A new hotel is like WeWork combined with Airbnb — take a look inside

A new hotel is like WeWork combined with Airbnb — take a look inside

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People who travel for business or work remotely are increasingly seeking out spaces that feel like a hybrid between a home and office.

That's why a new kind of hotel, called the Zoku Loft, packs in everything you need to work and socialize into 270 square feet. Think of it as a combination between Airbnb and a WeWork coworking space.

The first Zoku micro-loft hotel opened in Amsterdam in June 2016, and co-founder Hans Meyer now tells Business Insider that the model will soon expand internationally.

Within the next 10 years, the team plans to open 50 Zoku locations around the world, with the first ones coming to the US by 2018. The exact locations aren't determined yet, but Zoku is currently talking with developers in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle. By 2020, the company also plans to launch two locations in Paris.

The micro-lofts start at $123 a night. Take a look inside.

Zoku is a Japanese word meaning "work, thrive, family, cleanse."

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The hybrid loft is designed for young entrepreneurs — Meyer refers to them as "global nomads" — who work across time zones.

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While hotel rooms usually center around the bed, Zoku’s lofts center around a wooden table that seats four. "People can have a business meeting there or have a cappuccino with friends — they can really make it theirs," Meyer says.

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