“Oh baby, I can’t wait to whisk you away this weekend. I’ve got the whole trip planned; just you, me, and a little hotel room in Amsterdam we don’t have to leave. I hope you clip on that little red protective case I love so much.” Sorry, that was just an insight into the conversation I had with my Nintendo 3DS after I discovered a hotel dedicated to videogames has opened in Amsterdam.
The Arcade Hotel which opened last weekend has a total of 36 rooms, each of which is equipped with a retro console and games at no extra cost. Gaming isn’t limited to the privacy of guest rooms, though, with more consoles, including handhelds, gaming events, and a library stacked with comic books in the lobby and bar areas.
Although there are few things that can beat a long day of gaming, The Arcade Hotel is fairly close to Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter where there are plenty of non-computer generated wonders to see. Probably to encourage guests to extract themselves from their controllers, the hotel has a fleet of bikes available to rent so you can head out, explore the city and know there’s a console and a comfortable bed to help you unwind at the end of the day.
A hard day of gaming or sightseeing requires a hearty breakfast, and the hotel promises they’ve spared no effort in that department, with organic jams, ham, cheese, bread, fresh fruit, and honey “Winnie-the-Pooh would sell Piglet for.” There’s also a DIY waffles, just in case you weren’t already convinced.
If you find yourself frequently glancing at your console as you pack your case for a business trip or a long holiday and consider foregoing half of your toiletries to bring it with you, this might just be the ideal hotel for you. Rates start from around €94.50 per night for a double room but you can find out more on the the hotel’s official website, where they’re offering special deals including late check out and free unlimited tea and coffee during your stay for guests who book directly through them.
Images: The Arcade Hotel