To  our valued community,

Let’s get right to the point: today, we’re asking for your help. Please join our team of investors by participating in our Wefunder crowdfunding campaign (minimum investment: $100, approximately €85). The funds raised ( $140K+ to date, a heartfelt thank you to the 300+ participants!) will help misterb&b pass  this very difficult period, and vigorously bounce back as soon as travel resumes.

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis hit us right when our growth was exceeding 20% per month, thanks to the addition of a large catalogue of LGBTQ-friendly hotels on our platform last December. Travel restrictions abruptly halted this growth, preventing us from reaching the break-even point and becoming profitable for the first time. For seven months now, misterb&b has been in hibernation mode with dramatic cost reductions, a hiring freeze, temporary unemployment, pay cuts, and the aid  of governmental and private relief funds.

Despite these efforts, and the partial return of our activity between June and September, we must admit that the months ahead are going to be extremely difficult. In our hearts, we do not believe that travel will resume for real before the summer of 2021. That’s nine  more months to go!

We hate to interrupt your day with this message, as we can imagine you have other things to read or do. But there you have it. If every person who opened this email, and could  afford it, joined our team of investors on WeFunder (minimum investment is $100, around €85), misterb&b could continue to thrive for years to come, and offer the entire LGBTQ travel community the opportunity to experience  a more welcoming world.

When we created misterb&b, many told us that it would never work, claiming  the “market” was too small. Yet, six years on misterb&b has grown to become the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly accommodation booking site. Our teams (around twenty people currently) work tirelessly on a daily basis to offer you the best possible experience. By becoming an investor, you will show them how much their work means to you.

We imagine that most recipients will ignore this message. We just hope you take a minute to  think about the importance of a platform like ours in your life as an LGBTQ traveler. Imagine the next time you search for a LGBTQ-friendly stay, you realize that misterb&b no longer exists? This is not what we want, and we can imagine it’s not what you want either. We thank you all for your time and attention.

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Gay European getaway: a relaxing stay in Rotterdam
Nov. 07 2014
by misterb&b

Gay European getaway: a relaxing stay in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a World Design Capital, Europe's largest harbour and the second largest city of the Netherlands. The city that saw the birth of Erasmus is also as new and modern as Amsterdam looks old and traditional.

This city which suffered a tragic fate during last world war was able to rise from the ashes to become one of the architectural jewels of the 20th century with its towers and ultra-modern buildings. But despite the size of these buildings, people here live on the rhythm of the bikes, they know how to enjoy time, far away from the stress of megacities.

The almost ubiquitous design is the symbol of the city. You can find it throughout the architecture and even in the smallest chairs in the cafés! Local hotels also follow this trend, such as the Mainport Hotel where each floor is decorated and designed to symbolize a different continent. The New York hotel located on the former point of departure for immigrants to the New World is also worth visiting because it is one of the few buildings which survived the bombs during WWII. It is also listed as a national monument of the Netherlands.

As an important cultural center, Rotterdam features many important museums, especially around the Museum Park with the Boijmans and its modern old paintings, some from Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Dali, but also the Kunsthal which has no permanent collection but hosts major exhibitions throughoutthe year.

Shopping

You will also be able to enjoy shopping in the Van Oldebarnevelt street in stores like Mostert & Van Leeuwen, Nen Xavier and ANSH46 where you will find trendy men's clothes. Note that H&M recently opened its largest European store in Rotterdam with 4500 m2 featuring all collections of the brand.

Finally the gourmets among you will be happy to buy some good products at Markthal, the huge and brand new covered market of the city, with its impressive architecture.

Night life

At night you need to go to the Witte de Withstraat for some fuin! Cafes and trendy restaurants are to be found, such as LaBru, Ballroom and Blender which turns into a nightclub after midnight. The most romantic will try a Watertaxi tour to admire the city lights with a step back. If you want to eat well but not spend too much we recommend the following venues : The Lux (Gravendijkwal 133 ), De Matroos en het Meisje (Delistraat 52), and HMB (Holland Amerikakade 104)

For those who want to meet with sexy guys from the Netherlands, note there is a small gay neighborhood between Mauritsweg and Van Oldenbarnevelstraat. Three gay bars are installed side by side. The Strano has a more refined atmosphere, while the De Regenboog is a little more laid back and De Unie is the largest and busiest place. In the same street, right accross the gay bars is Vibes, a small club, but still very gay-friendly and with a relaxed atmosphere.

If you like it rather naughty, the city has also two gay bathhouses, the Finland and the Spartacus, and a gay cruising bar The Mood Bar.

Gay Events

Sexy hunks enjoying the first Rotterdam Pride last September.

Don't miss next Rotterdam Pride, whose first edition took place in 2014 and which should now take place annually at the end of September.

In 2015 the Ahoy Arena will host Gay Fantasy, the largest indoor gay event in Europe. Announced during the 2014 pride for April 18, 2015, this gay event will transform the vast Ahoy arena in giant dance floor. Gay Fantasy will be a major gay international event dedicated to dance and extravagance. A great DJ scene will be located in the center of the party, surrounded by other smaller ones.

You now have all the informations to spend a very gay-friendly and relaxed getaway weekend in Rotterdam.

For more infomations
rotterdampartners.nl
holland.com

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