’s image as a destination,” says Joost Mees, Partner and Director Hotels at Colliers International. “CityHub will attract new travellers in Rotterdam.”

Colliers International was asked to review the lease contract and to conduct the negotiations on behalf of CityHub, following the successful negotiations for the location in Amsterdam. The landlord was assisted by Didden bedrijfshuisvesting.