Close to the Hauptbahnhof of Düsseldorf I walk into hotel Friends. A hotel that, by seeing the name, expects to try to bring people close together. A perfect mix of friendly, lively and fun.
The street where hotel Friends is situated is busy. Travelers, who are on their way from the hauptbahnhof or going back home surround me. Cars race past. High buildings block my view.
I know where it is already. I don’t know if I am the only one who does this, but before traveling I always walk around my hotel with Google Streetview – just to find out how to recognize it.
The outside of Friends doesn’t nearly show how the inside of it looks though.The outside walls of the hotel are pale white, but somewhere on the building I find the green logo that says Friends, which tells me I am at the right hotel. Hidden behind a parasol and some big plants, a small door, with tinted windows makes the entrance of the hotel.
As soon as I walk through the door of Hotel Friends a completely different vibe takes over. I stand in between dark colored walls, which make the lobby seem cosy. Soft music plays in the lobby. It instantly feels like a little home away from home.
I spot old world maps, the ones they used to have in school, a big green couch, barber chairs, lots of plants and different colored chairs.
The front desk is decorated with different styles of colored briefcases. Next to the front desk I find what seems to be a little candy shop.
Friends instantly looks fun and quirky. After browsing around for a while I still feel like I haven’t seen it all.
Little did I know the lobby was just a small trailer for my room and I was about to step into the best decorated hotel room ever.
After checking in I am told to go to the 6th floor. High up. I like to stay high up, it gives me a nicer view over the city. No fear of heights for me!
Before entering my room, I can already hear one of my travel buddies getting really excited over her room. I get a sneak peek to find out her room is entirely built around the theme ‘tropical’. She has a parrot, happily colored green sheets and walls and loads of plants decorating her room. Another travel buddy of mine got the ‘theatre’-themed room. But I’ve also heard there is a music themed room and even an Harry Potter themed room!
Back to mine then!
As soon as I open the door of my room I find out I got the room I secretly wanted since I’ve seen it on their website: a forest.
Dark green walls, a forest backdrop behind my wooden-framed bed, a cute little squirrel sitting on my bed and wooden details everywhere!
Yay! Happy little me.
Over the days I find out Hotel Friends is called Hotel Friends for a reason. It’s quite busy actually. Not only guests of the hotel visit the lobby and come in for a drink – there are a lot of people from around town visiting as well, knowing Hotel Friends is a great place to have a drink and to catch up. How else can it be, could you even find a more unique café?
At night the vibe becomes more ‘bar’-like. The music gets louder and there is more staff coming in. When I ask for a Coke at the bar, the bartender looks at me as if I’m mad, being used to only serve beer and wine to her visitors. The atmosphere is young, and it feels as if everyone in Düsseldorf knows to find this little hotel, that is hidden behind her big, white walls.
It’s the perfect get-away for a weekend in Düsseldorf. It makes you remember why Düsseldorf is known for her alternative art scene and ‘hipster’-vibes! Friends is a hotel I would return to in a heartbeat. Even if it’s just for the fun of opening your hotelroom for the first time, having the ‘surprise’ of which themed room you’re in!