2023 Cultural Happenings in citizenM Cities
citizenM, the affordable luxury hotel and lifestyle brand, provides the perfect getaway stay for travellers exploring cultural happenings in the heart of Europe’s most exciting destinations. With its trademark interior design comprised of clean lines, modern furniture and bold colours, along with a focus on commissioning locally-based artists, the hotel makes an ideal haven for guests wanting to combine culture with affordability. The brand has well-connected locations in the world’s most popular cities, providing a short and convenient commute whether visitors are looking to pique their curiosity at the major Vermeer exhibition in Amsterdam or saunter through one of Europe’s largest light shows in Copenhagen.
We’ve curated a list of the most enticing experiential affairs in February and March of 2023 in four of our favourite citizenM cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen, and London. Cultivate the ultimate itinerary with event highlights and the brand’s local locations.
Amsterdam – Vermeer & citizenM Amstel Amsterdam
The Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, debuting on 10 February 2023, will be the most extensive display of the artist’s work on record. A must-see of 2023, the exhibition will feature some of the most famous works in Vermeer’s oeuvre such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid.
Sightseers can enjoy a leisurely stroll to the exhibition from citizenM Amstel Amsterdam. Located in a conversion of an existing structure dating back to 1928 and built in the Amsterdam School style of architecture, the decorative red brick exterior with its multitude of elegantly slender windows stands out among the neighbouring buildings on Sarphatistraat Street.
Starting rate: €159.00
Copenhagen – Copenhagen Light Festival & citizenM Copenhagen Rådhuspladsen
Travellers can illuminate the darker winter months with a trip to Copenhagen Light Festival – one of the largest light festivals in Europe – which makes its return from 3 - 26 February 2023. The outdoor festival presents a significant variety of light-based works, positioned throughout the city, by a global roster of creators ranging from notable artists and designers to students. Featuring mediums including sculpture, projection mapping, and installations, the event gives new light and perspective to one of Europe’s cultural hubs.
Visitors can gain an additional outlook of the city from citizenM Copenhagen Rådhuspladsen’s spectacular seventh floor living room and canteenM space, which boasts remarkable photo-op city views. The playful yet relaxing aesthetic and the vibrant colours of the hotel are sure to add another layer of brightness to guests' time spent in Copenhagen.
Starting rate: 1,200.00 kr
Paris – Manet/Degas & citizenM Paris Champs-Elysées
Musée d'Orsay’s exhibition Manet/Degas opens on 28 March 2023, shining a fresh perspective on the relationship between the two prolific artists and one of modern art history’s most prominent discourses. Going beyond the commonalities in their influential oeuvres, the exhibition also investigates how the artists’ perspectives, processes, and lives contrasted and provides thought-provoking insight into the close and occasionally turbulent bond established by the pair.
The perfect complement to a visit to one of the city’s most eminent museums, citizenM Paris Champs-Elysées is located on the most emblematic streets in the city, providing the quintessential Paris experience. On the eighth floor of the hotel, guests can enjoy two outdoor spaces: a front-facing terrace overlooking the iconic Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower beyond and an expansive hideout for unwinding while enjoying the lusciously green inner courtyard.
Starting rate: €219.00
London – West End & citizenM London Bankside / citizenM London Victoria
London’s West End is home to some of the most prominent theatre shows in the world. Next year, theatre lovers have the opportunity to see a diverse selection of performances ranging from uplifting musicals such as Mamma Mia! to 11-time Tony Award winning hit Hamilton. A leading new attraction coming to the West End line up is Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!, a Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival, which makes its limited debut on 16 February 2023.
citizenM London Bankside provides vacationers with easy access to the theatre district and close proximity to major London destinations such as Borough Market and Tate Modern. Those staying at the hotel can enjoy panoramic views of London by crossing the nearby Millennium bridge, which can also be taken if a scenic walk to the West End is of interest.
The recently-opened citizenM London Victoria also provides an ideal location for exploring cultural activities. The hotel neighbours the transport hubs of Victoria train and bus stations on Vauxhall Bridge Road – offering easy links to Gatwick Airport and Greater London – and is close to major tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace and Tate Britain.
Starting rate London Bankside: £149.00
Starting rate London Victoria: £159.00
citizenM was launched in 2008 with a purpose – to disrupt the traditional, stale hotel industry. Rattan Chadha – the founder of the global fashion brand Mexx – was inspired by his employees to create a hotel for today’s frequent travellers, giving them everything they need and nothing they don’t. This means central locations in the world’s most exciting cities, but at an affordable price. Not just a place to sleep, but somewhere to work, relax and play – just like home. Somewhere with superfast free Wi-Fi, tech that makes life easy, and world-class art that isn’t ‘hotel art’. A room with an ultra-comfortable XL bed to crash in, and a powerful rain shower to wake-up in. Rattan Chadha called this ‘affordable luxury for the people’.
The first citizenM opened at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in 2008. As of November 2022, citizenM’s portfolio has 29 hotels in 18 exciting cities: London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur.