Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, boasts many famous landmarks and attractions, ranging from its state-of-the-art market hall to the towering Euromast. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Rotterdam.
Guestroom at H2OTEL | Courtesy of H2OTEL / Hotels.com
This waterborne, three-star hotel stands on five connected barges that were built in America then shipped to Rotterdam in the 20th century. These barges have since been converted into 49 high-end hotel rooms. There are several other facilities on board the hotel tailored around guests, including a cosy restaurant with a floating terrace and meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 35 people. What’s more, H2OTEL is moored on the northern banks of Wijnhaven docklands, which means it is within walking distance of many of Rotterdam’s most popular sights, including Witte de Withstraat and Kunsthal.
Set inside a former electricity plant in Rotterdam’s picturesque Delfshaven quarter, this chic boutique hotel offers several accommodation options that are ideal for urban getaways, ranging from studio spaces with double beds, to more exclusive apartments with panoramic windows and luxury mod cons. Aside from its rooms, the hotel also features a charming brasserie that serves fresh, healthy meals throughout the day and a stunning rooftop terrace where guests can relax with drinks or meals while surrounded by Rotterdam’s stunning skyline. For a little extra cash, guests can also book package arrangements with STROOM tailored around specific activities or events such as the North Sea Jazz Festival and wedding receptions.
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This towering four-star hotel stands on the southern side of Rotterdam’s Maashaven docklands, in a spot with immediate access to the city’s metro line. There are five different room types, geared towards solo travellers, families or couples. There are many laid-back local hotspots nearby, including bars, restaurants and breweries in Rotterdam’s happening Katendrecht quarter, with everything from great cafes to fine dining.
Guests at this five-star hotel on the northern banks of the river Meuse 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 Main Port Hotel, there are many other attractions nearby including the bars, restaurants and venues that line Witte de Withstraat.
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.
The Art Deco building that houses Hotel New York once belonged to a transatlantic travel agency that organised crossings from Rotterdam to the United States for over 100 years. Due to its architectural and cultural significance, this stunning building is currently protected as a national monument. Even though it has since been converted into a hotel and renovated to meet modern demands, Hotel New York still features many of its original design elements, harking back to its heyday. There are 72 stunning rooms available inside the hotel, many of which offer panoramic views across the river Meuse.
As it is perched inside the monumental Euromast tower, which stands 100 metres above the Rotterdam’s harbour, guests at this hotel wake up every morning to spectacular views across the city and its surroundings. The hotel features two sky-high suites that are both equipped with luxurious items, such as 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.