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					Press Release                                                         Amsterdam, 23 March 2010
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           Famous Rotterdam Cube Houses become
                   new Stayokay hostel
On Wednesday, 24 March 2010, Dutch hostel chain Stayokay will officially open a brand new hostel
in part of the famous Cube Houses complex in Rotterdam. The Cube Houses were designed by the
Dutch architect Piet Blom and were built between 1982 and 1984. The unique architecture has been
an attraction for tourists from the Netherlands and abroad for 25 years now. In December 2009, the
Cube Houses became the most modern of Rotterdam’s listed buildings.

Festive Opening
Stayokay is eighty years old and will be celebrating its anniversary on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 with the
official opening of Stayokay Rotterdam. Rotterdam’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, will be unveiling a Cube
House named after him in festive spirit. A special two-person room with private entrance has been
built in this separate house on stilts.

Cube Houses: architectural symbol of Rotterdam
The expressive and colourful cube-shaped houses on concrete pillars are located right in the heart of the
city, near the Old Harbour. All forty-nine rooms, with a total of 245 beds, are equipped with their own
shower and toilet. No two rooms are alike. The light is different everywhere, as are the dimensions and the
view from the Cube Houses. In some rooms, the walls slope towards you, whereas in others, they slope
away from you. In order to accentuate the cube effect, an extra cube hangs in the platform of the main
building, its tip pointing downward. Four catwalks and a lift bisect this cube and connect the floors.
Spending the night in a tilted cube is quite a unique experience.

Dynamic, hospitable interior
Stayokay Rotterdam has a sleek, modern interior with a fresh, welcoming feel. An interior that has been
created with guests’ need for privacy and a certain degree of luxury in mind. The city hostel is brimming with
energy thanks to the dynamic red and orange colour accents. Warm, natural hues and unusual materials
have been used in the stylish and comfortable bedrooms. The interior concept of designer Edward van Vliet
(SEVV) was used as a starting point. Several rooms even have flexible bunk beds, allowing the beds to be
easily rebuilt into single or double beds. The hostel has rooms to accommodate from two to six guests,
which are suitable for individual guests as well as families and groups. One night’s accommodation
including breakfast starts at just €23.50 per person. In addition to the forty-nine spacious rooms, Stayokay
Rotterdam also has a restaurant, bar and two rooms for meetings and workshops.

Unique location in metropolis
Rotterdam is known throughout the world for its large, modern port. The multi-faceted city is rich in modern
architecture, museums, restaurants, shops and the major events it hosts. Rotterdam also has a fantastic
skyline. Almost everything visitors might want to see in the port city is at walking distance from the hostel.
Rotterdam is also easy to discover by bicycle or public transport. The Cube Houses are located above the
Blaak, with a partial view overlooking the Old Harbour, a historic area of the city where one can often see
unusual ships mooring. The restaurants and pavement cafés in this area known for its lively nightlife attract
students, locals and tourists in particular.

Stayokay turns 80
With the opening of the new hostel in Rotterdam, Stayokay celebrates its 80th anniversary. The hostel is the
latest addition to an impressive list of (new) construction projects in Amsterdam and Maastricht. Stayokay is
a chain consisting of thirty hostels located at various surprisingly beautiful sites throughout the Netherlands:
in city centres, in the countryside, on the coast or next to water. The hostels are located in castles,
contemporary modern architectural buildings or stately homes. For eighty years, Stayokay has been the
largest provider of group and budget accommodation in the Netherlands. In 2008, Stayokay was the first
hospitality chain in Europe to receive the European Eco-label.

                                            Stayokay Rotterdam
                                           Tel +31 (0)10,436 3163
                                           www.stayokay.com

For more information (not for publication):
Carin Gelpke – Marketing & communication Stayokay

T: +31 (0)20 551 3123
E: c.gelpke@stayokay.com

Images can be downloaded from http://intranet.stayokay.com/rotterdam/opening