Rotterdam, much like the rest of the Netherlands, possesses a level of serene comfort and gracious hospitality. Nowhere is this reflected more than when visitors arrive in the city and stay in one of the plethora of hotels and private rentals that dot the seaside metropolis. These seven places are ones that do need a special eye for your jaunt to Rotterdam.
Towering over the Kop van Zuid, the Hotel New York is an irreplaceable part of the city of Rotterdam and of the nation itself. The hotel was formerly the main office of the Holland America Line of cruise ships, which set sail from this point for over a century. It now serves as a premium hotel for all visitors, retaining much of the vintage furnishings and décor while combining it with modern effects since its inception in 1993. There are 72 rooms in total here, all retaining a theme of the same maritime luxury one would expect from being on an ocean liner. The Tower suites are the main attraction here. Composed of two formerly green towers, they offer a bedroom on the first level and a second floor with a sweeping view of the city. The Boardroom is an expansive room that was once the office of the board of directors, and still has many of the same accoutrements, including a working fireplace. All rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, a Nespresso machine, and pillows in three different varieties of softness. The hotel also has a retro barbershop inside, along with two fine restaurants and an outdoor patio bar that many frequent, including locals.
Hotel New York
Address: Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam, Netherlands (see map)
Price: from 80 USD
Access: 1 mile (1.6 km) walk from Rotterdam Centraal Station
Contact: +31 104390500
Known colloquially as “The Grande Dame”, the former mainstay of the Holland America Line of cruise ships has been permanently docked in the harbor of Rotterdam since 2010, and became a hotel in 2013 after being purchased by the same group that also operates the Hotel New York on the Wilhemina Pier a short distance away. The entire ship has been fully renovated to incorporate all of the modern amenities that one expects such as a cleaning service and free Wi-Fi along with a lounge area and private bathrooms in each of their hotel rooms on board. There are six total offerings regarding room types, beginning with the standard single room to the posh Superior room. The S.S. Rotterdam in total offers 254 rooms to guests, and has a few packages available - one of them being a four night stay that allows you to spend time in both the Hotel New York and aboard the Rotterdam.
Address: 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands (see map)
Price: from 113 USD
Access: 19 minutes south from Rotterdam Centraal Station via transit
Contact: +31 102973090
Situated in the Winjhaven harbor not too far from the Nieuwe Maas River, the Ibis Rotterdam City Centre is a fairly trendy hotel that first opened its doors in 2014. Designed with an eye for comfort in a modern and practical sense, each of the hotel’s rooms come equipped with a full range of amenities including free Wi-Fi as well as two safes with one specifically for laptops. There’s a front desk that is open 24 hours as well as in-house daily bike rentals. In terms of the rooms, there are three types – singles, doubles and triples. There is also an outdoor terrace and a bar area that attracts many. The hotel is also in close proximity to quite a few of Rotterdam’s main tourist attractions like the Rotterdam World Trade Center and Erasmus University.
Hotel Ibis Rotterdam City Centre
Address: Wijnhaven 12, 3011 WP Rotterdam, Netherlands (see map)
Price: from 86 USD
Contact: +31 107502520
In a nation and city known for its picturesque waterways, the Big Light Houseboat looks to be an inspired choice for travelers. Docked on the Noorderkanal, this houseboat can hold seven guests with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is in close proximity to the city center, and a few steps from a public metro station. The hosts do offer guests a decent array of amenities, including free Internet access and kitchen space. There’s even a pool available on board.
Big Light Houseboat
Price: from 110 USD
Number of Guests: 7
Access: 14 minutes north from Rotterdam Centraal Station via transit
The kubuswoningen or Cube Houses are an iconic part of Rotterdam’s cityscape. Designed by Piet Blom, they are situated in the historic Oude Haven area and are the centerpiece of a larger complex that connects the harbor to the interior of the city as a pedestrian-friendly area. As a bonus, one of these houses has been made available for travelers to stay in. The Cube House is composed of three floors, with a patio space at the top that allows guests to take in the full scope of the city in a 360 degree manner. There are two bedrooms available that can accommodate 4 people. The house has free Wi-Fi, a full-fledged kitchen along with coffee and tea. The location of the house is also amenable to guests’ travel plans – in addition to being in walking distance from the Grotemarkt, there’s a metro station right below the complex that will have you at Rotterdam Centraal Station in 9 minutes.
Rotterdam Cube House
Address: Overblaak 70, 3011 MH Rotterdam, Netherlands (see map)
Price: from 162 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Access: 9 minutes southwest from Rotterdam Centraal Station
Contact: +31 104142285
The Hotel Van Walsum sits on a serene thoroughfare in the center of the city, and stands as a welcoming combination of old world charm and modern sensibilities with a nod to Dutch culture. There are 28 rooms in all, done up in a low-key style with an emphasis on providing gentle comfort from complimentary internet access and desks, to neat private bathrooms. The hotel is near some key attractions of Rotterdam, like Museumpark and the Kunsthal. Guests can also take advantage of the tranquil rear courtyard and terrace.
Hotel Van Walsum
Address: Mathenesserlaan 199-203, 3014 HC Rotterdam, Netherlands (see map)
Price: from 95 USD
Access: 4 minutes via transit from Rotterdam Centraal Station
Contact: +31 104363275
The King Kong Hostel holds a lot of comfort and entertainment within its walls for guests to take in. Located in the Cool District (yes, that’s the name), the hostel has been open three years and offers a slew of rooms for travelers that are dorm-style, with single-sex or mixed availability. There’s a full kitchen available for visitors to cook their own meals, and a lounge that has everything on Netflix available for viewing. The King Kong Hostel even has tablets available for rent with your stay. It’s also in close proximity to major sights like the Zuidplein.
King Kong Hostel
Address: Witte de Withstraat 74, 3012 BS Rotterdam, Netherlands (see map)
Price: from 28 USD
Access: 5 - 10 minutes southeast from Rotterdam Centraal via transit
Contact: +31 108188778
Before you rest your head in Rotterdam
One key thing about staying in Rotterdam is that there are a number of different options for travelers to stoke their imaginations in line with what the city holds. Whether you want to relax upon the gentle waves of a canal, or whisk yourself back into an era where shipbuilding was the bread and butter, the choices of where to stay in the city are sure to pique the interest of even the most casual jet-setter.
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