A perfect Oosterpark location, steeped in history

The new Gen Amsterdam hostel is set to open in March of 2016, and will accommodate up to 566 guests. Generator currently has ten hostels in nine European cities, with plans for 15 by 2018. 

Gen Amsterdam, next to the Oosterpark, will have 168 twin and quad rooms with views of the park or garden. The original property was built in 1917, and was once part of the University of Amsterdam’s Zoological and Health Sciences department. Located in the booming neighbourhood of Amsterdam Oost, the hostel is directly adjacent to the Oosterpark, one of the biggest parks in Amsterdam, which was substantially renovated in 2015. 

The new building will add two floors with glass walls, and will also feature a luxury penthouse apartment for six guests. The ground floor will include a lobby, a café with a terrace, and an outdoor seating area overlooking the park. There will also be a lounge and bar area, and the former university library will become a quiet relaxation area that can double as a private meeting space.

A growing hotel landscape

Because Amsterdam hosts many international conventions, it is a popular destination for business visitors, as well as tourists. The Amsterdam area currently has more than 350 hotels, with accommodations ranging from simple rooms to the ultimate in 5-star luxury. Many of Amsterdam’s hotels are renowned for their state-of-the-art architecture, historical significance, and exclusive design. 

Hotel chains such as Waldorf Astoria, Hilton, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have all picked Amsterdam, as have many innovative hotel concepts such as CitizenM, and the Sir Adam hotel, which will be located in a former Shell office building.

Amsterdam is also home to many internationally-oriented service providers that specialize in the hospitality sector. And because the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has several outstanding hotel management schools, finding qualified hotel personnel is also quick and easy.