The 5 Best Cheap Hotels in Rotterdam

Architecture in Wijnhaven, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Architecture in Wijnhaven, Rotterdam, the Netherlands | © geogphotos / Alamy
Tom Coggins

Whether you’re heading there for the nightlife or planning a quiet getaway, you’ll need somewhere to stay while in Rotterdam. Thankfully for anyone travelling on a budget, there are several excellent, low-cost hotels in the city, which offer top-notch services for reasonable prices. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Rotterdam.

1. Thuis bij Schell

Boutique Hotel

Thuis bij Schell, Rotterdam.
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Experience some old-fashioned Dutch hospitality at this homely spot in central Rotterdam. Owned and managed by the Schell family, the hotel aims to make guests feel right at home by offering friendly services and comfortable lodgings. There are eight individually designed guest rooms available inside the hotel that feature quirky interior items, such as sports memorabilia or framed pictures of movie stars. After a day spent exploring Rotterdam, guests can stop by an on-site restaurant that serves classic Dutch cuisine with modern twists.

2. Hotel Rotterdam City


Hotel Rotterdam City.
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Located roughly 600 metres from Rotterdam’s Centraal Station, this down-to-earth spot has 115 simple yet stylish guest rooms, which are equipped with all the essentials including comfy beds, en-suite facilities and reading desks. Due to its proximity to Rotterdam’s centre, it makes for an ideal base for sightseers in Rotterdam working within a budget. Aside from basic single or double rooms, Hotel Rotterdam City also features several deluxe lodgings and suites with additional floor space and furniture.



Guestroom at H2OTEL
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Sleep amid the waves at this floating hotel on Rotterdam’s harbour. Built upon five renovated barges, the hotel looks unique, to say the least, featuring a polished, modern design. There are 49 shipshape rooms on-board, ranging from standard single-bed lodgings to larger accommodation options with double beds and additional living space. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, too, which serves dishes inspired by French cuisine made from seasonal, organic produce.

4. Art Hotel Rotterdam


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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 available at the hotel, which are geared towards solo travellers, families and couples. They are each fitted with all the essentials and decorated with several framed artworks. Nearby, there are many laid-back, local hotspots including an ever-growing number of bars, restaurants and breweries in Rotterdam’s happening Katendrecht quarter, which offer everything from morning coffees to fine-dining experiences.

5. The Student Hotel Rotterdam


The Student Hotel Rotterdam.
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With its affordable and stylish digs geared towards twenty-somethings, The Student Hotel is unlike anything else found in Rotterdam. Thanks to its many additional facilities – including a gym, lounge bar and office spaces – The Student Hotel effectively serves as a hub for socialising and co-working in central Rotterdam. The whole place is geared towards strapped-for-cash young professionals or students and specifically designed to foster community spirit between its guests. The Student Hotel has 484 rooms with sleek, award-winning designs that are available for short and long-term stays.

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