The Best Hotels in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for Every Traveller

Gaze at the plush art deco architecture at Hotel New York
Gaze at the plush art deco architecture at Hotel New York | Courtesy of Hotel New York / Expedia
Tom Coggins

The city of Rotterdam, home to many famous landmarks and attractions ranging from its state-of-the-art market hall to the towering Euromast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands. For those looking for the familiar comforts and service of a hotel, there are options of all shapes and sizes dotted around the city. From boutique and luxury stays to city-centre digs, here are Culture Trip’s picks of the best hotels to stay in on your next trip to this port city.

Motto by Hilton

Motto by Hilton Rotterdam Blaak offers travel-sized guest rooms with modern design. To ensure guests feel the legacy of the iconic bank building, the hotel’s design features original staircases, vault door and wooden panelling. Red, yellow and blue themes highlight the influence of iconic Modernist art, which has long been synonymous with Rotterdam. Be sure to try a meal at fish specialists Pesca, who have carried over their successful partnership with Hilton from their flagship restaurant in Amsterdam.

Motto by Hilton Rotterdam Blaak

Based in Rotterdam, one of the largest and most iconic cities in The Netherlands, Motto by Hilton Rotterdam Blaak is within walking distance of Cube Houses, the vibrant shopping and eating destination Markthal and the Witte de With, home to Rotterdam’s thriving art scene and nightlife. Less than a five-minutes’ away walk is Blaak underground station, giving guests easy access to all of Rotterdam’s many attractions. Local Motto Hosts are also on hand to provide recommendations for guests looking to explore everything the city has to offer.

The Slaak Rotterdam

Part of the popular Marriott group of hotels and housed in a former 50s pressroom, it’s easy to see the heritage of that effortless mid century charm in Slaak Rotterdam’s rooms, service and design. Each of the rooms have comfortable king sized beds, interactive smart TVs and Nespresso coffee machines as standard. If you fancy a bite to eat, be sure to stop by Didot34, Slaak’s in-house restaurant, serving a delicious menu throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mainport Hotel

Guests at this five-star hotel on the northern banks of the Nieuwe Maas river are treated to glorious views across Rotterdam’s harbour and skyline, not to mention the spa, sauna, gym and swimming pool. Though it is easy to spend days relaxing inside Mainport Hotel, there are many other attractions nearby including the bars, restaurants and venues that line Witte de Withstraat.

SS Rotterdam

SS Rotterdam set off on its maiden voyage in 1958 and spent the next 40 years crossing the Atlantic before it finally retired in 2000. Some time later, the ship was moved to Rotterdam’s harbour and converted into a hotel, conference centre and museum. The ship features 254 high-end hotel rooms, several restaurants and social spaces. Guests at SS Rotterdam may also choose between several package deals, including boat tours around the city or a four-course meal at one of the on-site restaurants.

citizenM Rotterdam

Situated across the road from the central Blaak train station and the massive Markthal, home to Rotterdams excellent world food market, the citizenM is in a perfect place to discover everything the city has to offer. As part of its ultra-modern experience, citizenM has contactless check-in and check-out as well as an app that lets you order food to your room and control your entertainment system. Well suited for guests visiting the city for business, the hotel has eight individually styled meeting rooms available to book, each with its own distinct functions and features.

nhow Rotterdam

Located in an area of Rotterdam known as “Manhattan on the river Maas”, the nHow hotel is part of the recent De Rotterdam building and offers a fresh and fun take on the hotel formula. The rooms are light and breezy with floor to ceiling windows, bathing the room in natural light and they offer plenty of the amenities that come with the modern hotel experience, including satellite TV, climate control air conditioning and a super fast wifi connection. If you’re looking to soak in the summer rays, check out the seventh-floor terrace, with stunning views over the city, river and Erasmus bridge.

Inntel Hotel

Overlooking the serene river from the foot of the Erasmus Bridge, the four-star Inntel Hotel is a great option for your stay in the city. Each of the rooms are expertly designed, but if you’re looking for a little bit more of a luxury experience, why not try the premium Panorama rooms, with additional features such as rainfall showers, sunlit bathrooms and Montis furniture. If you’re looking for a little more R&R during your stay, be sure to book yourself in at Inntel’s dedicated wellness centre, offering guests a fantastic choice of massages, treatments including a leisurely scrub in the hammam.

Euromast

As it is perched inside the monumental Euromast tower, which stands 100m (328ft) above the Rotterdam’s harbour, guests at this hotel wake up to spectacular views across the city and its surroundings. The hotel features two sky-high luxurious suites equipped with deluxe beds, bathtubs and widescreen televisions. Breakfast-in-bed and a bottle of champagne are included in every booking with Euromast, making it an ideal spot for couples searching for a romantic getaway in Rotterdam.

Room Mate Bruno

Based along the river Maas in Rotterdam’s impressive architectural district, Room Mate Bruno is a creative mix of the classic and contemporary. Built into a former teahouse for the Dutch East India Company, there are plenty of design elements in the rooms playing up to its nautical past, including navigational charts and star constellations used by the sailors, while still offering a room with all the modern comforts. A popular choice for guests visiting the city on business, the hotel has plenty of hot-desking space, dedicated meeting rooms and a multi-functional event space available to book.

Suite Hotel Pincoffs

Found on the southern tip of the city centre, in the trendy Kop van Zuid-Entrepothaven district, this award-winning hotel is a top option for those wanting to spend their time exploring the city. One of the few true boutique hotels in the city, Suite Hotel Pincoff does its best to make your stay a truly relaxing one, with a personable service, extra comfortable suites and delicious in-house bar and restaurant. Found in the harbour’s former customs office, the building originally dates back to 1879 and still features many of the period’s charming architectural features.

Bilderberg

Although the building has been recently refurbished, the Bilderberg hotel has been welcoming guests on and off for nearly a 100 years. Just a short walk from the popular Museum park and the lively restaurants of Witte de Withstraat, Bilderberg places you right in the heart of Rotterdam. The spacious rooms are carefully crafted and offer guests a host of modern amenities, including wifi, flatscreen HD TVs and dedicating seating areas. On top of this, every guest is welcome to the Bilderberg’s impressive breakfast buffet, filled with sandwiches, fresh pastries and barista-level coffee.

Nicholas Grantham contributed additional reporting to this article.

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