King Kong Hostel in Rotterdam: Wow.

by farrah on March 31, 2014 · 12 comments

Last Friday night I took my friend Ace to the grand opening party in Rotterdam for the King Kong Hostel. I received an email to attend a sleepover celebration- and couldn’t refuse. A night out without the kids? Sign me up.What I didn’t expect was to experience a place so unlike anything I have seen before.

King Kong Hostel, RotterdamThe very happening street outside King Kong Hostel.

What I can only assume were friends, family and Rotterdam PR folks- packed the King Kong Hostel for their grand opening party. We were all treated to live music, endless beverages, food and conversation. While everyone likes a good party- the star of the show was clearly the hostel itself and the concept behind it. I had a chance to speak with one of the employees of the hostel and she told me that this is indeed an independent hostel set in a historic building that was once known to be a famous brothel, tattoo parlor and illegal casino.

King Kong Hostel, RotterdamDorm room and lofts. Be sure to check out all of the options on their website.

The King Kong part comes from the name of the building and thus the interior design took its shape. It’s unlike any hostel I have ever seen, and can honestly say that a person of any age would be able to find a warm welcome and a sweet night of sleep in a private room, loft or even the dorm. Ace and I were in a third floor ‘dorm’ on bunk beds- she being the braver of the two of us and took the top. In our large room- there were about six or so other bunks and an upper loft with a double bed.

Surrounded by brightly colored hammocks, giant climbing ropes and bean bags- the room felt personal and comfortable. Each bed has a nightlight, lockable storage trunks, and electrical outlets.

King Kong Hostel, RotterdamFront desk & reception.

While my only disappointment is that I wasn’t able to see the private rooms myself- I was happy enough to have free rein to roam the rest of the hostel. The lobby has a charming barista station at the check in desk. To your left is a comfortable seating area for relaxing with coffee or chatting with other guests. If you go downstairs to the eating area- you find communal picnic tables with wide benches as well as more intimate tables for two. Down a level here is the lounge ‘play room’ area with a tv, board games, books and couches with fluffy pillows.

King Kong Hostel, RotterdamThe eclectic decor.

Additionally there is an outdoor patio- where you are surrounded by the neighboring buildings and gardens. Right inside is another gathering area with benches, two big tables and seating to hang out which overlooks the entry. It makes you feel more like you are inside someone’s very comfortable home rather than in a hostel!

King Kong Hostel, RotterdamFont seating area at entry.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. Want to see the sights of Rotterdam? Someone will surely be able to point you in the right direction. Best way to get around- by bike and you can rent a fold up bike right at the front desk.

King Kong Hostel, Rotterdam

So while I think that this is the perfect place for any age- that doesn’t include children. No one under 18 is allowed, and I can understand why for safety reasons, consideration of other guests, etc. See here for their general terms and conditions.

I love the idea of staying here with a group in one of the dorms. They have six options as well- from a business traveler to a luxury double bunk. You have four room choices too- and at the very affordable price points offered, where you stay might just depend upon which type of experience you’re up for. A single bed in a bunk/dorm starts at €17 and private double rooms around €44. Tell me that doesn’t beat an impersonal hotel any day!

There is already so much to see and do in the cool city of Rotterdam- finish off the experience with a night at this one of a kind hostel. Perfect for couples, solo travelers, business or groups- I can’t recommend it enough.


All photos taken my me.

Disclosure- I was a guest at King Kong Hostel’s overnight celebration. No compensation was involved, nor was a review post requested. I just wanted you to know!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ann March 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

That looks awesome! I love the bar/check-in look.


2 farrah March 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

It’s a great way to welcome visitor for sure!


3 Jessica March 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

Looks so “gezellig”! Too bad it’s so close to our home and my husband’s work.

Can you sleep in the hammocks or just sit in them? I like the treehouse feel of the lofts πŸ™‚


4 farrah March 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I’m pretty sure that you can sleep in them if you’d like. They look cozy enough πŸ™‚ Honestly Jessica- I think that’s exactly why you SHOULD go check it out! A perfect night out in Rotterdam wrapped up with an evening here. Do it! As you can see my husband couldn’t come as someone needed to watch the boys πŸ™‚


5 Ace March 31, 2014 at 11:21 am

This was an awesome night out – thanks for making me part of it!

And I will vouch for the overall “cool” of the whole hostel. The atmosphere they created was unique and inviting (and not just because of the party).


6 farrah March 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Totally agree- the party being a swirl of Dutch around us anyhow and I couldn’t contribute to many conversations but ours was just fine!


7 Andrea, Passports And Pushchairs March 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

It looks much nicer than the hostels of my earlier days πŸ™‚ I am way past the hostel stage in my life but this one I would *almost* consider!


8 Caitlyn March 31, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Looks really cool! I find a lot of the hostels in Amsterdam all the same and aren’t at all thinking outside the box (as in, thinking that the tourists will come anyway). This one looks like it’s definitely got some personality πŸ™‚


9 Leighann April 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Looks like such an incredible place to stay


10 Chamisa April 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

So fun – bummer no kids are allowed!


11 SJ @ Chasing the Donkey April 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I am sleeping at your house when I come so I do not need this. Although it looks good, i want a home cooked meal… πŸ™‚


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