Welcome Elke! What will you do in Volkshotel?
I am the manager of reception and reservations. Together with the reception team, I look after processing reservations and guests coming in and out of the hotel.
As well as a hotel, Volkshotel is also a cultural creative hub, a workplace for freelancers and a nice hangout for people. We will make sure that everyone feels welcome.
Where did you work before?
I was Operations Manager at Cocomama boutique hostel. I started just after it had opened. At Volkshotel I have started at an even earlier stage. Really exciting and great fun!
You had a pretty intensive application procedure – why do you think you were chosen for the job? Why do you belong at Volkshotel?
Gosh, I always find these type of questions difficult…
I think it’s because of my experience at Cocomama and my enthusiasm about the Volkshotel . I am very happy with the idea that this is going to be not only a place for tourists, but also for people of Amsterdam.
In recent years I have been in many hotels and it always struck me that – no matter how beautiful they were – they are not very accessible to the environment they were in.
And … why did you want to work at Volkshotel?
Last summer I read in the newspaper about the plans for Volkshotel. I recognized my own views on the existing hotels in Amsterdam that was very much described in this article. I immediately sent an enthusiastic mail and then a few months later I was invited for an interview. I still cannot believe I work here now.
What are you most excited about?
It’s a very beautiful experience to start before the doors are even open. Everyone is working together, towards the goal of opening. Of course, that is a moment that I’m really looking forward to!